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Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck | Book Review by Loraine Nunley

Synopsis of the book:

Susanna Truitt never dreamed of a great romance or being treated like 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. Simons 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 an 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?

My review:

This was a nice romantic story. It was tough for Susanna to rebuild her life after all the plans she had laid out in front of her were torn apart, but it opened her up to meeting Nathaniel and he was not just a prince in title but in personality as well.

It took me some time to connect with Susanna and I’m not sure why. When she found her footing and stood up for herself and Nathaniel, I really admired that. That defined her character and made her more likable to me.

Nathaniel had my attention right from the start. Though he struggled with his personal happiness being at odds with his royal responsibilities, I loved his commanding presence and his genuine friendship with Susanna.

The amount of historical detail about a fictional kingdom was impressive. I did find that all of the details about the entail took me out of the story a few times. The ending was a sigh worthy romance though.

What I enjoyed most about this book:

Nathaniel’s personality and watching him fall in love.

What I didn’t like about this book:

The character Aurora. I couldn’t relate to her quirkiness.

My rating:  3 1/2 out of 5 stars

Would I recommend this book to others?  Yes. This was a nice clean romance with a sigh worthy romantic ending. This is the first book in the series and I plan to read the next one.

Where can I learn more about this author and their books?

Rachel Hauck, author website

 

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