Princess Ever After: Royal weddings #2
By Rachael Hauck
Contemporary Christian Romance
Regina Beswick was born to be a princess
But she’s content to be a small-town girl, running a classic auto restoration shop, unaware a secret destiny awaits her. One that will leap from the pages of her grandmother’s hand-painted book of fairytales. (by the way, this was one of my favorite parts of the story!)
Tanner Burkhardt is the stoic Minister of Culture for the Grand Duchy of Hessenberg. When he is tasked to retrieve the long-lost princess, he must overcome his fear of failure in order to secure his nation’s future—and his own.
Yet lurking in the political shadows is a fierce opponent with sinister plans to abolish the throne forever.
Overwhelmed with opposition, Regina must decide if she’s destined to restore old cars or an ancient nation. Together—with a little divine intervention—Regina and Tanner discover the truth of her heritage and the healing power of true love.
Hauck has a way with romanticism. What is more romantic than a girl finding out she’s actually a princess? That her grandmother was the princess of a British nation? I enjoyed the juxtaposition of the character of Regina, because she was so obviously not typical Princess material. To take a story that has been done by Disney and probably other companies and authors in various ways and rework it takes guts and Hauck pulls it off. I thoroughly enjoyed the story line and the characters. I love Rachael Hauck’s imaginary historical country of Hessenberg and the beautiful way Regina’s heritage and the country’s heritage were revealed throughout the story.
I love the whole melding of historical and contemporary romance, it’s so much fun to read. With letters from the past filling in gaps in information, with the slow reveal of Regina’s true royal heritage, and the not-so-convenient romance blooming between Regina and Tanner, a man who was merely sent to find a princess and bring her back.
Great story. I recommend this book, and the first in the series as well, which is just as romantic — of which you can find my book review of right here.’
Have you read this or anything else by Rachael Hauck? What do you think of books with dual historical and contemporary story lines?