Christy Award Winning and Best-Selling Romance author Rachel Hauck starts a new series True Blue Royal with To Love a Prince (Hauck House). In To Love a Prince, Daffodil Caron had grown up as a playmate to the princes of the royal house of Lauchtenland. Time and circumstances have her now living her adult life in Florida, where one day she unexpectedly finds her best friend, Prince Gus, reconsidering his heritage and place in the royal family. In our exclusive interview, Rachel tells us how the new series came about, shares a little more about Daffodil, and reveals her favorite part in writing the story.
Rachel, To Love a Prince is the first in your new series, True Blue Royal. Tell us what will connect the series.
To Love A Prince was inspired by fans who wanted more royal stories. Also, when I introduced Prince Gus in The Fifth Avenue Story Society as the jilted fiancé of the American heiress Coral Winthrop. I felt he needed his own story and a happy ending. There will be at least two more in the series.
Tell us a little about To Love a Prince, and your protagonist, Daffodil Caron.
Prince Augustus is of the House of Blue in my made-up North Sea country Lauchtenland. He falls for an American heiress, but she leaves him at the altar. Daffodil “Daffy” Caron is the prince’s childhood friend.
Years later as he’s leaning his broken heart on a Florida beach, he tosses a Frisbee for his dog and thwack, hit’s a beautiful woman on the side of the head. Of course, Daffy recognizes her friend and prince right away.
When they return home to Lauchtenland, they wind up together at for Gus’s brother’s wedding. You know the rest of you love romance. Friendship turns to love but not without some bumps and obstacles along the way.
What did you find compelling about Daffodil and Gus’ story that made you want to share it?
This is a story of second chances. Almost everyone needs a second chance and I love friends-to-lovers stories. My own happily ever after began with friendship. I also love that this story deals with forgiveness and honesty.
What was your favorite part in writing this story?
I created a unique geographical feature called the Hand of God and I loved how it became a powerful metaphor. But I love royal stories because all of us are princesses and princes in God’s kingdom.
What would you like your readers to take away after reading To Love a Prince?
A heartwarming, entertaining read but also a sense of their own importance before God. No matter what happens in life, God always has a plan. He’s for us!
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