by Rachel Hauck
Expected publication: May 7th 2013
e-arc from Netgallery
(Goodreads synopsis) 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 isn't very often that I come across a book and get completely sucked into with the first few pages. Not only did it draw me in but I felt every emotion that was portrayed in each page. That takes skill.
This story was about 29 year old Suzanna who waited 12 years for her high school sweetheart, soldier to propose to her. Instead, he dumps her with a heartbreaking line and everything else you never want to hear when getting dumped. With her life turning to shambles and turns to God and surrenders to His will.
Nathaniel (sigh), is the knight in shinning armor that every girl dreams to one day meet. While on "holiday", the last thing this crown prince expects to find is a lovely southern peach. With a dying father and the pressure of his country on his shoulders, he decides to have to fun and enjoy this beauty.
Nate and Suzy spend a few weeks working at Suzy's parents restaurant falling in love without realizing it when Nate is swept off to Brighton. Suzy thinks this chapter is over when she receives an invitation to the coronation. With the pressure of everyone around for Nate to marry someone he doesn't and breaking the law, Nathaniel is only left to surrender to God for wisdom and guidance.
This story was beautiful and enchanting. You can't help but fall in love with Nathaniel and cheer on Suzanna. Every character had such a strong role and played the perfect part. I'm usually very skeptical with Christian fiction because more often than not Jesus is barely involved for its just a corny story. This book really showed the importance of trusting in God and surrendering to His will. It was real; it showed the true struggle that we face in doing this and the consequences when we trust in ourselves instead.
I recommend this book to everyone.