|Released: May 7, 2013|
Series: The Royal Wedding # 1
About the Book:
Once Upon a Prince, the first novel in the Royal Wedding series by best-selling author Rachel Hauck, treats you to a modern-day fairy tale.
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?
My Rating & Thoughts: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 (4 stars)
If you enjoy the movie “The Prince & Me”, you will enjoy this book.
It was not hard to cheer for Prince Nathaniel and Susanna. Both characters grew on me very quickly. Book opens with a heartbreaking moment for Susanna, then she meets Nate a few days later when he comes to her rescue and a couple days later he helps her out for a second time. As a friendship forms you know there is a connection between the two but they can only be friends. Susanna is trying to rebuild her life after her heartbreak and Nate’s real home is 4,000 miles away, with responsibilities that do not allow Susanna to be a part of his life. Romance is not on their minds, they spend their time together talking mostly about faith and duty. However as they get to know each other more Nate realizes he loves Susanna, but can’t act on his feelings.
Nate is a man of honor and duty but is feeling conflicted. He wants to do what’s right for his country but he also wants his love by his side. Susanna is unselfish and tries to help him be the best he can be for his country even when that means she will have to be without him. Their faith is a huge part of who they are and they decide to trust God with their future. Can things work out for these two to be together or are they destined to be apart?
The political stuff confused me a bit at times, but the interactions between characters had me hooked. The romantic inside of me had to know that there would be a way for these two to be together without others suffering because of it. I really enjoyed Susanna’s mom and sister; they added extra moments of entertainment to the story. Looking forward to reading the next in this series.