• Page Count: 343
  • Release Date: May 7, 2013
  • My Rating: 5 stars

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?

This was so completely sweet. It reminded me of The Prince & Me meets A Prince for Christmas (with some obvious Kate Middleton inspiration). I wasn’t sure about the story at the beginning, but ended up absolutely loving it. It’s like a Hallmark movie where everyone’s boyfriend is secretly a prince and there are all sorts of obstacles for a regular American girl to marry a European king… y’know, as one does. Obviously you know how it’ll end, but the characters are what make these types of stories fun. And I really liked everyone in this book! If you’re looking for inspirational fluff, this is the perfect story.

And this is actually one of the first Christian fiction books I’ve ever truly loved. The plot built around the characters’ faith in a natural way instead of leaping across giant holes to shove it in. Plus, it felt inspiring instead of preachy. I’m definitely checking out this author’s other books now!

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