Once Upon a Prince by Rachel HauckOnce Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck

Once Upon a Prince

byRachel Hauck

Paperback | April 30, 2013

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Once Upon a Prince, the first novel in the Royal Wedding series by best-selling 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. Simons 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?

“This is classic romance at its very best.” —DEBBIE MACOMBER

“[A] surprisingly believable royal-meets-commoner love story. With only a subtle nod to Cinderella, this modern and engaging tale follows the budding relationship of an American Southern girl and a pseudo-Brit prince . . . Hauck fans will find a gem of a tale.” —Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW for Once Upon a Prince

Rachel Hauck is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author of The Wedding Dress, which was also named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times and was a RITA finalist. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and two pets and writes from her ivory tower. Visit her online at rachelhauck.co...
Title:Once Upon a PrinceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.38 × 5.5 × 0.88 inPublished:April 30, 2013Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0310315476

ISBN - 13:9780310315476


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect Romance! Every once in awhile a book comes along that's a refreshing change, and the perfect fit for what you've been wanting to read, and that was definitely the case for me with Once Upon A Prince by Rachel Hauck. For as long as I can remember, the "famous or royal person falling for the regular person" has been one of my favorite tropes, and I've read so many books with this tagline over the last few years. However, this one was so different from anything I'd read previously, and it warmed my heart to read such a sweet romance that focused on faith, family, friendships, God's will, and self sacrifice rather than the selfish desires that often are at the forefront of romance novels. Susanna and Nathaniel were both characters that I enjoyed right from the get go. After Susanna's humiliating breakup, that her whole town soon finds out about, the typical response would have been bitterness or revenge. Instead, Susanna reaches deep inside herself to realize that Adam was right in breaking off what had become more of a set plan for their lives, rather than an endearing relationship. She also shows great maturity when she meets Adam again later in the novel, and only has the best wishes for him in his future endeavors. Similarly, she refuses to give up on her career aspirations, even offering to work pro bono just to get her name and her work out their for all to see. Nathaniel is also a humbling protagonist, in the sense that his country and family legacy mean the world to him, but he often struggles with feeling like this wasn't God's plan for his life, but rather man's. He's not the slightest bit self righteous in his reasoning for why he can't continue a relationship with Susanna, and instead is refreshingly honest with his feelings, and the pact that dictates who he must marry. As well, from the start, their relationship is never just about physical attraction. Obviously they're both human and hormones of course come into play, but there's so much to their developing friendship than just attraction. One of my favorite quotes from the book was " When they stopped for ice cream, he lost one of his two scoops in the dirt when he failed to maneuver his bike down the road with any schoolboy skill. She laughed over the incident for the next mile, head back, mouth wide, and Nathaniel had half a mind to do the trick all over again just to hear that sound." As it showcased to me the fact that Nathaniel was drawn to Susanna's personality and gracious spirit, rather than just to her appearance and his corresponding attraction. Faith obviously plays a huge part in this book, and I thought it was written in beautifully. When Nathaniel questions his royal responsibilites as being separate from God's handiwork, Susanna reminds him that God's master plan is what brought him this close to the throne in the first place, and the two spend many of their precious moments together in sacred worship in holy spaces. Nathaniel also shows humility when he's willing to sacrifice his relationship with Susanna for the good of his country, but still isn't willing to do what he feels isn't right, even when it seems the easiest solution to all his country's problems. All in all, it's been a long time since I've enjoyed a romance novel this much, and I rated this one four out of five stars. Rachel Hauck has clearly written a winner in my eyes, and I'm looking forward to not only continuing on with this series, but also reading the numerous other books of hers I currently have sitting on my bookshelves.
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely story I loved reading this story and am excited to continue the series of companion novels. Such a great fairytale!
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Once Upon a Prince Rachel Hauck is one of the only writers who can write a romance story I will actually love. Her stories feel more realistic than others in many ways and I love the way she blends faith with love and adventure. This story was a wonderful journey. The characters were wonderful, their journeys were delightful and the ending was exciting.
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Once Upon a Prince Really loved her way of writing. Very interesting story line. Enjoyed this book a lot. Looking forward to another.
Date published: 2015-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Delightful Fairy-Tale (with a few detractions) Are you looking for a story that will draw you in and sweep you away? Perhaps your imagination longs for the inspiration of a modern-day, realistic fairytale where ordinary girls can become princesses, and happily-ever-afters are everyday occurrences? Then open up the pages of Zondervan author Rachel Hauck?s first novel in the Royal Wedding Series - Once Upon a Prince - and your wishes will be granted! Landscape architect Susanna Truitt never wanted to be a princess. But then again, she never expected the man she always planned to marry - her boyfriend of 12 years - to suddenly inform her that he had 'found the right ring but not the right girl'. Who would, after all? But God has a few surprises in store for Susanna, if only she can trust Him with the story of her life? The fairy-tale begins when she meets Brighton's Crown Prince Nathaniel Henry Kenneth Mark Stratton beneath the fabled Lover's Oak in her Georgian hometown. Except Susanna does not know he?s a prince-soon-to-be-king. And he changes her flat tire. After this chance meeting, Susanna can't push thoughts of 'Nate Kenneth' from her mind, and Nathaniel can't stop remembering the beautiful American girl who could never be part of the future planned for him from the day he was born. His burden. As circumstances begin to nudge the pair into each other's paths time and time again, Susanna and Nathaniel are faced with impossible choices. Their hearts are becoming entangled with one another, but will Nathaniel's position force him to leave behind the only woman he can ever love, only to marry one he can barely tolerate? And when given the chance to experience a glimpse of royal life, will Susanna be crushed under the pressures and insinuations that threaten her? Only time - and a little bit of fairy-tale magic - will tell. The lovable primary characters and laughable secondary characters, the contrasting backdrops of small-town Georgia and palace life of Brighton's royals, and the unusual scenarios of Once Upon a Prince are a delight. Refreshingly, tidbits of Bible-based wisdom and heart-tested truths are sprinkled like seasoning throughout the story, giving it a delightfully sweet flavor. As Susanna learns to let go of her carefully planned life and simply trust in the One who wrote her life's story, readers will find encouragement to let go, and let God, as well. Regrettably, a few aspects of the book detract from an otherwise stellar rating. Certain unwholesome insinuations, uncomfortable situations and discussions, and references to inappropriate actions place a blemish on an otherwise delightful story that could have been enjoyed by all ages. As it is, I still recommend Once Upon a Prince as a delightful, modern-day fairy-tale sure to engage your imagination, but I must also tack on a warning about occasional portions that are less-than-desirable. *** This book was provided courtesy of HarperCollins Canada, in exchange for my honest review. It is available for purchase at bookstores from Zondervan Publishers.
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Once Upon a Prince If there's a girl that has never wished to be a princess or be loved by a handsome prince, I'd worry. Seriously worry about her. I don't think I've waited with as much anticipation for any other book than I did for this one. When it arrived, I pounced. And the family went hungry. But, praise God for fast food restaurants, right? ;) Fully rounded and relatable characters made this book a great read. From Susanna (a planner who hates surprises) and Nate (a prince longing for personal freedom) to a mother and father who are as real as any could get, to a Queen who understands more than most would think, the great supporting cast makes the lead characters in this book even more lovable. Nate is about to become King. In Georgia for a last holiday before a life of duty takes over, he meets--and falls for--local gal Susanna. Susanna has her own baggage she's carrying on her shoulders. Raw from a not-too-easy let down, she meets Nate and wonders if he can be someone special, or is he just her rebound guy? Can God do that? Pull the plug on a 12 year relationship and give her someone who is going to matter right away? In a lighthearted, yet still deep manner, Ms. Hauck gives Christians questions to ask ourselves. Can God do this? Does God even care? What the heck am I supposed to be doing right now? Connecting with her readers on a personal, individual basis, we're forced to wonder "Am I willing to let go and allow God to lead in the way He wants me to go?" She'll leave you with things to chew over, pray over, and ponder. "She had to trust God, believing in the largeness, yet abandoning the outcome to him." I loved this book. And I will be reading the next in the series. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a fun and entertaining romance that manages to bury itself deep within the recesses of your romantic heart.
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Once Upon a Prince Sweet, predictable, love story. Good reminder of God's wonderful love for us.
Date published: 2013-05-26