The Royal Wedding Series
SUMMARY: An American Heiress and a Crown Prince seem destined to be together. Will the devastation of war keep them apart forever?
American heiress Corina Del Rey caught her prince once. But the tragedy of war kept her too long in a fog of grief. Now she's shifting her life forward, reigniting her career as a journalist. Still, nothing can relieve her of the secret and the love she carries in her soul.
Prince Stephen of Brighton is one of the world's most eligible bachelors and a star rugby player, trying to make sense of his life. But his days in Afghanistan with the Royal Air Command have marked him forever. And he can't seem to shake their dark shadow.
But when his brother, King Nathaniel, confronts him with a document the prince thought long buried and forgotten, Stephen is forced to face the pain of his past and the love he left behind.
With a little heavenly help, Prince Stephen and Corina embark on a journey of truth. But when the secrets are revealed, can they overcome and find love again?
REVIEW: Rachel Hauck's story of lost love is shadowed with grief. Corina's twin brother had been killed while serving in Afghanistan. Her family is never given any details about what happened, and the tragic loss comes very close to tearing this very close-knit family apart at its seams. Prince Stephen's unit, including Carlos Del Ray, was attacked in Afghanistan. He barely made it out alive but Carlos didn't. Even though it has been about five years, Stephen still feels the weight of the tragedy. While the grief is ever present throughout the story, it does not overwhelm the reader but helps her understand why certain events happened.
I like how Corina doesn't try to rest on the laurels of her family's wealth and use the connections she and her family made to further her career as a journalist. She is determined to do things on her own and not compromise her beliefs and acquaintances. Stephen has become a world-class rugby player who loves his fans and teammates. He also doesn't let his princely status get in the way of competing and meeting his fans.
There are a few parts that are all fantasy but make the book that much more enjoyable. I loved Adelaide and Brill and the Inn. They help Corina in her search to love well and just add a special dimension to the story.
This book is the last of the Royal Wedding Series. Each book is a stand-alone. But, if you read the first book, Once Upon A Prince, it will fill in a few gaps about King Nathaniel and Princess Susanna, Stephen's brother and sister-on-law, and Queen Campbell and Sir Henry, Stephen's mom and step-father.
This is a fun, enjoyable story that most girls/women wishes was theirs. If you are looking for a fun read, check this series, and this book, out.
This book was provided by Litfuse Publicity Group and Zondervan for review without compensation.
Rachel Hauck is an award winning, bestselling author. Her book, The Wedding Dress, was named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times, and Once Upon A Prince was a Christy Award finalist. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and two pets and writes from her ivory tower. Visit her website at www.rachelhauck.com, on Twitter: RachelHauck or on Facebook: RachelHauck.