A November Bride

Vogt, Beth. A November Bride: A Year of Weddings Novella. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. 2014.

SUMMARY:
novemberHaving just turned thirty and dumped by her boyfriend through a text message, Sadie McAllister begins to wonder if true love will ever find her. As a food-star hopeful, Sadie receives an invitation to move out west; however, she is beginning to wonder if perhaps her chances at love may be right under her nose at home with Erik Davis, her eighth-grade crush…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
As the ending to A Year of Weddings series, this was a fun-filled novella perfect for this busy time of year. Light-hearted yet with a good message, this short contemporary romance is actually quite relevant today (text messages, Food Network). As a new author for me, Beth Vogt will definitely be an author I read again as I appreciated her sense of humor and developed characters in her writing. The entire Wedding series was a delight for me…fast paced, humorous at times, and faith-filled while introducing me to several new authors. Even some of the author’s friends/ co-writers are my favorites now too!

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of November Bride from BookLook Bloggers and Zondervan for my honest review*

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A September Bride

Springer, Kathryn. A September Bride: A Year of Weddings Novella. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. 2014.

SUMMARY:
septemberFinally finding home in Red Leaf, Wisconsin, Annie Price hopes to become a respected member of the community. Working as the manager of Second Story Books bookstore, Annie finds herself paired with Jesse Kent, son of the bookstore’s owner, in a reenactment of a wedding at the historical society. Though their pasts may make a relationship hard, does it necessarily make it impossible?

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
As another installment in the A Year of Weddings series, this novella fit perfectly. Sweet yet filled with humor, the underlying storyline contains a message of people trying to trust while finding themselves. A new author for me, I enjoyed her writing enough to search for her other books. What a wonderful, pleasant yet diverse set of novellas included in this series…I have truly enjoyed meeting the different authors, finding some new favorite characters and relishing in the weddings. As a side note, I thought this particular novella had a beautiful cover to match the story.

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of A September Bride from BookLook Bloggers and Zondervan for my honest review*

A January Bride

Raney, Deborah. A January Bride: A Year of Weddings Novella. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. 2014.

SUMMARY:
janbrideMadeline Houser makes the move to be closer to her mother who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. However, much to her chagrin, she finds she is not able to meet her writing deadline due to the current construction associated with the house renovation. Arthur Taylor, a recent widower and owner of a Bed and Breakfast Inn, has just the perfect, quiet set-up for Maddie to use. Through many written correspondences as well as varied assumptions, Maddie and Art are in for a delightful surprise in their lives.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Yet again a new author for me; I found I liked Deborah Raney’s style. Though predictable, the clever obstacles (assumptions) which were made kept the story sweet and moving forward. Never having been a huge fan of short stories, I sometimes now prefer the novellas after the many excellent ones I have read in the past year (this one being included). Witty yet quite possible, A January Bride was a pleasing read during this (never-ending) winter season.

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of A January Bride from BookLook Bloggers and Zondervan for my honest review*

A February Bride

St. Amant, Betsy. A February Wedding: A Year of Weddings Novella. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. 2014.

SUMMARY:
FebbrideJilted at the last moment at the altar, Marcus Hall never saw it coming. His future bride, Allie Andrews, just couldn’t marry him and put him through the Andrew’s family curse so she ran (actually drove) fast away. Over the course of the next months, Allie and Marcus cross paths in some not-so-traditional yet hilarious ways. Will love prevail over the jinx experienced by all the Andrew family women? Will Valentine’s Day prove to full of intended consequences?

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Cute, cute, cute! A perfect read for upcoming Valentine’s Day, A February Bride was my favorite novella included in the series so far. A new author for me, I am already looking forward to her upcoming novel, All’s Fair In Love And Cupcakes. I enjoyed the spunk, cleverness and light touch of romance with which this novella was written. I was able to read this book in just a brief sitting but finished it smiling! Definitely worth the time to enjoy!

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of A February Bride from BookLook Bloggers and Zondervan for my honest review*