STORY: Susanna Truitt likes plans. She’s not a spontaneous person. So rigid is she about her plans, she even holds to a 12-year plan; one that should have ended with her high school boyfriend (a Marine) asking, will you marry me? Instead he proposes a break-up.
Now she’s nearing thirty, living in the home of her best friend’s aunt and working at her parent’s rib shack restaurant. All while she attempts to start her a career as a landscape architect. What’s a girl to do? The most natural response is to meet a prince, of course.
That’s when Nate Kenneth walks into her life. He is the one snag in Susanna’s orderly life… and as it turns out, he may be the one person who can change everything.
Once Upon a Prince Book Review, by Rachel Hauck
Where to start bringing thoughts to order on the first novel of Rachel’s new series. I’d set myself up for a deliciously entertaining read which oftentimes can be dangerous. Luckily no such thoughts sweep through my mind as I fly through this novel. (So true is this that about halfway through and already I’d given this one a 5-star rating.) Turns out, that is warranted.
Anyone who knows my reader habits knows I’m the girl who craves the happily-ever-after, and am sorely tested and disappointed in a storyteller who breaks my heart. This is a kind of enchanting little story that Hauck writes beautifully. Susanna is the girl-next-door we relate to. Then, in waltzes the dashing Nate. OH. MY. GOSH. I love this hero. He’s exceptional, and not at all the kind of chap one may envision when concocting an image of royalty.
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To be fair and taper my gushing (momentarily), Nate doesn’t sweep anyone off their feet with grand gestures. Rather it’s his character (how he respects Susanna) that does the job. (Though the accent doesn’t hurt.) He makes “stuffy” British very appealing. I felt like Susanna’s 180 personality switch (going from girl-with-a-plan to girl-who-lives-in-the-moment) completely believable, same as with the story itself.
At the center is a mature plot alive in a spiritual relationship both Nate and Susanna share with their Savior. Something neither of them takes for granted. It’s quite obvious the role faith plays in both their lives. As a reader, I did feel like the romance took priority – leastwise, at the surface. In actuality, it’s that strength of faith that keeps them both from doing what’s easy. Both learn a deeper definition of one of life’s greatest challenges: trust.
This book is exactly my cup of tea; sweet and light. The story flows well starting out with a love-at-first-sight scenario and ends in a bubble of fairy tale happiness. Because we each have our own opinions of what makes a story good, not everyone may find a jewel in this Once Upon a Prince book. I did and then some. It was pure pleasure reading with a special kind of heart that too many novels skim or forget completely. There was charm, classic romance plus a delightful grouping of characters – including but not limited to Colin and Avery, whom I am wishing fervently will be a part of future stories.
Susanna and Nate have been added to my list of memorable couples – and I do believe they are there to stay. ‘Prince’ is one royal adventure not to be missed; add it to your summer reading list. ♥
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Author: Rachel Hauck
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Publication Date: 2013
Series: Royal Weddings – Book 1
Genre: Christian Fiction; Romance, Contemporary
With thanks to the publisher for providing a copy of this Once Upon a Prince book for reviewing purposes.