Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Book Review - Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck

Beautifully written. Beautifully crafted. Just plain ... Beautiful!

Synopsis: Once Upon a Prince, the first novel in the Royal Wedding series by bestselling author Rachel Hauck, tells a modern-day fairy tale as fetching as the recent nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton. When a jilted girlfriend meets a reluctant crown prince, they discover the power of God’s love to heal hearts and change a nation.

I thoroughly enjoyed Rachel Hauck's book. She's done a splendid job of crafted a world that is both realistic and other-worldly. The opportunity to see life through the eyes of a Crown Prince doesn't pass through my little Town much. The characters, Susanna and Nathaniel felt real, bold and inspiring. They touched my heart as they traversed the unknown within the circumstances they found themselves in. And they did it all through the eyes of faith.

The setting of the book was also beautifully crafted. Susanna's beach-front world of the family owned business and Nathaniel's made-up but realistic world of a Monarchy ruled European Nation were beautiful compliments to each other; Hauck weaving the love of gardens into both.

The ending was greatly anticipated and delightfully sweet.  I was uncertain all the way to the end if the two would be able to blend their worlds and be together after all. It was very satisfying. Thanks Rachel!

The only down side for me was
the necessary, but at times confusing, details of the political situation Nathaniel's Country was facing. It involved a lot more names (past and present) and had me guessing a few times. Perhaps a Political Science Student wouldn't get lost within the murky waters of running a country steeped within tradition, nobility and political strife.  However, I did not let that confusion deter me from the story, sometimes skimming over the longer sections.

Over all, may I recommend Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck to you - for fairy tale lovers - and anyone who desires a well-crafted story intertwining faith, fortune and fear all into one beautiful story written by the One who writes for us all.

Check out all of Rachel's books as well as her wonderful and selfless service to growing writers through My Book Therapy.

Thanks to Booksneeze and Zondervan for my free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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