“How to Catch a Prince” by Rachel Hauck

 American heiress Corina Del Rey’s life was devastated by war. Every thing she loved was lost. But after five years of grief, she’s shed her grave clothes and started over in the sunshine along the Florida coast.

But some things are not so easily forgotten. When a secret from her past confronts her face to face, she realizes she must follow her heart. Even if it cost her everything.

Prince Stephen of Brighton Kingdom is a former Royal Air Command lieutenant turned star rugby player, trying to make sense of his life after the devastation of war.
When his brother, King Nathaniel, discovers Stephen’s pre war secret, he must deal with an aspect of his life he longed to forget. But how can he do so without exposing the truth and breaching national security?

Yet, true love has a destiny all it’s own. As the cathedral bells peal through Cathedral City, Corina and Stephen must chose to answer the call of love on their hearts.
Or let it be lost forever?

I have a new favorite book.

How to Catch a Prince defies romance novel logic.  It’s romantic, but, despite the title, it’s not about catching a man; it’s about keeping him.  I think that’s where most of us get it wrong.  We have this grand, romantic idea of what getting married will be like, and we forget that the actual ceremony is only a microscopic piece of the marriage.  That the day in and day out part is where the real romance is.  That love isn’t about heart palpitations and soft kisses but about doing hard things.  About serving your spouse no matter what.  About being open and honest and available in whatever circumstances arise.

That’s where Hauck unleashes her expertise.  That real sort of marriage is hard and doesn’t always sound romantic, but when seen through the lenses of God’s love, it is, and Hauck knows how to showcase that.  How to Catch a Prince shows the truth in marriage without being grim or harsh.  She follows the royal storyline masterfully, making what could be a hard drama beautiful.  The princess plot line meshes seamlessly with the modern world of crime, and Hauck weaves every single thread of the story into a perfect tapestry of romance and grace. 

This is the kind of romance story I want to read.  The kind I want my kids to read:  one in which flawed characters make the best decisions they can and love the best they can even when life hurts.  I want to read more stories about God’s love and forgiveness, and this is the best one I’ve read in a very long time. 

I read How to Catch a Prince this afternoon, in a single sitting.  Now that I’ve turned the last page, I think I’ll go back and turn the first one.  I can’t wait to dive into the whole story again.

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Rachel 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. She serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference speaker. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pets.

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I received a free copy of How to Catch a Prince from LitFuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

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