Once Upon a Prince

Rachel Hauck
Zondervan (2013)
ISBN: 9780310315476
Reviewed by Tamra LeValley for Reader Views (10/13)


We begin Rachel Hauck’s “Once Upon a Prince” with a breakup: Susanna was the girlfriend of a soldier for 12 years until he dumped her one night. The girl who thought that planning her life out so no surprises could ruin it has been let down by the very thing she has hid from. A man on vacation is also hiding from who he is. He is sought after by the paparazzi as well as all woman. He rescues Susanna from a homeless man, changes her flat tire and goes to work in her family’s restaurant. Once Susanna finds out that Nathaniel is more than he is cracked up to be can the two of them make a go of this budding relationship? That will depend on if Parliament will allow their King to marry a pauper. 

This was a wonderful Christian Romance with all the bells and whistles. "Once Upon a Prince" by Rachel Hauck lives up to its title and theme. It is a fairy-tale spectacular. You have a woman who is in need of rescuing but won't admit it. She is desperate to be loved but is unable to let go of her restrictions and allow it to happen. Her life is lived in a box which is well kept and maintained. You have a Prince who comes along and wants to commit chaos to this staid operation of hers. He comes to her aid at a time when she is vulnerable from a break-up and props her up at the right time. The circumstances of his life forbid a romance, so he must a find a way to circumvent the law.

The characters were so lovable and attachable. There was only one villain and she did not cause much mayhem which was refreshing. The plot, however, was very predictable and at times underwhelming. Descriptions of places and event were well written without too much word usage. It kept my interest! There were absolutely no surprises in the book which was a bit disappointing but I still enjoyed reading it. I could not wait to get to the end because I knew exactly what was going to happen but I wanted to read how the author wrote it. “Once Upon a Prince” by Rachel Hauck did not let me down in the least.


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