Review ~ A February Bride

A February Bride

Blurb

In A February Bride by Betsy St. Amant, history repeats itself when this bride runs out of the church on her wedding day—in the same dress that had been passed down for generations and worn by her mom, grandma and great-grandmother who also ran out of their weddings. The heroine struggles to break destructive cycles of the past. Can this bride shuck expectation and discover who SHE is as a bride and in the Bride of Christ? And if she finally walks down the aisle, what dress will she be wearing? Readers will enjoy this novel of redemption centered on a winter wedding.

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My ***3 Star*** Review

While A February Bride didn’t WOW me, I did think it was a sweet Christian romance that made for a pleasant read.

I found Allie, the bride, to be slightly quirky, which I often enjoy in a character, but also slightly selfish, which I didn’t care for. I must say, though, that a significant part of the story is about Allie’s growth. One major player in that growth is Mrs. Hall, Marcus’s (the groom) mom. Mrs. Hall’s role in the book is fairly small, but her impact is large! She’s a strong portrayal of what a Godly Christian woman should be. She’s forgiving even when it’s her children that have been harmed, and her wisdom is great.

Hannah, Allie’s bff and Marcus’s sister, also plays a big role. She, like her mother, shows a great amount of forgiveness, and has a huge impact on Allie.

But, I’d be remiss to not mention Marcus. He is half the story after all. You get alternating points of view throughout the book between Allie and Marcus. Marcus is pretty amazing. You can’t help but feel his incredible sadness and heartbreak.

So, I’ll stop here before I give the whole story away. If you enjoy short, sweet and clean romances this is for you. If you’re looking for something with some real depth then I wouldn’t recommend it. Personally, I enjoyed it enough that I’d be glad to read more from Betsy St. Amant.

About the Author ~ Betsy St. Amant

Betsy St Amant
Betsy St. Amant lives in Louisiana and is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers group. Betsy is multi-published through Steeple Hill and has been published in Christian Communicator magazine and Praise Reports: Inspiring Real Life Stories of How God Answers Prayer. One of her short stories, ‘Kickboxing or Chocolate’, appears in a Tyndale compilation book, and she is also multi-published through The Wild Rose Press. She has a BA in Christian Communications and regularly freelances for her local newspaper. Betsy is a fireman’s wife, a mommy to a busy toddler, a chocolate-loving author and an avid reader who enjoys sharing the wonders of God’s grace through her stories.

Website: http://www.betsystamant.com/

Happy Reading,

Alison

Review ~ A December Bride (A Year of Weddings Novella)

December Bride

Happily ever after begins today. The honor of your presence is requested at a December wedding.

Every couple has a love story. Join us for a year of contemporary, seasonal wedding novellas, releasing in e-book every month. Each e-novella will include an excerpt from another wedding story in the Year of Weddings Collection as well as a list of the author’s full-length novels.

What started as a whim turned into an accidental – and very public – engagement. Can Layla and Seth keep up the facade in Chapel Springs this holiday season – for the sake of her career . . . and his heart?
Under normal circumstances, Seth Murphy, the best friend of Layla O’Reilly’s ex-fiance would be the last person she’d marry. But the news of their upcoming (and phony) nuptials convinces a big client that Layla may be high-society enough to work for his agency, a coup that would put her fledgling home-staging business on the map. Seth has secretly loved Layla for years, even when she was dating his best friend. Maybe she’ll never forgive him for the way he hurt her back then, but he has to try. And Layla is willing to keep up their engagement farce until she’s landed her client. For Layla, it’s the chance to save her career. But for Seth, it’s his last chance to win her heart. A year’s worth of novellas from twelve inspirational romance authors. Happily ever after guaranteed.

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My ****4 Star**** Review

It’s the big day, except it’s not the big day Layla O’Reilly originally anticipated. It’s her ex-fiance’s big day, and he’s marrying her cousin. Layla thinks she has everything lined up to show just how much she’s moved on, but her plan falls apart when her date calls with strep throat just hours before the wedding. Seth Murphy decides to be the answer to her problem. There’s only one thing wrong with that, though. Layla blames Seth for her break-up with Jack. Seth’s the one that introduced Jessica to Jack. Things heat up from there at the wedding when Seth announces to a snotty Jessica that he’s engaged to Layla. Then even further when he starts to show Layla that he really has feelings for her.

This story had me cracking up from the start. While it’s a story that has been told many different times with just different characters/settings, it was still thoroughly enjoyable. If I wasn’t laughing, I couldn’t wipe the smile from my face. It’s a good thing for me that this was a novella. I needed my sleep last night, and this is one of those stories that you can’t put down until you’ve finished. Seth was so incredibly sweet, and I was just mush right along side Layla. Then when he got jealous, it was absolutely adorable. I also have to say that they had an incredible first kiss! That’s where it stopped, though. This was a clean romance through and through. It is an absolutely perfect story for the holiday season! A warm and fuzzy 4 STARS!!! I look forward to reading more from Denise Hunter.

About the Author ~ Denise Hunter

Denise Hunter
Denise Hunter is the award-winning author of 20 novels, including The Accidental Bride and Convenient Groom.

Denise lives in Indiana with her husband Kevin and their three sons. In 1996, Denise began her first book, a Christian romance novel, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she’s been writing ever since. Her books often contain a strong romantic element, and her husband Kevin says he provides all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!
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http://www.denisehunterbooks.com/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/70495.Denise_Hunter

Happy Reading,

Alison