Title: Princess Ever After
Author: Rachel Hauck
Series: Royal Wedding #2
Genre: Christian Fiction
Publishing Date: February 4, 2014
About the Book:
Regina Beswick never dreamed of faraway places. She’s happy with her life as a classic car mechanic and owner of a restoration shop.
But an unexpected visitor and the discovery of a fairytale, drawn by her great-grandma, causes Regina to wonder if she might be destined for something more.
Tanner Burkhardt, Minister of Culture for the Grand Duchy of Hessenberg, must convince the strong-willed Southerner, Miss Beswick, that she is his country’s long-lost princess. Failure could destroy his reputation and change his nation forever.
As Regina and Tanner face the challenges before them, neither are prepared for love to invade their hearts and change every thing they believe about themselves.
However, when a royal opponent nearly destroys Regina’s future, she must lean into God and trust He has sovereignly brought her to her true and final destiny.
Admit it, if you’re a girl you’ve wished you were a real princess at some point in your life. But what would happen if one day a man showed up on your doorstep and informed you that you were the long-lost princess of a country clear across the globe? Regina’s story is one that the rest of us dream of.
But while it’s common to expect to see princess movies geared towards young girls, it’s a bit surprising to see one for grown women. Reggie has a college degree and her own business restoring classic cars. She looked at her situation from an adult perspective with responsibility instead of fairy tales on her mind. Don’t get me wrong, this was still a fairy tale story, but from a perspective that people in their 20s, 30s, 40s and beyond can enjoy with a little bit of reality mixed in. It masterfully allows a grown adult to step back into their childhood hopes of “dreams come true”. It’s like Disney for adults 🙂
Princess Ever After is the second book in the Royal Wedding series, but if you wanted to read it as a stand-alone it could be done. There is some connection between the two stories (especially political), but the main characters have their own romances. Once Upon A Prince does share some background that is helpful to this story, but I wouldn’t consider it absolutely mandatory. Having said that though, the first book in the series is another enjoyable read and it’s fully worth it to read both.
Age Appropriateness: This book is like Disney for adults. There is nothing in the content that would prevent a younger reader if they expressed interest, but the story is written to appeal to adults. The best I can explain it would be to think of Mia Thermopolis (The Princess Diaries) being told she’s a princess when she’s 30 instead of 15.