A Royal Christmas Wedding By Rachel Hauck
Published By Zondervan Publishing October 18, 2016
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
In A Royal Christmas Wedding, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author Rachel Hauck weaves a sweet story of holiday romance as two broken hearts seek the love they once knew.
It’s been five years since Avery Truitt and Prince Colin of Brighton Kingdom fell in love. But he broke her heart with no explanation.
Fast forward to present day, and Colin is Brighton’s most eligible bachelor now that cousin Stephen has married. When Avery’s father dies of a heart attack, she puts her life on hold and returns home to St. Simons Island, Georgia, to help Mama with the family restaurant. But Mama misses Avery’s sister Susanna, who lives four thousand miles away in Brighton Kingdom—and is expecting her first child. So Mama insists she and Avery spend the Christmas season in Brighton.
Colin and Avery are going to see each other a lot while she’s visiting. But she can’t forget the way he hurt her, and he didn’t expect his feelings to still be so strong.
Avery is torn between considering a future in Brighton and taking a coaching job in Georgia, and Colin is finally pushed to pursue what he really wants. Is it too late to convince Avery that she is his true love? And even if he does, will she make it to the chapel on Christmas Day to give him her heart?
Rachel Hauck’s fourth installment of the Royal Wedding series is a wonderful read that takes on the challenges of love and one’s responsibility to family and country.
Having enjoyed reading the first three books in this lovely series, I was very keen to read this latest story when it was offered. Immediately drawn in by the tragedy of the prologue, I read eagerly to see how Ms. Hauck would redeem the story with the ending. And I was not disappointed – this was her best yet in this series. I really liked how Ms. Hauck made the story real and relatable to life. Her characters of Avery and Colin faced the challenges that face many couples: do I go against my family and country’s expectations to marry the one I love or do I give up my love for my family and country? And when I make my choice how much will I lose? It was really great to see that Ms. Hauck allowed her characters to evaluate all options in the pages of the book, thus giving the reader an in-depth view of the minds and thoughts of each person. I love that she brought the whole decision making process down to one further question – more important than all the rest – “what choice would God have me make that will honor Him?” And when Ms. Hauck’s characters considered this question and found an answer, they also found the answer to their other questions as well. I was also pleased with the language and vocabulary used in the story. There were phrases and thoughts that made the story modern but also allowed it to be sometime in the past. And through each of the stories in this series the reader learns more about the fictional country of Brighton, falling more in love with the country and its people, especially the royal family. The traditions and celebrations that were included in this book made me want to jump on a plane and move to Brighton to experience them in person. Additionally, I have loved seeing how each person in the family finds love and meets the challenges of royal life. It is a thought provoking idea for an American to consider marrying a European, and further, one who belongs to a royal family or vice versa. Ms. Hauck has shown that there is nothing that cannot be overcome if one follows the leading of God and makes the choices that will honor Him. And one will find that all their hearts desires will be fulfilled if they just give God a chance to work. I will most happily recommend this book to others and will be purchasing a physical copy for my personal shelves. I’m hoping there will be more books in this series and I look forward to what else Ms Hauck will be writing soon.
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