Two little words that can change lives. Two little words that mean you may not end up with the what your heart desires but you are listening to God. American Heiress Corina Del Ray has lived the past five and a half years with loss. She’s lost her twin brother. She’s lost the love of her life. She caught her prince once. And lost him. Now she’s coming out of her fog of grief and her mission is simple: to love well.
“The notion of loving well first came to Corina as she wept on the floor of an old chapel outside Marietta, right after Carlo’s funeral, righ after she’d called Stephen for the umpteenth time with no answer and pieces of her shattered heart feared she’d lost him too.” –How to Catch a Prince by Rachel Hauck
When Prince Stephen of Brighton turns up in Florida, Corina’s past floods her heart. The memories of her short time with Stephen are sweet, special. But when he asks her for something her heart resists, she creates her own terms. With a determination to love well, Corina decides to go to Brighton and show Stephen she is still in love with him. Prince Stephen is fighting his own demons. His time on the rugby field—the one place he can honor his mates—may be coming to an end. His ankle is not healing like it should. He let go of Corina years ago, but without rugby, what does he have left?
How to Catch a Prince, book three in the Royal Weddings series, quickly became my favorite. Prince Stephen’s and Corina’s love story starts in the middle. They’ve had their whirlwind romance, their separation, and now the reader embarks on the rest of the journey with two broken and bruised people. The hero and heroine are real people with real hurts and fears. King Nathaniel and Susannah make a few appearances in the book for those who have followed the royals through this series.
Rachel Hauck drew me into the world of the royals—the security, the opulence, the media frenzy, the struggle of trying to live a normal life—and what girl doesn’t want to be a princess. With some humor, a little bit of social media (twitter hashtags, anyone?), and lots of tension between the couple, this book was hard to put down. But the overall theme was one that is hard to ignore–we should love well because we God already loves us well. You’ll want to be sure to pick this one up on release day—February 24, 2015.
***Zondervan fiction provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.