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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Review: A May Bride by Meg Moseley

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

She thinks she has prepared for her wedding all her life...but it seems she may have forgotten the most important part. Ellie Martin, a country girl in Atlanta, has dreamed of a traditional wedding all her life—a wedding just like the one her younger sister is planning back home. Their single mom will pay for Alexa's wedding, but Ellie started her own wedding fund years ago. She only needs to find a groom. At a wedding at her church, Ellie bumps into a man who's one of the guests. She's noticed him around the neighborhood, but today he introduces himself as Gray Whitby. They embark on a whirlwind romance, but her mother doesn't trust freewheeling men like Gray. When Ellie risks her own future for her sister's sake, Gray feels betrayed. Will he always play second fiddle to Ellie's family? Will Ellie and Gray reconcile their differences so her dream wedding can come true, or will the romance they've begun come crashing down?
My rating:

My thoughts:

A May Bride is the sixth installment in the Year of Weddings novella collection. While the writing style was good, I didn't like the story all that much. I mean, the book started off great, but there were just things about the characters/romance that didn't connect with me.

I didn't really care for any of the main characters and it's hard for me to explain why, exactly. At times Gray felt too pushy (non-romantically and, sometimes, romantically) and I half expected him to be a player or something; Ellie's mother was too overbearing and there were things she said/did that just made me cringe; and Ellie...it seemed like she made certain decisions just to go against her mother's advice. Also, the romance felt like it moved too quickly.

I did like the church garden aspect and that Ellie's sister was planning her wedding in the midst of this story. And, as I said above, the writing style was good and easy to read.

Overall, A May Bride was an okay read. I didn't really like the story itself, but the novella was written well. Some people seemed to have liked this book more than I did, so maybe it just wasn't a book for me. 

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  1. You're not alone! I gave it 2 stars as well. It really had a lot of potential, but I felt like the author just told us that they fell in love instead of showing us the scenes where they did. Too much focus was on the mom and her negativity, rather than the romance. I liked Gray as a character and wished there was more of him and less of the family.

    1. I agree, the romance felt more like telling instead of showing and it moved too quickly (I can't believe they got married the way they did...). There was too much focus on the mom, which is probably why I didn't connect to the story/romance/characters. Thanks for commenting, Heidi! :)


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