Book Review: How to Catch a Prince by Rachel Hauck

how to catch a princeWhen everything seems to be falling apart, who do you turn to for direction and peace?

ABOUT THE BOOK:
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.

REVIEW:

Long ago, before I could even identify the definition of a prince or princess, my mother introduced to Disney. I was born during the Disney renaissance of Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and Aladdin, so my love for the House of Mouse is justified; little did my mother know, though, that my adoration of all things Disney would also foster a fascination with royalty and fairy tales. My heart grew beyond measure when I read Rachel Hauck’s Once Upon a Prince; by the time I finished her latest book in the series, How to Catch a Prince, I felt I was just about ready to burst into song-and-dance for the joy this story brings forth. Hauck not only has created a series of fairy-tale romances come true, she has also given readers the chance to live out their own real-life fairy tale with Jesus Christ.

American heiress Corina Del Rey lives a quiet life of work and small pleasures from her home in Melbourne, Florida. Born to a wealthy and loving family, she is trying to rebuild her life after tragically losing her twin brother to war. Stephen Stratton, prince of Brighton Kingdom and star rugby player, twice drastically changes Corina’s life: almost five years ago with a marriage proposal and shortly after with a declaration of dissolving that relationship. When he requests an annulment to their marriage, Corina realizes she has power in her hands to take back what has become an almost non-existence in her life. With the chance to alter the course of Brighton Kingdom’s history, Corina finally has the opportunity to learn what truly caused her brother’s death. Prince Stephen, still struggling to heal from his time in the Middle East, uses rugby as his escape from the trauma and death of war. Slowly, however, he finds only love from those around him—and from a forgiving God—can heal those wounds. When the truths of the past confront Stephen and Corina, they find that heavenly help will guide them to love and trust well.

How to Catch a Prince is a rich treat of romantic relationships, strong characters, and faith-filled themes that will draw readers directly into Hauck’s novel as well as their own relationship with Christ. Love well, the theme of How to Catch a Prince, brings to light what it means for people to love others in every possible aspect. Through the various primary and secondary characters of her novel, Hauck questions the meaning of “love” in all its forms: parental, sibling, romantic, friendship, faith, to country, and to master. While How to Catch a Prince is primarily a romance, this novel is so much more than just a story of a passionate love affair. Corina and Stephen’s relationship certainly has passion—both physically and emotionally, which Hauck handles beautifully in both cases—but the overriding theme to love well resides within every relationship in the story. Hauck’s attention to this detail drives her passion for to share God’s love within each page of How to Catch a Prince.

A modern-day fairy tale filled with romance, loyalty, and passion, How to Catch a Prince is a highly recommended novel for readers who dream of castles, ball gowns, and finding their one-true-love—while wearing a glass slipper or their favorite Converse sneakers. This is the third title in Hauck’s Royal Wedding series and can be read as a stand alone; however, all of the books in this series are wonderful and for the full effect of the story, I recommend reading the other two titles in the series before picking up How to Catch a Prince.

RATING: 4.5/5 stars


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

rachel hauckRachel Hauck is an award-winning, best selling author of critically acclaimed novels such as The Wedding Dress, Love Starts with Elle, and Once Upon A Prince.

She also penned the Songbird Novels with multi-platinum recording artist, Sara Evans. Booklist named their novel, Softly and Tenderly, one of 2011 Top Ten Inspirationals.

A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, Rachel worked in the corporate software world before planting her backside in an uncomfortable chair to write full-time in 2004.

She serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and leads worship at their annual conference. She is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference speaker.

Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pets, and writes from her two-story tower in an exceedingly more comfy chair. She is a huge Buckeyes football fan.

 

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