To Love a Prince by Rachel Hauck

Book: 
To Love a Prince
Release Date: August 11, 2020
Genre:  Royal Romance
Author: Rachel Hauck

An enchanting new royal romance from NYT bestselling author Rachel Hauck

Daffodil Caron is not a princess, even though she once dreamed of being one. After all, she grew up as a playmate to royal princes, running through the halls of Perrigwynn Palace and dining with the queen. But the day she stumbled upon a royal secret, everything changed.

Flash forward eighteen years, and Daffy’s living a sweet, non-royal life. A skilled art curator for the Royal Trust, she has friends, a flat in the heart of the city, and a handsome, successful fiancée. The last person on her mind is Gus, a prince she once called her best mate.

HRH Prince Augustus is no longer “Prince Pudgy,” as caricaturized by the press, he’s charming and gorgeous, possessing a world-famous smile. But when he’s jilted at the altar by an American heiress as millions of people around the world watched, the spare heir to Lauchtenland’s ancient House of Blue escapes, finding solace on a Florida beach.

A year as a regular bloke allows him to rethink his purpose. He’s half decided his calling is to pour pints at a tiki bar, rather than serving his country and the Family.

Until an accident on the beach with a Frisbee changes his course.

Despite his long hair and beard, Daffy recognizes her prince, and their childhood friendship is renewed. She assures Gus Lauchtenland needs him, giving him the courage to return home.

When Daffy and Gus find themselves on assignment to Hadsby Castle in preparation for his brother’s wedding, their friendship blooms into affection.

But Gus cannot, will not, trust his heart again. Daffy’s engaged. And she also remains a royal family outcast because she knows the Queen’s secret.

When affection grows into love and secrets are exposed, trust is destroyed. Gus must choose which is stronger: the lies of his past or the hope of his future. And Daffy must face every fear to prove she will forever love a prince.

“Another compelling royal story by the master of princely tales!”  Susan May Warren, USA Today bestselling, RITA award-winning novelist

 

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My Thoughts

Every time I get a Rachel Hauck book I prepare myself for absolutely no sleep whatsoever! So I tend to read her books during the weekends because she has this way of captivating me to the point that I will willingly lose sleep to finish the story. That was the case with this book as well. It is simply astounding. Rachel has this fantastical way of pulling you in a story and making you fall in love with the characters and I for one am all about it!! This story hit all my emotions


In this story we meet so many wonderful characters but the main ones are Daffy and Prince Gus. They have been friends since childhood and are reunited in Florida. Daffy is the curator for the House of Blue and she has dreamed of marrying Prince Gus since she was a little girl. Their journey together is absolutely dreamy and you just want more of it. These characters are so relatable. You definitely feel for Gus and the things he has gone through. He has some definite insecurities stemming from his past relationships which Daffy immediately debunks and helps him believe in himself once again. The growth in Daffy is equally as important. She doesn't see her self as worthy of real love. She has companionship and feels like that is all that is available to her. 

The supporting characters are equally as good but boy was her friend Leslie something else.... I will definitely not spoil it but you have been warned. I love the pub keeper Ernst he just brought something unique to the story. One of the things that I love about Rachel Hauck's writing is how she bring supernatural elements to a story. Makes it intriguing and wanting more! Loved the symbolism of the Hand of God on the cliff and the character of Emmanuel was done in such a way that just leaves you in a sate of pondering. At least for me it always does when she has characters like this. Makes me think of who we encounter in our daily lives. 

I will forewarn you that there are some characters that you see her from previous books which if you have read them its always nice to see the characters but it doesn't mean you have to read them, its just nice to "see" them again! 

If you are a Hauck fan you will definitely enjoy this book and if  like Christian Romance or Royal stories then I think you will definitely enjoy it!

My Rating: 4 Stars/Really Liked it!!

Favorite Quotes:

"Fear of rejection was a prison, not a protector."

"We can love whomever we want. We don't need to wait for them to love us back. It's powerful, really, when you think about it. "

"But you don't need a title or a crown to be a princess. You only have to believe. A princess is about honor. Respect. It's about trust, loyalty, and duty. It's about living by your values, even when they cost you. About putting others first."

(I received this book as part of the Celebrate Lit Tour. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)


About the Author


Rachel Hauck is an award winning, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author.

Her book The Wedding Dress was named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times Book Reviews. She is a double RITA finalist, and a Christy and Carol Award Winner.

Her book, Once Upon A Prince, first in the Royal Wedding Series, was filmed for an Original Hallmark movie.

Rachel has been awarded the prestigious Career Achievement Award for her body of original work by Romantic Times Book Reviews.

A member of the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers, she teaches workshops and leads worship at the annual conference. She is a past Mentor of The Year.

At home, she’s a wife, writer, worship leader and works out at the gym semi-enthusiastically.

A graduate of Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) with a degree in Journalism, she’s a former sorority girl and a devoted Ohio State football fan. Her bucket list is to stand on the sidelines with Ryan Day.

She lives in sunny central Florida with her husband and ornery cat.

 

More from Rachel

Hello Royal Rockstar Readers!


I’m thrilled to share To Love A Prince with you. So many of you who loved the Royal Wedding Series have asked for more royals so as I noodled over new story ideas, my thoughts drifted toward princes and princesses. What’s more romantic than a royal wedding?

This royal story, the first book in a new series, True Blue Royal, is set in a new fictional country, Lauchtenland, in the North Sea. I’m really squeezing all those oil wells currently occupying that body of water.

The beauty of royal stories is they remind us of who we really are: princes and princesses. There is always a point in the story where the royal character, as well as the commoner, must come to grips with his and her true identity! Who God says we are!

Stories are a powerful reflection of life and it’s fun to insert ourselves into the tale. While fiction employs a lot of hyperbole we can find ourselves on the page somewhere, somehow.

Thanks for going on this little tour with me and To Love A Prince. You are so vital to my story as an author. Thank you!

Yours,

Rachel

Blog Stops

Worthy2Read, September 10

Captive Dreams Windows, September 10

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, September 10

Genesis 5020, September 10

Novels Corner, September 10

Connect in Fiction, September 11

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 11

deb’s Book Review, September 11

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 11

Remembrancy, September 12

Breny and books, September 12

Texas Book-aholic, September 12

Inklings and notions, September 12

For Him and My Family, September 13

Artistic Nobody, September 13 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 13

The Book Chic Blog, September 13

Among the Reads, September 14

Soulfully Romantic, September 14

Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 14

Sara Jane Jacobs, September 14

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, September 15

lakesidelivingsite, September 15

All-of-a-kind Mom, September 15

Reflections From My Bookshelves, September 15

Betti Mace, September 16

Where Faith and Books Meet, September 16

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, September 16

Blossoms and Blesssings, September 16

She Lives To Read, September 17

Wishful Endings, September 17

Christian Chick’s Thoughts, September 17

Life of Literature, September 17

Life, Love, Writing, September 17

Book Love, September 18 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Maureen Timerman, September 18

Batya’s Bits, September 18

Labor Not in Vain, September 18

Bigreadersite, September 19

Hallie Reads, September 19

Jeanette’s Thoughts, September 19

Splashes of Joy, September 19

Christian Bookaholic, September 20

Musings of A Sassy Bookish Mama, September 20

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, September 20

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 20

Inside the Wong Mind, September 21

By The Book, September 21

Mary Hake, September 21

Godly Book Reviews, September 21

Hebrews 12 Endurance, September 22

Melissa Wardwell’s Back Porch Reads, September 22

Livin’ Lit, September 22

Writing from the Heart Land, September 22

Simple Harvest Reads, September 23 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Mamma Loves Books, September 23

Daysong Reflections, September 23

Black ‘n’ Gold Girl’s Book Spot, September 23

Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away a royal gift box of Pampering Princess items that includes bath balms, tea, tiara and other surprises!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/10098/to-love-a-prince-celebration-tour-giveaway



Two Reasons to Run by Colleen Coble ~ Takeover Tour

 

Two Reasons to Run JustRead Takeover Tour

Welcome to the Takeover Tour for Two Reasons to Run by Colleen Coble, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


ABOUT THE BOOK

Two Reasons to Run Title: Two Reasons to Run
Series: The Pelican Harbor Series book 2 
Author: Colleen Coble
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: August 4, 2020
Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense

Gripping romantic suspense from USA TODAY bestselling author Colleen Coble. A lie changed her world.

Police Chief Jane Hardy is still reeling from the scandal that rocked her small-town department just as she took over for her retired father—the man who wrecked her life with one little lie. Now she’s finally been reunited with her presumed-dead fifteen-year-old son, Will, and his father, documentarian Reid Bechtol.

A crisis looms. 

When a murder aboard the oil platform Zeus exposes an environmental terrorist’s plot to flood Mobile Bay with crude oil, Jane and Reid must put their feelings for each other behind them and work together to prevent the rig from being sabotaged. 

A killer targets her son. 

Then the terrorist puts her son Will’s life on the line. Protecting him could be the common ground they need . . . but then ghosts from the past threaten to ruin Jane and Reid for good. 

She’s got plenty of reasons to run. But what if she stays?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble is a USA TODAY bestselling author and RITA finalist best known for her coastal romantic suspense novels, including The Inn at Ocean’s EdgeTwilight at Blueberry Barrens, and the Lavender Tides, Sunset Cove, Hope Beach, and Rock Harbor series.

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TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a print copy of One Little Lie plus Two Reasons to Run by Colleen Coble!

Two Reasons to Run JustRead Takeover Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on these tours for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight September 17, 2020 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on September 24, 2020. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only, void where prohibited by law or logistics.  

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First Line Friday - Something Worth Doing


Happy Friday!! 
I hope everyone has enjoyed their week! It's another First Line Friday hosted by Hoarding Books. Today my first line comes from Something Worth Doing by Jane Kirkpatrick. Be on the lookout for the review on this book coming up very soon! 



My First Line:

"Her dreams of late had been of books 
with maps of unknown places."


Your turn! Grab the book closest to you and drop the first line in the comments!

Hit Zero by Perrie Patterson

HIT ZERO
Author: Perrie Patterson
Genre: Young Adult, Christian Fiction, Sports Romance
Release Date: August 15, 2020

17-year-old, Landry Woods is grateful for a second chance. She's leaving her past in the dust and heading to Texas where she'll meet her new team at a college known for it's title-winning, competition coed cheer team. Her new team feels like family and Texas feels like home.

When she meets Cole Collins, the freshman, star quarterback, sparks fly and Landry feels happy for the first time in a long while. But someone from her past returns, dredging up old wounds she'd closed long ago. How do you forgive someone who's hurt you deeply?

Having the son of a preacher for a boyfriend, helps Landry learn to heal and learn how to forgive. When she hears a message during a New Year's Eve event at her coach's church it touches her soul and her heart begins to mend.

Life is uncertain. People will let you down, your team may not always hit zero, and love may not last but if you have faith like a flyer, you will know someone will catch you when you fall.

An inspirational story of falling in love, learning to forgive, figuring out how to live in the moment, making friends for forever, and gaining faith for a lifetime. You'll be rooting for this small-town Louisiana girl with a heart as big as Texas.
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My Thoughts

The extent of my knowledge on cheer leading is what I have seen on TV and on movies. This is one of those sports I was never interested in when I was in school,  so reading this story was fun because it was something completely out of my knowledge wheel. The story is about Landry and is told . She is a young girl on a path trying to find her faith and redemption. She feels like she is not worthy or deserving of any happiness. She has big hurts stemming from her father and him leaving the family at such a young age and has a hard time coming to terms in forgiving and reconnecting with him.

The love story between Landry and Cole was one of those that you think about when you reminisce about your first love or what you think your first love could be. Cole is the football player, Christian boy whom Landry thinks is way out of her league. But Cole is good for her and he helps her see that she is worthy of the love he has for her. 

Overall I liked the story and I think young adults will definitely enjoy it. There was some trending themes regarding cyber bullying which is relevant to today's society and what teenagers deal with so the story is very relatable to that age group. My only negative is that  there was some mild language towards the beginning of the story that I didn't feel like it was necessary to make the story good.  So just a warning if that is something that takes effect into your reading. 

My Rating: 3 Stars/Liked it

(I received this book from the author. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

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About the Author

Perrie is the mother of two teenagers. She lives north of Atlanta where she often works as a background actor for TV and movie productions. She designs jewelry and volunteers as a mentor with Forsyth Co. schools. She is the facilitator for her neighborhood book club (Polo Women's Club) and she enjoys volunteering with the Chestatee River Chapter DAR, where she is a board member. She has three rescue fur babies. Soon she and husband Jeff will officially be empty nesters and plan to travel more.
When she's not writing or promoting a book. You can find her curled up with her kindle in one hand and a cub of Earl Grey in the other and of course the fur babies by her side. Walking the Crimson Road is her first novel.

Amaryllis Journey by Konnie Viner


Book: 
Amaryllis Journey
Author: Konnie Viner
Genre:  Christian Fiction/Romance
Release Date: July 23, 2020

You’re worthless, Shannon. This marriage is worthless. I deserve to be happy. We’re done!
Andrew’s cruel words have haunted Shannon for months . . . through the divorce, a move to a new town, a new job, new friends. And then she meets Max, who just might be the antidote she needs to recover completely. Until Andrew shows up again, ready to reconcile. And Shannon feels obligated to give him another chance.

As Andrew’s attention becomes more demanding and more deceptive, Shannon’s new friend, Rose, speaks truth and peace into her broken life. But Rose has her own secrets, and they’re about to catch up with her.

When it all comes crashing down, can either of them trust God enough to let Him showcase the perfect imperfections of their lives?

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My Thoughts

This is a beautiful story about starting over and faith. We meet Shannon who has moved to town following a divorce from a very abusive relationship. My feelings for Andrew at times were less than holy. He is an absolute jerk to her and treats her like she is trash. Definitely a cause for warning readers as this my be a sensitive subject or a trigger. I mean at times you can feel the tension and it truly is heartbreaking. 

You definitely will get caught into this story and not want to put it down. It is very captivating. Its raw and real. Its not your typical love story of happily ever after. Its definitely Shannon's journey in finding out who she really is. Definitely reminded me of the Bible verse in Isaiah 61:3 " He gives us beauty for ashes, strength for fear, gladness for mourning and peace for despair." That's what popped into my head when reading her story. 

Another special character in this story is Rose... oh when you meet her! What a beautiful soul that helps and witnesses to Shannon. There is also a little mystery going on with Rose. But you'll have to read it to find out what it is!

My Rating: 4 Stars/ Really Liked it

About the Author


Konnie Viner writes with the goal of helping others find hope in the midst of brokenness and disappointment. She is also the author of Rested Soul, Resilient Heart (2017). Konnie holds a BS in Education from the University of Kansas and an MS in Business Management from the University of Redlands, CA. She is a former secondary education teacher and is currently self-employed.

More from Konnie

Amaryllis Journey is my second book, but first novel. It was written to bring to life one woman’s struggle to move out of the pain and insecurity of marital betrayal and divorce, into the light of God’s grace. Shannon Enright’s  new life is facilitated by a wise friend, Rose Daniels, who has been where she is and knows that what is broken is not useless and what is bare can bloom again.
Reeling from the pain and rejection of a nasty divorce, Shannon decides to start life over—in a new town, with a new job, new home, new friends. It isn’t easy, but things are finally starting to come together for her. Secrets from her marriage are still unfolding, but she grits her teeth and moves on. Looking for diversion, Shannon volunteers at a local florist shop and tearoom. There she finds more than she ever imagined.
Rose owns and operates the Amaryllis, a unique gift shop in Shannon’s new town. She repurposes broken household items, turning them into beautifully useful works of art. But Rose’s real purpose is to help others find beauty in the brokenness of life. She counsels young women like Shannon, showing them the quiet love of a faithful God and teaching them to trust His plan.
When Shannon’s ex returns, at first to sweet-talk and then to demand, it’s Rose’s counsel that keeps Shannon safe and sane. But Rose has been hiding her own dark and dangerous secrets, and her past is about to catch up with her.
When things come crashing down around them, will either woman find the strength to let God showcase the perfect imperfections of their lives?
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I went through my own divorce ten years ago. I’ve experienced many of the same emotions and insecurities that Shannon does. I wrote her story so others can know that the disappointments and failures of your past don’t have to dictate what’s to come. When I chose to have Rose rescue cracked and broken pots and make them into something beautiful, it was with deliberate intent.
I love Rose’s passion for bringing beauty from the broken. Her repurposed containers carry the beauty of God’s creation (flowers) into the world. Our lives are like her art. We are vehicles for God’s grace. Our chips and cracks do not diminish His glory. They showcase His power and His redeeming love.
Publication of Amaryllis Journey was bittersweet for me because the character Rose was modeled after my mother who was my mentor. I did not tell Mom I was writing this book because “my” plan was to dedicate it to her. But God had other plans, and He called her home to Heaven suddenly before the book was completed. It is now dedicated to her memory.
Konnie


Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 3

Moments, September 4

Inklings and notions, September 5

For Him and My Family, September 6

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 7

Texas Book-aholic, September 8

lakesidelivingsite, September 8

Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 9

deb’s Book Review, September 9

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, September 10

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 11

Artistic Nobody, September 12 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Sara Jane Jacobs, September 13

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 14

Splashes of Joy, September 15

Pause for Tales, September 16

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, September 16


Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Konnie is giving away the grand prize package of a signed copy of the book and a $25 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


Top Ten Tuesday ~ Covers with Snow



Happy Tuesday!! 

It's another Top Ten Tuesday hosted by the Artsy Reader. Today's prompt is cover freebie so I decided to go with Book Covers with Snow on them! After moving away from Florida and its heat and living in Kansas for almost 2 years we miss not only the state but the snow!! We moved to North Carolina almost two years ago and we have only seen snow here once... so depressing. We are definitely that family that actually enjoys it! So these book covers at least help me think of what could be and maybe make me a a little jealous of what I am missing! I mean snow makes Christmastime so much better! 
Except for the Snowy Day I have not ready any of these... most of them are on my TBR list on Goodreads! 


Monday Musings ~ Favorite Sports Team


Hello! I am so excited to turn Monday Musings into a public weekly post! If you are a blogger I hope you join me! I f you are a reader I hope you join in the conversation in the comments! Don't be shy! I want to get to know you better 💓. 

Today's topic is Favorite Sports Team. It's fall and thankfully it is the beginning of the most popular sport in our household... FOOTBALL!! 🏈 This household is all about the Kansas City Chiefs!! They started the season with a bang and my hubby was super excited about it!! I must confess that I have no clue on anything about football but I do enjoy wearing all the gear and eating the football type foods! LOL! I typically will sit next to my hubby and read while he watches the game. If the game is early enough the boys will sit with the hubs and watch with him. 
Now a sport I actually understand is baseball and we are Kansas City Royal fans. I really enjoy it and I have fun playing it as well! They have done poorly this year but hoping that next year will be better for them! 

What about you? Do you have favorite sports team? Let me know in the comments below!!

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