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Friday, February 28, 2014

Another Present Day Fairy Tale, by Rachel Hauck

"Princess Ever After"

   By Rachel Hauck

About the book: A Royal Wedding Book
Regina Beswick was born to be a princess.
But she's content to be a small-town girl, running a classic auto restoration shop, unaware a secret destiny awaits her. One that will leap from the pages of her grandmother's hand-painted book of fairytales.
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 if 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.

My Thoughts:

What a delightful book!!! What girl doesn't love Fairy Tales !!! What girl doesn't wish to be a princess???  Rachel Hauck fulfilled both of these desires in her newest book of The Royal Wedding Series. Throw in royalty, a new country, a rags to riches story, and it equals a delightful read. I had read Book One in the Royal Series, "Once Upon a Prince" and loved the whole concept of a present day fairytale. I was intrigued with the development of the characters in this book. As I read, I was reminded of Cinderella, a favorite childhood tale. Regina, is a regular working girl, whose world is turned upside down, when she discovers that she the long lost princess of a distant country, Hassenberg. She is a realistic character that is so easily identified with, that you automatically share her challenges, decisions, and fears. You dream along with her, of what it COULD be like, and also, what it WILL be like to give up her regular job and home, both near and dear to her.

Tanner is the "knight in shining armor"!  I loved him upon  his first appearance in the book. Kindness, honesty, faith- all these words well describe him. He, too, has fears to overcome, but is determined to attain his goal. If you can choose a character to fall in love with, Tanner is the one!! A true charmer!!

The plot, although a bit slow moving at the beginning of the book, picks up speed and keeps the reader thoroughly engrossed, with new twists and turns around every corner. It was slower as it gave so much description, but I felt in the end, that this added to the charm of the tale. You were able to picture the setting of all of the events. It was as if you were there! this is what, to me, makes a great book!!

"Princess Ever After" reminded me of "Princess Diaries", every girl's dream!! Rachel has a outstanding talent of richly describing each scene. Her knowledge of royalty appeals to many readers, of which I was one!! 

Definitely a five star book!! Take time to pretend!! Also take time to think about divine intervention in lives!!  A great read!!

Meet the author: Rachel Hauck is an award-winning, best selling author of critically acclaimed novels such as RITA nominated The Wedding Dress and RITA nominated Love Starts with Elle, part of the Lowcountry series, the Nashvegas series and the Songbird Novels penned with multi-platinum recording artist, Sara Evans. Their novel Softly and Tenderly, was one of Booklists 2011 Top Ten Inspirationals. A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, she worked in the corporate software world before planting her backside in an uncomfortable chair to write full time in 2004. Rachel 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 writes from her two-story tower in an exceedingly more comfy chair. She is a huge Buckeyes football fan.

Learn more about Rachel at: http://rachelhauck.com

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/tk6Wt 

This book was provided by Litfuse in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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