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Fiction Review: Royal Weddings by Rachel Hauck


May 22, 2014 by Jen Cudmore

Good morning! I don’t normally read contemporary stories, but this is one series I couldn’t pass up!

Rachel Hauck is a Christian author who has won a few awards, and she is quickly becoming one of my new favorites! During a recent interview with Gelatiscooop on the GZone, I spent a minute speaking with her and was impressed. I’m definitely going to ask her to be a guest on my blog later, so watch for that!

dreamy-beach-hauckShe says on her site “Since I started writing full time in ’04, I’ve discovered dreams are best realized when running in partnership with a living God. And I’ve never looked back. So what’s your dream? Whatever it is, partner with the living Lord.”

Her latest books, the Royal Wedding series, are a must-read!

1) The first book is called Once Upon a Prince: The last thing Prince Nathaniel expects to find on his American holiday to St. Simon’s Island is the queen of his heart. … 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.

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?

2) She also wrote a novella called A March Bride about their royal wedding, which is part of a different series called A Year Of Weddings but follows the same couple as the previous book. It was the perfect size for me to read on a Sunday afternoon when I try to get plenty of rest.

Susanna is three weeks from marrying her prince, King Nathaniel II of Brighton Kingdom. But when a final request comes from the government for her to renounce her American citizenship, couple with the lack of attendance to her wedding by family and friends, doubt seeds her heart. Is this God’s plan for her?

Losing Susanna is Nathaniel’s greatest fear. Marrying a king means her life will never be her own — right down to her very identity. When she travels home to Georgia before the wedding, Nathaniel is unsure she’ll return. Gathering his courage, he devices a plan to win his bride all over again and prove her heart is the “kingdom” which he treasures above all.

3) The latest book, Princess Ever After, was just as fabulous: Regina Beswick never dreamed of faraway places. She’s happy with her life as a classic car mechanic and owner of a restoration shop.But an unexpected visitor and the discovery of a fairytale, drawn by her great-grandma, causes Regina to wonder if she might be destined for something more.

Tanner Burkhardt, Minister of Culture for the Grand Duchy of Hessenberg, must convince the strong-willed Southerner that she is his country’s long-lost princess. Failure could destroy his reputation and change his nation forever.

As Regina and Tanner face the challenges before them, neither are prepared for love to invade their hearts and change every thing they believe about themselves. However, when a royal opponent nearly destroys Regina’s future, she must lean into God and trust He has sovereignly brought her to her true and final destiny.

The next one in the series isn’t due out for several months. Can’t wait!


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