A story to fall in love with... To Love a Prince by Rachel Hauck (Review & #Giveaway) @Celebrate_Lit

Welcome to my tour stop! Read my review of this newest royal
romance from Rachel Hauck and enter the giveaway below...

To Love A Prince
(True Blue Royal #1)
By Rachel Hauck
Christian Contemporary Royal Romance
Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 350 Pages
August 11, 2020 by Hauck House


An enchanting new royal romance from NYT bestselling author Rachel Hauck.

Daffodil Caron is not a princess, even though she once dreamed of being one. After all, she grew up as a playmate to royal princes, running through the halls of Perrigwynn Palace in the North Sea’s Lauchtenland. But the day she stumbled upon a royal secret, everything changed.

Flash forward eighteen years, and Daffy’s living a sweet, non-royal life. A skilled art curator for the Royal Trust, she has friends, a flat in the heart of the capital city, and a handsome, successful boyfriend. The last person on her mind is Gus, the prince she once called her best mate.

HRH Prince Augustus is no longer “Prince Pudgy,” as caricatured by the press—he’s charming and gorgeous, possessing a world-famous smile. But after he’s jilted at the altar, then dumped by his second fianceĆ©, the spare heir to Lauchtenland’s ancient House of Blue finds solace on a Florida beach.

A year as a regular bloke allows him to rethink his purpose. He’s half decided his calling is to pour pints at a tiki bar rather than serve his country and the Family.

But a wild Frisbee toss down the beach changes his destiny.

Despite his long hair and beard, Daffy recognizes her prince. She reminds Gus of his heritage and assures him that he’s needed in Lauchtenland.

When Daffy and Gus find themselves on assignment at Hadsby Castle in preparation for his brother’s wedding ball, their friendship blooms into affection.

Then secrets are exposed, and Gus must choose between his past hurts and his future hope. And Daffy must trust her heart to forever love a prince.

To Love a Prince is breathtaking and enchanting! Rachel Hauck is the queen of inspirational royal romance.” – Teri Wilson, bestselling author of Unleashing Mr. Darcy and Christmas Charms

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My Review

TO LOVE A PRINCE is another story with Hauck's trademark royal romance and a few side characters with their own divine purposes. It's about second chances, reclaimed dreams, and sacrifice. More than that, it's about these characters coming into their own, finding faith, and fighting for love. Fans of the author and genre will fall in love with this one!

I loved these characters! Prince Gus is just this super charismatic guy who has a huge heart. He's a great friend, willing to get his hands dirty with hard work, is loyal to his family, and has a backbone when he needs it. Daffy is just super sweet, very loyal, and would do anything for anyone. I did want her to have a bit more of a backbone, but she does eventually get there. I loved, loved the friendship between Daffy and Gus and the banter that so easily comes between them. There were so many sweet, swoon-worthy moments, but also moments of laughter and contemplative ones. There were also heartbreaking moments that made me want to cry. The inspirational element was woven through really well in this story and on the lighter side. Both Gus and Daffy each had their own vulnerabilities and things they had to work on before they could move on and I really enjoyed going along on the journey with them.

The only thing that marred this story for me were some of the situations with Daffy's supposed friends. One friend breaks the rules of friendship over and over again and puts her career over everyone else. I was ready for Daffy to drop her quite early on in the story. I also didn't like another aspect where again, Daffy lets friends off really easily and I really had a tough time with the situation. I do believe in forgiveness, but that doesn't mean you have to be friends or continue to let people walk all over you. I felt like it was something a bit forced in this story and didn't need to be one of the things tied up all pretty. 

In the end, was it what I wished for? If you've enjoyed Haruck's previous royal romances, then you'll definitely enjoy this one! It's full of great characters, plenty of heart, lots of memorable moments, a bit of faith-fueled inspiration, and sweet romance. I can't wait for the next book in the series! Definitely recommended!

Content: Some references to cheating.
Source: I received a complimentary copy through Celebrate Lit, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Rachel Hauck is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author of The Wedding Dress, which was also named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times and was a RITA finalist. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pet and writes from her ivory tower.

Her book, Once Upon A Prince, first in the Royal Wedding Series, was filmed for an Original Hallmark movie.

Rachel has been awarded the prestigious Career Achievement Award for her body of original work by Romantic Times Book Reviews.

A member of the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers, she teaches workshops and leads worship at the annual conference. She is a past Mentor of The Year.

At home, she’s a wife, writer, worship leader and works out at the gym semi-enthusiastically.

A graduate of Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) with a degree in Journalism, she’s a former sorority girl and a devoted Ohio State football fan. Her bucket list is to stand on the sidelines with Ryan Day.

She lives in sunny central Florida with her husband and ornery cat.

More from Rachel

Hello Royal Rockstar Readers!

I’m thrilled to share To Love A Prince with you. So many of you who loved the Royal Wedding Series have asked for more royals so as I noodled over new story ideas, my thoughts drifted toward princes and princesses. What’s more romantic than a royal wedding?

This royal story, the first book in a new series, True Blue Royal, is set in a new fictional country, Lauchtenland, in the North Sea. I’m really squeezing all those oil wells currently occupying that body of water.

The beauty of royal stories is they remind us of who we really are: princes and princesses. There is always a point in the story where the royal character, as well as the commoner, must come to grips with his and her true identity! Who God says we are!

Stories are a powerful reflection of life and it’s fun to insert ourselves into the tale. While fiction employs a lot of hyperbole we can find ourselves on the page somewhere, somehow.

Thanks for going on this little tour with me and To Love A Prince. You are so vital to my story as an author. Thank you!


Tour Schedule

Worthy2Read, September 10
Genesis 5020, September 10
Novels Corner, September 10
Connect in Fiction, September 11
deb’s Book Review, September 11
Remembrancy, September 12
Breny and books, September 12
Texas Book-aholic, September 12
Inklings and notions, September 12
For Him and My Family, September 13
Artistic Nobody, September 13 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)
The Book Chic Blog, September 13
Among the Reads, September 14
Soulfully Romantic, September 14
Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 14
Sara Jane Jacobs, September 14
lakesidelivingsite, September 15
All-of-a-kind Mom, September 15
Betti Mace, September 16
She Lives To Read, September 17
Wishful Endings, September 17
Life of Literature, September 17
Life, Love, Writing, September 17
Book Love, September 18 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)
Maureen Timerman, September 18
Batya’s Bits, September 18
Labor Not in Vain, September 18
Bigreadersite, September 19
Hallie Reads, September 19
Jeanette’s Thoughts, September 19
Splashes of Joy, September 19
Christian Bookaholic, September 20
Inside the Wong Mind, September 21
By The Book, September 21
Mary Hake, September 21
Godly Book Reviews, September 21
Hebrews 12 Endurance, September 22
Livin’ Lit, September 22
Simple Harvest Reads, September 23 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)
Mamma Loves Books, September 23
Daysong Reflections, September 23

Tour-Wide Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away a royal gift box of Pampering Princess items that includes bath balms, tea, tiara and other surprises!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Are you a Rachel Hauck fan or do you like reading royal romances? Will you be reading this one?

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