Monday, December 12, 2016

"A Royal Christmas Wedding" by Rachel Hauck

I have loved (loved, loved!) Rachel Hauck's Royal Wedding series. I thought it was finished after the third book, How to Catch a Prince, so I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Hauck had written a new Christmas novella, A Royal Christmas Wedding, that serves as the fourth book in the series.

Avery Truitt aches for true love—the kind she once shared with Prince Colin. Can she dare to hope for happily ever after, or is a fairy-tale ending beyond reach?

College volleyball star Avery Truitt has not seen her former flame, Prince Colin of Brighton Kingdom, since he suddenly pushed her away five years ago. But now, the sadness of losing her father and the joy of her sister Susanna’s pregnancy have brought Avery back to Brighton just in time for Cathedral City’s enchanting Christmas season.

Avery knows she can’t avoid seeing Colin—now the Kingdom’s most eligible bachelor—whether or not her heart is ready to relive the pain. But seeing him again might bring her the closure she needs after all this time.

When Colin finds himself at the center of a centuries-old Brighton tradition, he must decide whether to follow the path laid out before him or follow his heart to the only woman for whom he would ring the Pembroke Chapel Bell.

Can Colin convince Avery to meet him at the chapel on Christmas morning—as tradition dictates—or will Avery run back to her St. Simons home and pursue a coaching career as planned?

In the fourth installment of the Royal Wedding Series, New York Times bestselling novelist, Rachel Hauck, weaves a charming story of holiday romance as two broken hearts seek the love they once knew.

Oh my goodness. I'd forgotten just how delightful the books in the Royal Wedding series are! They're like fairy tales grounded in reality. A Royal Christmas Wedding, which tells the story of Avery Truitt (sister of Susanna from Once Upon a Prince and A March Bride) and Prince Colin of Brighton, captivated me from the very first page.

This is a tale of love lost and found, and I enjoyed watching Colin and Avery work their way back to one another. The two have a palpable chemistry, and all of their interactions practically crackle with electricity.

Hauck likes to incorporate a touch of the supernatural into her books, and A Royal Christmas Wedding is no exception. In this case, God very clearly makes something happen that is a catalyst for everything else in the book. I love that touch—that acknowledgement that God is clearly behind Avery and Colin's relationship.

While I loved Avery and Colin's love story, my absolute favorite part of this novella is the epilogue, which so beautifully wraps up the stories from this series. It made me sigh happily and tear up a little! While I'd welcome another Royal Wedding story, if this is truly the end of Hauck's series, I'm satisfied ... and I'm ready to go back and read the whole series again! 5 stars.

Note: While this book is part of a series, each of the Royal Wedding novels can stand alone. So don't let the fact that this is book four in the series keep you from reading it!

Buy the book.
Read my reviews of the other Royal Wedding novels Once Upon a Prince (5 stars), Princess Ever After (5 stars), and How to Catch a Prince (5 stars) and the Royal Wedding novella (part of Zondervan's Year of Weddings) A March Bride (4 stars).

New York Times, USA Today & Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Rachel Hauck writes from sunny central Florida.

A RITA finalist and winner of Romantic Times Inspirational Novel of the Year, she writes vivid characters dealing with real life issues.

She loves to hear from readers. She also loves to encourage new writers and sits on the Executive Board of American Christian Fiction Writers.. 

A graduate of Ohio State University with a BA in Journalism, Rachel is an avid OSU football fan. She hopes to one day stand on the sidelines in the Shoe with Urban Meyer.

An avid Diet Coke fan, she is caffeine free. Sometimes you just have to compromise. 

She's never skied or jumped out of an airplane. She leaves such hijinks to Jason Bourne.

Visit her website to find out more.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook blogger program and The Fiction Guild. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have 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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