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 a 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?
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. But I can't tell exactly why it didn't speak to me. It had a cute story line, pretty good characters, it was clean, if a bit preachy, but something didn't sit right. All the other reviews I've read said it was great writing. I felt it was choppy or disjointed somehow, but since I'm not a writer and have no talent in that area I'll be the first to admit I could be wrong there. It captured my attention enough to finish it and read the second book in the series, but it was a book I could set down and not really think about until I picked it up again. In fact, if I hadn't been on a plane for 22 hours I might not have finished it as quickly as I did.
Since I can't pinpoint what I didn't love about the book I can't write a more in-depth review. Once Upon a Prince had a cute story line and was clean, and that's about it.
Title: Once Upon a Prince
Author: Rachel Hauck
Published: May 2013
Source: I received an eCopy via Netgalley in exchange for a review.