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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook (June 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307444988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307444981
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,255,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I chose to review the book "Never the Bride" from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group because it sounded a little sassy and fun, and I wanted a good new fiction author in my life. It turns out that Cheryl McKay and Rene Gutteridge chose to adapt this book from a screenplay... the opposite of what usually happens. Of course, you can't judge the book solely on that.

The story isn't that great. It's about a girl who is fixated on marriage and finding her soulmate, to the point that she's filled up journals and journals of possible marriage proposals. God actually comes to her in the flesh to assist her in writing her own personal love story, and to me, that was when the story turned from corny and annoying to a tiny bit sacrilegious and annoying. Maybe sacrilegious is too strong a word, but I was really turned off at the way the character spoke to God in this story. In my opinion, we should be able to talk to God about anything and everything, and even tell him when we are angry with him, and so forth, but I didn't appreciate when the character was flirting with God because he was hot, and other things like that happened.

I did like that the story's phrases and communication between characters were modern and not too cheesy or cliche. So you may like this book should you choose to read it. At least it was an easy read, but overall I was disappointed in it.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
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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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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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I liked the beginning and some of the premise of the novel. However, McKay and Gutteridge, the authors, skirt the edge of truth by introducing an actual God figure into the story. I am certain more thoughtful folk could verbalize better the theological pitfalls of doing so. I can only point out what I saw as obvious: God, while He COULD do this, doesn't. He came as Jesus and we need to focus on the truth in what He already said, not some sort of God who appears almost as an imaginary friend anytime someone is feeling sorry for themselves about not having a mate. Just a tad bit of preaching to myself, I might add, so the authors and other potential readers don't think I'm completely negative and judgemental. Not that the authors depict God improperly in some aspects. His love, his unpredictability, his challenging our preconceptions, these themes ran throughout the book and were, all in all, not bad. I will try to avoid spoilers but... the date? Come on.... give me a break. Wishful thinking but not reality. I'm not going to spoil the date scene but... you will see.

On the other hand, I Enjoyed the character development, and, as mentioned, the unpredictability of "God" (the real one, after all, is not subject to our whims). Some of the sarcastic humor is VERY funny. The speed dating scene was fun, albeit a little hard on male stereotypes but, the authors called some of it like it is, and it was funny.

Oh well, .... it's not giving anything away in Christian romance to say, she got the guy in the end... it was a bit surprising who the guy was.... no spoiler from me here. But it would be nice, once in a while, to read a nice, sarcastically funny, whimsical Christian book where the moral of the story is.... just like it often is in real life....
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