On my list of most-anticipated 2015 releases, the arrival of this book is all kinds of exciting. It’s the final in a series of books that may appear to be no more than fluffy romances. I’m here to deflate that mindset or at least to give it a go. These are really much more than just a happily-ever-after.
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STORY: Corina Del Ray is grieving. Her twin brother’s death shattered her family and now they are a shell of what they used to be. She’s trying to move on after a move to Florida and pursuing her journalism career, but everything about her past comes right back to the surface when Prince Stephen finds her. Married in secret to the prince once upon a time, Corina is shocked to learn that they are still married. The marriage was never annulled. In America at the order of his brother, Stephen is not completely over events of the past either. Stumbling in his rugby career, Stephen feels lost while recovering from an injury. The weight of a secret he still carries and coupled with seeing the woman who still owns his heart isn’t helping.
How to Catch a Prince, by Rachel Hauck | Book Review
I can still remember when this series made it debut and some readers feeling skeptical about its premise. Fairytale lover I am, likely I just had stars in my eyes as I consumed that first book. Disappointment is not a word I associate with this series. The final book follows that same path. Beautiful covers translate to an exquisite story, waiting inside. The resounding theme in How to Catch a Prince is Corina’s conviction to not give up in the stoic face of defeat but instead to love well. Any of the falling-in-love after marriage stories that I’ve read have been favorites. This one is no different. Beautifully told, this book is easily one of my very favorite contemporaries. The romance is so much richer because of the past these character’s share.
Secrets do play a pivotal part in the story, however in spite of what the normal clichés would have us believe, the eventual reveal doesn’t end the same way most do. Naturally there is separation, yet it’s not because of an I-don’t-ever-want-to-see-you-again meltdown. The amount of books that play this card is exhausting. Instead, Hauck has a classier solution and it makes the eventual reunion all the more rewarding and emotionally healthy. If you’ve read about this book and recognize Stephen, you’d be right. He’s the brother of King Nathanial from book one. Because of this, we get to hang out with our favorite King and wife, Susannah, which is lovely. Stephen and Corina have their own love story, and how it evolves, grows and changes doesn’t let the past define it, but rather the present.
All that’s left to say is, go forth and read How to Catch a Prince.
Bittersweet as it is to say goodbye to this world, these books are not ones I’ll easily give up. They’re enchanting, romantic and each couple’s love story is poignant and purposeful. Stephen had to learn how to forgive himself before he could love his wife without regrets. The challenge for Corina was moving on and healing so that she could love well.
Each vignette is beautiful, and if ever there’s a story that “comes off the pages,” I do believe this is it.
About the Book:
Author: Rachel Hauck
Source: Publisher Provided ARC
Publication Date: 2015
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Series: Royal Weddings, book 3
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary, Christian
Rating: 5 out of 5
Sincere thanks to the publisher for providing a complimentary ARC copy of this book for reviewing purposes.