How to Catch a Reader’s Heart

Renee Ann Smith —  April 27, 2015 — 13 Comments

I love words—reading them and writing them. So it’s no wonder I enjoy being part of a writing group that helps me be better at both.

This writing group really gets to the heart of what all of our blog posts and essays and stories are supposed to communicate. 

Of course, I’m talking about Susan May Warren’s My Book Therapy, which is now at

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What’s different about this program is how the authors who teach,
Susan May Warren, Rachel Hauck, and Beth Vogt,
focus on the emotional journeys their characters take
and how the lies they believe,
about themselves and about God,
shape how He shows up in their stories.

Isn’t that what our own faith journeys are all about?

Maybe that’s why the novels they write unfailingly touch so many readers’ hearts.

For example, Rachel Hauck’s How to Catch a Prince, which I recently read, is a gem!

What I especially enjoyed about the novel is how it pulled me into what the characters are thinking & feeling. And you know how we readers are—once the main characters have taken root in our hearts, we must see the story through to the end!

How to Catch a Prince is more than a story about an American heiress and royal prince. It’s a story about us—God and His children—and how He loves us well through every disappointment, trial, and heartache.

Check out these opening lines & tell me you’d be able to close the cover on this story!

“With each passing day, she remembered she had a secret. She’d lived in the fog of death until six months ago, when she crawled out, reaching for the first glimpse of life and light she’d encountered in five years.

It came in the form of a simple telephone call. A refreshing-breeze offer. But clearing the fog meant the memories surfaced. Ones she’d long since regarded as lost. Now they rattled around the empty corridors of her heart.

And recently, in the faintest ting or ping, like when elevator doors opened just outside her office, Corina remembered how she loved the glorious, rolling chimes of cathedral bells pealing through a crisp Cathedral City dawn.

And she ached. Deep in her soul. With a longing she couldn’t reach nor remove.”

Intriguing, right? Now you’re wondering what broke Corina’s heart and how God will bring peace and healing.

Here’s a hint of how the story turns out. This also happens to be my favorite quote from the book!

Rachel Hauck My Book Therapy

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And that’s a happy ending right there, isn’t it?

No matter what else Corina’s future holds.

You can check out Rachel’s royal wedding series & other books at this link.

For more inspiration, you can follow Rachel on Facebook, on Twitter, and at her website.

Thanks for  by stopping by today! Blessings, friends!

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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!

13 responses to How to Catch a Reader’s Heart

  1. Renee, I love how you have compared our walk with this novel, giving me a desire to read the book. I also like to read uplifting books and those seem hard to come by sometimes, so a recommendation for this author and the others is great!
    Thanks for your encouragement along our spiritual journey too.
    You neighbor @ Playdates.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

  2. Blessing to you too! I loved your review and it looks like a must book to read. I tweeted this one and continue to love your thoughts!

  3. Sounds like a wonderful book — thanks for the great review! Linked up with you at Strangers & Pilgrims — hope you’ll stop by Saved by Grace for a visit!
    God bless,

  4. Always love reading about words! Thanks for sharing this Renee! Grateful to connect via #TestimonyTuesday!

  5. Great Read, thank you!

  6. Good morning, Renee! I enjoyed your review of How to Catch a Prince. I borrowed this one from the library but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. I’m thinking maybe I need to bump it up the list. 🙂

  7. Only in His love can we find real comfort and peace. 🙂
    Beautifully written!

  8. I enjoy a happy ending, but a solid beginning will hold the reader’s interest. I found it interesting that the proceeds from the Book, “Atlas Girl,” will be going to The Lulu Tree ( which is dedicated to preventing tomorrow’s orphans by equipping today’s mothers in Uganda.
    Thank you for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story.

  9. I love those authors! I really enjoyed this post 🙂

    I hope you can stop by:


  10. Great Read. I love words and certainly love reading them.
    Thank you for linking up at wake up wednesday linky party. I hope you do join us next week.

  11. I do love a good story! Yes, the ones that touch my heart are the best.Thanks for sharing this.

  12. Great review. If only I had more time to read more things! You all keep me busy with the #RaRalinkup. Thank you for taking the time to share this with us all. I love the image – our God is who he says he is. Love that! Cheering you on from the #RaRalinkup on Purposeful Faith.

  13. Renee, you write such beautiful blog posts! I can’t wait to be able to read some of your inspirational fiction! Thanks for sharing this on Booknificent Thursday this week! Blessings to you!

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