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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (June 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307444988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307444981
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #796,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“What girl can’t identify with Never the Bride? This is a fabulously funny novel with deep truths embedded in its pages.” –Kristin Billerbeck, author of What a Girl Wants

“I admire writers who employ words to paint touchable pictures, likable characters, introducing us to instant friends who lead us to unexpected endings. That’s why I love Never The Bride.” –SQuire Rushnell, author of the When GOD Winks books

About the Author

Rene Gutteridge has published thirteen novels including Ghost Writer, My Life as a Doormat, the Boo Series, the Occupational Hazards Series, and the Storm Series. Together, McKay and Gutteridge are the authors of The Ultimate Gift, a novelization based on the feature film and popular book by the same title.

Cheryl McKay wrote the screenplay for the award-winning film, The Ultimate Gift, starring James Garner, Abigail Breslin and Brian Dennehy. She co-authored Frank Peretti's Wild & Wacky Totally True Bible stories series, and the DVD for Sheila Walsh 's Gigi: God's Little Princess.

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Customer Reviews

This book had me laughing, frustrated, and crying!
Esmeralda Ayala
God asks Jessie if she's willing to let Him write her life story, and there's a lesson in her story for readers.
Christina Lockstein
I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a story that is funny and romantic.
Beth Milinski

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Wendy J. Childers on June 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
Jessica Stone is my kinda gal. She has a razor sharp wit and oozes with confidence, consistantly snapping back with a verbal reparte` that had me laughing out loud - a difficult feat to accomplish for a long time book reader and sci-fi fan such as myself. I can only hope and pray the authors write a sequel, because I know I want to see more of Jessica!

I had a hard time putting this book down, and it's now making its way through the ladies of my family. There's a lesson being taught here - Let go, and let God.

I loved McKay and Gutteridge's "The Ultimate Gift", which is a classic in my library now, beside which "Never the Bride" will be placed. I look forward to their next brilliantly inspired work!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christina Lockstein on June 19, 2009
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Never the Bride by Cheryl McKay and Rene Gutteridge is a charming novel of romance and faith. Jessie Stone has always lived by the rules; her friends can set their watches by her punctuality, and she's almost OCD in her need for order and control. She's lived all of her 34 years waiting for Mr. Right to sweep her off her feet, filling 109 journals with dreams of the perfect marriage proposal and wedding. Speed dating and online match services aren't working, but when God literally steps in and offers to help, Jessie isn't sure if she's willing to trust Him enough to do it to her standards! This book reminded me of all the reasons I love to read! It was funny and sweet and charming and had a strong message of faith. God's appearance in Jessie's life is beautiful and heart-breaking. Her friends and family think that she needs to be committed when they catch her talking to herself, and when she tries to tell them the truth, they ask her why is she so special that God would choose to step into her life. Their reactions are perfectly rendered, and oh so true of how I think people really would react to Jessie's story. God asks Jessie if she's willing to let Him write her life story, and there's a lesson in her story for readers. Her date with God brought tears to my eyes, as did their confrontation on the beach. The entire book was pitch perfect, just flawless. I laughed, I cried, I learned a lesson about my Savior. It doesn't get any better than that.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly VINE VOICE on July 2, 2009
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Never the Bride, is the latest collabration of a novel by Cheryl McKay and Rene Gutteridge.

Jessie Stone is a 34 year old woman who has worked at the same dead-end job for the past 10 years. She has dreamed about her perfect marriage propsal in the journals upon journals she has written in with her precious purple pen. Her last boyfriend dumped her for another woman, she has a crush on her best friend Blake, and she has a thing aganist blondes. Jessie Stone is one hilarious gal, taking everything in life and responding to it with some witty humor. Jessie wishes to have the most amazing love story. But as the years go by, and still no decent man proposes, Jessie is starting to lose hope. When God decides to appear in the flesh to her and proposes that she give him the purple pen, she has her doubts. But Jessie decides to hand over her precious pen. She quits her job, starts her own marriage propsal business, and waits. And eventually what she finds is beyond any dream she has ever imagined...

I loved the story. I don't read much contemporary fiction. I'm more into historical stuff but Jessie's humor kept the story interesting. And I loved the concept of handing God the "purple pen" of our lives. It shows that though we may think we have control of what happens in our lives, we must hand it over to God and let him write our own story. And the story teaches us that we should wait patiently upon the Lord, because HIS timing is the perfect timing.

Overall, I reccommend the book to any avid reader. I heard that it will also be a movie soon. Looking forward to seeing it whenever it is out! :)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By kobbs on June 26, 2009
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I read most of this novel aloud to a friend as we were driving cross country. We giggled at the wittiness of the characters and the situations we could relate to as single women.
Because one of the main characters is God, this book may be criticized for weak theology and lack of scriptural reference - Jessie's maturity isn't quite a biblical example of spiritual maturity - but hey, it's a novel right?
I say take it for what it is - curl up on a couch with a blanket and some hot tea - get to know Jessie - and think about the things in your own life you are unwilling to trust God with. I know there are some. Is it really worth it?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christine Lemon on August 10, 2009
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It is often said that God has a sense of humor. McKay and Gutteridge show their readers just how true this can be, and even more so -- that with a strong dose of mortal stubbornness to control one's life, the joke can seemingly be on them. Never the Bride is a modern and unexpected tale of romance, whose central character, Jessie Stone, exemplifies the emotions that many thirty-something and forever single young women feel with raw wit and vulnerability. Stone is amusingly lovable, and in spite of her sometimes-baffling choices and missteps in the "Mr. Wrong" direction, proves just how perfect her "love story" can be if only she is willing to let go and surrender her purple-feathered pen.

For all those women out there...single or not...this is a contemporary, lighthearted, and heartwarming read. No matter what circumstances we are facing, the message rings true...let go and let God - only He can write our ultimate story.
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