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How to Catch a Prince, by Rachel Hauck

About the Book:Book - How to Catch a Prince
Author: Rachel Hauck
Publisher: Zondervan
Source: Publisher Provided ARC
Publication Date: 2015
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Series: Royal Weddings, book 3
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary, Christian
Rating: 5 out of 5

REVIEW: On my list of most-anticipated 2015 releases, this novel ranked high. It’s the final in a series of books that to some may appear to be no more than fluffy romances. I am here to deflate that mindset – or give it a go. These are really much more than just a happily-ever-after. Corina Del Ray is grieving. Her twin brother’s death shattered her family and now they are a shell of what they used to be. She’s trying to move on after a move to Florida and pursuing her journalism career, but everything about her past comes right back to the surface when Prince Stephen finds her. Married in secret to the prince once upon a time, Corina is shocked to learn that they are still married. The marriage was never annulled. In America at the order of his brother, Stephen is not completely over events of the past either. Stumbling in his rugby career, Stephen feels lost while recovering from an injury. The weight of a secret he still carries and coupled with seeing the woman who still owns his heart isn’t helping.

I can still remember when this series first debuted and some Goodreads reviewers/readers being skeptical about its premise. Fairytale lover I am, there were likely only stars in my eyes as I consumed that first book. Disappointment is not a word associated with this series. The final book follows that same path. Beautiful covers translate to an exquisite story, waiting to be uncovered inside. The resounding theme in How to Catch a Prince is Corina’s conviction to not give up in the stoic face of defeat but instead to love well. Any of the falling-in-love after marriage stories that I’ve read have been favorites. This one is no different. Beautifully told, this book is easily one of my very favorite contemporaries. The romance is so much richer because of the past the character’s share, more “whole” because of this, while still allowing for plenty of happy sighs because of the fun events or topics that are incorporated with Stephen’s role as a royal.

Secrets do play a pivotal part to the integrity of the story, however in spite of what the normal clichés would have us believe, this eventual reveal doesn’t end the same way most do. Naturally there is separation, yet it’s not because of an I-don’t-ever-want-to-see-you-again meltdown. How many times has this been the case before? The amount of books that play this card is exhausting. Instead of that, Hauck has a classier solution and it makes the eventual reunion all the more rewarding and emotionally healthy. If you’ve read about this book and think Stephen sounds familiar, you’d be right. He’s the brother of King Nathanial from book one. Because of this, we are able to hang out with our favorite King and wife, Susannah, which was lovely. Stephen and Corina have their own love story to tell and the way it evolves, grows and changes is defined not by the past, but how they get to know each other in the present.

All that’s left to say is, go forth and read How to Catch a Prince. Bittersweet as it is to say goodbye to this world, these books are not ones I’ll easily give up. They’re enchanting, romantic and each couple’s love story is poignant and purposeful. Stephen had to learn how to forgive himself before he could love his wife without regrets. The challenge for Corina was moving on and healing so that she could love well. Each vignette was beautifully written and if ever there was a story that “came off the pages” for me, I do believe this would be it.

Synopsis: Prince Stephen came to America to escape responsibility. But what he found complicates his life more than ever.

Corina Del Rey is happy with her life in Melbourne, Florida. She spends her days engrossed in her career as a journalist and has her sights set on climbing the corporate ladder if for no other reason, to distract herself from her dissolving family. But when she is confronted with the past she fought so hard to put behind her, she struggles to make sense of her future.

Prince Stephen of Brighton Kingdom has moved on since the tragic death of his buddies in Afghanistan. A star professional rugby player, he has no intention of looking over his shoulder at what could’ve been.

But when a notice arrives in the mail requiring his and his wife s appearance before the courts to dissolve their marriage, he must deal with the questions rumbling around in his heart. He thought his marriage had been annulled long ago, but his memories of Corina Del Rey remain close. Does he still love her? Can he even find her? Above all, can he tell her the truth about that fateful night in Afghanistan seven years ago? If he does, he might really lose her forever.” – Goodreads

Sincere thanks to the publisher for providing a complimentary ARC copy of this book for reviewing purposes.

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