Rachel Hauck. A Royal Christmas Wedding. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2016.
Admittedly, the end of October seems rather early for a Christmas story. However, several publishers are already releasing their Christmas books, well before I would think to buy them. Fortunately, Rachel Hauck happens to be among my list of favorite authors, which makes any story of hers (Christmas or not) well worth reading!
In A Royal Christmas Wedding, Ms. Hauck returns for one last story featuring the characters of her acclaimed Royal Wedding Series. First introduced in Once Upon a Prince, Avery Truitt has grown up from simply being the kid sister of the King of Brighton’s wife, Susanna. Avery made a name for herself as a college volleyball star before an unfortunate injury forced her to the sidelines, just in time for her to find a career of her own after graduation. In the wake of her husband’s death, Avery and Susanna’s mother wishes to travel with Avery to spend the Christmas season in Brighton. Travelling back to Brighton means that Avery will inevitably encounter Prince Colin, the one man who broke her heart five years ago. However, time has not left Prince Colin unchanged, as he finds himself regretting the loss of Avery, even as he has begun a successful career himself. Both Avery and Colin must choose between continuing to pursue their current paths or finally coming back to each other, hopefully in time for a centuries-old Brighton tradition of the prince marrying on Christmas morning.
Fans of Ms. Hauck’s Royal Wedding books will be delighted with this Christmas-themed conclusion to her acclaimed series of novels. While the novel brings together many characters introduced earlier in the series, it also serves as a worthwhile stand-alone Christmas story.
Overall, I was exceptionally pleased with A Royal Christmas Wedding! Even as a shorter-form story (supposedly a novella), it offers a compelling and complete plot with a surprising amount of character development. As indicated in the author’s acknowledgments, Ms. Hauck received countless requests for a satisfying conclusion to Avery and Colin’s story. After reading A Royal Christmas Wedding, Ms. Hauck certainly fulfilled that request! This book offers plenty of extra detail and development that will leave fans with many more of their questions answered, as well as a better sense of what happens to the various families in the years following the series. Granted, I’m sure that any of Ms. Hauck’s readers would also be just as happy to hear of future novels in this vein.
Readers who particularly enjoyed Ms. Hauck’s Royal Wedding Series will definitely want to read A Royal Christmas Wedding. Likewise, fans of great contemporary Christian fiction, especially with a Christmas emphasis will also find this to be a satisfying read.
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