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Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck Brings a Cinderella Tale to Modern Life

Once Upon a PrinceI’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~

Once Upon a PrinceThe Royal Wedding Series Book One

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?

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/kFb0Y

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Once Upon a Prince, Book Trailer - Rachel Hauck
Once Upon a Prince, Book Trailer – Rachel Hauck

 Rachel Hauck, Biography~

Rachel HauckRachel 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

Rachel Hauck is celebrating the release of Once Upon a Prince with a fun “Royal Wedding” Giveaway and connecting with readers at her May 28th Facebook Party.


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.

So grab your copy of Once Upon a Prince and join Rachel on the evening of May 28th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)

Don’t miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 28th!


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The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck Brings Historical Mystery Linking Generations

Can you imagine a vintage trunk calling to you….urging you to act impulsively and make you its owner? What about if you suddenly found a similar bond and link to a set of women from the past once you opened that trunk? Could it all be divine intervention? I loved immersing myself on the historical trek that The Wedding Dress, by Rachel Hauck, led me on.

Every night I would read more than I realized, because the prose was so smooth and light. It flowed so freely between Emily, a young aristocrat from 1912, and Charlotte, a wedding gown boutique owner from the present. This established unknown link encouraged me to keep reading, because it peaked my interest as to what the tie was between the two women.  It was an airy read that intrigued me enough, but also let me be entertained without thinking too hard. 

I loved following Charlotte’s journey as she discovered the lives of three other women from the past who wore the mint-condition wedding dress found in the trunk. The story was sweet and inspiring with a twist of mystery. It reminded me why we should always listen to our inner intuitive self, be in touch with those who came before us as well as ourselves, and always choose love over anything else.

I think I chose to review it for the fact that it had a historical element as well as mystical vibe. Our Lord can move in mysterious ways.  This was an undercurrent reality in this book, though no open references were made.  It brought allegory to us in the most quiet of ways.  The Wedding Dress is a reminder of God’s love for us and His plan for us.

Here is the book promo:

One dress. Four women. An amazing destiny.

A tale of faith, redemption, and timeless love.

Charlotte owns a chic Birmingham bridal boutique. Dressing brides for their big day is her gift—and her passion. But with her own wedding day approaching, why can’t she find the perfect dress—or feel certain she should marry Tim?

Then Charlotte purchases a vintage dress in a battered trunk at an estate sale. It looks brand-new, shimmering with pearls and satin, hand-stitched and timeless in its design. But where did it come from? Who wore it? Who welded the lock shut and tucked the dog tags in that little sachet? Who left it in the basement for a ten-year-old girl? And what about the mysterious man in the purple vest who insists the dress had been “redeemed”?

Charlotte’s search for the gown’s history—and its new bride—begins as a distraction from her sputtering love life. But it takes on a life of its own as she comes to know the women who have worn the dress. Emily from 1912. Mary Grace from 1939. Hillary from 1968. Each with her own story of promise, pain, and destiny. And each with something unique to share. For woven within the threads of the beautiful hundred-year-old gown is the truth about Charlotte’s heritage, the power of courage and faith, and the beauty of finding true love.

About Rachel Hauck, in her own words:

I wrote my first story about a girl and her pony when I was ten. It was handwritten in a spiral notebook.  My second story was about a girl who wanted to move away and live in New York City. I was twelve and no one had ever heard of “chick lit.”  I laughed when I found that incomplete manuscript in an old box-o-stuff. I told my husband, “I was born to write.”

Words fascinate me. I love putting them together and dialoging with the characters who live in my heart and mind. I carry on conversations with them while driving down the road or sitting on a bike in Spin class.

People are as fascinating as words. I love hearing personal stories of romance, tragedy and triumph. I’d love to hear your stories, too, if you care to write to me. I’m always wondering “what if” about the human condition and see what string of events might develop into a new story.

My life as been molded by the encouragement of my parents and teachers, and by the places I’ve lived like Ohio, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Florida, and the people I’ve met along the way.  Readers ask, “Is any part of you in your stories or characters?”  The answer is always yes. All of us are impacted by the places we’ve been and the people we’ve met, if only for a moment. As a writer, those exposures show up in the stories I write.

After graduating from the Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, I traveled as a software trainer. From California to Maine, I experienced the beauty and heart of America and our people. In countries such as Australia, Spain, Venezuela, Mexico, Ireland and Canada came to see how people are just people. We all want the same things: love and happiness, laughter, faith and safety, and a bit of prosperity.

Those experiences make up the tapestry of my stories. Life-like characters that, by the book’s end, get in your heart and make you want to spend time with them over a latte or Diet Coke.  Looking back, I believe I’ve always written. If not in my journals or stories, in my heart. I was constantly taking note of the sights and sounds around me, the emotion of a moment: dinner with friends, the last night in college before graduation, racing through an airport to catch a flight to Australia, talking about Jesus with my translator in the back of a cab as we drove across Madrid.  Now, my days are spent mining those life experiences and emotions so I can share them with you through the eyes and ears of my characters and the places they live.

In ’92, I married my best friend, Tony, and spent over eighteen years in youth ministry with him. We love to read and go to the gym, and laugh at the antics of our pets.  A year later, I started my first novel, an epic WWII story that eventually found some light as a sub plot in my book Love Starts With Elle..

With the help and cheering of writing friends I met through American Christian Fiction Writers where I served as President and now as an Advisor, my first book was published in 2004, the same year I left the corporate world to write full time..

Since then I’ve become an award winning, best selling author of twelve novels with more to come. It’s my desire for you find hope and escape in my stories, and inhale a bit of the fragrance of Jesus’s love.

To learn more about Rachel Hauck, or view her other titles, you can go to www.rachelhauck.com. You’ll find her Facebook and Twitter links there as well.

I received this wonderful book from Thomas Nelson publishers free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review. All opinions are my own.


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