Wednesday, May 22, 2013

ONCE UPON A PRINCE by Rachel Hauck

If you just want to relax, enjoy yourself and read about a modern day fairy-tale, then this book is the one to read.  Doesn't every woman at one time or another wonder what it would be like to marry a prince and live in his kingdom forever?

Crown Prince Nathaniel is taking a "holiday" to America on St. Simon's Island.  He isn't looking for love, because like everything else in his life, the choice of a bride is out of his hands, it is a matter dictated by his royal position.  Susanna Truitt has just been told by her boyfriend of 12 years that he has found the perfect ring, but not the right girl to put it on.  Susanna is devastated, but at the same time realizes they both have changed and they both need to move on.  But she isn't ready for any new relationships right away.  When Susanna gets "rescued" by Prince Nathan she doesn't know he is a prince, just another vacationer on her St. Simon's Island.  They quickly become friends and the more they "hang out" together, the more they realize how much they care for one another.  Then Nathan's dad dies, Nathan must return home to become King.  Susanna has a hard time wrapping her head around the fact that she was hanging out with  a prince-soon-to-be-king!

Time and distance does not change the way these two feel for each other, even though they both know Nathan cannot marry a "commoner".  So when Susanna shows up for his coronation the media is not happy with this "friendship" and neither is his family.  Can true love survive all this?  Well let me just say that all fairy-tales have happy-ever-after endings, so you won't be disappointed with this ending.

The lesson behind the story was all about surrendering one's will and plans for the future to God even if it requires giving up a dream.  In the end He will work all things out for the good.  As a side note, if you liked the movie "The Prince and Me" with Julia Stiles, then I am pretty sure you are going to like this story.  There are many similarities.

This complimentary copy was provided by Zondervan through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Zondervan (May 7, 2013)
ISBN-10: 0310315476
ISBN-13: 978-0310315476

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