"How to Catch a Prince" by Rachel Hauck is the third book in the "Royal Weddings" series, the first being "Once Upon a Prince ", and the second "Princess Ever After ". I liked this book the best out of them all so far, and it ties with "The Dandelion Field " for my favorite book of 2015 so far.
Corina Del Ray has been grieving her twin brother's death in the war for several years, and the loss of her husband from the same war. He didn't die physically, but emotionally he pulled away from her, and she hasn't seen him since. Of course, it hasn't been too hard to keep track of how he's been, considering he's the prince of Brighton. But since Corina's returned to the US, she hasn't seen him or had contact with him directly. Now, she's pushing herself out of her fog of grief and getting back to work.
Prince Stephen knows loves rugby, and is upset about having twisted his ankle, rendering him currently unable to play. Then, his brother Nathanial pulls out papers claiming that he's still technically married to Corina, and he has to go the US to find her and get an annulment. When Corina sees him again however, she senses God telling her that her marriage shouldn't be given up on so easily, that she should fight hard to regain the love of her life. What she doesn't know is the terrible secret that makes Stephen keep her at arm's length. Can love be enough to conquer all of their obstacles?
My word, I absolutely loved this book. The characters were heart wrenchingly real, their struggles and secrets so palpable, and the royal whimsicalness of it all tied this book together. The strong theme of loving well made this book a winner for me, and I would highly, highly recommend this one. It works as a stand-alone from the first two books in this series, but the first book is about Stephen's older brother Nathanial, and it was nice to know that back story on him and Susanna.
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