After agreeing to house sit her sister's home, author Madeleine "Maddie" Houser finds herself unable to focus amongst the construction taking place at the house. Her kind neighbor and friend, Ginny, comes up with a grand solution and suggests that Maddie spend her days writing at the local bed and breakfast owned by Ginny's friend, Arthur Tyler. Arthur agrees with the proposition citing not many guests grace his beloved inn since his wife died while also pointing out the inn would be a quiet place for Maddie to work since he would be at his teaching job as a professor during the day. As Maddie's creative juices begin to flow during her visits to the inn, Maddie and Arthur also begin corresponding by leaving simple messages for one another each day. Soon, as their friendship seems to be deepening into something more both wonder if an unconventional relationship between them would work out based on each one's misconstrued perceptions about the other...until they finally meet in person.
A January Bride, although a sweet story, was a bit boring and unrealistic to me. I couldn't see how a true romance could blossom between Maddie and Arthur based on the lighthearted notes they left to each other. Also, the implied age difference between them that seemed awkward even to Maddie and Arthur would have been a natural barrier to anything more than a simple friendship. And when the "romance" finally came to fruition after the two met, it fell flat in my opinion. I chose two stars because the premise of the plot was unique, but I was disappointed.
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This was such a fun story! I loved the characters and the little notes they left for one another. The description of the Inn made me want to visit. The emotions of the characters was well developed, for a novella.
The characters were tangible. I could relate to their situations and their character development was well-timed. The romance between Maddie and Art seemed a little bit rushed, but other than that it was well-written.
Overall, I enjoyed this sweet story! Sometimes, it's hard to get a feel for the characters and the story line in a novella. This is not one of those novellas!
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.
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