Book Review of Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck

A prince and a common girl. Obviously this is a star-crossed lovers, fairytale of a story since Nathanial is a prince and Susanna is quite common. But hey, if William can marry Kate, then all shall be right with the world. But not before a pesky entail threatens to disrupt a country, and we all know what those entails are like…. any Downton Abbey fans nodding their heads in agreement? There’s a law or two about marrying a non royal, a 12 year relationship broken, a very vicious upstart of a woman who thinks she should get the prince, a royal coronation….. Just about every thing that relates to a fairytale is crammed into this story, but it makes for a very fun read.

Once Upon a Prince is book one of The Royal Wedding Series by Rachel Hauck, author of The Wedding Dress.  I reviewed The Wedding Dress last year, unimpressed, but Once Upon a Prince was a fun bit of fluff to read. I love the cultural references Rachel applied to the tale; William and Kate!  And things like iphones, Blake Shelton, Facebook, and other things pop culture. It made the story real. At times I wanted to shake some sense into Susanna.  There were also moments I thought Nathan needed a bit of help, but all in all it was a fun read.  For a couple chapters I thought Rachel was going to make the story super predictable, but she managed to surprise even me.  Other than a couple of odd pastor/priest/minister references and fictional kingdom that I felt needed work…… Brighton, really?, the story was enjoyable.  I’m curious as to what the second book of The Royal Wedding Series is going to be about.  Maybe Susanna’s sister or possibly Nathanial’s brother.  If you are looking for a fun, contemporary fairytale, this is a good one to try.

If I had to rate it, I would give it 4 out of 5 stars.  Good job, Rachel Hauck.  I look forward to the next in the series.

This book was provided free of charge for my honest review from Booksneeze.com, Zondervan publishing, and Thomas Nelson Publishing.

Signing off

~Kate

What Is My Perfect Book Space

[via myidealhome]

There are many  bookish type places I think I would like to have as my own.  Bookshelf Porn (gah I wish they would give it another title.  Yes, I do realize I drool there, but still) inspires me, makes me envious, and drives me to pure book bliss.  I could go on and on about some of the marvelous bookshelves, nooks, and reading places displayed there.

However, very few book places make me want to just say, Hello home, this is for me.The above picture is one of those few.  I could literally spend half my life in this room and not get bored. I can see so much potential for myself it’s scary.  It’s scary how much I want this place.  I can see myself writing here.  Spending hours on end typing away on my Royal.  The constant clackity clack of the keys hitting pages.

I can see myself on rainy days sitting with endless cups of coffee (I’m sure tea would be acceptable, but right now coffee is my addiction) just watching as the water ran down the windows, listening to the pitter patter, or playing something melancholy.  This space is so incredibly ideal.

I’m curious, because I’m always curious, but what about you, dear readers?  What kind of reading space do you want, desire, or have that you love?  I would love to know your thoughts.

Signing off

~Kate

Summer Nights And Summer Films

From the front porchI’m sitting out on our front porch, which is almost de rigur  in the country, watching a tree swallows attempt to fit a too large feather into the hole of the birdhouse the swallows claimed months ago.  They should have had a nest built and babies there already.  Now he, or she, is poking its head out after succeeding in shoving the feather into the hole.

The sun is minutes from setting on this hot, June evening.  Clouds of gnats hover and congregate over the tall weeds.  The mountain air smells more like cow manure and a tractor just went down the highway.  Everyday things in the country.  In the field next door is a tractor waiting to cut the long grass tomorrow.

The days have been viciously hot, if you can call the low nineties vicious, but June evenings are magical.  When everything is still vibrant green and lush, not dried from the summer baking.  The air is filled with the golden flashes of flying insects and there is an ever present sound of birds singing. Or fighting, as I just heard that sound.  Crickets abound and mosquitoes are typical.

There is something about this time of year that makes me want to watch certain films that seem to scream summer.  Breakfast At Tiffany’s, Paris When It Sizzles, Sabrina, (yes, those are all Audrey Hepburn films), The Seven Year Itch, and old westerns like Once Upon a Time in the West.  There’s something kind of sexy about all those films.  The Audrey ones are probably my favorite, but I am an Audrey Hepburn fan.  For years I was a Marilyn Monroe fan, but since I only like 3 or 4 of her films, and her life wasn’t as admirable, I’ve changed my likes.  I adore Audrey Hepburn and I’m in a mood for summer films.

Like films, my music tastes change come summer.  I love pulling out Carole King’s Tapestry album because it should only be played in the hot summer months. Or America, Loggins and Messina, Seals and Crofts, and various other bands from the seventies.

And now the sun sets and the air is scented by the hot, spicy scent of pine resins that float down the mountains.  I’d love to stay on the porch reading and enjoying my cup of coffee, but I’m sure to be slapping mosquitoes soon, and I can’t bear that.  Besides, I spent this time writing out this post in my journal and I’ll need to type it up and post it with the picture I took of a view from the porch.  Also, after a day of watering and burning out in the sun, a shower is definitely in order.  too bad we don’t have an outdoor shower or a cattle trough bathtub.  I would love something like that.

So here’s to summer, sun, and sexy heatwave movies.  What are some of your summer must watch films?

Signing off

~Kate