I’m super excited to announce that I’ve been accepted as a Booklook Blogger. Back before this blog was http://www.amandabradburn.com, I also had this privilege (Remember http://www.inkmademaiden.wordpress.com?), but when I switched from site to site, you (All my lovely followers, which at that time numbered about 250) were deleted.
Once I had enough followers here, I was able to reapply. So, without further ado, here’s my first book review! *This book was provided to me free of charge in ebook format from Harper Collins for my review*
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.
- This book was published by Zondervan in 2013
- it has 343 pages
- there are four books in the series
- I read it all in one sitting
- At first, I found Susanna a little obtuse. She didn’t act like a real person would in the beginning breakup scene. I found myself thinking that she was misunderstanding him on purpose, and that annoyed me. As the book progresses, she starts to act like a real person and respond similarly to how real people respond.
- The entire story felt a lot like a retelling/rewrite ofMeg Cabot’s Princess Diaries, which was a little disappointing. There wasn’t much new or unique material.
- The Christianity, while well-written and well-placed, was a little heavy-handed.
- The story perhaps ought to have been cut down by 50-75 pages. There were a few places where it dragged and I skimmed.
- I liked Nathan. Of course, that’s the whole point, that he’s Prince Charming.
- The worldbuilding felt pretty solid. Mostly, Ms. Hauck relied on real-world dynamics, adding a few countries where none exist. They felt real enough, if basically copycat islands of England and Ireland.
- The characters felt real, for the most part. The dialogue felt like real people speaking, and the plot, while not as tight as I would have hoped, didn’t wander too much and get lost.
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