Wednesday, February 25, 2015

How to Catch a Prince by Rachel Hauck

From the publisher:
Prince Stephen came to America to escape responsibility. But what he found complicates his life more than ever.
Corina Del Rey is happy with her life in Melbourne, Florida. She spends her days engrossed in her career as a journalist and has her sights set on climbing the corporate ladder-if for no other reason, to distract herself from her dissolving family. But when she is confronted with the past she fought so hard to put behind her, she struggles to make sense of her future.
Prince Stephen of Brighton Kingdom has moved on since the tragic death of his buddies in Afghanistan. A star professional rugby player, he has no intention of looking over his shoulder at what could've been
But when a notice arrives in the mail requiring his and his wife's appearance before the courts to dissolve their marriage, he must deal with the questions rumbling around in his heart. He thought his marriage had been annulled long ago, but his memories of Corina Del Rey remain close. Does he still love her? Can he even find her? Above all, can he tell her the truth about that fateful night in Afghanistan seven years ago? If he does, he might really lose her forever.
The cover of this book is exquisite.  And the cover did not disappoint for the story held within.  This is  my favorite Rachel Hauck book yet!  Each of her novels in this Royal Wedding Series, and her novella are sweet and romantic.  But this novel was more than just sweet and romantic.  It was sweet, romantic, swoon-worthy, emotionally raw, and spiritually powerful.  I couldn't believe all that Rachel Hauck wove into this story.  
The spiritual focus in strong and throughout the whole book.  Corina's strong relationship with God after suffering grief, and Stephen's struggle against a God who allows bad things to happen creates a avenue for readers to relate to, no matter which way you might feel.  The conversations that Corina and Stephen have with God, each other, and other secondary characters are real and thought-provoking.  I was challenged and encouraged as I read.  
Romantically you couldn't ask for a better love story.  It is all a romance novel could hope for.  There is chemistry and tension but also real love, self-sacrificing and daring love.  Corina and Stephen learn to love well--and what a beautiful part of the book that was.  It made me want to "love well" to others in my life.
The book also deals with PTSD, war, loss, survivors guilt, and questioning God.  This are very real things that are happening all the time around us.  This made Stephen's character rich and deep.  He felt and hurt, but you could tell he was more honorable for it. I was glad for how Rachel Hauck dealt with his situation and felt that it could apply to many of the readers in different areas. 
All in all this was an amazing book and I am so glad I read it.  I highly recommend it to others.  
I received this book free from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.

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