Book Review: How to Catch A Prince

18 Mar

Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.
Romans 5:2

315542An 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?

 

RHauck-275Rachel 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. She serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference speaker. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pets.

 

My Impressions:

Let me first say that Rachel Hauck is my go-to author for contemporary romance. Her writing is fresh and her characters are engaging and endearing. I loved the first two books in The Royal Wedding Series, Once Upon A Prince and Princess Ever After. And while I finally got around to liking How to Catch A Prince, it was at first a slow go for me. Still it is a great book for those who like fairytale romance with a big happy ending.

Corina Del Rey is as close to a princess as America gets. She is the daughter of a fabulously wealthy family and is smart, beautiful and successful in her own right. Yet circumstances of her brother’s death in Afghanistan and the prince she was forced to leave have left her empty and hurt for the past five and a half years. Stephen Stratton, Prince of Brighton, has grieved since the day he was injured and his closest mates were killed. The enormity of the event and his role in it have left him certain of his unfitness as a man and husband. A long hidden, but not forgotten, wedding certificate surfaces to plunge him back on the road to life.

As I said, How to Catch A Prince was slow in developing for me. It may be because the heroine, Corina, is not someone I could easily identify with. This jet-setting heiress, albeit sweet and faith-filled, didn’t seem to be a regular gal like Susanna and Regina from the previous books. She was described as a perfect fit for the royal family, which left me feeling bad for the King’s wife who has down-home charm to spare. But as the story progressed I warmed to Corina and her lost prince, Stephen. I think that is due in great part to the fairytale elements that are inserted into the novel after Corina’s arrival in Brighton Kingdom. Two angelic characters lightened and deepened the mood of the book. I loved the messages of loving well and serving in order to lead — a demonstration of the greatest commandment. There is also the message of being unworthy/worthy of salvation that Hauck explores through Stephen’s character. So while I was a bit ho-hum with the first two-thirds of the book, I was cheering along as Corina and Stephen reestablished and solidified their relationship. And in a world where marriages are discarded like yesterday’s news, it is refreshing to have a book where a character never loses sight of her commitment even when hope seems lost.

So while this might not be my favorite of the series, How to Catch A Prince is, after all,  a recommended read.

Recommended.

Audience: older teens and adults.

(Thanks to LitFuse for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

To purchase this book, click HERE.

 

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