How to Catch a Princeby Rachel Hauck
Behind him, beside him, before him, the synchronized cathedral bells began to ring out.
One, two, three . . .
Then she said it first. The words his heart burst to share. “I love you, Stephen. You are my true prince.”
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Behind him, beside him, before him, the synchronized cathedral bells began to ring out.
One, two, three . . .
Then she said it first. The words his heart burst to share. “I love you, Stephen. You are my true prince.”
An American heiress and a crown prince seem destined to be together. Will the devastation of war keep them apart forever?
American heiress Corina Del Rey caught her prince once. But the tragedy of war kept her too long in a fog of grief. Now she’s shifting her life forward, reigniting her career as a journalist. Still, nothing can relieve her of the secret and the love she carries in her soul.
Prince Stephen of Brighton is one of the world’s most eligible bachelors and a star rugby player, trying to make sense of his life. His days in Afghanistan with the Royal Air Command will mark him forever. And he can’t seem to shake their dark shadow.
But when his brother, King Nathaniel, confronts him with a document the prince thought long buried and forgotten, Stephen is forced to face the pain of his past and the love he left behind.
With a little heavenly help, Prince Stephen and Corina embark on a journey of truth. But when the secrets are revealed, can they overcome and find love again?
Corina Del Rey, heiress to a vast fortune, and her beau, rugby superstar Prince Stephen of Brighton, seemed destined to be together forever. But then the war in Afghanistan kills Corina's brother and robs Stephen of any sense of security he had about where his life was going. After five years of living in emotional darkness and turmoil, wrestling with the hidden knowledge that she and Stephen share, Corina returns to her career as a journalist. Meanwhile, King Nathaniel decides it is time to end his brother's suffering and confronts Stephen with evidence of the secret Stephen and Corina have tried so desperately to suppress. Now the couple must decide whether to move forward together. Their choice will test their faith in God and their love. VERDICT Perfect for Valentine's Day, Hauck's (Princess Ever After) latest inspirational romance offers an uplifting and emotionally rewarding tale that will delight her growing fan base.
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How to Catch a Prince
Royal Wedding Series
By Rachel Hayes Hauck
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With each passing day, she remembered she had a secret.
She'd lived in the fog of death until six months ago, when she crawled out, reaching for the first glimpse of life and light she'd encountered in five years. It came in the form of a simple telephone call. A refreshing-breeze offer.
But clearing the fog meant the memories surfaced. Ones she'd long since regarded as lost. Now they rattled around the empty corridors of her heart.
And recently, in the faintest ting or ping, like when elevator doors opened just outside her office, Corina remembered how she loved the glorious, rolling chimes of cathedral bells pealing through a crisp Cathedral City dawn.
And she ached. Deep in her soul. With a longing she couldn't reach nor remove.
With an exhale, she slumped in her chair and closed the news video she'd been watching. Two of the Beaumont Post's staff writers entered the bull pen with a nod toward her, a late lunch of McDonald's swinging from their hands.
Corina's gaze followed them as they crossed the wide, boxy room, cutting through the muted afternoon sunlight that spilled through the dirty, rain-splattered windows.
She should go to lunch herself. It was nearly two. But she was waiting for her boss, Gigi Beaumont, to return from lunch. Corina had a proposition for the founder of the online mega newspaper, the Beaumont Post. A bold move, even for her, but she felt confident in her idea.
In the meantime, she had work to do. Corina sorted through her e-mail inbox, organizing stories that came in from the Post staff writers and stringers from around the world. Gigi's journalism-tabloid-media fingers had a very long reach.
Opening a story that had just come in though it was due last week, Corina started reading but lost her concentration after the first sentence.
What bothered her? June. Of course. It was the third of June. Being out from under the fog, dates and days had meaning again.
Okay. Fine. It was June third. Just recognize the day had once been significant and move on. But dealing with everything she'd buried more than five years ago proved challenging.
"Corina, hey ..." Melissa O'Brien perched on the edge of Corina's desk, angling toward the computer screen. "What has you so engrossed? A story by Chip Allen?" She curled her lip.
"Yeah, um ... it's good." Corina cleared her throat, sat up straight, and gathered herself into business mode—despite her rambling thoughts and rumbling stomach. "He's got a great piece on Hollywood and violence."
"Did you talk to Gigi yet?"
"Not yet." Corina peered down the long, wide center aisle of the bull pen, which ended at Gigi's office. Through the glass panel beside the closed door, she saw her boss pacing, cell phone to her ear. "I thought she was still at lunch."
"Nope, she's back in her office. With that appendage she calls a cell phone. It's going to kill her brain cells."
Corina laughed low. "They'd never have the nerve to die on her."
Gigi Beaumont, who crawled her way out from the poverty of the Blue Ridge Mountains to become a pioneer in the online journalism world, was a force to be reckoned with. No death, sickness, mayhem, corporate lawyers, hostile takeovers, sloppy reporters, lazy editors—nor husbands one through five—could conquer her.
"Are you saying you don't have the nerve?" Melissa let her purse slide from her shoulder to Corina's desk. "We need an editorial director. You've been doing the job since Carly left four months ago. And you're the new girl yet. Come on, be brave."
Brave? Courage wasn't the issue. It was timing. All about the timing. "Gigi's a mentor and friend, and I'm here because of her. But if she wants me for the job, why hasn't she asked?"
"It's Gigi." Melissa shrugged with a pffftt. "It's a miracle she offered you a job at all. Usually folks have to come begging."
"True." Corina stood, squaring her shoulders and shoving her chair under the desk.
"She's on her feet, ladies and gentlemen." Melissa hissed a faux crowd noise. "I think she's going in."
But Corina didn't move. When Gigi, a long-time family friend of the Del Reys and Corina's first employer after college, called after Thanksgiving last year with a, "Come on down to Florida and work for me," Corina began to wake up from the stupor of grief.
At twenty-nine, she'd spent the last five years in grave clothes. Alive but not living.
"Doesn't look like you're going."
Corina moved toward Gigi's office with beauty-pageant stride. "You see me walking, don't you?" Her heels thumped against the tight carpet weave.
"Yeah, I do." The melody of Melissa's laugh fueled Corina's courage.
After all, she was a Del Rey, a daughter of great fortune, a steel magnolia, a former Miss Georgia, a summa cum laude college graduate, a writer ... and twin sister.
She pressed her hand to her heart, slowing her steps and breathing deeply, remembering her brother. Carlos's death in Afghanistan had cost more than she'd have ever imagined.
Arriving at Gigi's door, Corina gathered her scattering thoughts—forget the past—and formulated her pitch. Gigi, I've been doing the job of editorial director ... formally give me the position ... value to the team.
Peering through the glass, Corina knocked, smiling when Gigi waved her in. The media mogul was still on her phone, pacing, speaking with voluminous animation.
"Fantastic, darling. Cannot wait. You're going to love it here. Splendid family environment. Yes, we're right on the Atlantic. And the Indian River. On the famous U.S. 1." Gigi motioned for Corina to have a seat on the chocolate-colored suede sofa. "Sure he can learn to surf ... Well, of course. We have our very own East Coast surfer's hall of fame to boot ... Exactly. Listen, I've someone in my office. See you next week." Gigi ended the call, cradling her phone in her lap, and flashed her snow-white smile while cracking her ever-present Wrigley's Spearmint between her teeth. "Gorgeous Corina Del Rey, to what do I owe this pleasure?" Gigi's gleaming blond hair curled and floated about her face.
"I wanted to talk to you about—"
"I've been thinking." Gigi jumped to her feet, tucking her phone into her skirt pocket, circling the room, snapping her fingers. The riverscape behind her, beyond the windows and through the trees, was lit with the sun, threading diamonds of light into the water's calm surface. "We need a spectacular celebrity piece. You know, something to juice up our front pages." The Post started as a series of blogs Gigi chained together, written by Washington insiders, Hollywood experts, gossip columnists, and the occasional royal watcher. She had boots on the ground in New York, L.A., Dallas, Miami, Atlanta, Toronto, London, Madrid, Cathedral City ... to the ends of the earth.
"We have the Hollywood violence piece Chip Allen wrote."
"Snore bore, Corina. No one cares about the violence in movies, and if they do, they already agree with Allen. I told him I'm not sure we're going to run that piece." For an "international" newspaper, Gigi was hands-on, involved. She considered the world her backyard and believed sharing news was as simple as talking to her neighbors over the backyard fence. Even if that neighbor was thousands of miles away. "We need something wow." Gigi swirled her hands through the air with animation.
"Why do we need something wow?"
Gigi stopped treading between the windows and the sitting area, her gaze steady on Corina. "You know why I hired you?"
"Because I'm a good writer. Professional, organized. I'm a hard worker." But in truth? She had no idea why Gigi hired her. Because the last five years of Corina's resume contained a big fat blank. What had she done? Become a professional griever, a professional liaison between her parents. Traveling with Daddy when he asked. Otherwise, living at home, in the shadows of what the family used to be.
But yes, she was a good writer and hard worker. Which Gigi knew.
Being an heiress meant nothing to Corina's wealthy but hardworking father who made sure she and Carlos never counted on the family name and fortune to make their way in life. Her high school friends curled their lips in disgust when Corina had to tend to household chores and work a summer job to earn money for her own car. "But your dad's a millionaire a hundred times over."
Tell that to Donald Del Rey.
"Good at what you do?" Gigi's furrowed expression as she sat back down on the sofa inspired doubt in Corina. "Well, of course you are. And by the way, splendid of you to step up after Carly left. The bull pen loves you. Who knew you were so good with details?"
"But of course."
"That's why I think you should just give me—"
"Corina, I hired you to spice things up."
"Girl, you used to pal around with Paris Hilton, and I bet if I snagged your iPhone, you'd have a Kardashian or two in your contacts."
"Hello, do you not remember my life for the past five years?"
"Yes, I realize ... all the grief." Gigi pressed her hand on Corina's knee. "I am so sorry about Carlos. He was an amazing young man. Too handsome for his own good and twice as kind." The fiftysomething drew air between her teeth. "He reminds me of my third ... no fourth ... yes, fourth husband. Desi." She closed her eyes and drifted away. "Should've never divorced him."
"We can put that on the front page," Corina said.
Gigi snapped from her daydream. "Very funny, you clever girl. No, what we need is an exclusive."
"What sort of exclusive?"
"Something no one else is reporting. Contact your celebrity friends, get some sort of inside scoop. Be inventive. Maybe you could sit down with Bill Clinton's daughter. Or one of the Bush twins."
"Gigi," Corina said, standing. "If you want to run a salacious story on a former president's daughter, you're going to have to find someone else to do it. I came in here to ask you for the editorial director job. When you want to talk serious, let me know." She started for the door. Celebrity chums, presidents' daughters, high school friends? She'd spoken to practically none of them since Carlos's funeral.
But she didn't blame them. Everything changed the day he died. Then with such finality the afternoon she helped her daddy shovel the first mounds of dirt over her brother's coffin, Mama weeping and collapsing into the reverend's arms. And the loving, close-knit Del Rey family fell apart. She'd lost her brother, a constant in every tender childhood memory. Then she "lost" her parents, the Del Rey traditions, the closeness, and laughter.
"Editorial director?" She laughed. "Darling, back to my original question. Why I hired you. To go after the rich and famous, the salacious celeb gossip. To travel the world, to spice up our readers' drab little lives with a look at how the one percent lives. Come on, surely you've some lead on a hot story."
"No, and if I did, I'd not betray my friends by giving the story to you."
"Tsk, tsk." Gigi shook her head. "Did you not learn anything from me when you worked with me before?"
"Yes, which is why I'm asking for the director job." She'd lost so much time when she'd holed up at home, trying to comfort herself, her parents over Carlos's death, all the while waiting for her life to begin again. Now that she was free, she wanted to get things moving.
Though Daddy worried a bit about her being out on her own. Something he'd never done in the past. Corina suspected it had to do with losing his son.
"An heiress without any security? Let me hire someone for you, Corina."
But she refused, just wanting to be. To find her bearings and destiny. She still felt poor and weak, broken—the furthest thing from an heiress.
In the end, though, she yielded to Daddy's request to buy an apartment in a secure building, finding a lovely spot on the river with hefty security.
"I filled the position today." Gigi sat back, arm propped on the back of the sofa. "Just got off the phone with Mark Johnson."
"Mark Johnson?" Corina paused her exit and stepped back into the room. "The Mark Johnson who worked with me a fter college? The man the rest of us pulled out of the fire daily because he partied every night and missed most of his assignments? That Mark Johnson?"
"Yes, that Mark Johnson." Gigi's laugh mocked Corina's concern. "He might not have been a stellar employee when he was younger—"
"He's so much older now? It's been what, seven years?"
"Certainly he's older and more accomplished, married with a child. He's built an impressive résumé."
Corina heard the subtle innuendo. You did not. No, because she was pasting her life together and holding on to her crumbling family.
"He's worked in London, New York, L.A., and is currently the managing editor for Martin Looper Media." Gigi raised her brows. "Our competition."
"Gigi, you called me. You asked me to come work for you. So let me. I can do the job. I've been on the weekly calls with New York and London. I've Skyped, Facetimed, and Google Plused with our bloggers, stringers, and photographers. I know the bull pen."
"Do you want to know the real reason I called?"
It had been rather out of the blue. Corina thought perhaps God was answering her pleas to "do something." How could she love and support her parents yet move on with her life? She felt like she was drowning, dying her own special death in the shadow of her brother's. And Carlos would've never wanted it.
"Because your mama said you were driving her crazy."
"Excuse me? I was driving her crazy?"
"Said you never left the house."
"Me?" Mama! Frustrating, incorrigible Mama. Corina scrunched her hands into tight fists, digging into her palms with her fingernails. "She was the one who never left the house."
"Well, you're here. I thought it was a good idea when she proposed it. You're moving on. I'm glad for it. But editorial director? Shug, please." Gigi stood and crossed over to her desk, her attention to the conversation waning. "I want you to find you the big story." She tossed Corina a saucy smile. "The biggest story of your life."
"Yeah?" Corina held open the office door. "And what would that be?"
Back at her desk, Corina sat with a sigh, shaking her head at Melissa, who frowned and stuck her tongue out at Gigi's door.
Story of her life? Corina had a story all right. Of her own life. An amazing story, one she'd never told anyone. It was her secret.
On days when the fog still clouded her heart and thoughts, she imagined it might have all been a dream. Then she'd hear a bell or the ping of the elevator doors and know it was real.
But it was a story she could never tell. Ever. Because it was an incredible secret. Though why she showed him any loyalty was beyond her.
With a sigh, Corina sat forward, facing Chip Allen's dry Hollywood piece.
Why did she keep their secret? One small thought ricocheted in reply. Because in some small way, maybe she still loved him.CHAPTER 2
Brighton Kingdom–Cathedral City
THE LIBERTY PRESS 4 June Prince Stephen Named the World's Most Eligible Bachelor
THE INFORMANT 5 June King's Office Claims Prince Stephen Not Looking for Love, Happy with Rugby Life
6 June Prince Stephen, Patron of Youth Rugby, to Open Summer Tournament
* * *
Stephen snapped off the telly, grumbling and muttering to himself about the antics on Madeline & Hyacinth Live! Who did they think they were, trying to find him a bride?
To think, he used to consider them friends. But today they went too far, jumping in on the media speculation about his love life. What spurred this? He'd not been out with a woman in ages. And his blasted ankle injury had remanded him from the rugby field and the public eye for the past three months.
Nevertheless, at this very moment, men and women around Brighton Kingdom were watching their show and tweeting to the hashtag #howtocatchaprince. Thank you, Maddie and Hy.
He should tweet his own answer. If he had a Twitter account. Leave him alone #howtocatchaprince.
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RITA Finalist and Carol Award winner Rachel Hauck was recently chosen by Family Fiction readers as one of the top five romance authors in CBA. She has written more than fifteen novels, including the acclaimed Songbird novels with multi-platinum country singer Sara Evans. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband, and writes from her ivory tower (her office really is in a tower—and it’s painted ivory!). Visit her website at www.rachelhauck.com
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Loved it! Prince Stephen is King Nathaniel’s brother and he has a secret. 6 years ago before he left for the war he married an American named Corina. Tragedy tore them apart and now 6 years later he finds out that his marriage was never annulled as was thought. He now must face Corina and convince her to sigh the papers to end their marriage once and for all. Corina’s family has not healed from the death of her twin brother 6 years ago and she knows deep down there is more to the story of his death then the government will tell. When Stephen shows up with annulment papers she uses that as leverage to find out what really happened to her brother. What I liked: Corina and Stephen have so much baggage in their life I wondered as I was reading this book how they would over come it all to find happiness. Both of them had to find peace and forgiveness through God to get there. I loved all the characters and how well written this story was. Whenever a book brings angels into a story I wonder how its going to go. The way it was portrayed in this story had me wiping away tears at times. Along with some goose bumps. What I didn’t like: There was not much to dislike about this book. The storyline was kind of sad dealing with the death of Corina’s brother and the aftermath of sadness for the family. I loved this book and am sad to see the series end. This book was much more somber than the first two books but it was still a great read and I thought it wrapped up the series well. I highly recommend this book and the series. It can be read as a stand alone but you will not be disappointed to go back and start with book one.
Grief, redemption, healing all in the name of love. A great book.
Beautiful story! Loved this book. Well written.
This is the third book in the Royal Wedding series. Corina Del Rey is an heiress from Georgia living in Melbourne, Florida working for Beaumont Media, an online news paper started by Gigi Beaumont, a pioneer in the field. The job is a life line to Corina who has been living in a fog since the death of Carlos, her twin brother serving in Afghanistan five years ago. Carlos went to the kingdom of Brighton before going to Afghanistan so Corina joins him and attends Knoxton University for graduate work. While there at the university she met and fell in love with Stephen Stratton, a royal prince in the kingdom and unknown to her, a friend of Carlos'. Stephen is in the Royal Air Command and also scheduled to go to Afghanistan. Before going, Stephen and Corina secretly marry in Hessenberg, a sister island and kingdom. A terrible event happened in Afghanistan where Carlos and the rest of Stephen's unit are all killed except for Stephen. He returns with injuries physically and emotionally. He can't tell Corina what happened and also can't see staying married to her so he tells her to go back to the states and he will take care of ending the marriage by not filing the certificate with the Court. Now, five years later a new archbishop finds the certificate is his office and reports it to King Nathaniel, Stephen's brother. The marriage is still valid in the eyes of the Church. The king insists that Stephen go to Florida to get Corina to sign annulment papers to dissolve the marriage. Corina tells Stephen that she will sign as long as he tells her why Carlos was killed. The event is classified for the nation's security and he can't tell her. So he returns to Brighton with the two at a stalemate. In a twist, Gigi sends Corina to Brighton to cover a movie premiere. At first Corina doesn't want to go but decides this may a chance to see if Stephen still loves her as she loves him. Maybe God is giving them another chance. Another winner by Rachel Hauck, one of my favorite authors.
This is my favorite of the series! Corina is well-known and has money of her own, yet she's a force to be reckoned with. I love how determined she is to make her own way in life and not just fall back on her family's money. Her twin brother was killed in combat and died a hero, in mysterious circumstances and now she's ready to come out of mourning and move on with her life, despite the hardships of her past. Corina is feisty, yet sweet; fun, yet serious; courageous, yet gentle; and so good at keeping secrets. I adored her from the beginning. On a whim, years earlier, Corina secretly married Prince Stephen. Both thought the marriage was dissolved, but it wasn't. Stephen is determined to annul it, but that just might not be in the plans. Stephen is very stubborn, which was aggravating, and refuses to listen to his heart. He has good reasons to build walls around himself, but he doesn't stand a chance with Corina around. As frustrating as he is, I really liked him and the way he is so down-to-earth. He's such an ordinary guy at heart and ultimately wants what's for the best. I love a good, clean romance and this one didn't disappoint. There is a mixture of good sparks and bad, yet it all worked in a way that was very appealing. In other words, on the surface, it's a love-hate relationship with deeper feelings buried. I also loved the subtle humor. There are many moments of self-realization, as well as clarity where religion is concerned. I love the growth that occurs. I believe that we all have many things to learn and to improve upon and I love it when characters go through events that change them. There is also a dash of fantasy that was a fun and unexpected element. Content: mild romance (kissing, very vague talk of being married); mild violence (descriptions of war, not graphic); moderate religious elements (as mentioned above); no language. Clean! *I received a copy through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
Deb’s Dozen: How to Catch a Prince? Love Him Well, Serve Others. Love God Another fairy tale romance from Rachel Hauck in her Royal Wedding Series, How to Catch a Prince-Book 3 is equally charming as the first two. I loved Princess Ever After-Book 2 (see review) and also Once Upon a Prince-Book 1. Her mythical kingdoms of Hessenberg and Brighton are enchanting, the descriptions take you there in your imagination. Corina del Rey found love and romance and secretly married her prince–only to be rejected by him once he comes back from war–he tells her they’re not really married, the paperwork was never filed with the court. That same war also cost the life of her twin brother, Carlos. The del Reys are still in mourning–five and a half years later. Corina, attempting to pull her life together, is working for an online gossip magazine owned by her friend, Gigi, but finds out she got the job only because her mother asked Gigi to hire her. Then, to make matters worse, Prince Stephen comes to her in Melbourne, FL. He tells her they’re still married, but he wants an annulment. She agrees, after much conversation, only if he’ll tell her what really happened to her brother. Corina doesn’t want an annulment–she’s still in love with her prince. Praying about the situation, she gets the cryptic message, “Love well.” How Corina learns the meaning of that phrase, her travel to Brighton Kingdom for a movie premier, and her relationship with Stephen is the stuff of wonderful fairy tales. You’ll love her journey! Four Stars. Rachel Hauck writes the books she loves to read. All from her two story tower. She’s hit a few best seller lists and won an award or two. She is a RITA Finalist, Christy Award Finalist, and a Carol Award Winner. Hauck also penned the critically acclaimed Songbird Novels with multi-platinum country artist, Sara Evan
I read Hauck's first installment of the Royal Wedding Series, Once Upon A Prince and absolutely loved it. This book carries on the family storyline of the royal family, focusing on the brother Stephen. I really wanted to enjoy this book, but it wasn't doing it for me. It started out really well and I thought Hauck's written another great story, but things became too religious and too far-fetched for me. Not that I have anything against religious imagery in fiction, but sometimes it can be a little too much. Hauck creates the division between believers and non-believers by having imaginary people take care of Corina in a house that can only be seen if you believe in God - this just makes the whole fairytale story lose itself into a religious allegory of being a believer or non-believer. It just continued to be like this with brief moments of Hauck's original storyline coming through. It is well written and the characters are enjoyable, but overall the religious imagery took over the story and it wasn't so much of a fairytale as it was God's tale.
I recommend this book for young, God-fearing ladies. It’s a light, easy read romance novel that will tingle you from the inside and warm your hearts. Some parts will require a little leap of faith—something that non-Christians might not be able to fully appreciate. But the novel itself is beautifully written and by the end of the story you’ll be wondering as well if you yourself have “loved well” the way the American heiress and her Prince Charming chose to do in the end.
Romantic and spiritual. I cried and laughed. It was good!
How to Catch a Prince by Rachel Hauck is about Corina Del Rey, an American heiress, who is just coming out of the grief of her twin brother’s combat death five years ago, and Prince Stephen of Brighton-strong and handsome, yet tortured by the memories of his time of service in Afghanistan. Corina and Stephen had shared a special connection known only to them, yet now they are separated by miles and years. After Corina is visited by Stephen with some upsetting news, she pours out her heart to God, and is willing to do what God wants in her relationship with Stephen. Then she is sent to Brighton for her work as a journalist, and the angelic fun begins! There is so much to love about this book! It is set in the current day, alluding to actual events and personalities, which makes it so believable. Both Stephen and Corina are strong, likable characters, because of their upbringing in the public eye. It is very quotable. Corina is told about her trip to Brighton: “You came to answer true love’s call.” I just loved being swept up in this story! I highly recommend it for those who like romance and fairy tales. It is the third book in the Royal Wedding series, but anyone would enjoy it even if they had not read the previous two. I have read the previous books in the series, Once Upon a Prince and Princess Ever After, and I highly recommend those books as well.
I have read other books by Rachel Hauck, and I so fell in love with this Royal family and there country .
From the first paragraph, Rachael Hauck pulled me into the story. Laughter, love, pain, pathos...all are there to make you turn one more page before you turn off your light. I do believe this is my favorite of Rachael’s books so far. Great reading.
First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Rachel Hauck and her publisher for sending me a copy of "How to Catch a Prince" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me. In “How to Catch a Prince” by Rachel Hauck, Corina del Rey and Prince Stephen of Brighton reunite after a five-year separation. The circumstances of the reunion are less than stellar since they both believed their whirlwind marriage was annulled five years ago! Corina has attempted to move on with her life as a reporter. Her family remains broken after the tragic death of her twin brother Carlos while serving in the military five years earlier. Stephen is trying to get by as well. He knows more about his best friend’s (Carlos’) death than he is admitting. When Stephen finds out that he is still married, he travels to America to have Corina sign the annulment papers. She agrees to do so only when Stephen tells her what he knows about her brother. This beautiful, romantic tale will make you laugh and cry. Hauck’s writing is so vivid it brings the imagination abundantly to life. Her characters have character and her settings are magical. Although part of a series, “How to Catch a Prince” reads well as a standalone novel
Honest to goodness, I think every book I read from Rachel Hauck is better than the last! After reading the first two books in The Royal Wedding series, I was thrilled to learn that another book was on the way! There's just something about royal families, princes, queens, and weddings that just makes me giddy. Thankfully, How to Catch a Prince lived up to every expectation I had for it. I could go on and on about how much I love this book, but we would be here all day. Instead, let me give you five quick things that make this an incredible book and one that easily goes into the "must read" category. 1. While the characters are royal (or heirs, at least!), they are not perfect. Nope. Stephen and Corina have some serious baggage. This only makes them more relatable and real. 2. The parties and fancy dresses! Seriously, I felt like I was a fly on the wall in a few scenes. Hauck does a great job of bringing these scenes to life and making readers feel like they're part of the story. 3. We get to catch up with characters we've met in previous books. It's hard to turn the last page on a story of two people you really enjoyed getting to know, so I always like seeing that they're "okay" some time later. 4. There's a bit of magic in this story that truly turned it into a fairy tale. Sure, I had to suspend belief a few times, but I adored these special moments and characters and felt like they added a unique flavor to the story. 5. There is some serious romance in this book . . . a couple of truly delicious kisses. It's not overdone, but there is definitely chemistry here! 6. And as a bonus, how lovely is that cover?! How to Catch a Prince is a thoroughly enjoyable novel that had me alternating between delighted squeals and satisfied sighs. Anyone who enjoys fairy tales will surely love this romance! [5 stars] I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A Prince and an American heiress were once secretly married and extreme circumstances ripped them apart, but can they put it back together? Corina Del Ray is an American heiress who lost her twin in war and her and her family haven't recovered from his death. At the same time Prince Stephen realizes that his secret marriage is legit and he needs an annulment and a quiet, quick one! Knowing from the beginning what the ending would probably be, it was still entertaining to read the story and see the ups and downs. The previous books the royalty was coming from humble backgrounds and mimicked the William and Kate storyline a little. I liked that this one had a little bit of a twist being that Corina Del Ray was an heiress in her own right and didn't "need" a prince to have wealth and notoriety. It didn't follow the rags to riches that the previous books did.
I thoroughly enjoyed Rachel Hauck's newest royal novel. How to Catch a Prince is the third book in the Royal Wedding Series, but it can be read as a standalone novel. I've yet to read the first 2 books in the series (Once Upon a Prince & Princess Ever After), but they've definitely made my To-Be-Read list! Hauck is the author of one of my favorite books, Love Starts with Elle, so I had high hopes for How to Catch a Prince. The story feels authentic, contemporary, and realistic with a touch of fairy tale magic. Hauck's descriptions of Cathedral City instantly transported me to a world of majestic architecture and had my mouth watering for those famous puffs. The book is surprisingly unpredictable, which seems to be rare these days. I very much enjoyed getting to know Stephen and Corina, and the addition of Brill & Adelaide (I'm being vague to avoid spoilers!) was both surprising and perfect for the story. They add an additional layer of emotional depth and an element of faith to How to Catch a Prince. Hauck invokes just the right amount of humor to balance out the serious side of the story. Reading How to Catch a Prince is time well spent. Highly recommended for fans of inspirational fiction, contemporary romance, and royal romance. *I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
Corina and Prince Stephen may have not seen each other in six years, but that doesn’t mean their relationship is over. When their marriage is discovered as still legal and binding, Prince Stephen is pushed to re-open the door to Corina. But, while his plans are to quickly and painlessly have annulment papers signed, God has a different plan. Will Corina and Stephen learn to trust their hearts or forever let the past hold them back? I loved the flashbacks to Corina and Stephen’s relationship, giving the reader glimpses into their love story. Despite their circumstances, they had fallen in love and seized the moments they had together for all they were worth. In present day, Stephen’s secret has put a wall between them, and his refusal to share with Corina is a big part of this book. At times, I did feel like the argument the couple had was becoming circular. I was ready for something to happen to move past said argument, and when it did, what a breakthrough! I enjoyed it so much more from that point on (I just wish it had happened a bit earlier in the book). With the secret revealed, progress in their relationship could finally happen. Death, painful memories, and unanswered questions surround their relationship. Will they find a way to love one another? With a bit of whimsy, Rachel Hauck takes readers on this journey to love well. Once Upon a Prince remains my favorite of the series, and I think this book will appeal to any reader who loves contemporary with heart and fairy tales. *Thank you to BookLook Bloggers for a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.*
I'm a fan of Rachel's books. I've read the other two books in The Royal Wedding Series and she didn't disappoint with this newest story. I think every girl dreams of being a princess and with Susanna, Regina and now Corina, I'm reminded of that childhood dream. I love that these are southern girls because it gives me that instant connection with them. When I reviewed Princess Ever After last year, I said there's at least one line in each of Rachel's books that seems just for me. This book was no exception. "Love well" was Corina's mission when she went to Brighton. She wanted to show Stephen how good they could be together and did her best to "love well." I love that phrase! To me, it's almost a kind of surrender. When Corina signed the annulment papers, she felt she was finally giving up on her marriage but she wasn't. She was loving well…and leaving the rest to God. I love the story of King Stephen I and Queen Magdalena. Of how brave she was. Each year I pick a word to be my focus for the year and this year my word is brave. I felt this story was timely for me in so many ways. The story was beautiful. I love how when Stephen was done fighting within himself, God was ready to meet him. When Corina thought it was all over and and had done all she could, Stephen showed up at her door. And at their wedding, I "ahh-ed" when Stephen asked Mr. Del Rey if he could be the one to present Corina to God. Oh my. How to Catch a Prince was such a sweet story of love, forgiveness and surrender.
"How can you enjoy a book when you only get to read it in 5 minute increments?". The answer is that when I enjoy a book I want to read it whenever I can, even if it is only 5 minutes at a time. This is exactly the way that I felt about How to Catch a Prince by Rachel Hauck. In this third book in the Royal Wedding Series, we learn the story of Corina Del Ray and Prince Stephen of Brighton. You don't need to have read any of the earlier books to enjoy this story, although one book was about Prince Stephen's brother, King Nathaniel and his wife Susanna and the other story is mentioned a couple of times in the story. Corina Del Ray lost her twin brother 5 1/2 years ago and has only recently started to really move beyond the grief. Prince Stephen is dealing with his own grief through denial and ignoring it by putting his whole self into rugby. As the story progresses, we get to see the power of faith in helping them each to heal and to move towards realizing their dreams. I found that the author did a great job of developing the characters, allowing the reader to develop perspective and then reframe that perspective with the additional detail that is revealed over the course of the story. I felt that this helped me feel a connection with the characters and wanting the best for them. The love story was part fairytale and part modern. I liked the mystery surrounding the Manor and Adelaide and Brill and their role in the story. I would recommend this book to others and look forward to reading other books by Rachel Hauck in the future. A complimentary review copy was provided.
How To Catch A Prince is the third book in a fun, imaginative series by Rachel Hauck - The Royal Wedding Series. They have to do with the royal family of Brighton, and are delightful. They are bit like The Princess Diaries, but for an older audience. Princes, princesses and happily ever afters are a sweet diversion from the everyday, a wonderful escape into a fairytale. Corina Del Rey is an American heiress who once met and fell in love with a prince. Where things went wrong, she's not too sure but life intervened and it all seems destined to be a distant memory, something of a dream. Prince Stephen is heir to the throne and soon to be given a title, but at the moment he is tormented by dark memories of a terrible tragedy that he blames himself for and the only time he forgets is when he's out on the rugby pitch. He's thrown himself heart and soul into the game, but it really only postpones dealing with the memories and the pain. When his brother, the king, confronts him he decides to straighten out at least the legalities of his brief marriage to Corina but of course things don't go quite as planned. This is a sweet romance that still manages to have a strong plot and characters you can really get behind. It blends the contemporary with an old time fairytale feel, and it is most certainly worth your time, and the rest of the series as well. I received this book from Litfuse and Zondervan for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own.
I absolutely loved this book. I think it's my favorite of the whole series, maybe because I can relate so well to the emotions and feelings of both our hero and heroine (I've been in their shoes). The story itself flows in such a way that you don't want to put it down. I loved The Manor and Adelaide and Brill and their meaning and purpose in the book. The characters were very well written. Corina Del Ray is a true role model for women. Even with her wealth, she is sweet, down to earth, and hard working. Sometimes, I think faith that is acquired or found during times of devastating trials, is more deep and unwavering than faith that has never been tested. Corina's faith in her Lord is inspiring, even in the darkest times of her life. Prince Stephen Stratton is a man running from his past. His actions, in his mind, are justified by the results of a deadly mission he faced during the war. Rachel Hauck captures the devastating emotions of death, loss, and grief in each character, making you feel what they feel, as they feel it. The message is the sweetest part of the book, in my opinion. For Stephen, facing his past and learning to forgive himself as the Lord has forgiven him, was a true test of his character and faith. He wasn't really living until that happened, he was just muddling through and existing. For Corina, letting go of her grief was her first step in true healing. The message for her throughout the book was to love well. When I first read those words, I was floored. Adelaide said it well when she told Corina, "Love is vast, rich, textured. If you limit yourself to only romantic love, you will never love well." Loving well means emptying ourselves, trusting that God will bring about our hearts desires, and letting go of what you need to in order to gain what God has for you. Overall, this was a fantastic addition to a beautiful series about God's love, grace, and perseverance in times of trials. It has challenged me to learn to love well in all areas of my life. I look forward to reading more by this fantastic author! *I received a complimentary copy of this book through the Litfuse blogging program in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.*
Rachel Hauck in her new book “How to Catch a Prince” Book Three in The Royal Wedding Series published by Zondervan takes us into the life of Corina Del Rey. From The Back Cover: An American heiress and a crown prince seem destined to be together. Will the devastation of war keep them apart forever? Behind him, beside him, before him, the synchronized cathedral bells began to ring out. One, two, three . . . Then she said it first. The words his heart burst to share. “I love you, Stephen. You are my true prince.” American heiress Corina Del Rey caught her prince once. But the tragedy of war kept her too long in a fog of grief. Now she’s shifting her life forward, reigniting her career as a journalist. Still, nothing can relieve her of the secret and the love she carries in her soul. Prince Stephen of Brighton is one of the world’s most eligible bachelors and a star rugby player, trying to make sense of his life. His days in Afghanistan with the Royal Air Command will mark him forever. And he can’t shake their dark shadow. But when his brother, King Nathaniel, confronts him with a document the prince thought long buried and forgotten, Stephen is forced to face the pain of his past and the love he left behind. With a little heavenly help, Prince Stephen and Corina embark on a journey of truth. But when the secrets are revealed, can they overcome, move forward, and find love again? Tragedy and war can scar a person and if not dealt with can cause untrue thoughts and cap moving forward. This is part of the problem that has affected Prince Stephen and, in turn, has also affected Corina. Then, all of a sudden, Prince Stephen is forced to collide with the pain and trauma and have to deal with it with Corina. Only God is going to be able to heal these two. In matters of the heart the only Great Healer is God and it is such a delight to read a story that shows us this healing given to us by a master storyteller. Ms. Hauck is able to give us all the details without being “preachy” or overly dramatic. Corina and Prince Stephen are shown with their pain, their faults and their good points. We rally behind them and root and cheer for them to succeed. Ms. Hauck has given us wonderful characters that live and breathe on the pages. “How to Catch a Prince” is a marvelous story filled with a truly great romance. This book does not disappoint at all. I enjoyed it and I am already looking forward to the next book by this wonderful author. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. 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.”
This was a very enjoyable romance that had its light moments, but also dealt with some hard things, such as grief and war. I really liked Corina and her determination to do what God wanted, even though she wasn't quite sure what that was! I liked Stephen, too, but was frustrated by his being stuck on what happened during the war. It felt like that got a little repetitive. There were a lot of romantic moments, both present and in memories as we got a glimpse into their relationship five years ago when they fell in love. There was a cool supernatural twist in the story that gave it a unique quality different from most stories. The faith aspect was very well done, with Corina trying to understand what God wants her to do with a phrase she was given, "Love well, " while Stephen believes God and war can't co-exist. A scene near the end brought me to tears involving Stephen and his feelings of unworthiness and the important message that his worth isn't determined by who he is or what he does or doesn't do, but by the work of his Savior by His death on the cross. This was the third book in the series and has characters from the first book and mentions ones in the second, but works well as a stand-alone. I highly recommend this well-written story to fans of romance! I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.
A magical tale! How to Catch a Prince is the third book in Rachel Hauck’s Royal Wedding series. I loved the first two books in the series and was eager to read Prince Stephen’s story! While this book easily stands on its own, reading the other books in the series will certainly add to the enjoyment of this story. How to Catch a Prince is a bit different from the first two books in the Royal Wedding series. This storyline, while equally enchanting, delves deeper and explores several challenging topics. Love, forgiveness, and redemption are just a few of the threads that are woven together to create this beautiful story. “Love well” is another thought-provoking theme in the story and one I believe will resonate with many readers. Corina Del Rey and Prince Stephen of Brighton Kingdom are endearing characters and their story, with its unique circumstances, is full of emotion, as secrets, regrets, and heartache plague their path. I loved their spiritual journeys and delighted in their romance! How to Catch a Prince is a magical tale and a wonderful addition to the Royal Wedding series! I received a complimentary copy of this book through Litfuse Publicity. All thoughts expressed are my own and no monetary compensation was received.