Princess Ever After

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Regina Beswick was born to be a princess.

But she’s content to be a small-town girl, running a classic auto restoration shop, unaware a secret destiny awaits her. One that will leap from the pages of her grandmother’s hand-painted book of fairytales.

Tanner Burkhardt is the stoic Minister of Culture for the Grand Duchy of Hessenberg. When he is tasked to retrieve the long-lost princess, he must overcome his ...

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Overview

Regina Beswick was born to be a princess.

But she’s content to be a small-town girl, running a classic auto restoration shop, unaware a secret destiny awaits her. One that will leap from the pages of her grandmother’s hand-painted book of fairytales.

Tanner Burkhardt is the stoic Minister of Culture for the Grand Duchy of Hessenberg. When he is tasked to retrieve the long-lost princess, he must overcome his fear of failure in order to secure his nation’s future—and his own.

Yet lurking in the political shadows is a fierce opponent with sinister plans to abolish the throne forever.

Overwhelmed with opposition, Regina must decide if she’s destined to restore old cars or an ancient nation. Together—with a little divine intervention—Regina and Tanner discover the truth of her heritage and the healing power of true love.

"Hauck can be counted on for captivating, page-turning stories and sincere characters with heart." —Romantic Times Review, 4 stars

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310315506
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 2/4/2014
  • Series: Royal Wedding SeriesSeries Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 187,964
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

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 Twitter: RachelHauck Facebook: rachelhauck

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Princess Ever After

A Royal Wedding Novel


By Rachel Hayes Hauck

ZONDERVAN

Copyright © 2014 Rachel Hayes Hauck
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-310-31550-6



CHAPTER 1

She'd found bliss. Perhaps even true love. Behind the wheel of a '71 Dodge Challenger restored to Slant-6 perfection.

Fishtailing into turn two of a west side Tallahassee dirt track, Reggie shifted into fourth gear and pushed the car to its max, the thrill of the race electrifying her entire being.

The engine rumbled with authority as the tires hummed over the track, churning up dust as if to truly bury yesterday. Firing down the straightaway toward pinkish-gold remains of twilight leaking through the tall pines, the last thread of Reggie's lingering doubt flitted away on the cool September breeze.

This was what she'd been born to do—restore junked-up, forgotten old cars to their original, classic beauty. And it only took her twenty-nine years to figure that out.

Ha-ha. Come on, baby. Show me what you can do.

The boys at the finish line—Al, Rafe, and Wally—flagged her home with their hats in hand.

This was amazing. Simply amazing. She should've done this years ago. Jump from the corporate CPA ship onto the barely floating life raft of "pipe dreams."

In the last six months, she'd endured more than her share of sleepless nights since she traded her business suits for coveralls and entered into the car restoration business with Al, who was like a second father to her.

Restoring the Challenger was their first big job. And their first test.

Reggie checked the speedometer. The needle shimmied right at one hundred.

"Wahoo!"

She sped past the finish line. An air horn sounded. Male voices rose with hoots and hollers. She'd done it. They'd done it. And without leaving a trail of car parts littering the racetrack.

Downshifting, Reggie aimed for center field, whipping the car in a series of donuts, mashing on the horn, gunning the engine, letting the 440 breathe and have its say.

Oh mercy, building and installing this engine had given them fits. Those days were the ones most filled with doubt, when Reggie considered dialing her old firm, Backlund & Backlund, and begging for her job back.

One last spin around the infield and Reggie stopped the car and hopped out, letting the engine idle. Rafe swooped her up, whirling her around. "We did it!"

When he set her down, Al embraced her in his dark, teddy bear arms. "I'm so stinking proud of you, girl."

"No, you, Al. It was your idea."

"But you were willing to take the leap." Al, a retired Marine master sergeant, and her daddy's best friend all the way back in the '60s at Sullivan Elementary School, was the brains and brawn behind opening the shop.

When Al had approached Reggie with the idea six months ago, she had nothing to say but "Where do I sign?"

Then he hired Rafe, a Marine who served with Al right before he retired. Rafe left the Marines after three tours in Afghanistan and hitchhiked from North Carolina to Tallahassee in search of "Sergeant Al."

Ole Wally arrived at the idling car last. "I do believe she's plum beautiful. Reg, you drive better than Danica."

She threw her arms around the wizened old redneck with thin wisps of white hair sticking out from under his Jeff Gordon 24 cap.

"Wally, your engine work is the best in the business, and I'd bet my firstborn on it."

"Reg,"—Wally spit, an old habit left over from his Red Man chew days—"don't go banking money on an account you don't have. Got to find a man, go on a date, get married so's you can have a firstborn." Wally sauntered around the car. "Rafe, did you hear something pinging with the engine? Thought I heard it long about the eight cylinder."

Wally—the car whisperer.

"Let's listen for it on the ride back to the shop," Rafe said, leaning over the hood, listening for the ping.

The shop was an old red barn Al had found way out Blountstown Highway. It worked because it was big and airy with a solid roof. But mostly, because it was cheap.

"Say! Reg,"—a loud bass voice boomed across the infield with irritation—"what happened to seven o'clock?"

Reggie squinted through the long angles of light and shadow as Mark, her date for the evening, made his way toward her.

"Mark ... hey ..." Reggie tugged her phone from the pocket in her coveralls. Was it seven already? No, it wasn't seven. It was seven thirty. Seven thirty-one, to be exact. She was late. "I'm so sorry." She met Mark on the other side of the car, glancing back at Wally and shooting him a goofy look. "We had to run the car one last time. Wally heard a ping in the engine." Well, he did. "Danny Hayes is picking her up in the morning, and we have to be sure she's running at one hundred percent."

"Wally and Al can manage a ping, Reg." Mark swiped his finger across the dusty hood and made a grand gesture of checking his watch. "Because you and I are late." He stared at her coveralls. "Is that what you're wearing?"

"Yes, it's all the rage in women's fashion this season in New York, Mark. Grease-stained coveralls." Reggie raised her foot. "But I am changing into a pair of fancy boots. Won't that look smart?"

"That-a-way to give it to him, Reg." Rafe nudged her in solidarity as he came around to slip into the driver's seat.

"Drive careful, Rafe. Get the car back to the barn and cleaned up, okay?" She unzipped her coveralls and stepped out. Underneath she wore jeans and a black, pleated V-neck top—perfect attire for a Wakulla County fish fry. Even if the guy hosting it was crazy rich.

Handing her wadded-up coveralls to Rafe through the window, she winced at the worrisome sound of "over bearing mother" in her words. Nevertheless ... "White-glove the interior, the exterior, even the wheel wells."

"Gotcha, boss." Rafe grinned and gunned the gas while Wally hovered over the engine, ear cocked to the sound of the mysterious ping.

Al motioned for Reggie to step aside with him. "Reg—" His voice broke, and when he looked up, a dewy sheen slipped across his brown eyes. He sniffed, raised his chin, and drew a deep breath. "We done good, girl."

"Yeah, we did." A well of tears filled her own eyes. "I owe you, Al. Big. Now we just have to figure out where our next job is coming from. I was thinking—"

"Have a good night, Reg." Al grabbed her shoulders and turned her around. "I just wanted to tell you I was proud of you. Now, go. Have fun. Laugh. Enjoy your success."

"We are a success, aren't we?" She smiled.

"A one-car success, but yes, so far, so good."

"Al, say, what if we—"

"Girl, go have fun with your beau."

"He's not my beau."

"Fine. Just go. Enjoy. Miriam is waiting for me at home with the grandkids. It's popcorn and Disney movie night for me." Al's bold laugh rang out. He was having the time of his life.

"Well, okay." She patted her hands against her legs. "Off I go."

"Good. Off you go," Al echoed her intent.

"Look, now, if you need anything, call me."

"Reg, what could we need at seven thirty on a Tuesday evening?" Al grabbed her shoulders and turned her toward Mark. "Have fun. That's an order."

"Yes, Master Sergeant Love."

Walking with Mark toward his car, she exhaled, pressing her hand over her middle. She'd done it. They'd done it. Restored a whole car.

"We were down to the chassis when we started working on that Challenger," she said to herself more than to Mark.

"Old Mr. McCandless is going to wonder where I've been." Mark aimed his remote at the late-model Porsche sitting at the entrance of the track. "What about seven was so hard to do, Reg?"

"I was working." She ran ahead of him, waving and cheering, chasing the Challenger as Rafe, Wally, and Al exited the track and headed for the shop.

"Let's go," Mark called.

Reggie met him at the Porsche and slipped into the passenger seat with confidence in her belly that she'd finally found her destiny.


* * *

A mellow Hunter Hayes melody played over Mark's speakers, his Porsche buzzing toward the Gulf Coast.

Reggie nestled against the Italian leather and followed the brilliant red plume streaking the western horizon. Was it possible for life to be perfect? Or almost? For the first time since Mama died when she was just a kid, life made sense. Didn't it? Sure it did.

Working on the Challenger, going into business with Al, steadied her, harnessed her restlessness. Her heart stopped wondering, "Is there something more?"

"I played golf with Eric Backlund yesterday." At thirty, Mark was one of the top real estate developers in Florida. He ate lunch with congressmen and played golf with CEOs, moving farther and farther away from the skinny, sad-eyed, latchkey kid living in a rusted-out trailer.

"Does he still have a seven handicap?" she asked. Her former boss took every occasion to let the office know how well he could hit a little white ball with a thin wooden club.

"He asked about you. Wants to know when you're coming back."

"When a blizzard buries Tallahassee." She powered down her window. The dewy air swept past her face and cooled the heat rising from the conversation.

"Reg, come on. You've got to be smart, think ahead. So, bravo, you restored a classic car." He raised his hands from the wheel for a short round of applause. "Proved to yourself and everyone else you could run with the big dogs. Now it's time to consider your future."

"Not quite with the big dogs yet. We restored one car, and I don't care for your sarcasm." Did he mean to exhort and deflate her in one single breath?

Reggie ignored the knock-knock of guilt, of wanting to please, to acquiesce. But doing what others expected and asked of her was what got her into the CPA business in the first place. Daddy thought it would be a good career for her. He was right. For a season. But she'd learned her lesson. Now was her time. To do what she wanted.

"A little sarcasm goes a long way in opening blind eyes," Mark said.

"Gee, it's a wonder Jesus never used it as he went about doing good and healing. Look, Mark,"—she turned to him—"I'm not going back to Backlund & Backlund, even if restoring cars doesn't work out. So get that out of your head. Or anyone else's. I'd rather sling groceries at Publix." She sat back and faced forward, her gaze fixed on how the headlights were cutting through the darkness, her comfort and sense of well-being evaporating.

"Fine, forget accounting," Mark said, his voice gearing up for Plan B. She'd known Mark for almost twenty years, and he always had a Plan A and a Plan B, C, D, and E.

"But, Reg, for crying out loud, cars? Old cars at that? You're too intelligent and talented, too gorgeous to be wearing coveralls all day and sticking your head in a smelly engine." He slowed the car, leaning to see a blue rural street sign hidden behind a tree.

"You're good with people," he went on. "They walk right up to you and tell you their stories. Remember that woman at my office Christmas party last year? She downloaded her whole life story to you in the buffet line. She still talks about you." He shook his head and hit the gas, craning for the next street marker. "What about being a politician?"

"Ha! Politics? I'd rather work for Backlund & Backlund, Criminal Public Accountants."

"Har-har. Backlund is reputable and you know it."

"Even if they weren't, I'd rather work for them than be in politics." She turned to Mark. "Do you not know me? After all these years?"

"I do know you. Maybe better than you know yourself. Reg, you'd be a good politician. You'd care more about people than your own power or wealth." He slowed at the next street sign, then jerked the car left, leaving the road and hitting a soft, sandy driveway. He downshifted with a low growl. "McCandless develops million-dollar complexes. You'd think he'd pave his own drive."

But he spoke too soon. The car broke into a clearing, easing onto a curved, pebble drive that circled under a high portico to the front door.

Reggie peered out the windshield toward the second floor and the high-pitched eaves. "A palace out here in the middle of Wakulla County." She laughed. "I think I've seen it all."

"McCandless is a bit of an eccentric, but he knows real estate development."

"Let me guess. You want him to back you in something you're doing."

"A development over on St. George." Mark put the car in neutral as a red-vested valet scurried down the front steps. A second valet opened Reggie's door. Her stomach rumbled as she stepped into the potent aroma of frying fish.

"Valets," she said as Mark came around to her side, watching the man drive off with his car. "Hoity-toity. That's definitely not Wakulla County."

Wakulla County was rednecks, good ole boys and girls, her kind of folks. Not valets running down carved stone steps from the doorway of a ... palace.

"All this?" Mark slipped his arm around her waist. "This is going to be me one day, babe."

Babe?

"Well, not me." Reggie shrugged out of his embrace and moved ahead of him up an illuminated path. Maybe she was being paranoid, but more and more it seemed Mark was painting her into his rich landscape. One in which she didn't belong. What was up with him? When did the air between them change? They'd been friends forever. Just friends.

Though they did have a "date" pact. If one or the other needed an escort to a wedding, Christmas party, work or family event, and couldn't scrounge up anyone else, the other would go. But Mark had a slew of girlfriends. The dating trail behind him was littered with gorgeous women.

"Ever hear from Monica?" Reggie said with a casual air when he caught up to her. Mark had met the dark-skinned beauty at a congressional luncheon, and Reggie didn't see him for four months. "I thought maybe she was the one."

"She went home and got engaged to her college boyfriend."

"Already? That was fast."

"I was her rebound and, frankly, I didn't see a future with us." Mark touched her elbow, lightly steering her down the path toward a white-haired, Colonel-Sanders-looking character—McCandless.

Reggie, on the other hand, had never been in love. Not that she didn't want to be, but, well, she'd not met him. The one. The love of her life.

Besides, she didn't feel she needed a man to carry on a happy life. She rather liked going to parties or weddings alone, meeting up with friends and family. If she really needed a date, she drafted her best friend, Carrie Mitchell, instead of Mark, because it always gave Carrie an excuse to buy a new pair of shoes.

"Before we get too deep into this party ..." Mark slipped his hand into hers and suddenly tugged her off the path. A wash of dread caused her to shiver.

Mark, don't ...

"We've been—"

Reggie's phone jingled from her jeans hip pocket. Thank goodness. She jerked her hand from his, reaching back for her phone. Saved by the ringtone. She never loved the Florida State University fight song more.

"It's Al," she said, turning the screen for him to see. "Hey, is everything all right?" Reggie laughed low, relieved to be away from Mark, shaking the heat of his hand from hers. "Please don't tell me you wrecked the Challenger."

"Reg, please ... The Challenger is fine. Rafe has it spit polished and gleaming. I'm calling 'cause I thought you'd like to know we just might have our next job."

"What? Who?" Her heart pummeled her ribs. This is great! "A Starfire #89?" She laughed. "I'll walk on air all the way home if you say yes."

"A Starfire #89? Girl, are you out of sound mind?" Al's laugh boomed. "Now, how do you suppose the rarest car on planet Earth would make its way to Dixie? And to our little shop no less?"

"A girl can dream, can't she?" Why not? Dreaming, with some unction, was what freed her from Backlund & Backlund.

Dreaming inspired her first car restoration. Al might have dreamed up the shop, but Reggie was the one who talked Danny Hayes into giving them a chance with his Challenger.

So there was nothing wrong with a little dreaming. She'd get her a Starfire #89 one of these days. Okay, maybe not, but she'd at least sit behind the wheel of one. Someday.

"There's dreaming and then there's ridiculous, Reg. If ever a Starfire #89 comes across my path, I won't call you but walk on air to tell you in person. And you'll know what I have to say before I open my mouth because my beautiful black face will be as white as a ghost."

She laughed. "I'll look forward to it. So what car do we have?"

Al was right. Best be realistic if they were going to be in the restoration business. Only seven Starfire #89s—one of the world's first race cars commissioned by the Grand Duke of Hessenberg in 1904—had ever been made. Six were known to exist. Four were in museums. Two were owned by billionaires. One, the original, was lost in time. Perhaps destroyed by wars, or rain and snow, or someone looking for scrap metal. Who knew? Or maybe the car was waiting somewhere for someone to rescue it.

"I got the next best thing to a Starfire, Reg. A Duesenberg."

She exhaled every ounce of breath. "Al, no ... come on ... you can't be ... a Duesy?" The air around her swirled, swift and cool, scented with fried fish, and for a moment Reggie thought she was floating. "You're kidding. No, you're not. You wouldn't kid about a Duesenberg!" She trembled. "H-how? Wh-who? When?"

"A Marine buddy—"

"God bless the Marines."

"—retired sometime back, went on to make good with a second career, and bought himself a 1933 Duesenberg Touring Car. He called to ask if I knew anyone who might be qualified to restore it."

"We. Me. You. Us." Reggie slapped her hand to her chest. "Did you tell him we could, Al?"

Mark tugged on her sleeve. "Reg, you're on my time. Call Al later. McCandless is on the move and I want to introduce you."

She shushed him, waving him off.

"Yeah, but this is a pretty special car. Our credentials might be a bit shallow, but we're friends and he trusts me. He's going to think about it."

Reggie snapped her shoulders back. "What? You call me with a think-about-it Duesy? Get on the phone. Tell him we are the ones for the job."


(Continues...)

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  • Posted May 22, 2014

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    Rachel Hauck weaves another wonderful modern day fairytale! Old

    Rachel Hauck weaves another wonderful modern day fairytale! Old World meets Southern girl with grit, like the Princess diaries story, but even better! You will root for Regina and Tanner, and cheer as they fight to save a kingdom that is all  but lost. Good sequel to Once Upon  a Prince; can be read as a stand alone too, but more meaningful if read in order. Great series!

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  • Posted March 9, 2014

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    Great Book This is book two in the Royal Wedding series. I was

    Great Book

    This is book two in the Royal Wedding series. I was looking forward to this book and was not disappointed.




    What I liked: Regina goes from car restorer to princess overnight. I really enjoyed how Regina grew as a character. This book also had a good amount of laughs. Her driving away with Tanner who jumped into the car had me laughing out loud. Tanner also was a good character. I don’t want to give too much away about his story but I enjoyed it. I also found it interesting how we would jump back in time to Regina’s grandma’s diary entry’s and how they tied into the present story. Very well written.




    What I did not like: There is not much I did not like in this book. The only thing was how easy and simple Tanners personal family issue was resolved it just seemed like thing worked out way to smoothly.




         I enjoyed this book. Even though it was a fairy tale kind of story it had very real trials and problems and did not come across like a Disney movie. I thought the author did a great job of portraying how hard it could be to go from being an average citizen to a royal. It was not a walk in the park, add in the humor and this made for a very good read.  I’m interested to see how this series will end. I highly recommend this book. One does not need to read the first book in the series to read this one but it’s just as good and it will explain how Regina came to be the princess in more detail.

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  • Posted February 14, 2014

    I love fairy tales...those stories that really let you "liv

    I love fairy tales...those stories that really let you "live the dream". Princess Ever After definitely fits into this category. It is the second book in the Royal Wedding series, however, it really can be read as a stand along book if you have not read the first book, Once Upon a Prince. I really enjoy reading books in a series, and would recommend that you read the first one if you can. It was one of my absolute favorite books last year and I have already re-read it a couple of times! It is just that good.

    In Princess Ever After, we meet Tanner Burkholdt. He is the Minister of Culture of a small fictitious nation named Hessenburg. His task is to tell the recently located heir (a princess) that she is nobility and must return to Hessenburg to save their country. Tanner is such an interesting character. He has a great back story and is battling with some serious issues and doubts about his worth and about God's love.

    Regina (Reggie) Beswick doesn't know she is a princess. Her ancestors fled Hessenburg in 1914 and she was never told of her heritage. Reggie is a fun character. She is definitely an everyday type of girl and is enjoying her life. She has made a career change and is now restoring classic cars. Life is enjoyable and she thinks she is where God wants her to be.

    Watching Reggie come to the realization that the information that Tanner brings is legitimate and that she is desperately needed in Hessenburg was enjoyable. I especially liked watching the relationship grow between the two main characters once Reggie arrives in Hessenburg and begins learning about her heritage.

    The romance does not seem quite as deep as in the first book, Once Upon a Prince, but these are different characters in a different story. They have their own story to tell and their own way of reacting to relationships. If every story was the same, how boring that would be! There are some interesting twists and turns and flash backs to journal entries written by Reggie's grandmother, when she was a young lady, throughout the book. All in all, a sweet and romantic fairy tale that left me happy at the end.

    I received a complimentary ebook copy from Litfuse Publicity Group through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.

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  • Posted February 12, 2014

    Great modern christian romance! I fell in love with the cover of

    Great modern christian romance!
    I fell in love with the cover of this book immediately.  A gorgeous dress and a tiara too, who wouldn't want to read it?  I loved Regina's character; she was completely authentic and true to herself no matter what situation she happened to find herself in (which were many crazy and unbelievable situations!).  I loved her confidence, her ability to rise to the occasions and circumstances that she found herself in once she learned she was a princess and an heir.  This book has so many facets; finding yourself, trusting in God, learning from the past, looking to the future, living the life you were meant to lead.  Rachel Hauck astounded me with the depth of the story, not only with Reggie, but with Tanner as well.  The mystery surrounding Reggie's Gram and how everything would turn out with the future of Hessenberg was so well put together.  As a reader I have no complaints...I loved every bit of the book and I would read it again!  This is my first time reading a book by Hauck and I will definitely be reading more from her soon!  * I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley and was under no obligation to review. 

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  • Posted September 8, 2014

    Lose yourself in a modern day fairy tale.  This is the second bo

    Lose yourself in a modern day fairy tale.  This is the second book in the Royal Wedding Series.  For those that love a Princess story this is for you.  Reggie Beswick, CPA trained and working as a grease monkey  Reggie left her accounting job to do her passion of fixing up old classic cars.
     She is so content with her life.  The first car she worked on is complete and she is needing a new project.

    Enter Tanner Burkhardt, Minister of Culture for the small country of Hessenberg.
     Hessenberg has been under the rule of Brighton for almost 100 years.
     If Hessenberg finds a royal to sign the entail they will once again be a country.  
    Tanner has found the long lost royal, but will a grease covered CPA step into the shoes of a princess and save a country she never knew existed?  

    Reggie struggles with becoming a royal as anybody would.  Tanner is a great help to her and finds himself falling for the princess.
     Yet his past decisions are coming to his door and will need to be dealt with.  Will his mistakes force him to step down from his job or will he be able to keep his job and fall in love all at the same time.

    This book was a fun, light read.  Like any girl, I love a story about a princess.  I love that Hauck makes her characters real and have a past that comes back to haunt you.  While there were some scenes that were a bit of a stretch, that is what makes it a fantasy.  I did like the struggles the characters went through as well as turning to God to help.  I enjoyed the cameo appearances of characters from the first book as well.

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  • Posted August 17, 2014

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    I received an eARC copy of this book from the publisher. Here is

    I received an eARC copy of this book from the publisher. Here is my honest review.




    Rachel Hauck has officially become one of my favorite authors with the second book in this series.  I read the first book, Once Upon a Prince, and looked forward to the next book.  (There is a third book too - yea!)




    The idea of finding out that you are a long-lost princess sounds very romantic; Hauck did keep the romance but also did a great job exploring the emotions of having a life-altering decision before you.  At the core, this book is about identity and how we define ourselves.  It's so often in our family or our jobs when ultimately, it should be in who we are in the Lord.  




    Reggie was a a great modern-day strong princess and Tanner was sweet.  His character reaffirms that we all have moments, decisions that were questionable, but the Father still loves us. 




    Read this book! Only after you've read the first book.  It could be a standalone read, but the experience will be much richer if you read in order.

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  • Posted August 4, 2014

    I was initially hesitant to read this book since princess themes

    I was initially hesitant to read this book since princess themes can be cheesy or all about the dresses and tiaras. Happily, this book does not fit those categories! The main character Reggie is a wonderfully down-to-earth American, and Tanner appreciates all her quirky attributes and sees past them to the special and unique individual she is. He helps her embrace her strengths and face the challenges of stepping into her royal heritage. I loved the mystery and history of her great-grandmother which unraveled slowly throughout the book with journal entries and memories cherished by Reggie. The sweet romance was overshadowed by the other aspects of the plot, but overall it was a good balance.

    (Thank you to Zondervan Publishing for providing a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)

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  • Posted June 20, 2014

    I highly recommend this book. Check it out soon!

    Rachael Hauck has again captivated me with her story line as I travel with/through her characters as they rick-rack through life. This was a fun read. I highly recommend it.

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  • Posted March 11, 2014

    Oh, I love this series so much! I adored Once Upon a Prince last

    Oh, I love this series so much! I adored Once Upon a Prince last year and have been anxiously waiting the release of Princess Ever After. I didn't think it was possible, but I loved this book even more!

    While I always thought it would be amazing to be the queen (of what, I was never sure) when I was a kid, I'm not sure what I would do if I discovered that I was indeed a princess. This story explores what happens when an average, ordinary woman learns—quite unexpectedly—that she is royalty and the fate of her country rests squarely on her shoulders. While Princess Ever After is most definitely a modern-day fairy tale, Hauck weaves truths throughout that apply to all of us. How many times have I hesitated to take a leap of faith because I'm afraid? How many times have I relied on myself more than relying on the Lord? I loved that the underlying message was so strong.

    In addition to having a great message, Princess Ever After was packed with romance! Regina and Tanner have such a fun relationship, and I loved watching their relationship progress. They were just so sweet and lovey, but without being too over the top. But the romance isn't the only thing happening in this book. Tanner and Regina have plenty of depth as well, and it felt as though they each had a story of their own in addition to the story of their relationship. This made for a very full and satisfying story.

    Overall, I think it's safe to say that I LOVED Princess Ever After!!! [5 stars]

    I received a free copy of this book from Zondervan in exchange for my fair and honest review.

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  • Posted March 6, 2014

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    Rachel Hauck in her new book ¿Princess Ever After¿  Book Two in

    Rachel Hauck in her new book “Princess Ever After”  Book Two in The Royal Wedding Series published by Zondervan takes us into the life of Regina Beswick.




    From The Back Cover:  Regina Beswick didn’t know she was born to be a princess.




    She’s content to be a small-town girl, running a classic auto restoration shop, unaware a secret destiny awaits her. One that will leap from the pages of her grandmother’s hand-painted book of fairytales.




    Tanner Burkhardt is the stoic Minister of Culture for the Grand Duchy of Hessenberg. When he is tasked to retrieve the long-lost princess, he must overcome his fear of failure in order to secure his nation’s future—and his own.




    Yet lurking in the political shadows is a fierce opponent with sinister plans to abolish the throne forever.




    Overwhelmed with opposition, Regina must decide if she’s destined to restore old cars or an ancient nation. Together—with a little divine intervention—Regina and Tanner discover the truth of her heritage and the healing power of true love.




    How do you go from running a classic auto restoration shop to being a princess of a small nation?  Instead of restoring old cars how do you restore a nation to its former glory?  These are just some of the questions that Regina has to deal with.  Regina has to come to terms with her destiny-she was born to royalty and now has to deal, not only with ruling, but with her life under intense scrutiny.  Tanner is the Minister that has to work alongside Regina to restore the kingdom.  In addition he has to have his wounds healed and be restored himself.  Ms. Hauck has given us wonderful characters that live and breathe on the pages.  ”Princess Ever After” is a marvelous story filled with great romance and political cutthroat.  This book  does not disappoint at all.  I enjoyed it and I am already looking forward to the next book in this series.




    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.”

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  • Posted March 5, 2014

     When I opened my copy of Princess Ever After, my friend looked

     When I opened my copy of Princess Ever After, my friend looked at the cover and said "Oh! That is perfect, what with Valentine's Day coming."
    And she was right. The luscious dress modeled on the cover, the red heart that centers the title, the
    promise of great love story inside... it all beckons as we approach the holiday dedicated to celebrating Romance.




    So, after staying up late to read just a few more pages, and then grabbing the book again next morning and looking for some reading time so I could finish... what do I think?
    I think Princess Ever After is a sure bet if you're craving a creative love story involving a "real girl" heroine, a Kingdom in peril, and very Unusual Circumstances!




    Regina Beswick is a "Tallahassee lassie." She says y'all and calls people Bubba, and her idea of
    de-stressing is to eat fries while listening to oldies and sitting in her grandmother's beautiful old Corvair.
    Gram and classic cars, two of the forces that powerfully shaped Reg and her world.




    Gram was the one who planted the princess seed in Reggie's heart. Gram played dress up and made construction paper tiaras with glitter on them, all the while telling Reggie that she would grow up and be a Princess. Of course, as she got older she knew that it had simply been a delightful game.
    So the biggest dream that grow-up Reg harbored was to leave her tiresome CPA job and work full time restoring cars. And maybe even get her hands on a Starfire #89 someday.
    That's what made her heart beat faster for a long time, until the day that a man arrives with really weird news.




    Tanner Burkhardt is serious, sober, and intent on bringing the Princess home to the Grand Duchy of Hessenberg. Only problem is, Reg has a hard time believing that she is the intended princess, or that she can handle the role. While he speaks of entails and heirs, she makes a joke about becoming the Grand Poo-bah. Yep, a girl after my own heart.
    Can Tanner convince her that this truly is her inheritance?
    Can he help her understand that she was made for this? 
    That's a good question. :)




    Get ready for funny conversations, great culture-clash scenes, sweet moments,
    and a true lesson: A princess is defined not by her title alone but by how she lives her life.
    You'll agree that Reg is a Princess Ever After.




    Thank you Litfuse for my review copy!

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  • Posted March 3, 2014

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    Who hasn't had a dream about being a princess? I'm sure that man

    Who hasn't had a dream about being a princess? I'm sure that many have, but it doesn't come true for most. Sure, there are those few that marry into a royal family, but what if you found out you were a princess by birth and no one had ever told you? What if you had recently quit your job and were pursuing your dream and suddenly someone comes to you and tells you that you are a princess, an heir to a throne? That is what happened to Regina Beswick in Princess Ever After.

    Rachel Hauck does a great job telling the story of Regina "Reggie" Beswick. She creates characters that you can't help but find yourself attached to. You find yourself cheering her on as she finds a love for not only her grandmother's home country but also a love for her life. Reggie relies on her faith and prays for signs to help her make the right decision about her future. You feel the emotions that Reggie is feeling, as she comes to terms with her true ancestry and determines where her future lies.

    Princess Ever After is the first book by Rachel Hauck that I have read and I am ready to read another. I really would like to read another installment about Reggie, but am not sure that there will be another one, so I might have to check out the first book in the Royal Wedding Series or one of her many other books. (complimentary review copy was provided)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2014

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    There has recently been a slew of books written about fairy tale

    There has recently been a slew of books written about fairy tales and princesses. But I have to say, my favorite ones would be this series here by Rachel Hauck. I was able to review the first book last year and this one was actually my favorite out of the two. You just gotta love a southern Florida gal being whisked away and becoming a princess:)




    Regina, or Reggie as she likes to be called, is at her best. She restores vintage classic cars with her buddies. Then enters Tanner. Ponytail and all:) He informs her that she is a long lost princess who needs to come restore her nation. I have to admit, this would be a tough decision. The known to the unknown. Her dream life to life in the spotlight. But she makes the decision she feels her grandmother would have and what God is telling her to do. So she flies across and takes in the sights, all the while trying to make the right choice. Needless to say, there are funny parts, awesome parts, and even some parts that will bring tears to your eyes. Tanner is a pretty good hero even with all his flaws. But my favorite person was Regina. I guess maybe I connected with her being a southern Florida gal myself. Oh, and if you have read the first book, you will recognize some of the characters from it.




    Again, an excellent story that is humorous and thought provoking. I cannot wait to see what Rachel brings to her fans next!




    I received a copy of this book for my review purposes. All thoughts are 100% mine.

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  • Posted March 2, 2014

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings The second in t

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings

    The second in the Royal Wedding Series and I loved this one even more.  This book centered around a different royal - Miss Regina Beswick who is living in Florida and has left a safe career of CPA to open a car restoration shop.  Her life will be turned upside down as a country comes to find out that she is their long lost queen and she must decide what life she would like to live.

    An interesting way to continue a series by taking a different royal and put them at the center.  I loved Regina's real debate about whether she wants to move to another country and become a Queen or stay and pursue the new path that she had just started to pave.  The love story in this book didn't take center stage and I liked that.  I liked the focus on Regina's quest for personal happiness came first and then love kind of fell in her lap!  

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  • Posted February 26, 2014

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    HOW TO BECOME A REAL PRINCESS..... Normally, I have shied away f

    HOW TO BECOME A REAL PRINCESS.....
    Normally, I have shied away from fairytales or anything fantasy like.  I wasn’t entirely sure I wanted to read Princess Ever After, but determined that perhaps my scope of reading was stilted and needed some refreshing.  Oh boy…did I ever get refreshed!!  Congratulations to Rachel Hauck for taking me out of my doldrums and enlightening new genre interests of the unordinary.  Another exception to reading this unlikely story is that I have little interest in restoring of old cars, antique, fancy, racing, or otherwise – although I realize significant history has taken automobiles far and beyond what my 75 year old mind can comprehend, when I finally grasped the importance of cars or a particular car to this story – my total perspective was changed.




    Imagine young Reggie Beswick at work underneath a car getting covered with oil and grease when Tanner Burkhardt walked into Reggie’s business garage located in Florida and identified himself as the Minister of Culture for the Grand Duchy of Hessenberg with shocking news that Reggie is the lost princess of Hessenberg.  Yep, Reggie is actually Regina, a girl, not a boy as her name might have first suggested.  Hold onto your tiaras from here on, readers, for as Forrest Gump told us, “life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.”




    The story becomes more curious when we meet Reggie’s great-grandmother Alice in flashbacks to her life in Hessenberg before the war forced her and her family to flee.  Alice writes lovingly of her family and country, with dreams of returning one day to Hessenburg.  Reggie loved her Grandmother incessantly and remembers fondly the fairytale often read to her from a book actually written and artistically illustrated by Gram. Rachel Hauck obviously has done a great deal of research and used her information wisely and delightfully.  Her characters and their roles add the interest of conflict, adoration, charm and a bit of evilness to the story typical of fairytales.  I loved them all…well, almost all.  They are very well assigned.  Will Reggie find out what gram was telling her through the fairytale book – never audibly hearing it from her lips?




    Rachel Hauck penned much humor and plight of mystery between the pages of Princess Ever After.  Romance was on the minds of Reggie and Tanner from the beginning.  Tanner is in for double trouble as the story proceeds.  Will Princess Reggie be able to restore the precious duchy to this tiny island?  One revelation to me is that fairytales can be likened to parables -  good against evil as God wills.   Faith and trust in God was so perceptive in the spirituality of Reggie, Tanner and all concerned, that I admire how subtly author Rachel Hauck wrote her deepest faith between the lines.  The oil that covered Reggie’s face underneath the car in the beginning of this sweet story is truly symbolic of the warm holy oil essence that came over her understanding that she was who God meant her to be.  What wonderful things I’ve learned from this fairytale and it certainly was not a fantasy.  Thank you Rachel Hauck for this blessed lesson.  I look forward excitedly to your next book.  Now, reader, are you not curious as to what I have learned from Ms. Hauck?  Well then….get your copy now!




    I received a copy of Princess Ever After from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
      

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  • Posted February 25, 2014

    A lovely, wonderful story from Hauck!! It should go without

    A lovely, wonderful story from Hauck!!




    It should go without saying that I LOVED Once Upon a Prince. I have had to endure staring at Princess Ever After on my review stack for some time now, and I was so glad to slip into its pages. Once again I was completely wowed by Hauck on all the minor details used to make up the bigger picture. I can't imagine all the research she did on royals and such, but it made everything almost tangible.




    Oh, Reggie is an amazing lead. She's down-to-earth, funny, and incredibly relatable. More than once I giggled and snorted at her remarks or inner thoughts. That being said, I wish the story was longer! I loved her faith, albeit shaky at times, and watching her find her place in the world was such a delight. In some ways, Reggie's story reminded me of The Princess Diaries movies. If I had to choose between the two, there's no competition. I prefer Princess Ever After hands down.




    Tanner was an interesting lead. I liked that he wasn't portrayed as some perfect hero, but instead as a man with several blemishes in his past, and when his mistakes resurfaced, he didn't shirk from his responsibilities. I liked it when Reggie called him out on his tendency to beat himself up. If she hadn't, someone else would have!




    This was such a lovely story to start out my week with. Romantics, fairy-tale lovers, and royalty admirers combined will enjoy this one and it's predecessor. I recommend this book to readers fifteen and older. :-)




    I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Litfuse in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks!!

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  • Posted February 24, 2014

    To be 29 years old and think you know who you are, only to be bl

    To be 29 years old and think you know who you are, only to be blindsided by a hidden, yet life-changing truth, must be unimaginable. Regina knows who she is. She is content and satisfied with her life. When she learns that she is a princess, her whole world is thrown into disarray.

    Regina is overwhelmed by the unbelievable truth that she is indeed the princess and the only one who can save her country. She is torn between wanting to take her rightful place and the fear of what that would truly mean for her. She is conflicted between the life she knows and the life she is meant to live.

    Will she have the courage to embrace the truth of who she is and fulfill her destiny?

    The message to embrace your calling can be found in the pages of this novel. When God reveals his calling for each of our lives, will we have the courage to do what he asks of us?

    After reading this novel and Once Upon a Prince, I’m beginning to see a series arc that is focused on answering the question, “What is God’s will for my life?” This story may be set in a fairytale-esque setting; however the issues and the life choices the characters are faced with are real. Princess Ever After is a wonderful addition to The Royal Wedding series, but Once Upon a Prince is still my favorite.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2014

    Lovely Christian Romance!

    I thoroughly enjoyed the innocent loving romance between the two main characters. Reggie is a role model having not even kissed a man until the age of 29, and knew she was in love. I wish her counterpart had a different conflict in his life to keep with the abstinence theme, but they were able to work through those issues easily with Reggie's faith and understanding. The royal theme that brought them together asked the age old question of "what does God want me to do" and continues to teach us that God has a plan if we just trust in Him. It was a good sequel to "Once Upon a Prince" and I look forward to the next book in the trilogy where they can expand on these relationships!

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  • Posted February 23, 2014

    Title: Princess Ever After - Royal Wedding Series Book 2 Author:

    Title: Princess Ever After - Royal Wedding Series Book 2
    Author: Rachel Hauck
    Publisher: Zondervan/Harper Collins Publishing
    Published: 2-4-2014
    ISBN-10: 0310315506
    ISBN-13: 978-0310315506
    E-Book ASIN: B00DL0WQ3U
    Pages: 358
    Genre: Romance
    Tags: Spirituality, Christian Fiction
    Sensual Level: very low
    Overall Rating: excellent


    Tanner Burkhardt is thrilled to be back on Hessenberg soil. Six months after HRH Prince Nathaniel appointed him Minister of Culture for the Grand Duchy of Hessenberg he still has a long way to go for when the heir to the throne of Hessenberg is found and brought home. With the discovery of of a great-great niece of the last king, Augustine Saxon, in America he thought she would soon be brought home and the independence of his country would be assured. Then it is announced it was a false lead and and that the true heir is now verified. Prince Nathaniel insist Tanner go to America and tell Regina Beswick of her new station and bring her home immediately before the one hundred entail between Brighton and Hassenberg time limit is up and Hassenberg becomes a permanent province of Brighton and its chance of independence lost forever.


    Reggie has finally found her nitch after leaving her extremely well paying job at Backlund and Backlund Public Accountants. Opening a auto restoration shop with her friends fills her with a happiness she has not felt since the death of her mother and Nanna. With the rush of their first complete job racing through her veins she tries to mollify her friend, mark for running late she tries to tell him once again they are only friends, but he isn't listening. Little does she know her life is about to question everything she thought she knew about herself and her family in the dust. She is the key to saving a country she has only heard about.


    Tanner is fighting demons fro a past failure and fears failing once again. Reggie has fought and won her dependence and does not want to give it up for some unknown people and politics. As Tanner tries to convince her to return with him to Hassenberg someone is doing everything they can to sabotage Hassenberg's chance for independence. Danger grows as the unknown opponent raises the stakes. Fighting the attraction between them and trying to understand one another, Reggie and Tanner seemed doomed. Then again Cinderella seemed doomed to never have her Prince Charming either. Follow their journey to see where it leads, Palace or grease pit.


    Rachel Hauck has delivered a story equal to the first in the series, Once A Prince. Believable characters, a touch of suspense and intrigue and a romance to warm the heart. You will not want to put this book down. I wonder where Ms. Hauck will go next? This can be read as a stand alone but is much better with the reading of book 1 first.

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  • Posted February 22, 2014

    I enjoyed book 1 in Rachel Hauck`s Royal Weddings Series, but I

    I enjoyed book 1 in Rachel Hauck`s Royal Weddings Series, but I loved Book 2!! Princess Ever After was amazing!

    The second book in Rachel`s fairy tale, Royal Weddings Series is fantastic. Hauck goes deeper into the fictional story world of
    Hessenberg from the first book. This time, even the Prince Nathaniel and his blushing Bride Susanna enter the story line as all come
    together to convince this small-town, grease monkey to become a princess. 

    My favorite character by far was Tanner, the hero, Sir Blue Eyes. He is stoic and classy while also being down to earth and real. His
    interactions with Regina made for many laughs and smiles. His back story, which I won`t spoil for you was well-crafted and fit into the
    story line perfectly. 

    The intrigue that pushed the story forward was finding all the hints and clues left behind by the last Princess of Hessenberg, Regina`s
    Gran. Hauck kept the characters, and of course the readers running to catch them all in time for the book to end. A real page turner!

    I believe book 2 can be a stand alone as far as the story line goes. My only concern would be the detailed information about the history
    of the fictional country. It is pivotal to the story. I found the history aspects much easier to follow in this book over the first one. That may
    (or may not) be related to the fact that I had some understanding of the situation going into Book 2. This is just a very mild warning.

    Reading Group guide included as well.

    It was a true delight to read and I recommend it to anyone. 

    Thanks to Booksneeze and Zondervan for the review copy. I received it free of charge in exchange for my honest opinion.

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