Year of Weddings- Picture Perfect Love by Melissa McClone

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:

Winter (December, January, February)

Spring (March, April, May)

Summer (June, July, August)

Fall (September, October, November)

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

March: All Dressed Up in Love by Ruth Logan Herne

April: In Tune With Love by Amy Matayo

May: Never a Bridesmaid by Janice Thompson

**I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**

They’ve helped orchestrate the perfect day for countless couples. Now twelve new couples will find themselves in the wedding spotlight in the second Year of Weddings novella collection.

When image becomes everything, it’s up to love to refocus the heart.

Photographer Jenna Harrison wants every bride and groom to look picture perfect on their special day, putting her heart into every wedding to give the couple memorable images of their love. But her own heart is still broken, the unworn wedding dress hanging in her closet a reminder that relationships aren’t always as perfect as they look through her camera lens. But Jenna has faith that she will find true love. Until then, she must be patient and trust in God’s plan and His perfect timing.

Attorney Ashton Vance is the one that got away.  When an embarrassing Photoshopped picture of put an end to his political aspirations, he blamed Jenna. So what if the photo led to his being offered a dream job and changing his life for the better? Jenna betrayed his trust, and two years later, Ashton’s heart still hasn’t recovered. 

It was me. His younger sister’s three words turn Ashton’s world upside down. He must ask Jenna’s forgiveness, but can he risk his heart a second time? Even if Jenna can forgive him, dare he hope for a second chance at her love? 

“Real love can be messy.”

-Ashton Vance, Picture Perfect Love


I adored this story. For a novella, I felt like this one had enough twists and turns to make me guess how things would work out, and I really appreciated that. Even better, this little story carried such a strong message of forgiveness within the entertaining sweet romance. I loved the characters that made this story come alive and let me catch a glimpse into their lives.

This novella, is definitely among my favorites from all of the year of wedding collections. I highly recommend this sweet story.

About the Author:

Melissa grew up a fan of fairy tales and “happily ever afters”, but she had never read a category romance until her senior year of high school. Her A.P. English teacher, Mrs. Cooper, had the class study genre fiction and assigned each student a Harlequin Romance to read. Melissa’s story was set in the Canary Islands and she was hooked!

After graduating from Stanford University with a degree in mechanical engineering, she analyzed engine performance in Phoenix, Arizona, and read romances novels in her spare time. One day, she decided to write her own, but soon realized how little she knew about writing romances. She joined Romance Writers of America and started the long process of learning to write. A job change took her to San Francisco where she wrote during lunchtime and after work. She also met her future husband.

Six months after getting married, Melissa quit her engineering job to write full-time. That first manuscript, FIANCÉ FOR THE NIGHT, was her first sale. She was pregnant with her first child when she received “The Call.” When she was pregnant with her second child, she sold her third manuscript, THE WEDDING LULLABY, and signed with a literary agency. She’s represented by Annelise Robey and Christina Hogrebe at the Jane Rotrosen Agency. Her third child arrived while she was on deadline writing SANTA BROUGHT A SON. She was given an extension.

Melissa has published over thirty books with Harlequin Books and Tule Publishing Group. She is a two-time Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® Finalist, won a RT Book Club Reviewers Choice Award for Best Silhouette Romance with IN DEEP WATERS and was a Romance Writers of America RITA® Finalist for CHRISTMAS MAGIC ON THE MOUNTAIN.

When Melissa isn’t writing, you’ll find her driving her minivan to/from her children’s swim practices and other activities. Reading and napping are her current favorite hobbies. She also sends care packages to deployed service members and fosters cats through a local no-kill animal shelter. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her real-life hero husband, three school-aged children, many lovable, but oh-so spoiled indoor cats and two adorable, think-they’re-lap-dogs Norwegian Elkhounds.




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