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The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck

Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

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The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck

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Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

Book Description:
For sixty years, a wedding chapel sat silent, waiting for love. But times have changed and the hour has come when it just might be too late.

Retired hall-of-fame football coach Jimmy “Coach” Westbrook never imagined anything would come of his labor of love—the wedding chapel he built for Collette Greer, the woman he fell for back in ‘49. But now an offer has come to turn the chapel into what it was meant to be—a place for love—and Jimmy sees no reason to hang onto his dream any longer.

Photographer Taylor Branson is trying to make a life for herself in New York. Leaving her hometown of Heart’s Bend, Tennessee, she put a lot of things behind her, including her family’s abysmal marriage rate.

When Taylor’s journey intersects with Coach’s, they rediscover the heartbeat of their dreams and that the love they long to hold is right in front of them. And worth every waiting moment.

My Review:

One of the trends that I have noticed in some fiction is to have characters that are married or mature as the main characters. I am loving this! I am not sure if that is my age showing, but it is wonderful to have characters that we can relate to. Ms. Hauck weaves a tale of the past mingled with the future. When the past and the future meet, the lessons they all learn are ones that will touch you in your walk with the Lord.

It is easy to say “It is just a fiction story.” With this story, you will be called upon to dig deeper. You will be asking questions about your marriage, relationships and devotion to the Lord. “Do I hear the heartbeat of God?”  and “Does He hear when I cry?”

The Wedding Chapel is a wonderful story, wrought with secrets and imperfect characters, but pure by the redemption of the One who saves us.

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How to Catch a Prince by Rachel Hauck

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Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

About the book: 

(From publisher)

An American heiress and a crown prince seem destined to be together. Will the devastation of war keep them apart forever?

American heiress Corina Del Rey caught her prince once. But the tragedy of war kept her too long in a fog of grief. Now she’s shifting her life forward, reigniting her career as a journalist. Still, nothing can relieve her of the secret and the love she carries in her soul.

Prince Stephen of Brighton is one of the world’s most eligible bachelors and a star rugby player, trying to make sense of his life. His days in Afghanistan with the Royal Air Command will mark him forever. And he can’t shake their dark shadow.

But when his brother, King Nathaniel, confronts him with a document the prince thought long buried and forgotten, Stephen is forced to face the pain of his past and the love he left behind.

With a little heavenly help, Prince Stephen and Corina embark on a journey of truth. But when the secrets are revealed, can they overcome, move forward, and find love again?

My Review:

Curled on the couch with a book and  mug of tea with “How to catch a prince” was the perfect cure for a long week. If you like super realistic stories, you may not enjoy this one. But if you like “happily ever after” stories with touches of realism, you will love it. Sometimes you read an inspirational fiction book and you feel like you were preached at. Other times you don’t find it inspirational at all. This one was inspiring. The struggle between the two main characters with a twist of almost supernatural was quite unique.

How to Catch a Prince was a lovely story of a strong woman that was hurting, and a man with deep feelings of survival guilt. It addresses some PTSD issues, how grief can manifest as well as issues of dealing with the press if you were a royal.

I really enjoyed it!

This book was provided for me for review by NetGalley and the publisher. The opinions contained herein are my own.

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Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck

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Once upon a Prince 

By Rachel Hauck

Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

Book Description:

Once Upon a Prince, the first novel in the Royal Wedding series by bestselling author Rachel Hauck, treats you to a modern-day fairy tale.

Susanna Truitt never dreamed of a great romance or being treated like a princess—just to marry the man she has loved for twelve years. But life isn’t going according to plan. When her high-school-sweetheart-turned-Marine-officer breaks up instead of proposing, Susanna scrambles to rebuild her life.

The last thing Prince Nathaniel expects to find on his American holiday to St. Simon’s Island is the queen of his heart. A prince has duties, and his family’s tense political situation has chosen his bride for him. When Prince Nathaniel comes to Susanna’s aid under the fabled Lover’s Oak, he is blindsided by love.

Their lives are worlds apart. He’s a royal prince. She’s an ordinary girl. But everything changes when Susanna receives an invitation to Nathaniel’s coronation.

My Review:

Susanna went on with her life, sort of, while waiting for her long time love to propose, be done with his military tours. 12 years. It seemed a little extreme, but she believed she loved him. When he dumps her on the beach and a royal prince shows up, it seemed like a storybook romance. This one was filled with the legalities, trials and manipulations that you might find more in real life than in a fairy tale.

Along with the rest of the world, I have loved Princess Diana, and now Prince William and Katherine. This book sort of feeds into that storyline, making a royal more human, in spite of his station. He is a man among men, honorable, loyal and kind, who wouldn’t like him?

This story talks much about the question of love. In the first part, Susanna questions why Adam couldn’t have just married her on principle that he had sort of promised it to her and she waited, loving him and giving him her devotion for 12 years. Then, Nate questions why he can’t marry the woman that the country has picked out for him, even though he cares nothing for her in a romantic sense.

Is it important to love and care for someone before you marry them? Why or why not, this book asks? What do you think?

I personally really enjoyed this book, even though the story line is a familiar one. It is one that tugs at the heart of any girl, the dream to be rescued and loved by royalty. But one that is highly improbable to say the least. It doesn’t matter how unrealistic though, we all love the story and I believe that goes back to the beginning!

This book was given to me for review by Book Sneeze. The comments and statements contained here are my own.

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