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 Zondervan and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**
April is willing to do anything for her sister’s wedding—until she comes face to face with a guy from her past.
April Quinn is thrilled to be her sister’s maid of honor, until the wedding coordinator quits and the responsibilities get dumped on her. It’s April’s worst nightmare—especially since her sister has more objections and opinions than a lawyer presenting a high-profile court case. When the wedding singer walks out at the last-minute, her sister hires a replacement. When April finds out who the replacement is, she’s ready to call it quits as well.
Because there’s only one person in April’s past that she never wanted to see again, and her sister just handed him a front row seat to the wedding.
Jack Vaughn finally has the career he’s always wanted. After playing in bars and singing in weddings as a struggling musician for half a decade, he’s just released his second album and sales are skyrocketing. But while visiting his parent’s Nashville home the weekend before his first headline tour, he runs into an old friend. When she asks him for a last-minute favor, he can’t bring himself to say no. Even though saying yes means he has to come face to face with April Quinn—the girl who hasn’t spoken to him in years.
And rightly so, since he stole something from her that he’ll never be able to repay.
I had a bit of a harder time connecting with the characters in this particular novella and truly enjoying it. As a whole, the premise offered potential for a wonderful story to unfold with a great message. But as I read, that message seemed to never shine like it could have. While the style of writing was quite conversational, I found some of the word choice to be a bit, rougher than what I typically expect in a Christian novel.
As a story though, and particularly on the romance line, the novel was put together well. I did like the bantering between Jack and April and watching their feelings towards one another change. Their relationship also changed pretty naturally as well. There were definitely times that the story made me smile and even laugh.
About the Author:
Amy Matayo graduated from John Brown University with a degree in Journalism. Afterwards, she went to work at DaySpring Cards, where she worked for seven years. After the birth of her first child, she became a freelance writer for David C. Cook before pursuing novel writing full time. The Wedding Game won the 2012 ACFW Genesis award and is her first novel. Her second in the series—Love Gone Wild—releases March 1, 2014.
As the mother of four children with a husband immersed in political life, Amy has very little free time, preferring to spend that time enjoying intellectual pursuits such as: watching television with her feet propped up, watching movies with a bucket of popcorn, and watching her laundry pile high—with no desire to do anything about it.
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