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.
Thoughts:I had picked up one of Rachel's books before but hadn't gotten around to reading it. I figured she was a pretty good author and had seen some positive reviews. All her books seemed really sweet :) When this one came out I really wanted to read it and it looked very good!
Susanna has just been dumped. She'd been with Adam for twelve years only to hear that "he'd found the right ring, just not the right girl" and that he'd met someone else. Even in her pain she begins to realize that he was right. They weren't in love and right for each other. She was in love with the plan and security that he brought. In the days and weeks following her break-up. Susanna meets a wonderful guy, Nate. He changes her tire and drives her to the hospital in an emergency and waits for her! He's got a great personality and although she is attracted to him she's sure it's just a rebound from being dumped. Nathaniel is a prince. A Crown Prince who is expected to inherit the crown any day now. His father has leukemia and is only just hanging on. He came over to visit a distant relative and met Susanna. She is so refreshingly real and beautiful. He finds himself really liking her. Even thought he has so many problems over in Brighton and he isn't allowed to marry a foreigner. He feels like it wasn't just chance that he met Susanna...
Pros: Susanna was a lovely character, as was Nate. I didn't feel totally "wow" about them but I still really did enjoy their story. Susanna was fun and determined. There were several scenes that made me smile at just how strong she was in awkward situations! Nate was a little bland, but he was a great guy and would totally make a great king! I loved how they encouraged each other in their faith and lives. The plot wasn't super complex or anything, it was mostly straight forward although there were a couple surprises along the way :) There were some really sweet parts and picturesque scenes. Susanna lived in a beautiful spot. The ending was really sweet and there were some side characters that I really liked as well. The romance was clean, very sweet and mature (if that makes sense) they were definitely aware of where they stood and how God should be a part of their relationship and all that.
Cons:Sometimes the characters, plot or chapter was a little dry or slow. Otherwise I don't have any complaints! There wasn't any cussing, drinking, or etc. Just a couple rumors and a God centered romance with only like one kiss.
Overall, this is a super sweet love and "the one" story that is clean (-one rumor that is inappropriate for younger teens) and is a great and sweet read! I liked it a lot although I didn't fall in love with it. I really liked it.