In this sweet romance by award-winning author Rachel Hauck, royal wedding plans are in the air, but the bride is being asked to give up so much for her new life that her groom-to-be is worried she may not return from her most recent visit home.
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Susanna has found her true prince, and their happily ever after is just around the corner. But when Nate asks her to give up something precious to her, Susanna can’t help but wonder if it’s a sign that their love is not meant to be.
Susanna Truitt (Once Upon A Prince) is three weeks from royalty. She’ll soon marry King Nathaniel II of Brighton Kingdom. But when the government insists she renounce her American citizenship before the wedding, coupled with the lack of involvement by family and friends, Susanna’s heart begins to doubt whether this marriage is God’s plan for her.
Nathaniel would do anything for his bride-to-be. But he knows his position requires that she give up a lot to be with him. Her life will never be her own-right down to her very identity. When she travels home to St. Simon’s Island, Georgia, right before the wedding, Nathaniel fears she won’t return. Gathering his courage, he devises a plan to win his bride all over again, and together they seek out a kingdom to treasure above all.
I thought Once Upon a Prince was fantastic and I’m happy to see a follow-up for Susanna and Nate. (There is a sequel Princess Ever After, which isn’t a continuation of their story like this one, but I will be reviewing that one in the future so keep an eye out.) It’s was nice to see what happened to them after they fought to be able to get married – the changes that have to be made and the sacrifices that Susanna has to make to marry a king. Like the first story, there is a little bit of political fighting in A March Bride but it wasn’t quite as prevalent as it was in OUaP, probably because this one is just a novella.
Instead we get two people who have fears about their future and how they address those. It’s very sweet and very real. Everyone has reason to doubt that they are doing the right thing when they make as momentous change as getting married, but for Susanna it is even bigger because it is on an international scale, in front of the press, and the world. And once she moves forward it is even more final because she’s marrying the life-time leader of a country – to go from small-town Georgia to queen is a big step and it would make anyone cautious.
Nate loves his bride-to-be and we get to see that he is once again will to fight for her and her happiness. He’s got a lot going on being king but he also knows the value of a good woman who will support him and love him for him. He also knows that if she won’t give up this last thing to be queen, he’ll either lose her or the crown. Once again, Hauk delivers Prince Charming (or I guess here it would be King Charming) and his actions to make Susanna happy are just wonderful.
It’s pretty much a must to have read Once Upon a Prince, but considering what a wonderful book it was I don’t think anyone should hesitate. If you dream of meeting your own Prince Charming or loved the idea of Prince William and Kate, then this is definitely the series for you. You can’t find a better hero than Nate … be prepared for him to once again sweep you off your feet.