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Year of Weddings- Love on a Deadline by Kathryn Springer

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

June: Picture Perfect Love by Melissa McClone

**I received a copy of this book from Zondervan and NetGalley 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.

MacKenzie “Mac” Davis left her hometown of Red Leaf, Wisconsin, to pursue a degree in journalism. But when her dad, the town’s beloved Coach Davis, suffers a mild heart attack, Mac returns home to help out. She takes a job at the weekly newspaper but instead of covering serious topics, her editor wants her to write about social events—like the garden club’s flower show and the historical society’s afternoon tea. Mac knows it’s no way to earn her father’s respect—or the attention of one of the newspapers she hopes will hire her when she leaves Red Leaf.

When Hollis Channing, Mac’s high school nemesis, returns to Red Leaf to marry her celebrity fiancé, the editor asks Mac to cover the big event—and all the festivities leading up to—for the newspaper.

The last thing Mac wants to do is reconnect with the person who made her life miserable when she was a teenager . . . unless it’s spending time with Ethan Channing, the bride’s older brother—and  Mac’s first crush.

Mac is no longer the awkward girl who wore the school mascot costume to the Homecoming dance but she realizes something hasn’t changed. Her feelings for Ethan.

“But love…it changes things.”

-Hollis Channing, Love on a Deadline

 

Sometimes the characters in novellas can be a bit hard to relate to. That is definitely not the case with this sweet novella. This story picks up with a woman who has moved back to her small hometown to help care for her father. Eventually some people from high school days also come back to the town. The relationships between Mac and the Channing siblings are complicated and set up a wonderful story about dreams, forgiveness, misunderstandings, and love.

I adored this little story and thought it was a wonderful and quick read.

This novella will be released July 28, 2015.

About the Author:

Kathryn Springer, winner of the 2009 ACFW Carol Award (Family Treasures), grew up in a small town in northern Wisconsin, where her parents published a weekly newspaper. As a child, she spent many hours sitting at her mother’s typewriter, plunking out stories, and credits her parents for instilling in her a love of books – which eventually turned into a desire to tell stories of her own. After a number of busy years, when she married her college sweetheart and became a stay-at-home mom, Kathryn rediscovered her love for writing. An unexpected snow day from school became the inspiration for a short story, which she submitted to Brio magazine. She went on to publish over a dozen more short stories for Brio, but it wasn’t until her youngest child started school that she decided to pursue her dream to write a novel. In August 2004, her Love Inspired® debut novel, Tested by Fire, was published. Encouraging women in their faith journey is the reason Kathryn loves to write inspirational fiction. She hosts a women’s Bible study in her home and volunteers in a local MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) ministry. When she isn’t at the computer, you’ll find her curled up with a good book, spending time with family and friends or walking on the trails near her country home.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.

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