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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Review: A February Bride (A Year of Weddings Novella) by Betsy St. Amant


A February Bride by Betsy St. Amant
A Year of Weddings: Book 3
Zondervan / 2014
Find on: Amazon, Goodreads

About the book:
A year's worth of novellas from twelve inspirational romance authors. Happily ever after guaranteed.

Allie left the love of her life at the altar---to save him from a lifetime of heartbreak. When a Valentine's Day wedding brings them back together, she struggles against her family's destructive history. Can Allie ever realize that a marriage is so much more than a wedding dress?

History repeats itself when Allie Andrews escapes the church on her wedding day---in the same dress passed down for generations and worn by all the women in her family---women with a long history of failed marriages. Allie loves Marcus but fears she's destined to repeat her family's mistakes. She can't bear to hurt Marcus worse.

Marcus Hall never stopped loving Allie and can only think of one reason she left him at the altar---him. When the two are thrown together for his sister's Valentine's Day wedding, he discovers the truth and realizes their story might be far from over. Can Allie shuck expectation and discover who she is as a bride and in the Bride of Christ? And if she ever walks down the aisle, what dress will she wear?

My rating:
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My thoughts:

A February Bride was a good read, but not my favorite in the "Year of Weddings" collection. The story held my interest, but there was just something about it that I didn't love.

Off the top of my head, I can't think of any other book I've read that started with a bride running away from her wedding - so that was somewhat unique for me and I really enjoyed that aspect to A February Bride.

I liked the characters and there were some very nice scenes in A February Bride. I can't really put my finger on what about the story didn't click with me, it was just a feeling I had while reading...though I didn't particularly care for Allie's family (but I think that was the point) and the "curse": at first, I thought that was interesting, but then I got to where I didn't like that part of the story all that much.

Overall, I did like the novella, but my favorite of the "Year of Weddings" collection is still A December Bride by Denise Hunter.

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2 comments:

  1. I felt the same way. The story and characters had so much potential for a great romance but there was too much focus on her fears and the negativity from her family. Here's the link to my review: http://heidi-reads.blogspot.com/2014/01/a-february-bride-by-betsy-st-amant.html

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    1. Thanks for the link! I'll go check out your review. :)

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