Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Princess Ever After by Rachel Hauck

Princess Ever After

As an anointed worship leader, Rachel is familiar with the presence of God—His beauty, His glory, the oil. I really liked seeing some of those elements in this story. 

Let’s begin with the summary:

Regina Beswick didn’t know she was born to be a princess.

She’s content to be a small-town girl, running a classic auto restoration shop, unaware that a secret destiny awaits her. One that will leap from the pages of her grandmother’s hand-painted book of fairy tales.

Tanner Burkhardt is the stoic minister of culture for the Grand Duchy of Hessenberg. When he is tasked to retrieve the long-lost princess, he must overcome his fear of failure in order to secure his nation’s future — and his own.

Yet lurking in the political shadows is a fierce opponent with sinister plans to abolish the throne forever.

Overwhelmed with opposition, Regina must decide whether she’s destined to restore old cars or an ancient nation. Together — with a little divine intervention — Regina and Tanner discover the truth of her heritage and the healing power of true love.

And now, my review:

From the very first words of this novel, where we meet the mechanic who is our protagonist, we’re wondering when the princess will arrive on the scene. Then, we’re with our Hessenberg hero, who is both flawed and noble. He’s hiding a secret, a regret. His flaw make him relatable for readers. And his characterization makes him original.

I loved the heroine’s courage. She has princess genes. She’s brave, wise, caring, and has good leadership skills. Before she’s in her kingdom, she’s already holding court. People gather around her, attracted by her grace and fairness and warmth.

The God elements were not of this worldly realm, which I found refreshing. I’ve rarely read an author like Rachel. Generally, if you see supernatural elements, you’re reading a fantasy novel. But with Rachel’s stories, you get both real characters and storylines, as well as supernatural elements—like in the vow scene. Oil!

Rachel’s prose is unforgettable. I highlighted many phrases in my Kindle.

And the romance! Romance readers will love this story.

One of her themes is change and that God sometimes brings odd circumstances into our lives. The outcome will be a blessing, but there are changes required to get there. So, will we, as believers, cooperate with change and trust God? Good questions readers may find themselves asking.

I’ve enjoyed every book in this series, even The March Bride, which isn’t officially of this series, but picks up on the storyline of Once Upon A Prince. I highly recommend the entire Royal Wedding series. You’ll get more than you expect.

Loved this book!

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