A Royal Christmas Wedding by Rachel Hauck

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A Royal Christmas Wedding, written by Rachel Hauck, is part of the Royal Wedding Series. Avery Truitt and Prince Colin of Brighton Kingdom met while still in high school. They loved each other very much and Prince Colin planned to propose to her the night of her prom. He had traveled to the united States several times to see her and his father would not allow him to go for her prom. Due to miscommunication they fell apart and had not contact with each other for five year. Avery and her mother have gone to visit Avery’s sister, Susanna for the Christmas season. Susanna is married to the King of Brighton Kingdom who is Colin’s cousin. With all the Christmas festivities, Colin and Avery cannot avoid seeing each other.

Up until 182 years ago, the tradition was for a prince to run the 182 steps of the chapel tower at midnight of the Harvest Celebration and ring the bell to declare his feeling for the girl he planned to marry. He then had until Christmas morning to convince the girl to marry him. The tradition ended when Prince Michael slipped down the steps and fell to his death in 1834. Colin and his friends have also run the steps over the years but to have something to drink and talk about the past and future. There is much talk about this year being the year the bell will ring again. Colin and his friend Guy climb the steps with their pints and pipes. While talking, Colin admits that he would ring the bell for Avery if she would be his wife. The bell mysteriously starts ringing on it own. Guy and Colin run down the steps to get away before anyone can see them, but he tricks Colin. He tells Colin he will go out first and distract the people but he disappears instead.

Colin tries to tell the people he did not ring the bell, but he has had feeling for Avery all these years. And Avery has had feeling for him as well. But she is not willing to go through that hurt again. Did God ring the bell for Colin and Avery?

This is one of the cutest stories I have read. With just 219 pages, this is the perfect length for reading while relaxing from the busyness of the Christmas season. I was happy to read that Colin was saving himself for the person he married. This is often not the case in so many stories. Over the five years, Colin had traveled to the United States to watch Avery play in tournaments but has never left her know. He watched her from a distance. I really enjoyed this part of the story. I also enjoyed how Colin stood up to his father, and chose the girl he loved instead of the girl his family thought was best for him. This is a great story that could be shared with young adult girls. It is a clean story of family and unending love.

I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers and I have written an honest review.

Series: Royal Wedding Series

219 pages

ISBN-10: 0310344530

ISBN-13: 978-0310344537

Publisher: Zondervan

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