A March Bride
By Rachel Hauck
Published by Zondervan
Publisher Book Description: Susanna has found her true prince, and their happily ever after is just around the corner. But when Nate asks her to give up something precious to her, Susanna can't help but wonder if it's a sign that their love is not meant to be. Susanna Truitt (Once Upon A Prince) is three weeks from royalty. She'll soon marry King Nathaniel II of Brighton Kingdom. But when the government insists she renounce her American citizenship before the wedding, coupled with the lack of involvement by family and friends, Susanna's heart begins to doubt whether this marriage is God's plan for her. Nathaniel would do anything for his bride-to-be. But he knows his position requires that she give up a lot to be with him. Her life will never be her own---right down to her very identity. When she travels home to St. Simon's Island, Georgia, right before the wedding, Nathaniel fears she won't return. Gathering his courage, he devises a plan to win his bride all over again, and together they seek out a kingdom to treasure above all.
My Thoughts: This book is part of a Year of Weddings series, each month bringing about a new story, some of them seem to intertwine into the same community so far. Susanna Seems like she is a nice gal, but I felt that the author didn't really take a lot of time to flesh out the character. I did not know at the time I started this book that it was a continuation from this particular author's own series of books which allegedly has a fleshed out set of characters. I think the author depended too much on the reader having read this couples' first round in their love story, which I haven't, for this Novella to stand on its own. I had nothing invested in any of the characters so in the end it just turned into an assignment that I loathed to finish, but I hate leaving books unfinished. I felt real disappointed as this was clearly a missed opportunity for this author to get me to read their books. It also was a shame that I didn't really enjoy this read as most of the others in this series have been a delight to read and I have even re-read the one from December as it was particularly humorous. This book in the end was rather Blah so I cannot recommend this novella, but I urge you to check out some of the others as they truly are gems in this series.
After I wrote my thoughts I went to see what others had to say; I was rather surprised at the raving reviews but then I noticed that they all seemed to have read the aforementioned Author's own series which tells the love story of this couple. I wanted to clarify before I get comments, that this review is only for THIS particular novella as it is, with no insight to the Author's previous writings, which I do not believe I should HAVE to read before giving my view of THIS book. I hope you understand my position here.
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