The best stories show ordinary people doing extraordinary things, and Rachel Hauck has captured that very essence in her new novel, Princess Ever After (Zondervan/February 4, 2013/ISBN 9780310315506/$14.99). The second book in the Royal Wedding series tells the story of an ordinary girl who finds out she’s a princess, a revelation that changes the life she’s created for herself.
Like many of us, Hauck is enamored with the idea of royalty, and while she hopes readers are entertained and drawn to the modern fairytale of Princess Ever After, she has a deeper desire for this book and the entire series. “I pray readers find hope and encouragement,” she says. “Most of us are not going to discover we are long-lost princes or princesses in this life, but we are most sincerely princes and princesses in His kingdom. Right now! Let’s live like it and love as our King loves.”
Readers of Hauck’s latest release are introduced to Regina Beswick, who has finally found happiness by leaving the corporate world and running a classic auto restoration shop in her small town. Though she’s cozied up to the idea that her new life is nearly perfect, Regina is unaware a secret destiny awaits her.
Tanner Burkhardt, the stoic Minister of Culture for the Grand Duchy of Hessenberg, is tasked to retrieve the long-lost princess in order to secure his nation’s future — and his own. In the process, he must overcome his past mistakes as well as his fear of failure. Tanner’s insecurities are something Hauck can personally relate to. “I’ve dealt a lot with fear and anxiety,” the author says. “I overcame by believing what God said about me instead of believing my fears. I devoted my heart and mind to the Word and to prayer.”
Despite Regina’s first doubts about Tanner’s bombshell news — that she is, indeed, a princess — Regina realizes the hand-painted book of fairytales left for her by her grandmother isn’t just a book of imagination. It’s her grandmother’s childhood story, and Regina is a royal heiress.
This book of fairytales is a lovely heirloom for Regina, but Hauck explains it’s more than just a nice story. “It’s symbolic of the message God has given us through His written Word. Hebrews 4:12 tells us His Word is living and active. It speaks. Yesterday, today, tomorrow. . . .”
As the characters in Princess Ever After work to uncover God’s plans for their lives, a fierce opponent with plans to abolish the throne forever lurks in the political shadows. Overwhelmed with opposition, Regina must decide if she's destined to restore old cars or an ancient nation. Together — with a little divine intervention — Regina and Tanner discover the truth of her heritage and the healing power of true love.
Join Rachel Hauck for a live Facebook Party on March 6 at 8:00 PM EST where she will chat with readers about the Royal Wedding series and give away copies of Princess Ever After. Watch for more details on her Facebook Page.
About the Author
Rachel Hauck is the bestselling author of ACFW Book of the Year winner Sweet Caroline, RITA Finalist Love Starts With Elle, bestselling and RITA Finalist The Wedding Dress, and of the critically acclaimed fiction collaboration with multi-platinum country artist Sara Evans, The Songbird Novels. Hauck’s latest release, is Princess Ever After, the second release in the Royal Wedding series. Once Upon A Prince (the first in the series), received rave reviews, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist.
Hauck earned a degree in Journalism from Ohio State University and is a huge Buckeyes fan. She worked in the corporate software world until 2004 when she began to write full-time. Although she admits to being Yankee-born, Hauck has lived in the south most of her life and works her southern experience into her stories. She now lives in sunny, though sometimes hurricane-plagued, central Florida with her husband and writes from her own two-story tower.
She is the past president of American Christian Fiction Writers and now serves on the executive board. She was named ACFW 2013 Mentor of the Year.
Hauck is also one of ten author contributors to Southern Belle View Daily.