Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck (quick review)

onceuponaprince_hauck_tnzFrom the publisher:

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?

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An adorable modern day fairy tale between a down-on-her-luck southern landscape architect and the handsome man she meets under a legendary tree. A handsome man who happens to be a crown prince on holiday. But there aren’t any shortcuts to a happily ever after, as Susannah Truitt continues to remind herself that she is just on the rebound from a twelve year relationship and Prince Nathaniel is bound by marriage laws enacted generations ago.

This was a really fun book to listen to, and I found myself smiling through most of the story. The characters are a delight, the plot moves along at an engaging pace, and the desire to pick up the next book immediately is a strong compulsion. Pure escapism, and (for me) a perfect follow-up after binge-watching The Crown on Netflix.

4/5 stars for pure escapist fun.  The author manages to write a light romantic romp while still having believable characters with realistic problems who are grounded in their faith.  I have a feeling I’ll be counting Rachel Hauck as one of my favorite romantic fiction discoveries of 2016.

Once Upon a Prince, The Royal Wedding Series #1, by Rachel Hauck | Zondervan, 2013 | Overdrive library audiobook: Oasis Audio, 2013, read by Eleni Pappageorge, 10 hrs 0 min