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.
Tanner Burkhardt is the stoic minister of culture for the Grand Duchy of Hessenberg. 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.
Who didn’t/doesn’t wish they were a princess? That’s what I really like about the Royal Wedding Series. It speaks to the heart of just about every girl. Here’s my thoughts:
What I liked:
-How Regina learns she’s a princess. This moment could be a bit cliché. But I found it to be executed well. I also liked the details that surrounded her being a princess because the more you learn about Regina’s past, the more you understand why it is that she didn’t know she was a princess.
Regina. I liked that she restored old cars and that she had been an accountant. It made her personality a bit more rounded.
Tanner. I liked that he had a story of his own that had nothing to do with Regina becoming a princess. And his story was not at all what I would have expected.
The politics. I really enjoyed the fact that not everyone in Brighton was excited to get a princess. Particularly an American one. It really amped up the tension.
Spiritually, I love the theme of forgiving one self and also, accepting the plan that God has for your life.
What I didn’t like:
Regina acted as though it were a hardship to live in luxury and dress like a princess. While I could maybe see this getting annoying after a few months, I simply could not think of one girl who wouldn’t have enjoyed the pampering. Her insistence on wearing jeans and cowboy boots made me want to say, “really?”. I understand she was trying to hold onto her identity, but that wasn’t working for me.
Okay, this is a minor quibble, but the people of Brighton all had American sounding names and British culture. I just wish they had had something that made me think that they were a different country and not just a European country. I studied abroad and let me tell you, as close as those nations are, they are completely different from each other and I wished the differences were played up more here.
Overall, a very sweet, meet-your-needs kind of book.
Romantic Scale: 8