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.**
Mari wants her sister Crystal’s wedding to be perfect. But a poorly-chosen maid of honor may turn it into a disaster.
Mari Hays’s older sister Crystal is getting married, and Mari is ecstatic to be part of the wedding. But she soon finds her expected role of maid of honor has been delegated to the worst possible choice: Sienna Jameson. She’s catty, selfish, and totally into herself, and when Sienna discovers handsome professional baseball player Derrick Richardson is the best man, she sets her sights on her next boyfriend instead of on the wedding plans.
Meanwhile, Mari is determined to keep the glamorous event afloat. Wrapped up in dress fittings, bridal showers, and baking teacup-shaped cookies, she is shocked when Derrick has taken notice of her. In fact, he treats her like she’s a home run.
With the wedding day looming, an emotional and sensitive sister, a selfish maid of honor, and intense pressure from Crystal’s soon-to-be in-laws, Mari fears her attempts to make her sister’s wedding perfect will be for naught. Can Mari keep the waters calm until the bride and groom jet off for their honeymoon? And will she allow herself to be caught by Houston’s most eligible bachelor?
“Sometimes, the Lord, He works quick.”
-Grandma Nellie, Never a Bridesmaid
So far, I have enjoyed every novel I’ve read by Janice Thompson, and this sweet novella was no exception. I’m not typically a big fan of stories written in first person, but Thompson’s stories have such a strong voice and so much characterization that comes through in that point of view that I love it. With that said, the characters in this book were just fantastic. The main character, Mari, was quite likeable and had to decide a number of times to be the “bigger” person. I found her so relatable, because how many times have I felt overlooked for something? Instead, so many times through this story, she is portrayed as being a blessing to the people around her and eventually she finds blessings of her own. The hero in the story, Derrick, was so wonderful. He was definitely the kind of guy we wanted to see for the girl we were coming to love.
I had one complaint with this story. There was a slightly “villainous” character… or maybe just misguided is the better word. I kept waiting for a bit more of a story with her… a reason to explain her acting the way she did or to see her behavior really change and I don’t feel like it ever happened.
This story was sweet and a very fun read. If you’ve enjoyed these wedding novellas, be sure to check this one out!
About the Author:
Award-winning author Janice Thompson also writes under the pseudonym Janice Hanna. She got her start in the industry writing screenplays and musical comedies for the stage. Janice has published over 100 books for the Christian market, crossing genre lines to write cozy mysteries, historicals, romances, nonfiction books, devotionals, children’s books and more. She particularly enjoys writing light-hearted, comedic tales because she enjoys making readers laugh.
Janice was named the 2008 Mentor of the year for ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers). She currently serves as president of her local ACFW chapter (Writers on the Storm), where she regularly teaches on the craft of writing.
Janice is passionate about her faith and does all she can to share the joy of the Lord with others, which is why she particularly enjoys writing. Her tagline, “Love, Laughter, and Happily Ever Afters!” sums up her take on life.
She lives in Spring, Texas, where she leads a rich life with her family, a host of writing friends, and two mischievous dachshunds. When she’s not busy writing or playing with her eight grandchildren, Janice can be found in the kitchen, baking specialty cakes and cookies for friends and loved ones. No matter what she’s cooking up—books, cakes, cookies or mischief—she does her best to keep the Lord at the center of it all.
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