Hauck has created a delightful modern day fairy tale. Regina Beswick is finally doing what she loves, restoring classic cars. She and her old friend Al have just finished their first one. What an accomplishment after those years spent in a dreary accounting office. There is no happier place for her than under a classic car, oil dripping on her face.
Or is there? The Grand Duchy of Hessenberg, an island kingdom in the North Sea, is coming to a crucial time in their history. A one hundred year entailment is about to end. For the country to return to its sovereign existence, a descendant of the royal family must be found. But the royal family had fled in the wake of World War I, after rule of the country was signed over to the neighboring nation.
Tanner Burkhardt, Minister of Culture, had been assigned the duty of finding the heir and then returning with her. When the line is traced to a woman in Tennessee, a partner in a car restoration business, Tanner sets off for America.
Not everyone in the kingdom wants the heir to return, however. There are some who think it is time for democracy, even if it means a temporarily dissolved government and anarchy. That would be a small price to pay for one man's power.
This is a delightful story. It is a wonderful modern day tale of commoner to princess. There is much to enjoy in this book. How can Reggie possibly adjust to being of a lineage she knew nothing about? How does a gal who wears jeans and boots even contemplate a royal role? How could she possibly leave all those she loves so dearly?
Put together a sweet romance, the hand of God on a down home American girl, a kingdom waiting to again believe in all they once held dear, add a little fairy tale magic, and you have a wonderful novel. Read it and enjoy.
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Rachel Hauck is an award-winning and best selling author. She is a graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism and worked in the corporate software world until she began writing full time in 2004. She is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy. Find out more at http://racelhauck.com.
Zondervan 368 pages. You can purchase a of the book here.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book through the Litfuse Publicity Group for the purpose of this review. The opinions expressed are my own.