Thursday, April 17, 2014

"A March Bride" by Rachel Hauck

As someone who read and enjoyed Once Upon A Prince, I was eager to read this continuation of Susanna and Nathaniel's story.

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.

This novella picks up just weeks away from Susanna and Nathaniel's wedding, and it presents Susanna with a dilemma I'd never want to face myself: if she wants to marry Nathaniel, then she must give up her American citizenship. While I know in my head that my true citizenship is in heaven, I would struggle greatly if I had to renounce my American citizenship. Being American is such a huge part of who I am, so I really identified with Susanna's struggle.

This novella is a tad predictable (as soon as Susanna left for St. Simon's Island, I knew how the rest of the story would play out). Still, it was a very enjoyable conclusion to Susanna and Nathaniel's love story! 4 stars.

Note: All of the other novellas that have been released so far in this series (December, January, and February) have either been stand alone titles or have featured minor characters from other series and can be read without having first read the series. Not so with "A March Bride." Someone who hadn't previously "known" Susanna and Nathaniel would probably not emotionally connect with this novella, as Hauck doesn't really spend any time introducing the characters—she just dives into the story.

Buy the novella.
Read my reviews of the other Year of Weddings novellas: "A December Bride," "A January Bride," and "A February Bride."
Read my review of Hauck's Once Upon A Prince and Princess Ever After.

Rachel Hauck is an award-winning, best selling author of critically acclaimed novels such as RITA nominated The Wedding Dress and RITA nominated Love Starts with Elle, part of the Lowcountry series, the Nashvegas series and the Songbird Novels penned with multi-platinum recording artist, Sara Evans. Their novel Softly and Tenderly was one of Booklists 2011 Top Ten Inspirationals. A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, she worked in the corporate software world before planting her backside in an uncomfortable chair to write full time in 2004. Rachel serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and leads worship at their annual conference. She is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference speaker. Rachel writes from her two-story tower in an exceedingly more comfy chair. She is a huge Buckeyes football fan.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase an item, I will receive an affiliate commission. 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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