How to be a Princess Ever After

Renee Ann Smith —  February 17, 2014 — 9 Comments
“Like restoring cars is a highway to being a princess? Dad, my life is not a Disney movie.” Reggie Beswick, Princess Ever After

princess ever afterOnce I opened Rachel Hauck’s Princess After Ever, I had to keep reading until I’d wrung the last drop of sweet, romantic, quirky goodness from the story. This book is equal parts Princess Diaries, Roman Holiday, and Tammy and the Bachelor. (Anyone else remember that oldie but goodie?). And I kept picturing Tanner Burkholdt as hunky widowers Tom Winters, aka Cary Grant, from Houseboat or Graham, aka Jude Law, from The Holiday—even though he’s blond.

Princess Ever After is big on charm, and I love how Tanner is totally respectful and virtuous in how he treats Reggie. I can’t wait to share this story with my students. I know they’ll love it!

What’s it about?

The Grand Duchy of Hessenberg is in trouble. It seems the late Prince Francis established a one hundred year entail, at the end of which he intended for his heir to return and reestablish the monarchy. Now the entail is about to end. Yet all members of the monarchy are gone—except for Regina Alice Beswick, a country bumpkin from the States, who would rather be dipped in axle grease than model a tiara. So it’s up to Minister of Culture Tanner Burkholdt to bring Reggie home to Hessenberg. However, Tanner’s old mentor isn’t too keen on giving up his power to the new girl. If only stoic Tanner can keep from losing his heart to Reggie, he might be able to concentrate on how to save his country and Reggie’s crown before it’s too late.

What I liked best (in no particular order) . . . 

  • When Reggie & Tanner tour the Grand Duchy of Hessenberg dressed as a fun, famous couple from the past
  • “Meadowbluff Palace, with its gables and turrets, framed by the towering Cliffs of White”
  • Sunset in Wisteria Park
  • St. John’s Chapel, where Reggie soaked in “The millions of prayers. Peace. The presence.”
  • Gram Alice’s backstory, told in letters from 1914
  • Meeting 10-year-old twins Bella and Britta
  • The spiritual thread invoking the royal roots which belong to every daughter of the King.
When Reggie reminds herself, “Wasn’t that what Gram did? Live the life of a princess by her actions, not her title?”

Another quote I loved . . .

Princess Ever After Rachel Hauck

What you should do next . . .

Follow this link to purchase a copy of Princess Ever After for you and the teens in your life. Then enter the Giveaway below. ***Thanks to Rachel Hauck, Litfuse PR, and Zondervan for providing a copy for me to review.

GIVEAWAY: Rachel is celebrating the release of her latest “swoon”-worthy romance,  Princess Ever After, with a fun $200 “Princess” prize package giveaway and a Facebook “Princess” party on March 6th. Grab your tiaras and RSVP today! Enter at this link or by clicking on the image below.
Princess Ever After Rachel Hauck

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RHauck 203About the Author: Rachel Hauck is an award-winning, best selling author of critically acclaimed novels such as RITA nominated The Wedding Dress and RITA nominated Love Starts with Elle, part of the Lowcountry series, the Nashvegas series and the Songbird Novels penned with multi-platinum recording artist, Sara Evans. Their novel Softly and Tenderly, was one of Booklists 2011 Top Ten Inspirationals. A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, she worked in the corporate software world before planting her backside in an uncomfortable chair to write full time in 2004. Rachel serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and leads worship at their annual conference. She is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference speaker. Rachel writes from her two-story tower in an exceedingly more comfy chair. She is a huge Buckeyes football fan.

You can connect with Rachel on her Facebook page, on Twitter, and at her website.

This week I might be linking up with Inspire Me Monday, Sharing His Beauty, Mommmy Monday Blog Hop, Monday Musings, Hear It on Sunday, Unite @Rich Faith Rising, Modest Mondays, Teach Me Tuesdays, Titus 2 Tuesdays, Teaching What Is Good, What I Learned This Week, Titus 2sday Link-up, Raising Homemakers, Deep Roots at Home, Imperfect Prose, Wholehearted Home Wednesdays, Winsome Wednesday, Wise Woman Wednesday, Three Word Wednesday, Works for Me Wednesday, A Little R&R, Adorned from Above Wednesday Link Party, Whimsy Wednesday, In Him We Live, Juana Mikels Wednesday Link-up, Hope in Every Season Homemaking Party, Thursday Favorite Things, Thriving Thursday, Hearts for Home, Thoughtful Thursday, Cozy Book Hop, Booknificent Thursday, Tell His Story, Thought Provoking Thursday, Raising Mighty Arrows, From House to Home Link Party, Share the Joy Thursday, Time Travel Thursday, Thrive @Home Link Up, Grace at Home, Faith-filled Friday, Fellowship Friday, Friendship Friday, Freedom Friday, Womanhood w/ Purpose Friday Link Up, Essential Friday Link-up, Saturday Sharefest, Sunday Stillness, and Heart Reflected.

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

9 responses to How to be a Princess Ever After

  1. I always enjoy your book reviews and again I will add it to a must read list; which is getting bigger.
    Blessings for this one; I will look forward to reading it.

  2. Thank you for a terrific review! 😀

  3. Thanks Renee. Love seeing what you see in the novel.

    Appreciate you!


  4. Awesome, awesome review!
    I will certainly be tagging you as “this is how to write a great review” queen!
    The book sounds awesome and my interest has been piqued.

  5. As I am a bit of a letter writing gal (some would say ‘freak’ or paper junkie), the backstory for this book caught my attention. Letters from 1914! Wow. No doubt these make a captivating story. Thanks for sharing. Visiting via Jenny Evolution Winter Wonderland Wordless Wednesday.

  6. Thanks so much for sharing about this story, Rene.

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