Behind him, beside him, before him, the synchronized cathedral bells began to ring out. One, two three… Then she said it first. The words his heart burst to share. “I love you, Stephen. You are my true prince.
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?
How to Catch a Prince by Rachel Hauck is the third book in her Royal Weddings series, and is by far my favorite of them all. Rachel has been one of my favorite authors ever since I first read her book, The Wedding Dress, and I have read many of her novels since then, so I knew going in that this book would be amazing. Especially since I absolutely adored Once Upon a Prince and Princess Ever After. What I didn’t anticipate, however, was how much I loved Corina—who was a bit of a spitfire—Prince Stephen—whose painful struggles, and charming nature, made him all the more endearing—and their unconventional relationship—the details of which I never saw coming.
While I loved Corina because of her I-won’t-get-walked-all-over attitude and the way she never backed down, I also—like with Prince Stephen—loved her through her struggles. Although I hated that she had to go through them, I couldn’t get enough of how she fought through them and didn’t let them, especially the death of her brother, keep her from living. She was an inspiration in many ways, but the most important way was by her loving well. I can’t explain what I mean by that without spoiling some of the story, but let me just say, I walked away from this book with my own desire to “love well”, and that is something I will never forget about this novel.
Then there’s Prince Stephen. Can I just say, that despite his sullenness and the way he treats Corina—though that is just because of his pain—he really is the perfect Prince. And I just love some of the things he says, and the accent that I know he has, and I hear in my head. He’s not always sullen, let me tell you, and when he isn’t, he can be extremely sweet. Besides, how can you not melt a little when he calls her “love”? I mean, what wouldn’t I give to be called that (anyone else agree)? At the same time, I also felt so much sympathy for him as he struggled through the pain he felt. He’s another character you just cannot help falling in love with.
Because How to Catch a Prince is so full of loveable characters—who were not the same at the end of the book—and amazing descriptions of Brighton that made me feel as if I was actually there, I happily give this book all five bookshelves, and a place on my all-time-favorites list. I also just really loved how I took things from this story to apply to my own life. I’m always saying how I want the characters to have changed on the inside by the time I get to the end of a book, but what really makes a novel great is when you change as well. That is when you know you have read a wonderful novel. So, I loudly applaud Rachel for this amazing final installment in her series. I absolutely loved it.
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All credit for the italicized synopsis goes to Rachel Hauck and her publishers.