From the Publisher: 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.
My Thoughts: When I first read the book synopsis for this book, I couldn't wait. Every girl grows up dreaming, hoping, for their very own Prince charming (whether we should be striving for that is a whole other matter). Once Upon a Prince was a sweet read, if not slow in a few places. Some scenes seemed to drag on, some characters were a little lacking in their development or background that may have added more to the story (secondary characters mostly).
To me the book was part the story of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (William and Kate), part The Princess by Lori Wick, part The Prince and Me (the movie starring Julia Stiles) and part every girls dream (that they will find that one true love).
I could appreciate the character Susanna in ways that I didn't anticipate. She is very Type A. Thriving on control, organization and her plan. The plan that cannot be deviated from because the plan bring security. What happens when a Type-A personality is thrown into a pot of failed plans, doubt, a changing heart, a possible new love, honorable intentions, relinquishing control of life for God's plans, and a challenged faith? It brings a sweet story of love, of honor, and of letting God lead.
Would I Recommend This Book: Yes, it's a good read, great for summer. It's not a "move me to the top of the pile immediately" read, but it was good. It is a familiar plot, with a few perks thrown in (Aurora, Avery, and stories of faith that make you internalize your own). It says it's part of a series, though I'm unsure of if the next books are around Susanna and Nathaniel or if they are brining in other Royals for the "Royal Wedding Series."
Rating: 3.5/5 stars