Monday, June 17, 2013

Book review: Once Upon a Prince

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review for myself from Booksneeze. All opinions posted here are mine and mine alone. 

I admit it, I'm a sucker for a good love story.  And I'm also a bit of a fan of all things royalty (may have gotten up at 2 AM for the royal wedding a few years ago...) so thought that Once Upon a Prince sounded like a book that was right up my alley. And I was not mistaken! Here's a bit about this book, from the Booksneeze website:

Once Upon a Prince, the first novel in the Royal Wedding series by bestselling 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. Simon’s 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.
I thought this book was fabulous on a number of levels. First off, I liked the main characters, especially Susanna.  She showed enormous faith in God and perspective on life when her life suddenly changed from something known to something totally unexpected and unknown.  Prince Nathaniel is also a charming character with a strong faith and a deep love for his family, country and Susanna.   I enjoyed following the story of both of these main characters as they overcame obstacles that kept them apart and figured out who God wanted them to be as individuals as well.  It's not a story about everything working out easily or even as quickly as in many romance stories, but it's satisfying nonetheless. There's also a really intriguing political storyline as Prince Nathaniel's country deals with the possible upcoming independence of a sister country and the search for its heir.  My only complaint is that the next book in the series isn't out yet and I'm desperate to read more!