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Book Review: March Bride by Rachel Hauck

Posted by Julie on March 21, 2014 in Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

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Book Description:

A year’s worth of novellas from twelve inspirational romance authors. Happily ever after guaranteed.

 

Susanna has found her true prince, and their happily ever after is just around the corner. But when Nate asks her to give up something precious to her, Susanna can’t help but wonder if it’s a sign that their love is not meant to be.

 

Susanna Truitt (Once Upon A Prince) is three weeks from royalty. She’ll soon marry King Nathaniel II of Brighton Kingdom. But when the government insists she renounce her American citizenship before the wedding, coupled with the lack of involvement by family and friends, Susanna’s heart begins to doubt whether this marriage is God’s plan for her.

 

Nathaniel would do anything for his bride-to-be. But he knows his position requires that she give up a lot to be with him. Her life will never be her own—right down to her very identity. When she travels home to St. Simon’s Island, Georgia, right before the wedding, Nathaniel fears she won’t return. Gathering his courage, he devises a plan to win his bride all over again, and together they seek out a kingdom to treasure above all.

What a sweet surprise March Bride was. I didn’t know this novella was a continuation of Once Upon a Price, so readers get to revisit Susanna and Nathaniel’s love story weeks before their royal wedding. Their love is deep, but the conflicts continue. Susanna can’t shake that on her best day, she’s still a redneck Georgia girl and that an entire country is counting on her to be a princess. And she keeps seeing Nathaniel around a woman who is a better fit for him, and has made her intentions clear in the past. When Nathaniel confesses that Susanna has to make one more sacrifice before the wedding, she returns home to clear her head. Will she be able to surrender everything in order to marry her true love?

I really enjoyed March Bride because I still love a good fairy tale, and this is a realistic one, too. Susanna’s battle over identity is one all women can relate to, whether we’re marrying royalty or not. I absolutely related to her anxieties about not being good enough and whether her intended was having regrets. It’s captivating reading full of conflict and romance, and is a quick read. I do recommend reading Once Upon a Prince first. By doing so you learn about how their romance unfolds and the secondary characters who continue to get in the way in March Bride.

If you love romance, usher in spring with March Bride.

To purchase March Bride, click here.

I received a copy of March Bride from NetGalley/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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COTT: Rachel Hauck’s Once Upon a Prince Latest Clash Winner

Posted by Julie on July 8, 2013 in Book Review, COTT, Guest blogger, Writing |

Julie’s note: I reviewed Once Upon a Prince and loved it. Check out the review here.

 

We had some amazing stories come out this past month. Each one poised to captivate your imagination, from overcoming great odds together, to chance meetings with a dashing earl, switchboard encounters of the handsome kind, a mysterious vanishing, and a prince’s choice.

Thank you to Joselyn Vaughn author of Climbing Heartbreak Hill, Vanessa Riley author of Madeline’s Protector, Lorna Seilstad author of When Love Calls, and Deborah Raney author of The Face of the Earth for participating in our clash.

And Now, Clash of the Titles presents the May New Release Winner…

Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck!

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 a ordinary girl. But everything changes when Susanna receives an invitation to Nathaniel’s coronation.
From the Clash of the Titles Commenters
Once Upon a Prince has all the ingredients needed to make for a wonderful summer read!
Loved loved loved Once Upon A Prince! gave it 5 stars on Goodreads!
Rachel, I couldn’t stop reading this one! Wonderful love story! Love the cover!
What Reviewers Are Saying
Hauck spins a surprisingly believable royal-meets-commoner love story. This is modern and engaging tale with well-developed secondary characters that are entertaining and add a quirky touch. Hauck fans will find a gem of a tale.   Starred Review Publishers Weekly
Readers Love It
Recently finished “Once Upon a Prince.” Absolutely LOVED it! A perfect summer (or fall or winter or spring, for that matter) read. It was the best book I have read in a l-o-n-g time! You have set the bar high, Rachel!


Julie’s note: I reviewed Once Upon a Prince and loved it. Here’s my review.

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. She penned the Songbird Novels 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 uncomfortable chair to write full time in 2004.

Rachel serves on the Executive Board of 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.

Here next book, Princess Ever After, releases in February 2014.

Visit her web site at http://www.rachelhauck.com

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COTT: Summer Reads

Posted by Julie on July 1, 2013 in COTT, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Writing |

Summer is here, and we’ve got some great new
releases to fill up those camping trips, car rides, and lazy days on
the beach. Our May suggestions are intriguing and ready to
pull you into stories of faith, love, and adventure.

It will be hard to choose between these five
wonderful romances.These books are sure to captivate your imagination,
from overcoming great odds together, to chance meetings with a dashing
earl, switchboard encounters of the handsome kind, a mysterious
vanishing, and a prince’s choice.

Vote for the one most likely to make your
summer To Be Read pile by voting below. Don’t forget to send some love
and encouragement to our authors via the comments section.

Happy Voting!

Their lives are worlds apart; he’s a royal prince and she’s an ordinary girl, buteverything changes when Susanna receives an invitation to Nathaniel’scoronation. It’s the ultimate choice: His kingdom or her heart…God’s will or
their own?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
When Mitchell’s wife, Jill, kisses him goodbye, he has
no idea that he may never see her again. When the police can’t find her, Mitchasks his neighbor, Shelley, for help, but as weeks turn into months and Mitchand Shelley grow ever closer, he wonders how he can honor his vows to a woman
who seems to have vanished off the face of the earth.
Switchboard operators, otherwiseknown as “hello girls,” must conduct themselves according tostrict–and often bewildering–rules, which include absolutely no consorting
with gentlemen while in training. Hannah Gregory has never been good atfollowing rules, but she doubts it will be difficult to keep that particularrule–until a handsome young lawyer starts getting under her skin.
A chance meeting and a bullet woundchange everything, and Madeline St. James must trust that the Good Shepherd has led her to the altar to marry a dashing stranger, Lord Devonshire. Madeline’s unwavering faith intrigues and exasperates the stubborn earl, but can the compromised couple forge a true bond before the next disaster strikes?
After their professional athletic careers are sidelined, Tara and Ryan must find purpose and fulfillment in their new lives. With the help of the Junkyard King and a mechanical bull, can Tara and Ryan find the courage to climb Heartbreak Hill together?

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Book Review: Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck

Posted by Julie on May 15, 2013 in Book Review, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

I love to lead the John and Stasi Eldredge study Captivating for women. One of the trademarks created in girls is to long to hear they are lovely. To swoon over a romance while twirling their skirts. And every time I teach it, the ladies sigh with me as we remember our favorite books and movies that display these things.

Once Upon a Prince is a swoon worthy book. I’m forty-something and I still love a royal story where common girl falls for a prince. Rachel Hauck makes this classic story fresh and sweet with Susanna Truitt, a by-the-book woman who had her entire life planned out until the man who was supposed to be her fiance breaks up with her. As she tends to her broken heart, she runs into a nice guy named Nate. What she doesn’t know is Nate is really Prince Nathaniel.

Prince Nathaniel is in America on holiday with a full agenda others have put on him. His family and country need him, and there are expectations. Problem is, he can’t get Susanna off his mind.

once-upon-a-prince-PW-star-200x308That’s all you get from me, but this felt like an adult Princess Diaries of sorts. Sweet moments where Susanna has no clue who she’s befriending. Prince Nathaniel her rescuer, never creating drama or fanfare, but just wanting to be a help. Supporting characters who give readers smiles and laugh out loud moments, as well as minor characters who make you want to scream in frustration.

From the back cover:

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 a 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 it’s very best.”
Debbie Macomber, NY Times #1 Bestselling Author

It’s funny because when it comes to writing and reading, I’m a romance junkie. Yet for movies, I tend to live action movies. Once Upon a Prince swept me up and left me with a contented sigh, I could see it as a movie. I replayed parts of the book  in my mind, picturing what the characters would look like, or what actors would best represent these lovely, charming people I was rooting for.

I also loved the cover. The model on the front just exudes joy and draws you in.

Take the plunge and dive into Once Upon a Prince. It’s a royally romantic read.

To purchase, click here.

I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.



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