I love fairy tales…those stories that really let you “live the dream”. Princess Ever After definitely fits into this category. It is the second book in the Royal Wedding series, however, it really can be read as a stand along book if you have not read the first book, Once Upon a Prince. I really enjoy reading books in a series, and would recommend that you read the first one if you can. It was one of my absolute favorite books last year and I have already re-read it a couple of times! It is just that good.
In Princess Ever After, we meet Tanner Burkhardt. He is the Minister of Culture of a small fictitious nation named Hessenburg. His task is to tell the recently located heir (a princess) that she is nobility and must return to Hessenburg to save their country. Tanner is such an interesting character. He has a great back story and is battling with some serious issues and doubts about his worth and about God’s love.
Regina (Reggie) Beswick doesn’t know she is a princess. Her ancestors fled Hessenburg in 1914 and she was never told of her heritage. Reggie is a fun character. She is definitely an everyday type of girl and is enjoying her life. She has made a career change and is now restoring classic cars. Life is enjoyable and she thinks she is where God wants her to be.
Watching Reggie come to the realization that the information that Tanner brings is legitimate and that she is desperately needed in Hessenburg was enjoyable. I especially liked watching the relationship grow between the two main characters once Reggie arrives in Hessenburg and begins learning about her heritage.
The romance does not seem quite as deep as in the first book, Once Upon a Prince, but these are different characters in a different story. They have their own story to tell and their own way of reacting to relationships. If every story was the same, how boring that would be! There are some interesting twists and turns and flash backs to journal entries written by Reggie’s grandmother, when she was a young lady, throughout the book. All in all, a sweet and romantic fairy tale that left me happy at the end. (5 stars)
I received a complimentary ebook copy from Litfuse Publicity Group through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
RITA finalist and award winning author Rachel Hauck writes from sunny central Florida.
With strong southern stories, she infuses faith and real life into the lives of her fictional characters.
Rachel loves to encourage new writers and is the book therapist for My Book Therapy and writing community founded by Susan May Warren.
Rachel graduated from Ohio State University with a BA in Journalism. She’s and avid OSU football fan.
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