Review: Once Upon A Prince by Rachel Hauck

once upon a prince book coverPublisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 978-0310315476
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
Rating: 4

When Susanna’s boyfriend of 12 years asked her to meet him at the beach, she thought he was going to propose to her finally. To her shock, he breaks up with her instead, telling her that he has found someone else. As if her day couldn’t get any worse, she gets a flat tire at Lover’s Oak, the tree she’d always dreamed to have her proposal at.

When Prince Nathaniel rescues the beautiful woman from her predicament, he instantly finds himself attracted to her. Susanna doesn’t recognize him as a Prince, an heir to the throne, and he doesn’t mind that at all. The more time he spends with her, he finds himself having something more than just an attraction to her.

However, law and protocol dictates that nothing good can come out of that. He is royalty and she is an ordinary person. He is heir to the throne of Brighton and she is an American. They find themselves faced with a big question. Do they follow the destiny they think that God has for them or do they seek for God’s will?

Review

Growing up, I loved reading fairytale stories and watching Disney fairytales. A prince falling in love with a commoner and going against social norms to be with her. How romantic! So, when I saw this book up for review, I just had to read it. It has more suspense than I’d expected, but it is still a fairytale, a modern fairytale, nonetheless.

Much of the story focuses on destiny and God’s will. Susanna tenaciously clings on to a well-ordered, well-planned life. When her boyfriend of 12 years told her that he’d “found the right ring but not the right girl”, the stability she has known very well slips away from her. After being left by said boyfriend, her life seemingly goes on a plunge. In the midst of her troubles, she meets a man who, unbeknownst to her, is the heir to the Brighton throne.

Nate’s life was determined for him right from the moment he was born. His birth order and parentage carved an indisputable future for him. When he takes over the throne, he would become king of 10 million people. He faces immense pressure to marry and produce an heir. He is a complete opposite from Susanna. He craves the freedom she has to make her own choices and she craves the planned life that he has.

Susanna, the heroine in the story, was an interesting character. She told God that she would go anywhere, do anything, be anyone He wanted, but didn’t want to make a mess of things. It was only when she fully surrendered and admitted an important truth to herself that she was able to see and know God’s plan at work.

There are just so many potential something-could-go-wrong moments. Susanna doesn’t know Nate’s true identity, Nate could buckle under pressure to wed a girl he doesn’t love, a conniving woman could twist things to her favor, and many others. Oh, the author definitely knows how to keep readers on their toes! There’s almost always something happening and even when nothing is happening, there would be plenty of hints about something potentially big around the corner.

I love how there were two other romances in the story. They were shown in a lesser degree but they were definitely promising ones. Since this is the first novel in the Royal Wedding series, I’m hoping to see more of those two couples. Both couples have their own distinct backgrounds stories as told in this book and it would be interesting to see more of them.

The only thing that bothered me a little was the lack of passion, more so on Susanna’s part. The story was a little way too squeaky clean. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy clean stories, but this is a 21st century romance, not a 15th century romance! It has got to be more believable.

Conclusion: I have to admit that I enjoyed Once Upon A Prince more because it is fairytale-like than because of anything else. The whole royal prince fall for ordinary girl isn’t such a far-fetched idea now. The drama was captivating. It just makes you want to read on and on and on.

rachel hauck authorAbout the author

Rachel Hauck is the bestselling author of #1 Amazon Kindle Bestseller and RITA finalist, The Wedding Dress, as well as the ACFW Book of the Year 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.

Her newest release, Once Upon A Prince, received a Starred Review from Publishers Weekly.

She lives in sunny, though sometimes hurricane plagued, central Florida with her husband and their ornery pet.

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 serves on the Executive Board. Visit her web site at www.rachelhauck.com.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author through the Booksneeze book bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Posted on July 9, 2013, in Book Reviews and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Thanks for your review. Have been wanting to read it for quite some time and although I have read a lot of reviews, I believe yours was most insightful. Hope I read it soon.

  2. I haven’t read any of Rachel’s books but want to. Your review seals the deal 🙂

  3. I appreciated your opinion about how the romance could have involved a bit more passion, because although I read both mainstream & inspirational romances, I always like the balance that is contained in the books I gravitate towards. I speak about this on my blog, but what I am really referring too, is I like seeing the romance & little bits of love happily entwined with the couple! A good example of this would be the Daughters of Boston series by Julie Lessman. I agree with you too, on that despite this flaw, I still want to read Once Upon A Prince, because we need more fairy tales in our life! We need a positive injection of happier-ever-afters!

    As an aside, did you adore “Ever After” as much as I did!? I loved the arc between Danielle and Prince Henry! They had the best character driven romantic moments!!!

    *I found you through Blog Nation!

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