Review: A Royal Christmas Wedding

About the book

Release Date:
 October 18, 2016
Genre: Christian Romance/Christmas
Book Format: Paperback & Ebook
Avery Truitt aches for true love—the kind she once shared with Prince Colin. Can she dare to hope for happily ever after, or is a fairy-tale ending beyond reach?
College volleyball star Avery Truitt has not seen her former flame, Prince Colin of Brighton Kingdom, since he suddenly pushed her away five years ago. But now, the sadness of losing her father and the joy of her sister Susanna’s pregnancy have brought Avery back to Brighton just in time for Cathedral City’s enchanting Christmas season.
Avery knows she can’t avoid seeing Colin—now the Kingdom’s most eligible bachelor—whether or not her heart is ready to relive the pain. But seeing him again might bring her the closure she needs after all this time.
When Colin finds himself at the center of a centuries-old Brighton tradition, he must decide whether to follow the path laid out before him or follow his heart to the only woman for whom he would ring the Pembroke Chapel Bell.
Can Colin convince Avery to meet him at the chapel on Christmas morning—as tradition dictates—or will Avery run back to her St. Simons home and pursue a coaching career as planned?
In the fourth installment of the Royal Wedding Series, New York Times bestselling novelist, Rachel Hauck, weaves a charming story of holiday romance as two broken hearts seek the love they once knew.

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        `A Royal Christmas Wedding` is a contemporary romance novel written by author Rachel Hauck. Rachel Hauck and her husband live in central Florida and she is a huge Buckeyes football fan. Rachel is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author.
        The title suggests someone of royalty will be getting married. The setting is present day St. Simons Island, Georgia and the Brighton Kingdom.
        Avery Truitt's father passed away at the young age of 60. Avery still needed her dad. She missed his cooking, his famous barbecue sauce, and missed his wise answers to her anxious questions. Avery and her mom are going to the Brighton Kingdom for Christmas.
        Prince Colin came by his title because his father had fought for and won the name. I laughed when Prince Colin called e-mail old-fashioned. If it weren't for his dad he would not have any royalty privileges.
        The story is about marrying one's true love at Watchman Abbey. In order to do so, the male had to climb 182 steps to the bell tower and ring the bell at one minute past midnight, long and loud, declaring one's love. The last time the bell rang was 182 years ago when Prince Michael fell to his death. Is there a male alive today that will carry on the tradition?
        Someone rang the bell after 182 years. Prince Colin believes it was God, others believe it was Prince Colin. So will he have to get married on Christmas day? 
        My favorite character was Prince Colin. Because even though he was a prince he didn't mind associating with lay people. Even allowing the public to throw cupcakes at his nose for a fundraiser. 
        I did like the book. My favorite part was the fundraiser part when Prince Colin let a young child smash his nose with a cupcake.
        I recommend this book to anyone who likes contemporary fiction.

About the Author

Rachel Hauck is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling, and award-winning author.
A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, Rachel worked in the corporate software world before planting her backside in an uncomfortable chair to write full-time in 2004.
She serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and leads worship at their annual conference. She is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy and conference speaker.
Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pets and writes from her two-story tower in an exceedingly more comfy chair. She is a huge Buckeyes football fan.


To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card plus a copy of A Royal Christmas Wedding and a copy of The Wedding Shop. Click below to enter.

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Review: Scripture Doodle set

            Scripture Doodle  is a six-week Devotional that teaches coloring techniques. They are written by author April Knight. I received both books to use for inspirational devotions. There are coloring activities, prayer appointments and more. There are 120 pages in each book, enough to keep an adult busy. Yet more if a page seems difficult. Just work at your own pace and relax. It's set up to do a page a day, so depending on your pace the devotional could take longer. Once colored the pictures are worth framing.

        These books can be fun for older teens and adults. There is also information about basic materials used and coloring tips, so even the most reluctant can enjoy art. All the required supplies can be found at your local craft store.

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Review: The Best Christmas Gift Ever!

         `The Best Christmas Gift Ever!` is a Christian board book for young children, written by Melinda Rumbaugh. It is organized in simple rhyming paragraphs throughout the book telling the real story of why we celebrate Christmas.

        The front cover shows the Nativity scene and two of the Veggie Tale's characters that are in the story. The primary medium is colorful drawings, almost giving a 3D effect making the characters look like they could come alive, very inviting! I believe the manger scene in the story illustrates the story as a whole.  The two elements repeated throughout the illustrations are `Larry the Cucumber` and `Bob the Tomato`. The reason is because they are the lead characters in the book.

        This would make a great book to read in December. It would also make a great Christmas gift for a young child.

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Review: First Words of Jesus

        `First Words of Jesus` is a Spiritual Growth book written by author Stu Epperson, Jr. The author's passion for writing this book is that the reader will see Jesus in a refreshing new light. The light of his birth and the light of the cross. Also, the author's point of view is that the significance of the cradle lies in the sequence of steps that led to the cross of Calvary.

        At first glance, it seems Jesus first words were, "Why do you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about my Father's business?" (Luke 2:49) However, Colossians 1:16 records His first words as, "Let there be light." (Genesis 1:3) The thesis of this book is Jesus` first recorded words as all-man and all-God, "Why do you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about my Father's business?"

        Stu Epperson, Jr.'s style of writing is suitable for older teens and adults. I found this 169-page book easy to understand as it flowed at a steady pace. In the book, the reader will learn why so many sought to be near Jesus. He uses phrases from Christmas carols in his writing to give the reader a clearer picture. He also gives the plan of salvation for anyone wanting to be saved.

        The plan of salvation as recorded on page 23..."Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of Your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. I repent of my sin and admit my complete inability to meet the perfect demands of Your law. I believe the Good News that Jesus died in my place and I humbly ask You to save me from my sin. I receive the gift of salvation and New Life in Christ. Thank You for saving me and making me Your child. In Jesus name, Amen."

        This would make a great book club study since it includes scripture references and discussion questions.

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