Thursday, January 5, 2017

"A Royal Christmas Wedding" by Rachel Hauck

About the Book

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Genre: Christian Romance/Christmas  

Release Date: October 18, 2016  

Book Format: Paperback & Ebook  

Avery Truitt aches for true love—the kind she once shared with Prince Colin. Can she dare to hope for happily ever after, or is a fairy-tale ending beyond reach?

College volleyball star Avery Truitt has not seen her former flame, Prince Colin of Brighton Kingdom, since he suddenly pushed her away five years ago. But now, the sadness of losing her father and the joy of her sister Susanna’s pregnancy have brought Avery back to Brighton just in time for Cathedral City’s enchanting Christmas season.

Avery knows she can’t avoid seeing Colin—now the Kingdom’s most eligible bachelor—whether or not her heart is ready to relive the pain. But seeing him again might bring her the closure she needs after all this time.

When Colin finds himself at the center of a centuries-old Brighton tradition, he must decide whether to follow the path laid out before him or follow his heart to the only woman for whom he would ring the Pembroke Chapel Bell.

Can Colin convince Avery to meet him at the chapel on Christmas morning—as tradition dictates—or will Avery run back to her St. Simons home and pursue a coaching career as planned?

In the fourth installment of the Royal Wedding Series, New York Times bestselling novelist, Rachel Hauck, weaves a charming story of holiday romance as two broken hearts seek the love they once knew.

My Review: 

"A Royal Christmas Wedding" by Rachel Hauck is the fourth book in (The Royal Wedding Series) and it is the perfect finish to the series. Even though it is the last book in the series, It can be read alone and enjoyed as well as all the other three books. I will say that I am glad I read all four. They all have the same characters, but each story is a complete story about a different couple. 

The couple in "A Royal Christmas Wedding" by Rachel Hauck met in the first book "Once Upon A Prince" and were a teenage couple but Prince Colin broke off from the relationship without a word.   This story is about their reunion.

"The Royal Wedding Series" is the second series by Rachel Hauck that I have read, the first being the (Wedding Collection Series" ") and all I can say is I want to read all the other books she has written.

You can hear that small voice from "The Holy Spirit" telling you that He loves you and wants the best for you as you read the words Rachel Hauck has written. 

Yes, these books are fiction, but real life and love is often portrayed in fiction, and Rachel Hauck portrays both perfectly.

 Even though this review is for"A Royal Christmas Wedding"  I want to include this quote that I shared on my Facebook page ,
"I am reading "How to Catch A Prince" by Rachel Hauck I just read this and thought this statement though not to me, is meant for me. God knew I needed to hear this today and I am almost 100% SURE SOMEONE ELSE NEEDS TO READ THIS AS WELL. SO HERE IS THE QUOTE.
"Your worth is not determined by who you are or what you do, even what you don't do. It's determined by the work of your Savior. If our Lord bore the cross to declare you worthy, then indeed you are, and nothing-not war, nor death, regrets, injury, broken hearts, or tabloid headlines- can change it. Only if you choose not to accept it." 
The tabloid is because the main character this was spoken to here was a prince, but add whatever you are you struggling with to the list and it will apply to you and me.
I really encourage you to read these books and if you aren't already you might become a Rachel Hauck fan, like I previously stated I have really liked all eight stories I have read by Rachel Hauck, ( one was "A Brush with Love" in the book "A Season to Wed: Three Winter Love Stories (A Year of Weddings Novella).
This review was part of the book tour but I had an unseen family emergency come up so I wasn't able to be part of the tour.   Yes, this is a Christmas story but I believe it can be enjoyed anytime of the year, but then I like Christmas music all year too, so I guess it is a personal choice of if you want Christmas joys all year or just at the "regular season" but I want to experience Christmas everyday. It just makes Life more enjoyable.
I am giving "A Royal Christmas Wedding" by Rachel Hauck five stars. I was given a  complimentary copy of "A Royal Christmas Wedding" by Rachel Hauck  and Celebrate lit. These opinions are my own.

About the Author

Rachel Hauck is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling, and award-winning author.

A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, Rachel worked in the corporate software world before planting her backside in an uncomfortable chair to write full-time in 2004.

She 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 lives in central Florida with her husband and pets, and writes from her two-story tower in an exceedingly more comfy chair. She is a huge Buckeyes football fan.

Guest Post from Rachel Hauck

I don’t think we can ever get enough of royals or Christmas, do you? The two just seem to go together.

The Bible tells us eternity is written on our hearts. (Ecc. 3:11) I wonder if it’s also written on our hearts to be princesses in a grand, beautiful, perfect kingdom.

That being said, welcome to The Royal Christmas Wedding blog tour. My deepest thanks to all the bloggers, reviewers, and readers for hosting and visiting this tour. I’m excited to share this story with you all.

The hero and heroine, Prince Colin and Avery Truitt, first met in Once Upon A Prince at King Nathaniel’s coronation.

I hadn’t planned to write a spinoff story with the two of them. In fact, I didn’t even know Prince Colin existed until Avery walked into the abbey for the coronation and glanced across the sanctuary into his eyes.

Here’s his introduction:  

Lean, aristocratic with an outdoorsman ruddiness, he nearly made Susanna swoon when he winked at Avery.

I liked Colin immediately. So did Avery. As well as a lot of you.

When my publisher asked me to write their story, it would be two years before the book would release. Plenty of time, right?

But “time crunch” is the name of the game with most writers. Between life, rewrites, edits, and promotional activity, we often find ourselves hurrying toward a deadline. Well, at least I do.

In the fall of 2015 I was writing The Wedding Shop and A Royal Christmas Wedding at the same time.

I’d also dealt with a physical issue that left me shaky. Could I write two books in five months? Did I want to even make the attempt?

If I said no, publication dates would be pushed out, causing a year delay on A Royal Christmas Wedding. And I knew that was something I did not want to do.

Publishing is a long game. Books are contracted and due 12 to 18, even 24 months, before release dates. Time must be carved out for rewrites and editing, marketing and promotion. Review copies go out at least five months in advance.

So I agreed to write both books. I told my editor, “Diamonds come from pressure.”

Coming up with Avery and Prince Colin’s story wasn’t as easy as I’d planned. Since they met in Once Upon A Prince as teenagers, I struggled with how to advance their age and relationship, and how to present them as the book opened.

Where had their relationship gone “between the books?”

When I came up with the idea of the Pembroke Chapel bell, the story magic began to happen. One of the things I love in the royal wedding books is the fairytale aspect. Looking for something out of the ordinary.

Even though my writing time was tight, writing Avery and Colin’s story was a joy. Once again I wish I could visit Brighton, eat a puff, and royal watch for the Strattons!

I hope you found a few sweet spots in the story, all wrapped in Christmas holiday cheer, and enjoyed your time with me in Brighton Kingdom.

Merry Christmas!

1 comment:

  1. I have read one of her books from a local library and I liked it so I would probably like this too.