When you open a book, you don’t always know what surprises are in store–even when it is the third book in the series. Such was the case for me with this particular novel. I was expecting a pretty light-hearted, fanciful story. The kind of things that girl’s dream about as children. While this novel definitely had elements of that, I also found it to have a depth that surprised me. A strong message all wrapped up in an extremely enjoyable tale.
**I received a copy of this book from Zondervan and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**
Behind him, beside him, before him, the synchronized cathedral bells began to ring out.
One, two, three . . .
Then she said it first. The words his heart burst to share. “I love you, Stephen. You are my true prince.”
An American heiress and a crown prince seem destined to be together. Will the devastation of war keep them apart forever?
American heiress Corina Del Rey caught her prince once. But the tragedy of war kept her too long in a fog of grief. Now she’s shifting her life forward, reigniting her career as a journalist. Still, nothing can relieve her of the secret and the love she carries in her soul.
Prince Stephen of Brighton is one of the world’s most eligible bachelors and a star rugby player, trying to make sense of his life. His days in Afghanistan with the Royal Air Command will mark him forever. And he can’t shake their dark shadow.
But when his brother, King Nathaniel, confronts him with a document the prince thought long buried and forgotten, Stephen is forced to face the pain of his past and the love he left behind.
With a little heavenly help, Prince Stephen and Corina embark on a journey of truth. But when the secrets are revealed, can they overcome, move forward, and find love again?
“The path to life and love is pressing forward to what lies ahead. Not dwelling on what lies behind.”
-Adelaide, How to Catch a Prince
Characters: The heroine of this novel is wonderful with her southern belle charm and saucy attitude. She is the kind of girl that I imagine everyone would want to know. Corina comes across as quite down to earth and knows how to make a joke. Stephen on the other hand is trying to make up for what he feels a moment that he screwed up. That moment starts to impact every part of his life. Together, they learn to overcome things and find a deeper faith in God.
Storyline: I adored this storyline. There were enough light-hearted moments that made a wonderful contrast to some of the more serious matters of the story. Plus, a there were a couple of smaller threads that all wove together quite nicely to support the main storyline of the relationship between the prince and his “wife.”
My Thoughts: How to Catch a Prince was a novel with layers of fun and an overall beautiful story. True to the series of novels, Rachel Hauck captures the fascination we Americans have with royalty for her fictional monarchy. She also incorporates every little girl’s dream of marrying a prince in these stories. But, this one finds its individuality in the story of Prince Stephen, a man who is hiding from quite a bit of darkness. Ultimately, the novel is about redemption and finding our worthiness in Christ. This is probably my favorite novel by Hauck that I have read and I can’t wait to see what she has for us next!
**THIS NOVEL WILL BE RELEASED FEBRUARY 24, 2015**
About the Author:
Rachel Hauck is an award-winning, best selling author of critically acclaimed novels such as The Wedding Dress, Love Starts with Elle, and Once Upon A Prince.
She also penned the Songbird Novels with multi-platinum recording artist, Sara Evans. Booklist named their novel, Softly and Tenderly, one of 2011 Top Ten Inspirationals.
A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, Rachel worked in the corporate software world before planting her backside in an uncomfortable chair to write full-time in 2004.
She serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and leads worship at their annual conference. She is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference speaker.
Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pets, and writes from her two-story tower in an exceedingly more comfy chair. She is a huge Buckeyes football fan.
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