" Prince Stephen came to America to escape responsibility. But what he found complicates his life more than ever. Corina Del Rey is happy with her life in Melbourne, Florida. She spends her days engrossed in her career as a journalist and has her sights set on climbing the corporate ladder-if for no other reason, to distract herself from her dissolving family. But when she is confronted with the past she fought so hard to put behind her, she struggles to make sense of her future. Prince Stephen of Brighton Kingdom has moved on since the tragic death of his buddies in Afghanistan. A star professional rugby player, he has no intention of looking over his shoulder at what could've been But when a notice arrives in the mail requiring his and his wife's appearance before the courts to dissolve their marriage, he must deal with the questions rumbling around in his heart. He thought his marriage had been annulled long ago, but his memories of Corina Del Rey remain close. Does he still love her? Can he even find her? Above all, can he tell her the truth about that fateful night in Afghanistan seven years ago? If he does, he might really lose her forever."
The first book I read by Rachel Hauck was The Wedding Dress, which still to this day remains one of my favorite books ever. After reading that book, I kept my eyes out for others by the author and was fell in love with both of the other books in The Royal Wedding Series. I was so excited to see How to Catch a prince come up for review and hopped online to request it as soon as it appeared on the list. I was hoping it would make to the house before the week-end, because I have more time to read on Friday and Saturdays and to my delight UPS delivered it just in time for me to turn a movie on for the children. Of course I started reading right away!
I don't know if I can explain adequately how much this book touched me. On the book jacket there is a mention of Corina being under a fog of grief due to a tragedy of war. We find out early on that part of that tragedy is the loss of her brother. I find it completely amazing that this book arrived at my door on the 11 year anniversary week-end of my brother's death when a drunk driver hit him head on. It is a fictional story, but the reality of the feelings of Corina and her family are very real and were shockingly similar to things I have thought and felt and experienced within my family. It had me in tears more than once.
But, the story is not all about sadness and grief. It is a fairy tale! We have an opportunity to dive back into the life of the Royal Family of Brighton and all of the glitter and glamour that goes along with it. And we get to meet some new rather eccentric and mysterious characters as well. There is a wonderful mix of reality and fantasy in this story and a depth that exceeded my expectations. But best of all it points us to the Truth and the One whom we should put all of our faith and hope in as we learn how to love well.
I would highly recommend How to Catch a Prince,the two other books in the Royal Wedding Series, and others by Rachel Hauck.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review. I received no other compensation and all opinions are my own. I am disclosiing this in accordance to FTC regulations.