Thursday, February 27, 2014

Book Review: Princess Ever After by Rachel Hauck

My Thoughts: Many girls dream of being a Princess, typically by first marrying a Prince. Some may dream that they are a Princess in their own right. However Regina Beswick is not one of those girls.

Instead Regina dreams of restoring a Starfire #89, finds love in a completed restoration of a '71 Dodge Challenger and family at her Friday night gatherings dubbed "Reggie's Court."  What Reggie doesn't dream of is that the pages of her Grandmother's fairytale, read to her as a child, would somehow relate to her destiny.

Tanner Burkhardt is a man on a mission.  A mission from the King of Brighton on behalf of his own nation, the Grand Duchy of Hessenberg.  A mission to bring purpose and direction back into his life.  This does not leave a lot of room for love.

I really enjoyed the story of Reggie discovering her destiny, and having to rely on Tanner to lead her to, and through, it.  What happens when someone is given the choice to give up all they've ever known to help people they've never met? To put a country you've never stepped into above the home you've never left? You should read The Princess Ever After to find out!

Reggie has choices to make, Tanner has directions and plans to follow, but will these two come together or apart?  And will Reggie be the Princess Ever After?

Would I Recommend This Book? Yes.  My favorite part of the book was the story of Regina's great-grandmother Princess Alice shining a light and blending with Regina's own life. Sometimes in novels a character from the past can detract from the present.  That didn't happen here. It was lovely to discover along with Regina the history of her family, and just how deep her roots ran.

This is the second book in a series, The Royal Weddings.  I was glad I had read the first book in the series, Once Upon a Prince, first, but it is not necessary.

A Few Favorite Moments: 
(What really bugs Regina…)

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My Rating:   3.5/5

(Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  I am under no obligation to provide a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.)

The first book in the series was Once Upon a Prince, read my review here.  

From the Publisher:
Regina Beswick was born to be a princess. But she's content to be a small-town girl, running a classic auto restoration shop, unaware a secret destiny awaits her. One that will leap from the pages of her grandmother's hand-painted book of fairytales. 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 if 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.

My Rating System:

(Books are rated according to the following scale:
 5 stars= A definite favorite, will be re-read again and again, and permanently placed on my bookshelf.
 4 stars= A pretty good book, one that will be re-read eventually, placed on the bookshelf.
 3 stars= An average to good book, that may or may not be read again, probably has a place in my library.
 2 stars= A not liked book, I wouldn't read it again, and wouldn't have a place in my library.
 1 star = A book I really didn't enjoy, wouldn't read again, would not keep in my library.)

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