About this book: American heiress Corina Del Rey’s life was devastated by war. Every thing she loved was lost. But after five years of grief, she’s shed her grave-clothes and started over in the sunshine along the Florida coast.
But some things are not so easily forgotten. When a secret from her past confronts her face to face, she realizes she must follow her heart. Even if it costs her everything.
Prince Stephen of Brighton Kingdom is a former Royal Air Command lieutenant turned star rugby player, trying to make sense of his life after the devastation of war.
When his brother, King Nathaniel, discovers Stephen’s pre-war secret, he must deal with an aspect of his life he longed to forget. But how can he do so without exposing the truth and breaching national security?
Yet, true love has a destiny all its own. As the cathedral bells peal through Cathedral City, Corina and Stephen must choose to answer the call of love on their hearts.
Or let it be lost forever.
About the author: Rachel Hauck is an award-winning, best-selling author of critically acclaimed novels such as The Wedding Dress, Love Starts with Elle, and Once Upon A Prince. She also penned the Songbird Novels with multi-platinum recording artist, Sara Evans. Booklist named their novel, Softly and Tenderly, one of 2011 Top Ten Inspirationals. She serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference speaker. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pets.
Why I read this book: Because it looked like pure, escapist fun.
If this book were a movie, I would rate it: G, thank you very much.
Will especially appeal to…royal watchers.
This story matters because…it reminds us of the power of true love.
My take: If you have a fascination with all things royal, or wonder what it would be like to live like the 1%; if you love wholesome romance wrapped around a story of faith and second chances; if you crave indulgence in a contemporary, real-world fantasy–then I’ve got a book for you.
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How to Catch a Prince is the third in Hauck’s acclaimed Royal Wedding Series, and it’s not hard to understand why the series has met with enthusiasm from her myriad fans. Hauck delivers winsome characters with a light touch and lays down breezy prose with the confidence of a seasoned pro. And she’s not afraid to address issues, either. There’s real life here, mixed in with the fairy tale.
For me personally, I have to admit this one was a bit too frothy to be a fave. And the secret marriage set-up stretched my credibility, as did the Del Reys’ 5-year sojourn in inconsolable grief. Not that grief isn’t complicated, or warranted, but the degree of it didn’t seem to match up with their faith or strength of character otherwise. However, as this novel is more or less a fantasy, I would anticipate that most readers would be willing to suspend disbelief thus far.
All in all, Hauck delivers a fun twist on classic romance: a modern-day fairy tale, complete with requisite happily ever after.
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Thanks to Litfuse Publicity and Zondervan for providing me a free copy to review. All opinions are mine.
After words: Are you a royal watcher? If so, which one do you most enjoy watching and why?
By the way, you can see what other Litfuse reviewers are saying here. And don’t miss this fun giveaway! Details below…
An American heiress and a crown prince seem destined to be together. Will the devastation of war keep them apart forever? Find out in Rachel Hauck’s new book, How to Catch a Prince. True love has a destiny all its own. With a little heavenly help, Prince Stephen and Corina embark on a journey of truth. But when the secrets are revealed, can they overcome, move forward, and find love again?
Enter to win a “royal” prize pack!
One grand prize winner will receive:
- A royal-themed Brighton charm bracelet
- 2 tickets to see the new Cinderella movie
- The Royal Wedding series (Once Upon a Prince, Princess Ever After, and How to Catch a Prince)
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 23rd. Winner will be announced March 24th on Rachel’s blog.