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Princess Ever After by Rachel Hauck

Book - Princess Ever AfterAbout the Book:
Author: Rachel Hauck
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication Date: February 2014
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Series: The Royal Wedding – Book 2
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary, Romance
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Review: Regina Beswick has lived a simple life as a born and bred southern Florida girl. Raised by her loving grandmother and widowed father, Reggie is a no-fuss kind of girl – she would rather rebuild a 70’s Dodge Challenger than worry about social functions that she may be arm candy for. Unbeknownst to Reggie, her family heritage has a secret in its past… a secret that Tanner Burkhart is about to share with her, and consequently turn her world upside down when she learns she isn’t the woman she thought she was – she’s a princess with a country to her name that is about to dissolve if Reggie doesn’t take her rightful place as its sovereign.

Writing an entire series framed by realism in which a sense of fantasy is coaxed to life has to be… tough. Rachel Hauck is just the author to pull this off – and she does it with grace and class. All of the relationship arcs that blossom between characters and engage its reader is what puts the genuine tug of love, joy and friendship in this book. Tanner’s character is full of mystery and a would-be possibility (thanks to the specks Hauck sprinkles about) was a reality that piqued my full interest – knowing how the story would eventually wrap, it was a “complication” that left me wondering over the end result. Opposite of a princess in any way is Regina, or that is on the surface what we assume of her. Underneath the girl who’s unafraid of hard work is a class act; Reggie may not know all the ins and outs of proper royal behavior just the same, this does nothing to deter her abilities – she knows how to make a good impression and how to fight for the things that are important. This is something she inspires Tanner to improve upon and want, which opens the door to talk a little bit about this relationship. Those of you who weren’t a fan of Once Upon a Prince should know that this book isn’t nearly as “romantic” as Nathanial and Susannah’s (both of whom do make an appearance for those of you wondering); there is a more level-headed maturity to their friendship and it grows from that. Reggie looks to Tanner to be her liaison as it were in navigating the murky waters of jumping into the Brighton lifestyle and of course, she intrigues Tanner from the moment he first lays eyes on her. Their declaration of love and eventually, more may be a bit too contrived for hard-core realists, however I adored it.

What Rachel does so splendidly with Princess Ever After is comingle realism with fairytale to exist in a space that never fully feels over-the-top unrealistic. The balance between the two worlds is nothing if not pleasant to experience. If memory serves me correctly, this sequel seemed to move at a much quicker clip than its predecessor though that minor quibble wasn’t enough to diminish the joy of the story – it’s another winner that is proudly earned a spot on that crammed “keeper” shelf.

A version of this review originally appeared on Fiction Addict

Synopsis: Regina Beswick never dreamed of faraway places. She’s happy with her life as a classic car mechanic and owner of a restoration shop.
But an unexpected visitor and the discovery of a fairytale, drawn by her great-grandma, causes Regina to wonder if she might be destined for something more.

Tanner Burkhardt, Minister of Culture for the Grand Duchy of Hessenberg, must convince the strong-willed Southerner, Miss Beswick, that she is his country’s long-lost princess. Failure could destroy his reputation and change his nation forever.

As Regina and Tanner face the challenges before them, neither are prepared for love to invade their hearts and change every thing they believe about themselves.

However, when a royal opponent nearly destroys Regina’s future, she must lean into God and trust He has sovereignly brought her to her true and final destiny. – Goodreads

Coming Next from Rachel Hauck: How to Catch a Prince, synopsis not available

With thanks to the publisher (Katie at Zondervan) and Fiction Addict for providing a complimentary ARC copy of this book for reviewing purposes.

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