Princess Ever After by Rachel Hauck (quick review)

princesseverafter_hauck_zondervanFrom the Cover:

Regina Beswick didn’t know she was born to be a princess.

She’s content to be a small-town girl, running a classic auto restoration shop, unaware that a secret destiny awaits her.  One that will leap from the pages of her grandmother’s hand-painted book of fairy tales.  Culture for the Grand Duchy of Heisenberg.  When he is tasked to retrieve the long-lost princess, he must overcome his fear of failure in order to secure his nation’s future–and his own.

Yet lurking in the political shadows is a fierce opponent with sinister plans to abolish the throne forever.

Overwhelmed with opposition, Regina must decide whether she’s destined to restore old cars or an ancient nation.  Together–with a little divine intervention–Regina and Tanner discover the truth of her heritage and the healing power of true love.

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During my workday this week, I’ve been listening to audiobooks of Rachel Hauck’s Royal Wedding series in preparation for reading the print review copy that the publisher’s Fiction Guild sent to me of book 4, A Royal Christmas Wedding.  This, as the second full length novel, was again an enjoyable modern-day fairytale.

While many of the same elements were in place – the quirky southerners, the supportive family, personal struggles and past failures, political opposition/machinations, and a couple that you root for as a reader – and it was a fun read, it did not have me smiling as Once Upon a Prince did.  What I enjoyed most were the touches of humor and the inclusion of Regina’s great-grandmother Alice’s diaries, the scenes which involved memories of her, and the way in which the fairytale book she made is woven into the story.

Somehow this was a less believable story, especially in some song related scenes, and the main characters – as well as their families – were not quite as charming to me.  That this would be  a story included in a series that otherwise is about the three princes of neighboring Brighton does make sense but, in listening, I was struck by the thought that this might have worked better, for me, as a novella.

I realize this review seems rather negative, but this is an enjoyable book and I rated it 3 out of 5 stars.  My experience of it might have been better on the printed page and with more distance space between it and the previous novel, as it seems to have suffered most from comparison to the first book of the series.  I’m looking forward to continuing on with book three tomorrow.

Princess Ever After, The Royal Wedding Series #2, by Rachel Hauck | Zondervan, 2014 | Overdrive library audiobook: Oasis Audio, 2014, read by Eleni Pappageorge, 10 hrs 38 min


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