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Never the Bride: A Novel Paperback – June 2, 2009
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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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Funny. Interesting. Good chick lit. I really like the way it portrays God as someone who wants to be a part of our story--who wants to write our story. And His plans are so much better than my plans.
It's a good read for sure.
Jessie Stone and her struggles are wholly relatable. As a reader, I struggled with her as she learned to trust God, and sometimes failed; as she fell for all of the wrong guys, convinced they were God's will for her; as she searches for not only the right mate, but the right job. The ending was both a surprise and yet fitting for the romance genre.
I liked the cast of characters on the whole, and Jessie's perception of them. I liked Malia, a mother figure to Jessie, and Brooklyn, Jessie's younger sister, wise at the most inconvenient moments.
God was represented in an interesting way, although I can't say I was thrilled with it. It was a little close to the idea of "dating Jesus" for my comfort.
Overall, though, I really enjoyed the story, and recommend it for fans of romance or anyone struggling with accepting less than God's best.
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.... contentment is not found in a mate and God does NOT necessarily help us "find" our soul mate and He is not always popping up in the guise of a cute guy or making some weird pact with us. Again, I must admit he made her no guarantees in this story and required her to do unexpected faith building activities (this aspect was biblical) but... appearing directly and in human form (post cross that is) still isn't what the real God does now with real people (think Moses and Jacob...., think the disciples who didn't have Jesus pander to their emotional wants).
God bless you both.