A Handsome modern day prince about to become King, amazing travels abroad, beautiful ball dresses, a chance meeting that leads to something more. Wow, all of these ingredients add up to a recipe that readers love when it comes to contemporary Christian romance novels. Honestly, these are all the things that I love when it comes to “Once upon a time” stories. And I really liked this story and the characters, but I have to say that I felt that maybe an ingredient or two might have been left out of this one.
As this novel opens our sweet heroine Susanna, a beautiful landscape architect, is getting dumped by her long time fiance’ on a scenic walk along the beach. All of her plans came crashing in around her as she thought that this stroll was the one to ‘“set the date” for her happily ever after. However, it turned more into-” See ya, I’ve met someone else. kind of stroll” This sends poor highly structured and infinite planner Susanna into a tailspin. And so tailspinning Susanna then meets up with playboy prince, “not -excited- to-be-King-someday Nathaniel as our damsel in distress has a flat tire. And the gallantry begins. He is a fish out of water in her world, even helping out at her family’s restaurant as they were short handed and a mop thrown in his hand. And she ventures to his neck of the woods too, where she needs to observe all the royal etiquette correctly and makes an occasional “Eliza Doolittle “ move by standing when she should be seated, etc.
I have to say that I absolutely adore a storyline where royalty falls for the girl next door, I mean who doesn’t? I just felt that this relationship didn’t form that deeply for me. It just felt a little rushed and I had a hard time seeing how with so little interaction that they could be so connected so quickly. Perhaps I just needed to suspend disbelief as it is a bit of a modern fairytale. As mentioned previously, it just felt like something was missing. I will have to say that it was a charming read and like I said had many things that I did enjoy. The ending is sweet and very romantic and I know that many readers will love it! I am a fan of Rachel Hauck’s writing and know that I will continue to read her in the future.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions expressed are honest and my own.