I am so excited to be writing this book review today! In the middle of October, I was one of three winners to get an Advanced Readers copy of Rachel Hauck’s newest book, “How to Catch a Prince”!! This book is the third book to her Royal Wedding series of which I have read the first two and absolutely loved them both! After the book review though, I have also had the privilege of interview Rachel. She is a wonderful lady and I hope you enjoy “meeting” her as well!
From the Back Cover:
Corina Del Rey is happy with her life in Melbourne, Florida. She spends her days engrossed in her career as a journalist and has her sights set on climbing the corporate ladder—if for no other reason, to distract herself from her dissolving family. But when she is confronted with the past she fought so hard to put behind her, she struggles to make sense of her future.
Prince Stephen of Brighton Kingdom has moved on since the tragic death of his buddies in Afghanistan. A star professional rugby player, he has no intention of looking over his shoulder at what could’ve been.
But when a notice arrives in the mail requiring his and his wife’s appearance before the courts to dissolve their marriage, he must deal with the questions rumbling around in his heart. He thought his marriage had been annulled long ago, but his memories of Corina Del Rey remain close. Does he still love her? Can he even find her? Above all, can he tell her the truth about that fateful night in Afghanistan seven years ago? If he does, he might really lose her forever.
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I absolutely fell in love with “How to Catch a Prince.” Rachel’s writing completely drew me in, making me wish for more and unable to put the book down! By the end of the book, I was melting. Nothing turned out how I thought it would, yet it was a perfect ending.
The third book in the Royal Wedding series focused on Prince Stephan who we briefly saw in book one, “Once Upon a Prince.” I loved that he was brought back, because I always felt like I wanted to know what happened to the younger prince! Corina Del Rey was an American heiress and her personality was genuine and unassuming. I love how Corina tried to always keep her focus on God even though sometimes He was asking her to do some rough things.
The spiritual aspect of the story was so moving. Without spoiling too much, near the end of the book when Prince Stephan came to God, I had tears in my eyes. It was so moving to see how he just surrendered everything to God. He wasn’t afraid anymore of the past, the future, or what anyone thought of him.
This story was a beautiful love story about forgiveness and redemption. Corina’s example of loving well inspires me to do the same when my Prince comes along!
Interview with Rachel Hauck:
RR: Hi Rachel! It was great to get to know another like-minded “Rachel” author! When did you know that you wanted to be a writer?
RH: I wanted to be a writer since I was a girl. In fact, I started a book about a girl and her pony when I was ten. Then when I was twelve I wrote about a working girl living in New York City. Ha! Chicklit before it was chicklit. I was inspired by the Mary Tyler Moore show.
RR: That sounds just like me! It is so great when writers have always known they wanted to be writers. How would you describe your writing process? Are you more of a planner or free-writer?
RH: I’m a blend of both. Plantser. I do a lot of planning, blending the character journey with the physical journey. It’s important to know where you’re going before starting the journey. A writer can waste a lot of time trying to discover the story while writing so I try to do that first.
RR: I completely agree. I always seem to work best when I know where I am going, even if I do end up changing courses along the way. So, when is your best time in the day to write?
RH: Afternoon and evening. I try to be in my chair by noon, writing. I hit a good stride around two or three and I like to work until seven or eight.
RR: That sounds awesome and very productive! How do you know when you have a great story idea?
RH: Good question! Sometimes I don’t know if it’s a good idea until you tell it to someone else. But with most of my stories, I know it’s a good idea when I can encompass it in one sentence. When I know if it’s culturally relevant, like the prince stories. I knew they’d be a good idea because Kate Middleton awakened our love for royals. And usually, I get that giggly feeling in my belly. “I love this idea!”
RR: Definitely! And for the record, I love your royalty books! It is wonderful to imagine about marrying our “prince” someday. Out of all your books, which has been your favorite to write?
RH: I love them all. They’re like my babies. But the second book, Softly and Tenderly, that I wrote with Sara Evans is one of my favorites. And I think when all is said and done, How To Catch A Prince will be special to me. I had to power through that book, writing through an unexpected physical issue. The Lord so got me through!
RR: That is amazing!! It is really neat to be able to have experiences like that and I am so glad you were still able to write the book! 🙂 So moving on to your most recent book, how did you come up with the story idea for “How To Catch A Prince” and the other books in the Royal Wedding series?
RH: I got the idea for the series after watching Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding. She was so poised and confident, I thought, “I want to write about this.” And how fun, you know, to look into the royal life. How To Catch a Price actually came when a friend and I talked about Prince William carrying around Princess Diana’s sapphire ring, waiting to propose. “What if he lost it?” That core idea didn’t work out, and ultimately I wanted to do something different with the “catch” idea.
RR: I love it! Are the characters of Corina, Stephan, Nathaniel, and Susanna based off of anyone you know?
RH: Not really. Just a combination of real and imagined royals. 😉 And people I dream up.
RR: Sometimes dreaming up characters is just as much fun as basing them off of real people. You can actually make “new” friends that way! How much time was spent researching verses writing in this book in particular?
RH: For the third book, I did most of my royal research but I had a big rugby learning curve. So I spent a bunch of time watching and reading about rugby. I also research as I write when I need something or a fresh idea.
RR: There are times when you just don’t know what research to do and the best is just to do it while writing! Well, as we close, is there one tip that you could share that has really benefited you in your writing that you could share with other writers and readers here?
RH: I made up my mind I was going to write and I devoted myself to learning the craft, to a writing schedule and to networking with other writers. Those three rally combined helped me launch my career.
RR: Wow, that is a great way to end! Thank you so much for being here, Rachel. And I hope everyone else enjoyed the time spent with you as well. If you have any other questions you would like to ask Rachel, feel free to leave a comment below!
Rachel Hauck is an award-winning, best selling author of critically acclaimed novels such as The Wedding Dress, Love Starts with Elle, and Once Upon A Prince.
She also penned the Songbird Novels with multi-platinum recording artist, Sara Evans. Booklist named their novel, Softly and Tenderly, one of 2011 Top Ten Inspirationals.
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.