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Kiss the Bride: Three Summer Love Stories (A Year of Weddings Novella) Paperback – May 31, 2016
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Bestselling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. The recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awards from both RWA and ACFW and winner of the Christy, RITA, and numerous other awards, Robin has authored over 75 books. She and her husband make their home in Idaho where she enjoys spending time with her family, her high-maintenance Papillon, Poppet, and Princess Pinky, the DC (demon cat). For more information, visit www.robinleehatcher.com, Facebook: robinleehatcher, Twitter: @robinleehatcher
Kathryn Springer is a USA Today bestselling author. She grew up 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. Kathryn has written 19 books with close to two million copies sold. She lives with her husband and three children in Marinette, Wisconsin. Visit her online at kathrynspringer.com Facebook: Kathrynspringerauthor
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Picture Perfect Love by Melissa McClone: 3 stars. This story is about a second chance love story between Jenna and Ashton. Ashton betrayed Jenna by wrongly accusing her of ruining his political career and as consequence, ruining her reputation and dumping her at the altar. When he discovers the truth and apologizes for all he's done wrong, he finds himself wanting a second chance at her love. Does he deserve it?
This story was okay, at best. I found myself, wondering through most of the story, does Ashton deserve a second chance at Jenna's love? Would I give him a second chance? At first, it was no. I wouldn't. Jenna shouldn't. As the story went on, like Jenna, I could see changes in Ashton's character and saw that he cared about her. But then, he didn't trust her again when she told him the truth on a different matter. In the end, Jenna gives Ashton a third chance once he gives a beautiful speech about love, making mistakes and committing himself to her based on unconditional love, trust and faith founded in God. It was cute. If you take it as it is, it is a nice happy ending. But...
I almost would have preferred if Jenna accepted his apology, but told him they weren't meant for each other. Because true love, unconditional love, always protects and always trusts and believes the best out of people. Ashton didn't do this with Jenna twice. One time too many. I mean, love is an action verb and Ashton failed to take action when it came to love. I know the message of this novella is that love is messy (which is a good concept), but shouldn't love also be true? If it were me, I would be hesitant to give him a second chance in love. Definitely, not a third. If he couldn't do it when they were dating, it wouldn't get better in marriage. Forgive him, yes I would. But, I don't think this love story was swoon-worthy or something I would want to have for myself. I also wouldn't want to marry into a family who would mistreat someone so badly by wreaking havoc on someone's life and not consider apologizing for the damage done until years later. His family, Ashton's sister and father, lacked full responsibility for their impertinent actions until they were caught or wanted something from Jenna. Ugh.
On a side note, Jenna was my favorite character. I related to her from the beginning, loved her transformation from her adversity and admired her strength.
I Hope You Dance by Robin Lee Hatcher: 3 stars. I loved the title of this story, first. But, I was expecting more than what I got from this story. It is a cute story but it's more exposition and thought-based than action and conflict, which is a better drive for the story. For that reason, it wasn't a quick read-through for me, it was more start and stop.
Love on a Deadline by Kathryn Springer: 5 stars. By far, my favorite out of this summer collection. I did read a "September Bride" by Kathryn Springer in last year's Autumn Brides but I definitely want to read more from her because I enjoy her writing significantly. It's about Mackenzie Davis, a reporter who returns to her hometown Red Leaf after her father's heart attack. She finds herself writing an article about the wedding of her high school nemesis. In the process of preparing her article, she crosses paths with her high school crush, Ethan Channing, who is also the brother of the bride and her new neighbor.
This story is so charming. The chemistry between the leads is adorable and the pacing was great. I kept on wanting to read the next chapter that I finished this book in one sitting. This is story is about finding where we belong and listening to what God wants for us and not what we want for ourselves. The characters are well-developed and lovely, which makes you not want to leave Red Leaf all the more. I loved it.
Picture Perfect Love by Melissa McClone
Jenna Harrison had her heart broken when her fiancé, Ashton Vance left her at the altar. She's still struggling to get over him- and the financial damage he left her with- when he shows up in her wedding photography shop to hire her for his sister's wedding. The two realize that they aren't really over each other. But they aren't sure that they can build a relationship that works.
There isn't any deep thoughtful story here. It's a novella. But Picture Perfect Love is a sweet, easy-to-read love story. It is Christian fiction, and both of the characters experience spiritual lessons and growth throughout the story. But it isn't preachy. I enjoyed the characters and thought they were well-developed in the short amount of time available. This would be a great by the beach read for the summer.
I Hope You Dance by Robin Less Hatcher
Grant Nichols is in town for his friend's wedding, and he has to learn to dance. Dance instructor Skye Foster is teaching all of the wedding guests, so the two end up together. Although they aren't very much alike, they find themselves drifting toward each other. But there are things they need to work out before they can have a relationship.
This was the shortest novella in the book. I didn't think the characters were very developed at all. Reading felt more like a summary of events and not much in depth of what the characters were thinking. Events seemed to be a little more forced in this one as well and things happened that just didn't flow.
Love on a Deadline by Kathryn Springer
MacKenzie (Mac) Davis has returned to her hometown to take a job at the local weekly newspaper. She wants to be a full-fledged reporter. But she needs to be back in town to take care of her father- the high school coach- after a heart attack. She finally gets a story to cover. But it's the wedding of her high school nemesis- Hollis Channing- and it will bring her back into contact with Hollis's brother Ethan- Mac's first crush. Things have changed as they've grow up, and the two may be able to develop a relationship at last.
This one had more character development and an interesting plot. Things seemed to move smoothly with the plot, and the storyline was believable. The characters had growth and change and experienced spiritual growth, but, again, the story wasn't preachy at all.
All in all, a novella isn't going to be deep, thoughtful reading. But if you're looking for some light reads to take to the beach or pool this summer, Kiss the Bride has a fairly good collection. I give it 3.5 stars.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I wasn't compensated in any other way.
Most recent customer reviews
This was a really quick, sweet read about Jenna and Ashton. I enjoyed the story, but I wasn’t fully in love with the characters.Read more
Such a sweet collection of stories! I really enjoyed them all!
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