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Publication Date: 2014
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Series: Year of Weddings
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What if the only way you could make your fathers last wish come true . . . was to marry the man of your dreams?
Emma Tate has just moved on from one fiancé, so when she announces a sudden engagement to her lifelong buddy Jake Sawyer, every busybody in Mayfair goes into high alert. Of course, no one but Jake and Emma know the real reason theyre getting marriedso Emmas dying father will have a chance to walk her down the aisle.
But while Jake and Emma move forward with their planand frantically plan an October weddingit becomes clear that their agreement has a few complications . . . the biggest being their true feelings for each other.
With dubious friends, deliriously thrilled parents, and a town that wont keep its nose out of their business, Emma and Jake will have a lot to contend with if theyre going to pull this off. The real question is: Who wants this wedding more, Emmas dad . . . or Emma?
GazpachoClare, MIAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5This is a book I will read many times because it resonates with meMay 22, 2015GazpachoClare, MIAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5An experience of Small Town USA, a bucket list, plans for a fake wedding, childhood sweethearts, a veterinary practice, and a man dying of cancer. The combination creates poignant family scenarios laced with the wisdom of the ages plus a sweet romance, all touched by the race against time. Just a touch of suspense.
For the past two years, Emma Tate's family knew her dad's time with them was limited. An MRI revealed a brain tumor for which treatments could only slightly slow down the growth. At the time of discovery, Emma was engaged to Chase. But the serious turn of events woke her up to the realization that her reasons to marry him were all wrong. She didn't really love him as she should. If she were honest with herself, the serious crush she had had on Jake Sawyer in high school had only diminished a little. But she never really felt certain that he had ever returned her sentiments. Jake was her brother Liam's best friend. He probably thought of her as a little sister. Then a few years ago, he left the area. She was sure he hadn't felt anything for her at all. Now he's returned. And today of all days, he shows up in her kitchen to fix a leaky sink...right after she had just found her dad's bucket list. Nearly all the items on the list were crossed off except for the one item on the top of the list, "Walk Emma Down the Aisle." This was one last thing she could do for her dad. But how?
Jake Sawyer noticed how upset Emma was when she entered her house. He asked her if something was wrong. She explained about the bucket list. Jakes idea surprised her; he offered to become her pretend groom. He wanted to help Emma, but did he really think ahead about the implications of a fake wedding? They lived in a tiny community. There were no secrets here. But they went ahead and planned a wedding for autumn, Emma's favorite season of the year. It was only a little more than a month away. With her father's imminent decline looming on the horizon, the planning took on the aspect of a race against time, while Jake and Emma avoided the reality of the supposed "happily-ever-after."
In the meantime Emma's best friend, Lily, knows the truth and agrees reluctantly to help plan the Fall wedding. Her real concern was for Emma when the fallout hits her. Then Emma's brother Liam got the truth out of Jake one day. Will he keep their secret, or throw a monkey wrench into the whole works?
This is a novella, not a full length novel, so I didn't expect thorough development and growth of characters. However, the full cast of players such as Emma and Jake, Lily and Liam, Emma's mom and dad, some of the town's major players quickly grew on me so that by the time the wedding day neared, I was screaming in my head, "Make it real, you dopes!" I couldn't stop reading the book. I knew how it would inevitably end, but I wanted to know how they would get there. It's a good thing it's a short book or I would have lost sleep trying to finish the story. I wasn't disappointed either. The ending is absolutely lovely. This is a well-written novella, in which I felt eventually that some of the characters were my friends.
The second thing I enjoyed about this novella was the familiarity of the setting. Events occur in a small town up north, whereas I grew up in a small town up north. There were moments I felt reminiscent of my childhood days when they referenced drives around the state to see the Fall colors, and the feel that the town was just one big family because everyone knew everyone else's business. Second, autumn is one of my favorite seasons too. Like Emma, I always enjoyed Fall harvest festivals since we were also a farming community. I have always loved the fresh crisp air of autumn, the hints of summer winding down and the leaves turning color. The author's vivid descriptions of the season made it come alive for me. There are moments where the frantic pace slows down, a hush comes over the family and friends as they soak in a quiet moment. They become vignettes to cherish and remember afterward. The author skillfully creates an atmosphere of contentedness during these rest periods amidst the rush of wedding preparations.
My favorite part of the novella was the ending. While it may have been a bit predictable, it was perfect for this story. I had become so wrapped up in the dilemma Emma faced that the ending was just the right solution to the conflict. This is going to be one of those stories that I will be able to read several times without getting bored because there are so many elements that resonate with me. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. I highly recommend this book.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from NetGalley on behalf of Zondervan Fiction. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5This is such a sweet story!January 7, 2015Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I really enjoyed reading An October Bride. It is told in first person, which worked very well for this story. Everything the reader experiences is from Emma Tates perspective.
Emmas life is about to change in a big way. Her father is dying and she is grasping for a way to make things right. She knows that her father hopes to someday walk her down the aisle at her wedding, but she isnt currently engaged to anyone. When her friend, Jake, suggests that he could be her groom and that they could fulfill the wish, Emma jumps on board with the idea. But, things in life are rarely this simple.
There are supportive family members, an excited town, a best friend who questions Emmas sanity, a handsome and kind groom, and the return of feelings for Jake that Emma thought she had squelched long ago. How can Emma go through with this wedding, when it is just going to be for show? Is there a chance that Jake could ever feel more for her than simple friendship? And what about Emmas father? Can anything make that right?
This novella is a sweet, touching tribute to the importance of family and of trusting in God, whether we like His answer to our prayers or not. An October Bride is book 11 in the A Year of Weddings novella series.
Melissa5 Stars Out Of 5Katie has done it again!December 11, 2014MelissaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I. Loved. This. Story.
This is one of the best stories I have read in this series. I already love Katies writing from reading her novels so I was curious to see how she would handle a novella.
Lets just say I was crying at the end.
I adored both Emma and Jake. They made a great couple before either of them even realized they did.
Katie did a wonderful job building doubt into the book, which is what will keep you reading, wondering how they can work this out and when they will admit their true feeling to each other.
I read this book so fast, in less than two hours, so this a quick read that I highly recommend.
An e-copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5FantasticNovember 24, 2014KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Kudos to the author for engaging my emotions in such a short word count. This novella reads with all the satisfaction found in a novel length story. Told in first person point of view, it's all about Emma. We watch events unfold through her eyes only and that creates a lovely intimate reading experience. An October Bride is a bittersweet love story packed with valuable life lessons and the hope that comes from truly believing. Delectable.
i blog 4 books5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent!November 23, 2014i blog 4 booksKatie Ganshert has quickly risen to "favorite author" status, and An October Bride is another wonderful story by this talented author. She somehow manages to tell a very full and complete story in a limited number of pages and does it very well. Jake and Emma's story is sweet and emotional from the very start. As Emma is dealing with her father's declining health, Jake is the perfect friend and support she needs. Of course, things don't go smoothly the entire time, so there are a few dips and turns that are sure to keep you flipping pages (or swiping across your e-reader screen!). Given how much I loved the story, I was sad to see it end and would love to read more about these characters! I highly recommend this wonderful romance ... one of my favorites in the series!! [5 stars]
I received a free copy of this book from Zondervan's BookLook Bloggers program in exchange for my fair and honest review.