Book Review

Review: A Year of Weddings Novella Collection (Fall)

I’ve been enjoying this series of novellas. If you haven’t read it yet, you can read my first set of reviews from this collection.

These stories offer a great opportunity to sample work from a variety of authors, not to mention something to look forward to reading each month. Since I decided to start reading these books a bit later, I’ve been able to catch up and look forward to the future releases of them. 

Check out the following links to see the rest of my reviews on these wonderful novellas:

Winter (December, January, February)

Spring (March, April, May)

Summer (June, July, August)

 

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**I received free copies of these novellas from Zondervan and NetGalley in exchange for my honest reviews**

A September Bride by Kathryn Springer

When Annie moves to Red Leaf, she’s ready to call the little town home. But one handsome, suspicious policeman is ready to stand in her way . . . even if it means walking her down the aisle first. All Annie Price has ever wanted is a place to call home. So when an online friend offers her a fresh start managing a little bookstore in Red Leaf, Wisconsin, Annie packs her bags and waves goodbye to her former lonely life. Deputy Jesse Kent can’t believe his mother has handed the keys to her bookshop over to a woman she met on the internet. Annie might be vivacious, smart as a whip, and beautiful—ahem—but what do they really know about her? Jesse has seen his mother taken advantage of before, and he decides to keep a close eye on this Annie Price. But when a close eye turns into a historical wedding reenactment with Jesse and Annie as the couple, make-believe nuptials quickly give way to real-life emotions. As the wedding approaches and Annie and Jesse’s secrets come to light, the deputy has to face the truth: this wedding may have started as a ploy, but he wants to make Annie his September bride . . . for real.

I feel like I read a truly unique story in this novella. Every once in awhile, it seems like novellas try to have too much story or they don’t have quite enough. This novella was perfect. There was just enough to keep it moving, but not to overwhelm the few pages it took to tell the story.

I loved Annie Price. She was such a fun character. She had been misunderstood in the past, and she is looking for a new start. But she keeps getting caught up in situations that involve the town sheriff, Jesse. Jesse was also extremely likable–he had just enough struggles in his own past to affect his own trust with people.

All of this set against the backdrop of a wedding re-enactment, and this has become one of my favorites of the Year of Wedding novellas.

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An October Bride by Katie Ganshert

What if the only way you could make your father’s last wish come true . . . was to marry the man of your dreams? Emma Tate has just moved on from one fiancé, so when she announces a sudden engagement to her lifelong buddy Jake Sawyer, every busybody in Mayfair goes into high alert. Of course, no one but Jake and Emma know the real reason they’re getting married—so Emma’s dying father will have a chance to walk her down the aisle. But while Jake and Emma move forward with their plan—and frantically plan an October wedding—it becomes clear that their agreement has a few complications . . . the biggest being their true feelings for each other. With dubious friends, deliriously thrilled parents, and a town that won’t keep its nose out of their business, Emma and Jake will have a lot to contend with if they’re going to pull this off. The real question is: Who wants this wedding more, Emma’s dad . . . or Emma?

This novella touched my heart. Having lost a parent, I understand wanting to help them fulfill their bucket list and try to draw out every moment. Katie Ganshert captures the heart of hope, grief, relationships, and ultimately love with this beautiful novella.

The main character, Emma, is wonderful. She struggles between accepting reality and escaping into a dream world that she is creating for herself to avoid the struggles of her father’s terminal illness. Jake is the perfect hero–stepping up and volunteering to marry Emma in order to help her fulfill her father’s final wish. But little do each of them know, that they do love each other–they just don’t want the other to find out. These details all move the story forward, and turn this novella into a bit of a page-turner.

WIth a few emotional moments intertwined with a bit of humor, I adored this novella.

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A November Bride by Beth K. Vogt

Can a decades-long friendship marred by two romantic missteps ever lead to happily ever after? Sadie McAllister’s clients know how lucky they are to have her: an ultra-fastidious personal chef who leaves behind a spotless kitchen and a week’s worth of mouth-watering meals. Erik Davis, her best friend since middle school, is content to enjoy Sadie’s culinary skills too while maintaining their “friends only” status. Most of his energy is focused on his just-launched freelance business and casual dates that never come close to a commitment. But when Sadie is offered a once-in-a-lifetime cooking job across country, Erik realizes maybe he’s taken his best friend for granted. Even more, he’s about to lose his only chance for lasting love. How can Erik convince Sadie that the well-known adage “Marry your best friend” just might apply to them? With God’s help, can they both move past their assumptions about each other and their future? Should Sadie and Erik risk taking their relationship to the romantic point of no return? If they do, their decades-long friendship is as a good as done . . . unless it ends at the altar.

I always enjoy stories where we see best friends fall in love. Sometimes, they have just realized it, or in the situation of this novella, they have known it for years.

This novella has some well-developed characters, does a great job at showing the way Erik and Sadie interact with each other as friends, gives perfect reasons why they are both insecure about a relationship with each other, and is jut an all around cute story.

I wish, however, that there was a bit more tension in this particular story. While there was enough to keep my interest, I kept waiting for some big incident or moment that just never quite seemed to happen. All in all, it was great for a quick read.

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