The fourth title in ‘A Year of Weddings’ is A March Bride by Rachel Hauck.
I’m already a huge fan of Hauck’s work, so I knew I would like this novella. A March Bride is about Susanna, a country girl from Georgia, and Nathaniel, the King of Brighton. I really appreciated that Hauck allowed us to see the story from both points of view, as I feel like that doesn’t often happen in stories of princesses. Susanna and Nathaniel are engaged and royal wedding preparations are being made. However, they’re both allowing fears from past relationship failures to cloud their judgment and threaten their engagement. Susanna thinks Nathaniel regrets proposing, and Nathaniel suspects Susanna wishes she’d said no. The real problem for Susanna is that she doesn’t feel worthy. If you like epic romance or royal love stories, this book is for you. While reading A March Bride, I kept getting an itch to watch The Prince & Me or Princess Diaries! However, I think I’ll start on another of Hauck’s titles, Once Upon a Prince, to quell my need for royal romance. [The sequel to Once Upon a Prince is Princess Ever After. It just released!]
If you’ve never read a book by Rachel Hauck, I highly recommend Love Starts with Elle,Sweet Caroline, & Dining with Joy. The trilogy makes up Hauck’s Lowcountry series, and it’s SO GOOD!!
Here’s the Goodreads Synopsis of A March Bride:
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, her 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.
What are your favorite royal romance movies and books?
*I received a digital proof of A March Bride in exchange for an honest review.
In my opinion, Mayim’s Vegan Table is part textbook and part cookbook. The first four chapters are an introduction to veganism—the whys, whats, and how-to’s. I found this section of the book very interesting. The authors, Mayim Bialik and Dr. Jay Gordon, stress the fact that they are not trying to make everyone become vegans. They believe in adding vegetables to your diet as much as possible. Some people are purely vegan, some are almost-vegans, and others prefer to eat a diet heavy in veggies. These first four chapters give you a good idea of what to expect if you choose to change your eating habits. I will say a lot of the writing seems aimed towards moms. Mayim explains the easiest ways for children to eat vegan or just how to get more veggies into their diets. I think they should have mentioned this on the cover because I was a bit surprised that I was reading so much about how to tailor to children, and I am not a mom! The rest of the chapters are full of vegan (and several Jewish) recipes. I am not a vegan, but I do avoid certain meats and eat a lot of veggies. I think some of these recipes will become mainstays for me. I was surprised that most of Mayim’s recipes seem to include maple syrup!
This is in an informative, well written book that is packed with vegan recipes. If you’re a vegan and have been for a long time, this may not be the book for you. I would suggest flipping through the recipes to make sure you need it. If you’re thinking about going vegan or you have kids and want them to eat more vegetables, this is a great book for you! (And doesn’t Mayim look gorgeous on the cover?!)
I received a digital proof of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I always fall so easily into Denise Hunter’s stories! This is the first in a series called A Year of Weddings. Each novella will be written by a different author. A December Bride focuses on Layla. The story starts with her scramble to find a date for a wedding–but not just any wedding. Her ex is marrying her cousin, and it still stings. She ends up going with her ex’s former best friend, Seth. Things get tricky when Seth offers a lie about his and Layla’s relationship, and that’s when the story really starts to take off. Hunter has created a realistic tale with heart and holiday spirit. An easy read for a cozy evening!
What started as a whim turned into an accidental – and very public – engagement. Can Layla and Seth keep up the facade in Chapel Springs this holiday season – for the sake of her career . . . and his heart?
Under normal circumstances, Seth Murphy, the best friend of Layla O’Reilly’s ex-fiance would be the last person she’d marry. But the news of their upcoming (and phony) nuptials convinces a big client that Layla may be high-society enough to work for his agency, a coup that would put her fledgling home-staging business on the map. Seth has secretly loved Layla for years, even when she was dating his best friend. Maybe she’ll never forgive him for the way he hurt her back then, but he has to try. And Layla is willing to keep up their engagement farce until she’s landed her client. For Layla, it’s the chance to save her career. But for Seth, it’s his last chance to win her heart.
I’m really enjoying this series! The books are standalone novellas, so you can start with any month you choose. Pick up “A March Bride” and come back next month to let me know what you think!
I received a digital copy of this book for review purposes.
I just finished reading The Princess Wars by Melody Carlson!
The Princess Wars is the first book in a new series from Melody Carlson. It’s actually based on a dream she had! She self published this book, which is always a huge risk for an author. I don’t usually read fairy tale type stories, but I decided to give this one a chance because I love Carlson’s work. I’m so glad she took the risk and released The Princess Wars!!
The story follows twin princesses Heather and Rose. Heather stands to inherit the throne, and Rose is extremely jealous. Heather leaves on a journey before their 18th birthday. She wants to get a closer look at her kingdom, and she decides to go in disguise. Her journey is tumultuous to say the least. Throw in an attractive boy, a vengeful sister, and a race for the crown–this book isn’t short on conflict! The story is resolved in this book, but Carlson also gives us little teasers for the sequel!
I really enjoyed this story, and I’m looking forward to the next in the series. It’s the first book of its type that I’ve read and I was completely surprised by how much I fell into the story! It allowed me to escape into fairy tale land for a few hours. As is usually the case with Carlson’s work, this book was so easy to visualize as I was reading it. If you enjoy fantasy/fairy tales–you’ll love this book. If you don’t usually like that genre, The Princess Wars just may change your mind! I couldn’t be more happily surprised with this book, and I hope you’ll give it a chance!
The twin princesses of Raspen Kingdom have been at odds for their entire lives. Firstborn Heather is a no-frills girl who grew up riding horses, fencing, and dreaming of great adventures. Meanwhile her twin sister Rose loves ornate jewels, silk gowns and being treated like royalty. Because the king is sickly, Heather is due to take the throne on the twins’ eighteenth birthday. But before she is crowned, Princess Heather embarks on an exciting journey throughout the kingdom. And it’s not long before Heather’s adventure goes sideways and threatens to undo the entire kingdom.
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share a few “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
My teaser for the week comes from A February Bride by Betsy St. Amant. This book is the third in a series called A Year of Weddings. A different author is writing each book.
“Clearly, feeling alive wasn’t the worst. Visions of Marcus with someone else irked way worse. She dug her fingernails into the shirt she held, lips chattering in the wind, feeling two parts frustrated and one part nostalgic–the dangerous mixture bubbling in her throat like poison.”
Here’s the book description:
In A February Bride by Betsy St. Amant, history repeats itself when this bride runs out of the church on her wedding day—in the same dress that had been passed down for generations and worn by her mom, grandma and great-grandmother who also ran out of their weddings. The heroine struggles to break destructive cycles of the past. Can this bride shuck expectation and discover who SHE is as a bride and in the Bride of Christ? And if she finally walks down the aisle, what dress will she be wearing? Readers will enjoy this novel of redemption centered on a winter wedding.
I enjoyed this novella. I give it 3.5 stars. I think it’s hard to fully develop characters and tell a deep story in a novella because of the short length. However, St. Amant did a great job of it. I felt like I really got to know Marcus and Allie, while Hannah and Julie were strong supporting characters. The story was a little predictable, but it was still enjoyable. A February Bride is a short, sweet, easy read. When the story begins, Allie has just left Marcus at the altar. The women in her family have terrible track records when it comes to marriage, and Allie thinks she will ruin Marcus’ life by marrying him. Marcus’ sister, Hannah, gets engaged a few months later and asks Allie to be her maid of honor. Of course this leads to all kinds of awkward situations for Allie and Marcus. I’d recommend reading this on a lazy afternoon when you’re yearning for a good story. Don’t forget to check out the other books in the A Year of Weddings series!
I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Please leave a comment with the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). I’d love to hear what you’re reading!
I happened upon this book when it was on a daily deal. I really liked the cover, but I wasn’t sure if the book would be worth my time. I’ve read several GREAT books this year so I knew it’d be tough for another to live up to my increasing standards. I tried a sample of the book and thought it was worth a shot. I’M SO GLAD I PURCHASED IT!!
‘My Life Next Door’ was a pleasant surprise. The story revolves around Samantha, who lives with her sister and Senator mom. Next door are the Garretts–a family her mom looks down on because the couple has so many kids and their yard is not up to her standards. Samantha has been secretly spying on the Garretts for years from her roof. She finds their life interesting and completely opposite hers. The irony is evident where Samantha’s family is rich and broken, but the Garretts are struggling financially yet remain strong as a family. One day, Samantha finds herself face-to-face with Jase Garrett, who has been watching her watch his family for years. What follows is a believable tale of shocking realizations, broken friendships, family woes, and above all–first love.
The only thing I wish had been different about this book is the use of strong language. One character uses the f-word quite a bit. It helps us understand him and see his growth, but it’s still annoying to try to ignore those words.
I highly recommend this book. Every time I thought the story was getting predictable, something unexpected would happen. I seriously enjoyed ‘My Life Next Door.’ I’m looking forward to Fitzpatrick’s future work!
A gorgeous debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another
“”One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time.”"
The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, numerous, messy, affectionate. And every day from her balcony perch, seventeen-year-old Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs her terrace and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely in love, Jase’s family makes Samantha one of their own. Then in an instant, the bottom drops out of her world and she is suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?
A dreamy summer read, full of characters who stay with you long after the story is over.
Have you read any good books lately? Leave me your recommendations in the comments!
I’m partnering with Darby Smart for another giveaway! I believe this will be for the February To DIY For Box. To enter, go here.This giveaway closes Monday, 2/17/14 at 11:59 PM EST. A winner will be automatically selected.
I’ll review the Darby Smart February To DIY For Box after it arrives. Good luck!!