Sunday, September 18, 2016

seriously romantic: a royal christmas wedding by rachel hauck

i only recently discovered the royal wedding series by rachel hauck. i listened to the audio book version of once upon a prince which was incredibly narrated by eleni pappageorge. one of the key things to know about these books is that they are christian romance. so the romance is sweet and very much g-rated. i saw a royal christmas wedding up for request on netgalley and saw that it was about avery and colin, who played minor roles in the first novel in the series and i decided to give it a try.

it's always a different experience to read a book when you've listened to the audio book before. while i hadn't listened to this book before, i had heard all these characters before, so eleni pappageorge's voice was very much in my head when i read this. this isn't a bad thing. it just makes for a different reading experience. knowing these characters, catching up with them five years later was good.

avery and colin were well on the road to love in once upon a prince but they were obviously too young for forever then. a royal christmas wedding is very much a novel about second chances, making amends, and making the right choices for yourself. as the final book in the series it ties a beautiful bow on these characters.  they've all grown up, found their places in the world, and avery and colin only need to let love into their hearts, have faith in their future together in order to make things right.

it's not all smooth going, and there are plenty of obstacles, but none of them are insurmountable. and when they finally figure things out together it is very rewarding. there is a lovely epilogue that jumps forward through the royal families' futures and happily ever afters. and it's just all very sweet. for a feel good, sweet romance with more faith than angst, this hits the spot.

**a royal christmas wedding is scheduled to publish on october 18, 2016. i received an advance reader copy courtesty of netgalley/zondervan fiction in exchange for my honest review. 


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