Four Stars, Low Language, Low Romance, Low Violence, Moderate Religion

Love or Country

There are a lot of books that use the plot device of ‘love or country’ and I always think, why can’t they have both! I can have my cake and eat it too, I mean literally how can you have a cake and not eat it? Rachel Hauck‘s Once Upon a Prince is a little bit love or country, a little bit Cinderella and a lot a bit adorable.

Once Upon a Prince (Royal Wedding Series Book 1) by [Hauck, Rachel]“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. Simons 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 an ordinary girl. But everything changes when Susanna receives an invitation to Nathaniel’s coronation.

It’s the ultimate choice: His kingdom or her heart? God’s will or their own?”

This story has a definite nod to Cinderella, but the main character is a little less starry eyed submissive and a lot more savvy, realistic. Despite the fact that her life is crumbling, she come across as a strong female character, and relatable.

Rachel Hauck imbues a lot of faith in the story and it works amazingly well. It’s just the right amount of trust and God to be inspiring without being preachy. There are so many of us that have been at the point where we say, I’ve got nothing, now what? The fact that  that Rachel is willing to answer the hard questions with faith-filled answers, adds depth to her characters and her story line.

The relationship between Susanna and Nathaniel builds and grows beautifully. They encourage and push each other to be better. All of us what the kind of love that will move mountains, or change country laws. Rachel’s writes such a love, making it believable and heartfelt. –N.C.

This is the first in The Royal Wedding Series, and all of them are as fun as this one to read. Luckily for us Hallmark has made a movie of this first book and it airs tonight, April 7th 9/8 c. Watch the movie, read the book and let us know what you think of both!

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