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?
Who hasn’t dreamed of marrying a prince at some time? Now, I know this novel is so unrealistic, but who cares? There’s a reason people love fairy-tales. That said, I thought Ms. Hauck did her level best to infuse as much realism in a situation of this kind as she could. I found Susanna to be an endearing heroine. She never came across as annoying to me. In fact, I like the scene where she realizes who Nathan is. She handled the “big reveal” swimmingly. I also found Nathan to be a wonderful prince. At times he was a bit too perfect, but I guess that’s the general idea behind a prince! There is an underlying mystery in this novel and let me just say that for a second I was worried, really worried that it would be solved in a very cliche way, but it wasn’t. This novel was sweet without being corny. Spiritually, I love the way the Lord challenges Susanna to let go of her plans and schedules and to just trust Him. This is a very sweet read with that fairy-tale flavor that makes your heart sigh. Recommended!