Title: Once Upon A Prince
Author: Rachel Hauck
Series: Royal Wedding #1
Genre: Christian Fiction
Publishing Date: May 7, 2013
About the Book:
Once Upon a Prince, the first novel in the Royal Wedding series by bestselling author Rachel Hauck, treats you to a modern-day fairy tale.
Susanna Truitt never dreamed of a great romance or being treated like a 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. Simon’s 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?
I originally read this book when it was first released, but upon hearing that it was set to be aired as a movie on the Hallmark channel I decided to re-read it. This book reminds me a lot of the 2004 film The Prince and Me (which I confess is one of my favorites), but with an added Christian perspective. Every girl loves a good “secret prince” story!
Prince Nathaniel is pleasantly surprised that Susanna doesn’t know who he is, and he enjoys getting to know her as a “normal” person. Knowing that the Marriage Act of 1792 in his country prohibits him from marrying a foreigner, Nathaniel is caught off-guard when he realizes he’s fallen in love with Susanna. Just getting over a break-up, Susanna wasn’t expecting to be able to give her heart to another man so soon, especially one she discovers she’s not allowed to love.
If you love fairy-tale romance, this book is a must-read. You have to love a story that leaves you with a smile on your face 🙂 I didn’t realize how much I’d forgotten from the book until I re-read it now but I’m glad I did just in time to watch it on the Hallmark channel tomorrow night! As an avid reader I always prefer the book to the movie, but I also can’t help but be excited for the movie either. I’d be curious to hear your thoughts after watching the film tomorrow what you think!
Age Appropriateness: This was a good clean read. If you’ve seen the movie The Prince and Me (rated PG) it’s very similar as far as the content and age-appropriate level. If they are at a high enough reading level I can see readers as young as 10 or 11 enjoying this book.
Sounds dreamy! Will have to see if my library has it. Thanks for the review! Interested to hear what the show is like too…
I don’t know if you have an Ollies by you either but I just saw it at both stores that are close to me for only a few dollars including the 2nd book in the series which I’m actually reading now 🙂
No I’m in Australia… but we have an online library that I can check out and possibly order in from the actual library 😀
Oh how cool!! I’ve always wanted to go to Australia!! It’s on my bucket list 🙂
I’ve always wanted to go to America! I’d love to see what it’s really like there 😊
This was my first Rachel Hauck novel. I immediately knew I wanted to read more by her. I have read the entire series and several of her other books as well. I wish I got the Hallmark Channel so I could watch the movie!!!
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I watched the movie and loved it! I loved how kind the characters were to each other, and Nate was such a gentleman. I checked out the book from the library and I’m going to read it soon. Did you enjoy the movie?
Hi Sarah! Thanks for stopping in and commenting 🙂 Glad you are reading the book now! I’m actually currently reading the second in the series, and I’m really enjoying it. I thought the movie was okay, but I admit to being one of those people that grumbles when it’s not the same as the book lol.
I totally understand that. I often do the same thing. 🙂 I’m glad to hear the second book is good, too!