I have to make a confession. I have a slight obsession with all things royal. I read everything I see about Prince William, Duchess Catherine, Prince Harry, the queen and even Prince Charles and Camilla! I know it's weird, but I can't help myself. I think that's part of the reason that I enjoyed the fourth book in the A Year of Weddings series so much. It was a little glimpse into the life of royalty, and I loved every minute of it!
The wedding in this book is the marriage of Susanna and Nathaniel. We met them in the book Once Upon a Prince, which is the first book in the Royal Wedding Series. Since I hadn't read that book (and it was on sale for $1.99 on Amazon!) I bought it to read first. It was wonderful!
You see, Susanna is an ordinary girl, living in Georgia. She's been dating a guy for twelve years. On the day she expects him to propose, he breaks up with her. The very next day she meets a handsome stranger named Nate. She doesn't know he's a prince--and next in line for the throne in Brighton. They fall in love with each other, in spite of a Brightonian law that the king can only marry a citizen of Brighton.
Suffice it to say, Nathaniel and Susanna get engaged, against all odds, and she moves to Brighton to be near him until their wedding. But in A March Bride King Nathaniel has asked Susanna to give up what she considers to be the last part of herself--her American citizenship. Unsure if she can handle this huge sacrifice, Susanna bolts, rushing home to Georgia just weeks before the big day. Now it's up to Nathaniel to prove to her that he loves her no matter her what her citizenship status. Susanna only needs a few days apart from her prince to realize just how much she does love him.
Somehow Ms. Hauck has written these books like a fairy tale for adults! It's the old "girl meets a prince in disguise and falls in love story," but she does it without seeming to cliché or even impossible. Somehow it seems to make perfect sense that a landscape architect from Georgia could marry a king. The engagement and wedding scenes are beautiful to imagine, as is the scenery described in Brighton.
A March Bride has been my favorite wedding so far. I feel that I enjoyed it so much because I took the time to read Once Upon a Prince first. It isn't necessary, but I think it makes you feel more involved in the story. I believe that I would have still liked A March Bride, but it was so much better after reading the prequel.
Also, I had never read Rachel Hauck's books before, but after reading these two stories, I've been looking for other books by her to try. She's a great author! The second book in the Royal WeddingSeries is coming out soon, and I'm excited to read it!
I highly recommend A March Bride, and also Once Upon A Prince. I think you'll like them both!
Be on the lookout for my review of An April Bride on April 1!
I was given a copy of A March Bride by the publishers in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.