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- Print Length: 157 pages
- Publication Date: May 3, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B07226FF6P
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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What an enjoyable read. The two novellas were so very different, yet both were full of hope, love, and joy.
What more fun could I reader have than "watching" two friends stand-in as wedding proxies; or learning to appreciate and respect a culture that is so very different than yours, yet not all that different when it comes to ones faith, values, love, and the meaning of family.
Grab this one for a joyful, lighthearted and meaningful read. You certainly can't go wrong with this novel or with either of these authors.
Rating: 4.3 (combined)
"A Proxy Wedding" by Toni Shiloh
What a wonderful premise for a novella. Having your best friend stand up as you (they would be your proxy) so that you can be legally married!! Except in this case, the proxy is for both the bride and groom...and has to take place in Montana.
I loved the two main characters: Carly and Damien. At first they seem like such opposites, but they come to realize that they have a great deal in common, enjoy one another's company, and have a way of bringing out the best in one another. They are fun, yet sometimes serious, individuals who have similar yet different backgrounds and have based many of their life choices on their past. What they learn in the drive from CA to Montana and back is that their life choices may have been made for some of the wrong reasons and trusting in God has no limitations.
What an enjoyable and engaging read. I loved the way the author used the characters to demonstrate certain aspects of faith (or lack of) in oneself and in God. She picked a great plot line that really hooked the reader right from the start, and two wonderful characters in Carly and Damien.
An absolutely fun, enjoyable, engaging, and wonderful novella.
"Hope Beyond Savannah" by Melissa Wardwell
Melissa Wardwell does something very different in her novella. She brings together a Samoan man and an English woman. Background wise each individual has grown up so very differently. Yet, despite all of the differences, Nik and Lily find what really matters to them most is being with the other.
Nik has lived a few different places in his life, while Lily has never left Savanah. He has grown up in a large and loving family while she entered foster care at age 10. So when Nik's family arrives a few weeks before the wedding she is looking forward to be able to finally seeing what being a part of one is really like. Except she is in for a big surprise...as is Nik.
I really enjoyed this novella for the relationship between Nik and Lily as it really demonstrates unconditional love. While the mother was very off-putting, she also taught a lesson to herself and to those around her that what you see is not always what is there. Unlike Nik, she is judgmental and forgets to put her son and his fiancée first, family first, and to release her negativity to God.
Lily also teaches a great lesson by being honest with herself but also doing so with Nik's mother and showing how, with confidence and love...and God's guidance, people and situations can change.
A great read and a wonderful blend of two cultures who have the same religious background. A more serious novella, of the two, it is enjoyable and full of so many messages: all from the heart.
I loved everything about this story. The characters were awesome. The road trip they went on was so fun, I especially loved all the great pins on Toni's Pinterest board for this book, it totally made me feel that I was taking the trip right alongside them! I have seen proxy weddings in books before, but it was always only party that had a proxy, not both. So the idea of a double proxy wedding was something I found fascinating! Toni did a fabulous job writing this story and I look forward to rereading it in the future! (5 Stars)
Hope Beyond Savannah by Melissa Wardwell-
I enjoyed this story. I loved both Nik and Lily, and it was neat (and made for a nice change of pace) to read a story where the characters are already engaged and planning their wedding at the very start of the story! I was fascinated by the details and history of Nik's culture, especially since it's a culture that I know very little about, I loved that those details were included! I related to Lily quite a bit. I couldn't believe some of the things that Nik's mom said and did to Lily! While I was glad that she ultimately did change her tune, it didn't really seem plausible to me how quickly she became nice, I realize that as this is a novella the word count was limited, but I found myself thinking that I wouldn't have trusted her when she made such a complete one eighty.
This is a really good novella that I enjoyed and will probably read again at some point. I also really liked Melissa Wardwell's writing style so I look forward to trying more of her work when I have time! (4 stars)
Two stories: One with a proxy wedding, and one with the dreaded unapproving mother-in-law to-be.
1. A PROXY WEDDING BY TONI SHILOH
After reading a book by Toni Shiloh, I was excited to read this one, and I wasn’t disappointed. This is well-written with well-developed characters and not only easy to read, but it is hard to put down until the end. Both main characters had fears that were dictating and ruining their life. I loved the quote: “No one is unlovable in God’s eyes. Our parents’ choices do not determine our future.” This is such a fun read, and I look forward to more from this author!
2. HOPE BEYOND SAVANNAH BY MELISSA WARDWELL
Another good read by this author! It’s about opposites attracted to each other, and learning to look beyond their past and their differences – Lily with no family, and Nik with a large, loving family. This story is an interesting insight into Samoa, some of its language, and its culture. And the story includes the all-dreaded, unapproving, outspoken mother-in-law to-be. A very heart-warming story of hope & love!
I received an ARC copy and wanted to leave my own honest review because I enjoyed these stories.