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Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Once Upon a Prince, the first novel in the Royal Wedding series by bestselling author Rachel Hauck, treats you to a modern-day fairy tale.

Susanna Truitt never dreamed of a great romance or being treated like a princess---just to marry the man she has loved for twelve years. But life isn’t going according to plan. When her high-school-sweetheart-turned-Marine-officer breaks up instead of proposing, Susanna scrambles to rebuild her life.

The last thing Prince Nathaniel expects to find on his American holiday to St. Simon’s Island is the queen of his heart. A prince has duties, and his family’s tense political situation has chosen his bride for him. When Prince Nathaniel comes to Susanna’s aid under the fabled Lover’s Oak, he is blindsided by love.

Their lives are worlds apart. He’s a royal prince. She’s a ordinary girl. But everything changes when Susanna receives an invitation to Nathaniel’s coronation.

Goodreads Summary

Susanna has realistic expectations about marriage.  She always expected to marry her high school sweetheart, but life doesn't always go as planned and the relationship ends in a break-up.  She isn't happy and wonders if God's plan for her has gone awry.  When Nate stumbles into her life, she isn't quite sure what to do.  Although it hasn't been long since her break-up, Susanna feels drawn to Nate in a way that she hasn't felt before.  There is one problem, however-Nate is the heir to a throne in Europe and is not allowed to marry a foreigner.  Can Nate and Susanna find a way to be together regardless?  Is it too soon for Susanna to find love again?

Susanna's character was a good one.  I liked her sweet personality and her ability to handle bad situations.  I am not a fan of "insta-love."  Though the romance wasn't necessarily "insta-love," it was very close.  I prefer a relationship to develop over the course of the book, but I still enjoyed the romance very much.  Nate's character was both charismatic and frustrating.  When he decided to try to move on from Susanna, I wanted to shake him, but he believed that he was making the right decision so it wasn't easy to stay mad at him.  The plot wasn't unique, but this book was a perfect read for a rainy day and recommended to adult readers.

4 Stars

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  1. I really don't like insta-love either...but from the summary I am kind of curious to see what happens...thanks for the review!

  1. This looks like a really good book!

  1. Cody Doll said...:

    I can't wait til this come to my library. I have been wanting to read this book for a month now!!

  1. What an adorable cover! Definitely adding this to my TBR!

  1. Love the cover and even the plot!

  1. bn100 said...:

    Nice review about the characters

  1. Susan T. said...:

    Sounds like a cute story!

  1. Berenice said...:

    This one sounds super sweet! Like you I'm not a fan of insta-love (in fact, it drives me crazy!) but this one sounds cute. I might just have to check it out. Fantastic review. Thank you! =D