Riding on the coattales of book one, Once Upon a Prince (my review found here) I found Princess Ever After to be just as delightful as is predecessor! How could I not love a book where an ordinary girl who likes to restore cars gets the opportunity of a lifetime to become a princess?
The fiery, red-headed princess-to-be, Regina, taunted me with her strong will and determined ideals. I found myself routing for her and, at times, frustrated with her resistance to something as amazing as being a princess (I mean come on, what girl doesn't want to be a princess!?). Then again, if faced with running a country, I'd probably be resistant as well! Then, of course, there was the handsome, ex-rugby playing Minister of Culture, Tanner Burkhardt with his own determined approach to life and secretive past. These two made for an explosive combination that set the stage for the perfect slow burning romance Hauck is so good at creating.
A talented author can create a world so real that you slip into it as if you'd always been a part of it. As if it were truth. I have found that to be true of Hauck no matter what she writes about. Upon entering the world of Brighton and now Hessenberg, my mind was awash with the colors, sounds, sights, and even smells of this delightful, fictional city. So much so, I wish it were real so that I could schedule a visit!
All in all, this was a world I did not want to leave. With both speed and hesitance I finished the book quickly, needing to know how it would all work out but not wanting the adventure to end. It leaves me looking forward to the third book rumored to be coming out in 2015 - which is much too far away in my opinion ;)
I highly recommend this book (in addition to book one) as excellent choices for lovers of southern fiction, romance, and the modern fairy tale! You will not be disappointed to hop in the car and ride out the adventure with Her Majesty, Princess Regina.
*Description taken from Rachel Hauck's website
Regina Beswick never dreamed of faraway places. She’s happy with her life as a classic car mechanic and owner of a restoration shop.Purchase the book here: Princess Ever After (Royal Wedding Series)
But an unexpected visitor and the discovery of a fairytale, drawn by her great-grandma, causes Regina to wonder if she might be destined for something more.
Tanner Burkhardt, Minister of Culture for the Grand Duchy of Hessenberg, must convince the strong-willed Southerner, Miss Beswick, that she is his country’s long-lost princess. Failure could destroy his reputation and change his nation forever.
As Regina and Tanner face the challenges before them, neither are prepared for love to invade their hearts and change every thing they believe about themselves.
However, when a royal opponent nearly destroys Regina’s future, she must lean into God and trust He has sovereignly brought her to her true and final destiny.
I received a free copy of this book for review purposes, but was under no obligation to read the book or post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.