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Hey, there, everyone! Happy Friday to you all. We've made it to another weekend and for all intents and purposes are smack dab in the middle of May. If you'll allow me a moment of incredulity and clichéd sayings, may I just say: where does the time go!? May has always been a busier month around my house. My family has several birthdays during the month and it's time to turn attention to the gardening season, a time of year that always earns a "thumbs down" from me since, well... I don't have a green thumb. But enough about all that.

Just recently I finished reading one of the most delightful contemporaries of 2013 (do I sense it making my "best of" list!? You betcha') At first, I thought I wasn't part of the tour for this book, prompting me to order a copy and this morning, am pleased to be able to offer a copy of Rachel Hauck's newest novel, Once Upon a Prince up for grabs to one of my loyal followers and friends. Seriously, dear readers, I adored this book. Any girl who swooned over Prince William and Kate's wedding or romance simply must read this.

Find out all the deets below and read what the book is all about!

Synopsis: Susanna Truitt never dreamed of a great romance or being treated like a princess—just to marry the man she has loved for twelve years. But life isn’t going according to plan. When her high-school-sweetheart-turned-Marine-officer breaks up instead of proposing, Susanna scrambles to rebuild her life.
 
The last thing Prince Nathaniel expects to find on his American holiday to St. Simon’s Island is the queen of his heart. A prince has duties, and his family’s tense political situation has chosen his bride for him. When Prince Nathaniel comes to Susanna’s aid under the fabled Lover’s Oak, he is blindsided by love.
 
Their lives are worlds apart. He’s a royal prince. She’s a ordinary girl. But everything changes when Susanna receives an invitation to Nathaniel’s coronation.
 
It’s the ultimate choice. His kingdom or her heart? God’s will or their own?

a Rafflecopter giveaway
*Just as a quick FYI, under the "leave a blog post comment" option, if you don't answer the question, your entry will still count so long as you are commenting.

Learn more about my thoughts on the book in the book review now up on the blog.

Good luck, everyone!
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  1. Heya!

    Ok, I went on the Rafflecopter link, and I think I entered 30 of my 35 entries. So I just comment to make it official?

    I have absolutely no idea what in Pete's name I'm doing, but don't tell anyone. :)

    And you'll have to forgive me, I've never entered a giveaway.

    I figured this was a good place and time to start.

    Anyway.

    xx

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    1. Hey, there, Nine!

      Sorry about the Rafflecopter being a link as opposed to the widget being embedded in this blog post - it is fixed now. Either way, I checked for your entries and they were all there so you are A-Okay. :) Yay!

      Sure thing; my lips are sealed - I won't tell anyone but will just say for a girl who didn't know what she was doing, you did just fine. :)

      No need to forgive - happy you entered.

      Best of luck!

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  2. I don't think I've ever read a Rachel Hauck book...unless she was the one who co-wrote that trilogy with Sara Evans? Sweet By and By, and I can't remember the other two. If she was the co-author for those, I read the first two. They weren't really my cup of tea, but I've heard lots of good things about Rachel Hauck's books.

    I don't know if they count, but I consider Gail Carson Levine and Shannon Hale's fairytale novels "classics." :) They've been favorites of mine for years. And I love Robin McKinley's "Beauty."

    ~Kristin

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Rachel's writing, Kristin. I've actually wanted to check into that series for a while now and haven't made it that far down my TBR list. :)

      Oh, yes, those books certainly count - anything that grabs your fancy as a reader counts as "classic." :) Heard great things about Robin McKinley's book and I adore Gail's Ella Enchanted; haven't read Shannon's.

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  3. Yay! I'm entering, and will return to read your review later. :) "Ella Enchanted" the classicest fairy tale I can think of! :)

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    1. Adore Ella Enchanted, Charity. It's a perfectly wonderful choice. :)

      Yay! Looking forward to reading your comment - once I get over to that comment thread! :)

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  4. I've actually never even heard of Rachel Hauck until yesterday, but I'm all for getting to "know" her better! And by now, you probably already know that my favorite fairy-tale book is Beauty by Robin McKinley...I think it's pretty "classy" and awesome. :)

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    1. Basically anything a reader likes in the fairy-tale realm... yep, it's automatically a "classic," my friend. ;) I must make it a goal to read Beauty - it certainly comes highly recommended! :)

      If you liked watching the Price William/Kate romance unfold or really any contemporary fairy-tale, you'll love this new book by Rachel. It's a keeper for sure. :)

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  5. You know, I think the only Rachel Hauck book I've read is Love Starts With Elle (thanks to a book swap with Casey!)... Here's what I noted in response to a comment on Goodreads:

    "It was very good! I was a little turned off by some of the grammar (etc.) errors, but overall I enjoyed the story. :)"

    I didn't actually write a review, but I think I enjoyed the story, overall - just not a favorite, you know? That was just one of her many books, though, so I appreciate this chance to maybe give another of hers a try! :) It seems like The Wedding Dress went over pretty well with reviewers, too. :)

    ~Amber

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  6. Oh my goodness, Rissi!!! I just realized I was still logged into my dad's FB account when I entered!! (Long story - I don't have my own FB account, so I use his barely used one when I need to help a client figure out FB things or what have you...) Oh goodness, that's embarrassing! Ummm, maybe I could DM you his name and e-mail, so you'll know those entries were mine? LOL.

    ~Amber

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    1. My mom read all three of those books you are talking about, Amber (there's 'Elle,' Caroline and... Joy, I think). As I remember she really liked them. I've not yet picked them up but plan too - some books just don't appeal to every reader and that's okay. Our differing opinions is what makes the world go round, ya know? :) YES! The Wedding Dress is one I am still *dying* to read. It was praised so highly - and it sounds like a special story - reminds me of a tele-film I watched way back when and I am still quite fond of it.

      As we discussed already, no worries about being logged into your dad's account! I'll simply count those are yours, of course. I don't have any FB accounts either. Something about it doesn't set right with me. Anyway, your entries are there and I know whose they really are. :)

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  7. Oh!! I would like this book. Please and thank you.

    ^,^ heehee

    Thanks for hosting another great giveaway, Rissi!!
    <3

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  8. Oh and I haven't ready any of her books before... :/

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    1. Well... we'll see what we can do about winning it for you then, Raquel. ;)

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  9. The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye (sadly, out of print now, but still found in some used book stores and on Amazon) is a classic fairy tale to me. I read it three times from the library before finally seeking out my own copy.

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    1. Oooh! Emily, the title alone makes your favorite fairy-tale sound wonderful. I am a bit of a fairy-tale fanatic. :) Many thanks for sharing the recommendation - I'll have to look it up on Amazon.

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  10. I haven't read many classic fairy tale books, but one book somewhat classic to my is "The Princess" by Lori Wick. ON of my absolute favorite books!
    E.Kate

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    1. Oh, gosh, yes, E. Kate! I adore that story by Lori. It was one of the first contemporaries I ever read and still to this day I remember it fondly. It was - and still is, a beautiful story. :)

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  11. I have not read one of Rachel's books, but I am very excited to begin...That's all wrong...I've read The Wedding Dress and thoroughly enjoyed it. I've been writing too long today...brain gone fuzzy.

    Classic fairytales? That's a tough one for me because I LOVE fairytales and believe that so many books pull from them, almost landing themselves in the genre -- I might even stick Tolkien in there :) And it's exciting because there is such a resurgence now, tweaking them in new and exciting ways. Very fun!

    Thanks for give-away,Rissi! And have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

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    1. Hey, Katherine - how lovely to see you stopping by. Thank you. :)

      Back at its release, The Wedding Dress was one of those books that I *really* wanted to read but wasn't able too because I was too busy fulfilling review requirements. Still to this day, I've not gotten to it (it's on my bookshelf tempting me!). Plan on fixing that this summer. The story sounds like a special one so it's nice to hear you enjoyed it.

      I agree. Fairy-tales or the genre in broader terms is making a comeback and it's doing it beautifully! Generally speaking, the category is one of my guilty pleasures so anytime its combined with contemporary leanings, I am all for it. There are some insanely talented writer's out there doing this, and my hope is that they keep right on stacking our book cases with more delightful fun. :)

      Thanks again for stopping by - enjoy your weekend!

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  12. I've not read this book, or any of Rachel's before but I REALLY want to read Once Upon A Prince and am so thankful for this giveaway! Thank you dear for hosting! I love book giveaways, especially when the book looks very promising, like this one! :)
    Bethany

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    1. This one IS very promising, Bethany - it left me anxious for what will come in book two. :)

      Best of luck - and thank *you* for participating. :)

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  13. Ooh... you sure made this book sound interesting!! I must get my hands upon it. :D

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    1. It was exactly the kind of story I like best, Rachel. :) Hope you find it equally charming!

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  14. The only one of Rachel's books I've read before was her very first one. I can't even remember the title, but it had something to do with Georgia, and there was a peach on the cover. I have The Wedding Dress but I've not read it yet. I love anything dealing with royalty, so I've been looking forward to this one.

    Would love to win it, would make the PERFECT birthday present. May 23rd just happens to be my birthday. ;)

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    1. Oh, yes, I don't recall the name either, Michelle but vaguely remember that cover as you describe it. Was it something to do with Nashville perhaps!? Anyway, I am in the same boat as you: The Wedding Dress is one I own but unfortunately haven't read. Yet. Hoping to change that this summer! Reading 'Prince' made me all the more anxious to do so.

      Oh, neat! How lovely it would be to win this on your birthday - Happy Birthday! Who knows, maybe that WILL happen. Best of luck! :)

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  15. All ladies with blue thumbs or yellow thumbs or orange thumbs unite! No green thumbs allowed!!!! If you can't tell, I don't have a green thumb either. My mother always told me that some day, when I had my own place, I'd be able to keep a plant alive. Well. Hasn't worked yet, not sure it ever will. But don't worry, I don't lose too much sleep over it. ;P

    As for Rachel Hauck, I liked Love Starts With Elle. And I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on this one! Whether I win it or I buy it, I'm pretty positive it'll show up on my shelf someday soon. :D

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    1. Yes! I have a gardening kindred spirit in you Kara! It's not my favorite task; guess I am not a very earthy girl. ;)

      Oh, great - happy to know that about 'Elle'! That series by Rachel is on my "to-read" list for sure - the covers are adorable plus I like how the stories sound. Good luck with the giveaway! Hope you are able to read 'Prince' soon either way - it's a jewel.

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  16. I'm guessing this give away is for North-Americans only?

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    1. Depends on where you are, Birdienl...

      I am just wary of mailing something to certain places (because I always want the winner to receive their prize + shipping costs) and yet I "know" many friends who aren't in the States or Canada and I feel bad. :/

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    2. I'm in The Netherlands! Though I wouldn't mind paying the shipping costs myself if I happened to win in a giveaway!

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    3. Oh, gosh, no need to do that, Birdienl! It was kind of you to offer though. :)

      Go ahead and enter - I'd be glad if you would win and appreciate you asking!

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  17. I haven't read any of Rachel's books yet. Normally contemporary isn't my thing, but this one sounds so good! I love a good prince =) I haven't read man classic fairy tales but I can certainly quote every Disney princess movie out there. Beauty and the Beast has always been my favorite!

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    1. Love those Disney princess movies, Liz - Enchanted is possibly my most favorite of the entire bunch! Oh, wait, maybe that honor belongs to Tangled!

      This book has an awesome prince! His accent is SO real and I love the kind of man he is - he is very down-to-earth. :)

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  18. I've read a couple of Rachel's books and really enjoyed them. My favorite is "Love Starts With Elle". I can't remember the names of the characters (it's been several years), but I just loved the way their relationship developed throughout the book. :)

    Thanks for the contest, Rissi!

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    1. Thanks for suggesting that, Valerie! Those three books ('Elle,' 'Caroline' and 'Joy') are definitely on my TBR shelf. Even more anxious to read them now I've gotten a taste of Rachel's lovely writing. :)

      Good luck.

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  19. I have seen Rachel's name all over blogland, since I follow several authors' and reviewers' blogs. But I don't think I've had the treat of reading her books yet. I am searching for The Wedding Dress at my new local library, and this new one looks delicious!

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    1. It is delicious, Kandra - such a crown jewel. ;) Aw, best of luck in tracking down The Wedding Dress! I've heard great things about it.

      Happy reading!

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  20. I have never read one of Rachel's books, I discovered this book via "The Literary Maidens". My favorite classic fairytale is "Ella Enchanted".

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    1. This was my first by Rachel also, Alyssa - I now realize I've been missing a great deal! Such a jewel was 'Once Upon a Prince.' :)

      Ooooh! You couldn't have picked a better favorite fairy-tale - adore Ella Enchanted! It's one of the few I've actually read plus seen the film adaptation. Both are fun. :)

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    2. Ella Enchanted is the only one I have read! lol :)

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    3. Well... it's an excellent one. :)

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  21. Rissi!!!!

    Hi. :)

    When do you announce the winner?
    Or did you already?

    xox <3

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    1. Hi, Nine!

      The winner(s) was announced already. As delighted as I am for them, I always wish you all could receive a copy. :) Be on the look-out. They'll be more book giveaways later this summer. After that, who knows what will be up for grabs!

      Here's the announcement post: http://scribblesscriptsandsuch.blogspot.com/2013/05/giveaway-reminder.html

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