I’m a pretty grounded, little-league coaching career-motivated woman, but I do have a feminine side especially when it comes to fairy tales and the whole idea of royalty. That made me so excited for Christian writer Rachel Hauck’s Once Upon a Prince! I would urge you to only read this review if you are a fan of Christian fiction or don’t mind your eyes being opened (and I doubt Rachel minds me saying so).
Now that we have that established, and the fact that Christian values and how God can help you navigate any storm through life is widely a part of this book, I’ll share with you how inspiring as well as fun it was to read Rachel’s Once Upon a Prince. I love when she gets these fabulous ideas based on real life scenarios.
You heard me right…yep. You wouldn’t think that a woman having her “one day my prince will come” moment could actually happen or be true to life. But think about it, many of us marveled at the engagement and nuptials of Prince William last year, right?. Many of us watch because we love the pomp and circumstance. I watched as a little girl with my mother, who loves all things British and royalty-related (we lived there for a time after I was born there), the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. It’s a dream we all read in fairy tales, at least those we read in the Disney versions of Cinderella and Snow White. When life gives most women lemon after lemon, especially in relationships, we keep hope for love alive mainly focusing on the fact that we’ll find our Prince Charming and live happily ever after.
I’m sure some women will be heated over me saying that. Don’t get me wrong, I myself am a very independent and self-sufficient woman. I don’t necessarily need a man, though it’s nice to be in love. And that is my point. Finding your Prince doesn’t necessarily mean that he is going to whisk you away and fix everything in your life. To me, it means finding true love, a partner that will cherish and support you in all things–a partner to weather the storms of life with.
I think Rachel had this message too, as well as an undercurrent of how we don’t always know or understand God’s timing in life. That no matter what the status of a person, we can all find our Prince. And metaphorically, as well, no matter what our status or faults, we can all come to know our true Prince (our Saviour).
However, I liked her light-hearted approach to the book based on the real life British Royal Wedding from last year. Of course she chose a made-up country with made-up royalty for her book, but that’s fine because it’s all an image anyway. And it made it fun! Not every book I read has to be weighed down heavily by historical detail or educational material.
I enjoyed reading Rachel’s Once Upon a Prince mostly because I love to sometimes de-stress from life by reading modern takes on old tales, usually those that are clean and inspiring. It makes me think of the world in a better light and fosters hope. She always gives a message in her books about finding your true self and how you can lean on God to do so.
Beyond that, I admit, for the pure fluff of it all, I enjoy a good tale about a forlorn woman and a handsome, lovely hearted Prince coming to heal her heart. Her book will be a hit because we all love a Cinderella story.
I look forward to more fun reads from this series, as well as Rachel Hauck. I love her ideas!
Once Upon A Prince, Synopsis~
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.
It’s the ultimate choice. His kingdom or her heart? God’s will or their own?
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Rachel Hauck, Biography~
Rachel Hauck is the bestselling author of Carol Award winner “Sweet Caroline”, and RITA Finalist “Love Starts With Elle”, and of the critically acclaimed fiction collaboration with multi-platinum country artist Sara Evans, “The Songbird Novels.”
She lives in sunny, though sometimes hurricane plagued, central Florida with her husband and their ornery pets. Rachel earned a degree in Journalism from Ohio State University and is a huge Buckeyes football fan. She is the past President of American Christian Fiction Writers and now sits on the board as an Advisor.
Find out more about Rachel at: http://RachelHauck.com
See more stops on Rachel’s tour here: http://litfusegroup.com/author/rhauck
One “royal” winner will receive:
- A Kindle Fire
- Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 27th. Winner will be announced at the “Once Upon a Prince” Facebook Author Chat Party on May 28th. Connect with Rachel for an evening of book chat, wedding trivia, laughter, and more! Rachel will also be sharing a sneak peek at the next book in the series and giving away books and fun gift certificates throughout the evening.