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Sunday, February 12, 2017

A Royal Christmas Wedding by Rachel Hauck

A Royal Christmas Wedding (Royal Wedding #4)
ISBN: 9780310344537
Publisher's Synopsis:
It’s been five years since Avery Truitt and Prince Colin of Brighton Kingdom fell in love. But he broke her heart with no explanation.

Fast forward to present day, and Colin is Brighton’s most eligible bachelor now that cousin Stephen has married. When Avery’s father dies of a heart attack, she puts her life on hold and returns home to St. Simons Island, Georgia, to help Mama with the family restaurant. But Mama misses Avery’s sister Susanna, who lives four thousand miles away in Brighton Kingdom—and is expecting her first child. So Mama insists she and Avery spend the Christmas season in Brighton.

Colin and Avery are going to see each other a lot while she’s visiting. But she can’t forget the way he hurt her, and he didn’t expect his feelings to still be so strong.

Avery is torn between considering a future in Brighton and taking a coaching job in Georgia, and Colin is finally pushed to pursue what he really wants. Is it too late to convince Avery that she is his true love? And even if he does, will she make it to the chapel on Christmas Day to give him her heart?
"The good Lord doesn't forget His own, does He?"
MrsK's Review:
In 1834, in the Brighton Kingdom, Prince Michael was determined to climb the Pembroke Chapel's bell tower and ring the bell for his true love. It had been a long standing tradition to ring the bell announcing a royal wedding on Christmas day. Alas, it was not to be... for icy steps and slight push sent Prince Michael to his death.

In the present, Brighton is getting ready for its annual Christmas season. Prince Colin is dodging the crowds, as well as those persistent ladies of the Madeline & Hyacinth Live show. To Colin it appeared that he would be doing a civic duty by going on their show to promote the Christmas season. Never did he imagine that a taunting session about when he might ring the Christmas bell could ever become a possibility. At least not until Avery came back into his life.

Avery was only returning to Brighton because her mother wanted to spend the holiday "praying over" her eldest daughter and the soon to be baby prince or princess. With the death of her father, her mother just wasn't joyous. The news of her sister's pregnancy brought such determination back into her mother's spirit, there was no way Avery could refuse. Even though she never wanted to go back to Brighton. Will Avery be strong enough to handle being around Colin after he had dumped her? "Stowed away emotions" would begin to undermine the peace Avery was able to recover.

Rekindling a love takes a twist of fate when on the night of the Harvest Celebration, the tower bell rings out for the first time since 1834. Is the tower haunted? Is someone playing a cruel joke for the press? Could the bell have been rung as a "nudge" forward for Colin and Avery?

This story is such a delightful read, it will bring a smile to your face as these two perfectly "un-fitted" characters try to deny their feelings.
MrsK 
"God what are You doing?"
Completely joyful!
Excellent read for season!
Meet the Author:
Rachel Hauck  New York Times, USA Today & Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Rachel Hauck writes from sunny central Florida.

A RITA finalist and winner of Romantic Times Inspirational Novel of the Year, she writes vivid characters dealing with real life issues.

She loves to hear from readers. She also loves to encourage new writers and sits on the Executive Board of American Christian Fiction Writers..

A graduate of Ohio State University with a BA in Journalism, Rachel is an avid OSU football fan. She hopes to one day stand on the sidelines in the Shoe with Urban Meyer.
"I received this book for free from the Fiction Guild for this review."
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