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2 Stars Out Of 5
This was a "miss" for me.
September 2, 2014
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I hate writing "less than positive" reviews, but sadly A July Bride was my least favorite of the Year of Weddings series. Alyssa is left at the altar, but then Brendan (the jilting groom) realizes the terrible mistake he made and begins frantically trying to win her back. I felt sorry for Alyssa and the humiliation she suffered. But beyond that, I didn't experience much emotion while reading this novella.
I wished the author had given me a bit ... more ... related to the reasons behind the sudden breakup. It also felt odd for another guy to come on the scene and for Alyssa to be caught between the two guys. I had a hard time establishing the ages of the characters. Many of the actions and conversations gave the story more of a middle school or young high school feeling, but since the characters were discussing marriage, I assume they were at least college-aged.
Overall, I just wasn't impressed with this story. So many of the other books in this series have been fantastic, but I would probably skip over this one. [2 stars]
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Stood up at the altar by the man who apparently still loves her, Alyssa Pennington just cannot make sense of it all. A beautifully decorated church, the dress of her dreams, family and close friends all in attendanceand Brendan Myers gets cold feet at the last second. Faced with embarrassment, the loss of marrying the love-of-her-life and yet, still in love with him, Alyssa must decide if she can understand, accept and forgive Brendan
A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Yet another installment in A Year of Weddings Novellas, I enjoyed this quick, light read as expected in this series. Beth Wiseman does a wonderful job with the characters, adding humor around some more serious elements and sprinkling it all with a touch of faith. I always enjoy this authors writing style which continued in this novella. Definitely earning a spot within this Novella collection, I am glad A July Bride was included. Who doesnt love a wedding after-all?
4 (out of 5) pennies
*I received a complimentary copy of A July Bride from BookLook Bloggers and Zondervan for my honest review*
In my opinion, Wiseman wrote her love triangle story very well because the twists make the plot more interesting and very unpredictable. At first, I was a little annoyed because I thought I had figured out so soon how the main characters would get reunited, but I was so wrong. I wasn't sure who Alyssa will end up with or who I even wanted her to end up with. I want both men for her! The shift from Alyssa, Brendan and Dalton allows the reader to understand each of the characters. I didn't anticipate exactly how things would resolve for themselves. I enjoyed the story and the journey!
It's also worth mentioning Sherry's story in the book. Sherry is Alyssa's married best friend. I would like to especially quote one of her lines that have been repeated several times on different occasions in the book, "People do hurt each other. It's what we do with those hurts that defines who we are and our future. You can forgive, or you can let the hurt wrap around you until it sucks the life out of you."
This story might have developed more if it's not a novella but a full-length novel. Due to the structure of a novella, the story is rushed and the pace is a bit unreasonable. This will also make for a good movie.
A July Bride by Beth Wiseman is the latest novella in the A Year of Weddings series.
You meet Alyssa Pennington as she is walking down the aisle with her father. She has no idea that the love of hr life, Brendan Myers, is about to run and leave her at the altar!
As Alyssa returns her wedding gifts and her beloved wedding dress, her life becomes even more complicated. Her brother Alex's friend, Dalton, throws his hat in the ring and asks Alyssa to go to dinner with him.
Hang on and see where Alyssa will go with this new opportunity God has placed in her life!
I received this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for my unbiased review