I started reading the first Year of Weddings Novella collection a bit late. I had a bunch of catch-up to do, but I managed to get through them all. While I enjoyed some more than others, as a whole, I loved the collection. So, I was thrilled to see that Zondervan was releasing a second year of the Year of Weddings Novellas collection.
If you interested in the first series, here are the links to my reviews–I reviewed three novellas at a time according to their seasons:
If you are interested in my review for previous novellas of the second collection, click the link below:
December: Love at Mistletoe Inn by Cindy Kirk
January: A Brush With Love by Rachel Hauck
February: Serving Up A Sweetheart by Cheryl Wyatt
**I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**
Tara walks into Elena’s Bridal and finds her dream job—and a handsome man to match.
A third-year law student, Tara Simonetti just needs a job to pay the bills and put food on the table. After her father’s untimely death, she’s determined to give her small hometown what he didn’t have: a good, honest lawyer, but law school isn’t cheap. When she answers a want ad that leads her to Elena’s Bridal one blustery morning, she feels like she’s died and gone to heaven. All of the organza, gowns, and pearls she could ever imagine—her dream job, indeed.
To complicate matters, hotshot lawyer Greg Elizondo is working at the shop, trying to keep it afloat after his mother’s passing. He’s kind and more handsome than Tara cares to admit, but his laser-focus on the corporate ladder makes him the wrong match for her.
As they work to save the shop from its impending closing, their feelings begin to grow. But with Tara bound for the valleys of northern Pennsylvania and Greg set on New York City, all of the outside circumstances scream “NO.”
In the midst of juggling Bridezillas, wedding dress orders, and an upcoming gala for the shop, their attraction deepens, along with the reality that their goals are pulling them in two separate directions. No matter how Tara does the math, it doesn’t add up. Can God orchestrate their desires and goals into one happy ending?
“How did David beat Goliath? Faith, guts, and the will to survive.”
-Tara Simonetti, All Dressed Up In Love
Characters: It’s wonderful when a character in a story is refreshing. That’s how I felt when Tara Simonetti showed up at the bridal boutique in this story. She was quite authentic and stated things how she saw them. She also had an extremely kind heart which made me want to be friends with her right away! Greg Elizondo on the other hand is a wealthy lawyer, but he was learning to figure out what his priorities in life should be. Together, they were a fun pair to get to know and read their story.
Storyline: I loved the idea of a man running a wedding dress shop who had no clue about anything concerning weddings and especially the activity of wedding dress shopping. The idea alone had me hooked on this story.
My Thoughts: I loved reading this story. It flowed nicely and was engaging. For the most part, the characters felt real and most of it didn’t feel too contrived. My only complaint on this one was that the romance thread felt a bit rushed. Other than a couple of dinners, we don’t see Tara and Greg really getting to know one another. It’s a lot of “thinking” about the other person and fighting an attraction. But I can appreciate that both Tara and Greg’s characters are well developed and have their own journeys in this sweet novella.
About the Author:
Ruth Logan Herne loves Charlie Brown Christmas trees, rooting for the underdog and people who go the distance while others see the path as too long or broken! She loves God, chocolate, writing, dogs and is blessed by a sprawling family, oodles of grandkids and a sweet old farmhouse in constant need of work. She’s sure that clean rooms are over-rated, snakes and possums should mind their own business and buy their own farm and puppies and kittens and babies are about the cutest things on Earth. A “pull-up-your-big-girl-panties-and-move-on” kind of gal, she is blessed to be married to her high school sweetheart, work with young families who allow her to exploit their sweet children on blogs, and rock babies on a regular basis. An author for Love Inspired Books and Summerside Press, she lives in upstate New York.
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