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Rachel Hauck

Rachel Hauck

RITA-finalist Rachel Hauck lives in Florida with her husband, Tony. She is the author of Dining with Joy; Sweet Caroline; Love Starts with Elle; and The Sweet By and By, co-authored with Sara Evans.
Rachel Hauck: Royal Invitation

Rachel Hauck: Royal Invitation

(June 2013)
Rel Mollet
Waking up at 5 a.m. on April 29, 2011, Rachel Hauck watched Kate Middleton marry Prince William—and a story idea was born.

“Kate Middleton captured my heart and imagination,” explains Rachel. “A ‘commoner’ married a prince. A real prince! I loved watching the wedding and as I did, I imagined how it might feel to be invited to the wedding. What if an American girl received an invitation, out of the blue? What if she met a boy, a prince, but didn’t realize he was a prince?”

In her new romance Once Upon A Prince (Zondervan), Rachel explores the fascination we have with royalty, especially when a royal falls in love with a regular girl. “It’s the chance of rising from our ‘station’ in life and winning the heart of a royal. We must imagine that a prince’s heart is more difficult to win. He has his pick of women! So the girl who steals his heart must be extra special.”

In the novel, a woman named Susanna meets and falls in love with Prince Nathaniel, a man of duty and honor. “He’s also very practical,” says Rachel. “Very calm and steady, but of course handsome and manly-man, kind and fun. He goes sledding with the staff’s children! While he loves Susanna, he realizes he must put his country’s welfare and his great heritage before his own heart and desires.”

While a romance novel, Rachel intertwines significant spiritual themes. “Firstly, the power of love to change a nation. As we love like Jesus loves, we change our own heart, our family’s, community’s, even our nation’s. It’s also a reflection of how Jesus left the opulence and splendor of heaven for love, to win our lives and hearts. The other theme is surrender. When all else fails, surrender to Jesus. He’s got a great plan for you!


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