I received an eARC copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. Here is my honest review.
This is the second book in the A Year of Weddings series. Just like the first novella, this one is sweet and an enjoyable read.
What I really enjoyed in this book was the fact that Meredith and Art began their romance with a series of daily notes and a misconception that the other was older. The fact that they connected through the written word in a honest and genuine way made it more believable that they would be marrying within four, five months of that first note being exchanged.
A January Bride by Deborah Raney is A Year of Weddings novella. I really enjoyed this little story. I couldn't put it down because I enjoyed the characters and the plot so much. It was such a perfect, cute, fun book. :-)
Madeleine Houser is an author with a dilemma. Her house is being renovated leaving her without the peace and quiet to write. With a deadline looming closer and closer, she is feeling the pinch in a big way. When her neighbor, Ginny, tells her of an old Victorian house she could write in, she is thrilled. The beautiful bed and breakfast is just what she needs, and she jots a quick note thanking the owner for letting her use his gorgeous home during the day. They start to correspond through letters every day, and begin to fall in love with each other.
Such a sweet, captivating story! I didn't want it to end, but on the plus side, I've now found a new author to enjoy. :-)
I was given this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Annabeth's Inn became more than a peaceful place where author Madeleine Houser continued writing her latest novel, when the construction at her sister's place became too distracting. She was grateful to octogenarian Ginny Ross, her neighbor and friend, for the arrangement made with the inn's owner and Ginny's friend, Arthur Tyler. One note left by Madeleine to Arthur started a correspondence between them like old friends, although they have never met. Both of them enjoyed their daily exchanges, but some misunderstandings led them to have false preconceptions of each other.
I was eagerly anticipating the moment and the manner in which Maddie and Art would meet. How the sparks would fly, and the novella did not disappoint. But both of them had issues that needed to be addressed. A January Bride showed how God was at work in both of their lives and how things seem so serendipitous and yet, there's knowledge that prayers are answered and God is putting the puzzling pieces together. This story developed quite nicely. It was quite wittily written, actually. I smiled at how the words Maddie and Art used in their letters even deepened their misconceptions of each other. I'm sorry if I'm kind of talking in riddles, but you have to read the book yourself to discover what the mystery is all about.
Note: I got this e-book to review compliments of BookLook Bloggers in exchange for honest opinions.
The second book in this fun series has quite a unique twist.
I really enjoyed reading a story about a historical fiction writer trying to write a book. The setting was cozy. The misunderstandings are funny and natural, quite the comedy of errors. Alex the cat is cool. The matchmaking neighbor a lot of fun. And the way the romance develops is different and interesting. It's a squeaky clean romance with two or three kisses.
Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
The story is filled with warmth. I liked the idea of how Deborah Raney, the author, brought in the traditional or old-fashioned to the modern, that of the characters writing each other love letters - in the form of little notes. The relationship of the characters were built through the written word and spun around it. The issues that the characters have to deal with are very true to real life - dealing with grief and letting go of the memory and dealing with heartbreak and loving again - these are no easy feat. But, what I like the most is the courage and the bravery of Maddie especially when she needed to confront and get things out in the open.