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

The Wedding Dress : A Review

A dress with a history; four women with a connection.  The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck intertwines the lives of four women  living in the south and the one dress that seems to have magic all on its own.  Charlotte, a woman who runs a successful bridal shop has been jilted; Emily, a young woman with dreams and ideas in 1912 becomes engaged to one while hoping for another; Hillary, a war bride of the late 60’s; and Mary Grace is a woman without options for a pretty wedding  in 1939, when a miracle happens.  The dress is special, made for a special bride, and the way it passes down through time, never yellowing or aging, creates a story that is magical and heartwarming. The story of these four women intertwine to create a sweet story.

 
While the premise of this book had me anxious to read it, I found myself getting annoyed at the way some of the women thought throughout the story.  Especially Charlotte, the main heroine, and Emily.  I am not someone who enjoys characters that come across as helpless and naive to a fault.  I don’t want a character that feels it’s too much work to have a bit of a mystery, and doesn’t want to solve it.  While I may have these faults sometimes, I don’t want to read about it.  I started out the story wishing Charlotte would meet her true match, and I felt that how she worked through her engagement, being jilted, then ending up with her wedding, a disappointment.  I didn’t realize when I requested the book that it was a Christian based story.  Usually I turn away from such stories due to how Christ is represented.  There was some amazing aspects of God and Jesus, but like most Christian books I’ve read, I was left wanting.  I would recommend this to my Christian friends, but I myself would only give it 3 stars out of 5.  That’s fairly high, but it was sweet.  Just not my usual favorite style.

Signing off

~Kate

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Practicing My Reviewing

Over the next week I hope to bring you two book reviews. I’m reviewing one book for BookSneeze titled The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck.  So far, I’m enjoying the book.  I didn’t realize that it was a Christian book, but so far it’s not dragging too much religion into the story, and what is there, I approve.

 

 

 

 

The Peach KeeperI’m also planning on reviewing The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen.  I’ve read her other three books, Garden Spells, The Sugar Queen, and The Girl Who Chased the Moon.  I have to say that The Peach Keeper rates as high as Garden Spells.  Her two other books were not my top favorites, though The Girl Who Chased the Moon was not too bad.  The Sugar Queen was my least favorite.

I don’t feel like I am very good at writing reviews, so this is good practice.  Even if I don’t plan to be a reviewer, it seems to be one of the things about writing books, or being an author.  You critique other’s works.

I will say one thing for Sarah Addison Allen, her magical way of writing, and I do mean magic as well, draws me in and I want to be a part of one of her books.

So, keep your emails/eyes peeled for reviews.

Signing off

~Kate