Happily Ever After or… Not? “A March Bride” by Rachel Hauck

20140228-153818.jpgOK… truth – my initial review started this way:

“It’s HERE! It’s HERE! It’s HERE!

I’ve only just read “Once Upon A Prince” but it seems I’ve waited forever to read the next chapter in Nathaniel and Susanna’s romance!”

And THEN I read the book.

Yeah… this review is going to be different than my others.

I’m going to spill a bit – can’t help it. Because at some point while you’re reading… anyone who is remotely like me, is going to get mad.

And I mean MAD!

Mad as in – you’re going to be ready to skin Rachel Hauck. That’s pretty serious. And yes, I was there. And I was there hard-core.

At that point, only a mildly morbid curiosity kept me reading.

And then… you realize – WHOO! Rachel Hauck is a GREAT writer! She has me so mad, I’m ready to scream – over… a book. That’s GOOD writing!

And at that point, you couldn’t have pried the tablet out of my hand!

After all that, she did come through. You knew she would. You had to know, all along that she would find some way to make it all come out OK.

And then, just when you think it’s all OK, just when you’re ready to enjoy the rest of the book, she hits you with another whammy and you’re ready to scream again, you’re ready to stomp over to Europe and rip into somebody.

But she’s no dummy, that Rachel Hauck. She does all this on purpose. It’s kind of like God’s plan. Even the missteps and trials help you on your way to the destination God has in mind for you. I LOVE that Rachel has that in mind when she’s writing these stories.

In fact, God is central to her novels in a way unlike most others you will read. It’s AMAZING! God has truly gifted Rachel Hauck with such an amazing gift!

The only complaint I have about this book is that there wasn’t more of it!

Now I just keep hoping to hear a book 3 announced in her Royal Weddings series!

5starCan I give it 10 stars?

Here’s a bit more about the story from Zondervan:

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.

A year’s worth of novellas from twelve inspirational romance authors. Happily ever after guaranteed.

For more about this and the other titles in this series, click HERE.

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GOD BLESS

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HAPPY READING!

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NaNoWriMo Novel: First Look

We’ve all seen the movies…
“2012” “The Day After Tomorrow” “Deep Impact”

But what we don’t see, what we never see is what happens next…

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This is not your typical dystopian romance. There is no happy ever after here.

There is only cold and death.

In the year 2037 a small moon hit the Earth. It struck at the South pole, causing the ice there to melt completely. We saw it coming and built shelters deep underground. We also extended our moon base project. We built a base large enough there for 300,000 colonists. In case the Earth was too far gone, we would have a backup.

When the damage went beyond what was expected, the President and most other government officials were evacuated to the moon.

Life on the surface of Earth has not gone on the way we thought it would. We expected rebuilding. We expected replanting. What we did not expect, what we never could have imagined… was what we got. The impact alone shook the ground so hard that Australia and most other islands sank. The southern continents were ripped apart and destroyed and the edges of every other continent broke away and sank into the ocean.

Our atmosphere actually suffered more because there was no dust cloud. There was, however, a total loss of the sun for long enough to destroy most plant life. The ice and snow destroyed almost everything else.

The melting of the southern ice cap sent the weather patterns into a frenzy. A tremendous ice storm raged across the entire planet for over a year. The only places where anything survived was in the rainforests – where the climate was the most tropical – and in our underground shelters.

Ironically, most of our rainforests were on the southern part of the planet, the parts that were hit the worst by earthquakes, flooding and volcanic eruptions.

This is not a fairy tale. This is a story of struggle and survival, a story of loss and betrayal. This is the story of a girl, someone who has lost everything and after she loses everything, she discovers that everything she always believed was a lie.

Check out my profile on NaNoWriMo.org for updates and excerpts from the story as it progresses.

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My Review of “Empath” By: Becca J. Campbell

20130827-112242.jpgRecently I was given the opportunity to read an ARC (Advance Reader Copy) of Empath by Becca J. Campbell and all I can say is… WOW!

Yes, it was an ARC so there might have been a couple of typos or mistakes but, just WOW! I was sucked into the story so completely, so immediately, how could I have noticed anything but this fantastic world? They say to be super careful when editing a book because if a reader sees a comma in the wrong place or a superfluous word, it will stop them and they’ll lose their immersion in the world of your story. Let me say this. If that is true, and if there were any, apparently Empath is such a strong story, that it overrode that rule. I was forced to put it down several times but I did not want to! I mean, I Really didn’t want to. I probably annoyed my family while I was reading it because they had to drag me away from it.

I have read other books by Becca and this is by far the best.

She has an amazing talent for writing human emotion! And that is especially tricky here. Because she’s writing human emotion as felt by someone else! And, she had to find a way to squeeze in Jade’s own emotions too.

This is a superbly written story. You will be pulled into Jade’s world so quickly and it’s very difficult to drag yourself out. The characters are realistic and colorful. The story is strong. The world is incredibly realistic! Amazing!

I also appreciate how well Becca roots God into the story and the characters’ lives. He’s there but not overwhelmingly so. This is a tremendous bonus for me as there are so many stories out there today that use sex and nasty language to sell their stories. Becca didn’t need either of those plot devices! Her story told itself beautifully and decently!

A dynamite beginning to this series and I can’t wait for the next installment!

You can find Empath on Goodreads HERE!

And check out Becca’s Website HERE! And her Facebook Author Page HERE!

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