A March Bride by Rachel Hauck (novella review)

amarchbride_hauck_zondervanFrom the Publisher:

Susanna Truitt (Once Upon a Prince) is three weeks from royalty. She’ll soon marry King Nathaniel II of Brighton Kingdom. But when the government insists she renounce her American citizenship before the wedding, coupled with the lack of involvement by family and friends, Susanna’s heart begins to doubt whether this marriage is God’s plan for her. (from Spring Brides, Zondervan, March 2015)

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Fourth in the A Year of Weddings 1 collection and falling at about 1.5 in Rachel Hauck’s Royal Wedding series, A March Bride is a sweet little novella to while away an hour or two reading or in my case, listening to.  It has been over a year since Susanna Truitt met her prince, now King Nathaniel of the island kingdom of Brighton.  Only a few weeks from their royal wedding, the erstwhile rib shack waitress/landscape architect and self described “redneck girl from Georgia” isn’t feeling the fairytale.

Under pressure due to political opposition, both are beset by insecurities and old worries about their past romantic disasters have returned.  Nate has become distant and distracted while Susanna is overwhelmed and suffering from a serious case of homesickness.

All is overcome, of course, with the help of some straight talk from family and friends and a little insight about a  biblical role model.  What makes this novella so worth the read/listen is all of the how, when and where of getting from crisis to the inevitable wedding.  Having thoroughly enjoyed Susanna and Nate’s courtship in Once Upon a Prince,  I am glad that the story of their wedding was published as a novella rather than becoming merely a plot device or footnote in one of the subsequent novels.

I was particularly impressed by how judicious the author was in her use of back story. Weaving in pieces of information that as a whole would summarize the previous novel, she informs the new reader in such a way that it didn’t feel like a complete and boring rehash to me as Nate and Susanna’s courtship was still very fresh in my mind.

Recommended for anyone who enjoys a sweet, modern-day fairytale romance  and faith filled characters who have flaws.   As a reader, I am glad that I’ve discovered this series after it is complete, so that I can indulge in listening to all but the final book (of which the publisher’s Fiction Guild sent me a print copy for review) as audiobooks while at work this week.

A March Bride by Rachel Hauck | Zondervan, February 2014 | Audiobook, 2h49m, narrated by Julie Lyles Carr


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