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?
As hinted in the book synopsis, Once Upon a Prince is a modern-day fairy tale, but with a catch. Prince Nathaniel wanted to be treated like a normal guy, and he didn't let Susanna know who he was until it was too late to turn off her feelings for him. In fact, he went so far as to donate his time at Susanna's family restaurant, even bussing tables and cleaning toilets.
Susanna was furious when she found out the truth about the Prince. She tried to ignore the feelings that she had, but who doesn't like the idea of a real live fairy-tale? When she received an invitation to his coronation, she blindly accepts .... not realizing that the invitation is not from Prince Nathaniel at all. It is a cruel setup, and she walks right into the plan, totally unaware.
This was a fun and inspirational read, and definitely another winner for Rachel Hauck.
(I guess I still love fairy tales.)
Disclosure: Ebook received through Net Galley courtesy of Zondervan, in exchange for my honest review.