Dear Readers, Rachel Hauck is a good friend, and I love her writing, especially her royal stories. I know you’ll love them as much as I do.
RH: What a great question. “The Blessing” by Kari Jobe and Cody Carnes.
Rachel, you know that I’ve known Kari and Cody for a long time, she longer than he. The first time I heard “The Blessing,” I was in tears, my heart filled with thankfulness to God for HIs promises. Do you have a favorite Bible verse? And why is it a favorite?
RH: I love Song of Songs 4:9 and Psalm 45:11.
The first one goes like this, “You have made my heart beat faster my sister my bride with a single glance of your eyes.” This speaks of Jesus’s deep and pure love for us, His Bride.
The second one is “The king desires your beauty.” This again speaks of Jesus’s love for us, His majesty and speaks of how He sees us. Beautiful!
There are so many young women who compare themselves with the world’s view of beauty, which isn’t beauty at all and miss how God sees them. My heart breaks for them. What is the one thing you wish you could go back and change in your life?
RH: Nothing. Because it all leads me to where I am now. Even the hard times pressed me to go for God like never before. I wouldn’t trade them.
I feel like that, too, even after three of the hardest months James and I have ever experienced. But God was with us. What is the most important characteristic for a good friend to have?
RH: This is two-fold for me: honesty and loyalty. Sometimes we think loyalty precludes honestly. But a loyal friend should be honest. If not a friend, then who?
So true. What extracurricular activities did you participate in when you were in school?
RH: I actually worked when I was in school. I started at Publix when I was fourteen. I wanted to earn money. I did try out for cheerleading. So glad we didn’t have cell phones then! In college I was in sorority so they were my friends and family. But I also worked.
What is your favorite movie of all times?
RH: This is a tough one. Wow. How about if I do three? My favorite Christmas movie is It’s A Wonderful Life. My favorite every-other-day-of-the-year-movie is Remember the Titans. My favorite TV movie is Once Upon A Prince.
I’ve watched It’s a Wonderful Life almost every year of my adulthood. And I love Once Upon A Prince, which is based on your book. Tell us about why you wrote To Love A Prince.
Please give us the first page of the book.
RH: I’m actually giving you the first page of the first chapter. The opening is a bit of a prologue set in 1938. But the book is contemporary.
February, Present Day
This was the life. A girl on holiday with her mates. Surely something memorable was bound to happen.
Standing on the water’s edge, Daffy washed her weary soul with the low rumble of the waves, raised her face to the sun, and pretended she was more than an ordinary girl.
Time away was so needed. After graduating with her master’s degree, she jumped straight into work, striving to prove herself with barely a moment to breathe.
Two years in she needed a break. Then while online Christmas shopping she stumbled across the sweet blue cottage on the American coast and booked a week in February without even checking her diary. Then she coaxed her little sister along with her best friend, Leslie Ann, to join in the fun.
The three had arrived on the central
“I think I’ll emigrate to
“Surely not.” Little sister Ella splashed through the winter-chilled waves. While the sun was warm, the breeze still nipped with a southern chill. “Why would you?”
“Why not? I always said I wanted to live abroad.”
“You never.” Ella paused beside Daffy as she tied her rich dark hair into a floppy topknot.
“You wanted to marry the prince and rule Lauchtenland. Besides, you joined the Royal Trust to work for Mum. She’d be put out if you left.”
“Dream killer.” Nevertheless, Ella was right. Well, partially right. Daffy couldn’t leave the Royal Trust after Mum went out on a limb to secure her position. Not very far out on the limb, but far enough. “But I do love my job.”
With her master’s degree in restorative arts, she wanted
nothing more than to knock around historic artifacts, furniture, clothing,
paintings, photographs and literature. The House of Blue had acquired such
things for the last, oh, five hundred years. Longer, if the
But the chair had been saved. The King Titus. Constructed by Lauchtenland’s first king after the Norman conquest. It had been the royal throne for almost a century before King Louis II replaced it in 1881.
“What are we talking about?” Leslie Ann Parker, stunning, talented—and the latest sensation of Lauchtenland’s national Morning Show, reporting on all things royal—arrived at the waves.
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Thank you, Rachel, for sharing this book with my blog readers and me. I can hardly wait for my copy to arrive. It will go straight to the top of my to-be-read pile.
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