A Royal Christmas Wedding

A Royal Christmas WeddingA Royal Christmas Wedding by Rachel Hauck
Series: Royal Wedding #4
Genres: Christmas, Contemporary Romance
Published by Zondervan on October 18, 2016
Pages: 240
Also in this series: How to Catch a Prince
Also by this author: How to Catch a Prince, The Wedding Chapel

 

Publisher’s Summary:

It’s been five years since Avery Truitt and Prince Colin of Brighton Kingdom fell in love. But he broke her heart with no explanation.

Fast forward to present day, and Colin is Brighton’s most eligible bachelor now that cousin Stephen has married. When Avery’s father dies of a heart attack, she puts her life on hold and returns home to St. Simons Island, Georgia, to help Mama with the family restaurant. But Mama misses Avery’s sister Susanna, who lives four thousand miles away in Brighton Kingdom—and is expecting her first child. So Mama insists she and Avery spend the Christmas season in Brighton.

Colin and Avery are going to see each other a lot while she’s visiting. But she can’t forget the way he hurt her, and he didn’t expect his feelings to still be so strong.

Avery is torn between considering a future in Brighton and taking a coaching job in Georgia, and Colin is finally pushed to pursue what he really wants. Is it too late to convince Avery that she is his true love? And even if he does, will she make it to the chapel on Christmas Day to give him her heart?

There’s always something compelling about former loves being thrust together by life and circumstance. Add in a dash of royalty, pomp and circumstance, and that is the adorable story found in A Royal Christmas Wedding. One thing that is harder to do in a shorter narrative is feel a connection to the characters, but I never felt like I missed a vital piece of their back story. Avery and Colin’s pasts up until the opening of this story are presented in an easy, engaging way that makes it easy to care about them.

Avery and Colin’s pasts up until the opening of this story are presented in an easy, engaging way that makes it easy to care about them.

The settings could not be more different, which is definitely a good thing because each setting reveals specific pieces of the former relationship between Avery and Colin. Whether it’s Avery’s home in Georgia or Colin’s home of Brighton Kingdom, there is a strong sense of place. The more relaxed, removed feeling of Georgia is a nice foil for the formal setting of Brighton. From an opulent ball room to charming to a snow-filled town square to a crumbling chapel bell tower, a lovely fairy tale feeling permeates through it all.

Whether it’s Avery’s home in Georgia or Colin’s home of Brighton Kingdom, there is a strong sense of place.

Even though there is a fairy tale vibe present in the story, there are also several true-to-life themes, including family obligations and expectations, the balance of private and public life, as well as trusting God when life veers off course. These issues are realistically and compellingly told through both Avery and Colin’s characters and move the story beyond your typical romance.

These issues are realistically and compellingly told through both Avery and Colin’s characters and move the story beyond your typical romance.

I feel that I should also mention that I haven’t read any of the previous books in the series but, I didn’t have any trouble knowing who was who or following the events of this story at all. Rachel Hauck certainly did her job in making me curious about the secondary characters (whose stories I do hope to read!), but this can definitely be read as a stand-alone novel.

If you’re looking for a Christmas tale with endearing characters, charming settings and a cinematic happily-ever-after, consider picking up A Royal Christmas Wedding to wrap up your holiday reading this year.

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