Isaiah 6:8

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Saturday, March 22, 2014

A March Bride

About The Book:  Susanna has found her true prince, and their happily ever after is just around the corner. But when Nate asks her to give up something precious to her, Susanna can't help but wonder if it's a sign that their love is not meant to be. Susanna Truitt (Once Upon A Prince) is three weeks from royalty. She'll soon marry King Nathaniel II of Brighton Kingdom. But when the government insists she renounce her American citizenship before the wedding, coupled with the lack of involvement by family and friends, Susanna's heart begins to doubt whether this marriage is God's plan for her. Nathaniel would do anything for his bride-to-be. But he knows his position requires that she give up a lot to be with him. Her life will never be her own---right down to her very identity. When she travels home to St. Simon's Island, Georgia, right before the wedding, Nathaniel fears she won't return. Gathering his courage, he devises a plan to win his bride all over again, and together they seek out a kingdom to treasure above all.

About The Author:  Rachel Hauck is the author of the best selling and RITA finalist, The Wedding Dress, as well as the ACFW Book of the Year winner Sweet Caroline, and RITA Finalist Love Starts With Elle. Hauck penned the critically acclaimed Songbird Novels with multi-platinum country artist Sara Evans.  Her release, Once Upon A Prince, received a Starred Review from Publishers Weekly and Booklist.  Of her release, Princess Ever After, Family Fiction said, "Rachel Hauck writes with comedic timing and dramatic flair that underscore the stirring theme of God equipping and legitimizing those He calls to fulfill a purpose."  Her novella, A March Bride, is a stealth royal story, the finale to Once Upon A Prince, with the marriage of King Nathaniel and Susanna. The novella is part of the Year of Brides collection from Zondervan.  Rachel lives in sunny central Florida with her husband and their mini schnauzer, Miss Independent.  Earning a degree in Journalism from Ohio State University, Rachel is a huge Buckeyes football fan.
My Thoughts On The Book:  This is the fourth book in the A Year of Weddings series of novellas from a range of contemporary authors such as Denise Hunter, Rachel Hauck and Deborah Raney. According to the research I have done on the series each novel appears to be a standalone story. The key word here is appears. I found A March Bride hard to get in to because it’s the sequel to Once Upon a Prince.  It works as a standalone story, although the beginning is awkward and bogs down with the explanation of Nathaniel(he was British-without-being-British and a King), and Susanna( a nightmare for the British government because she is a redneck from Georgia).  I semi- enjoyed this book.  I read Once Upon a Prince first—and when I began the beginning of A March Bride I felt as if I had read this story before.  I had read the first of the sequel and the first part of A March Bride offered up a review of the first book.  Once I got into the book Hauck does a remarkable job of developing the stories of love, relationships, and our place in the family of God. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book through Zondervan, Thomas Nelson Publishing Company and Book Sneeze and their Blogging for Books Program. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.* 

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