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Publication Date: 2014
Series: Year of Weddings
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A years worth of novellas from twelve inspirational romance authors. Happily ever after guaranteed.
When Annie moves to Red Leaf, shes ready to call the little town home. But one handsome, suspicious policeman is ready to stand in her way . . . even if it means walking her down the aisle first.
All Annie Price has ever wanted is a place to call home. So when an online friend offers her a fresh start managing a little bookstore in Red Leaf, Wisconsin, Annie packs her bags and waves goodbye to her former lonely life.
Deputy Jesse Kent cant believe his mother has handed the keys to her bookshop over to a woman she met on the internet. Annie might be vivacious, smart as a whip, and beautifulahembut what do they really know about her? Jesse has seen his mother taken advantage of before, and he decides to keep a close eye on this Annie Price.
But when a close eye turns into a historical wedding reenactment with Jesse and Annie as the couple, make-believe nuptials quickly give way to real-life emotions. As the wedding approaches and Annie and Jesses secrets come to light, the deputy has to face the truth: this wedding may have started as a ploy, but he wants to make Annie his September bride . . . for real.
Kathryn Springer is a USA Today bestselling author. She grew up in northern Wisconsin, where her parents published a weekly newspaper. As a child she spent many hours sitting at her mothers typewriter, plunking out stories, and credits her parents for instilling in her a love of bookswhich eventually turned into a desire to tell stories of her own. Kathryn has written 19 books with close to two million copies sold. She lives with her husband and three children in Marinette, Wisconsin. Visit her online at kathrynspringer.com Facebook: Kathrynspringerauthor
Robin WallaceFloridaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5September Bride was Predictable and CharmingSeptember 19, 2015Robin WallaceFloridaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5September Bride
Book Summary: Annie's always wanted a home and a family. But will pretending to be a bride get her closer to her dreams? All Annie Price has ever wanted is a place to call home. Growing up in the foster care system, that dream seemed far away, but now Annie's dream may be coming true. A friend she met in an online book group wants to retire and has offered Annie a fresh start managing her little bookstore. Believing the opportunity is an answer to prayer, Annie packs her suitcase and moves to Red Leaf, Wisconsin. The residents of Red Leaf welcome Annie into the fold . . . everyone except the bookstore owner's son, Jesse Kent. But Annie refuses to let the handsome deputy keep her from embracing her new home with open arms. She even volunteers to help the local historical society refurbish an old church and agrees to be the "bride" for a special reenactment celebrating the museum's open house. Jesse Kent can't believe his mother has handed the keys to her business over to a woman she met on the Internet. Annie's beautiful, of course, and smart as a whip, but what do they really know about her, anyway? What if she's come to their town just for his mother's money? The only way to see if his suspicions about Annie Price are true is to keep a close eye on her-even if it means he has to marry her! Planning their mock wedding will give him the chance to uncover Annie's motive for moving to town. But as the day of the wedding approaches and secrets come to light, Jesse must face the truth. He wants Annie to be his September bride . . . for real.
Review: Predictable and yet very charming. I loved Annie and Jesse. Whimsical characters that are delightful balanced out by some drama. It all made for a quick breezy read. I loved the amount of things that occurred in a short period of time and that at times Jesse was used to introduce us to all the characters. He lived in Red Leaf all his life and we got to learn of the changes and lives of everyone through great a well written novella. It was so well written I wanted to look Red Leaf up on the map and mover there myself.
I would like to thank Net Galley and Zondevan Fiction for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
LarikSan Antonio, TXAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5great chemistry.. touching moments.. spunky dialog.. amazing read1March 4, 2015LarikSan Antonio, TXAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I loved the way this story started, it plastered a smile on my face within the first few lines. Very fun, bright and uplifting book. Great for anyone but especially if you are in need of a pick up.
Anne being a foster child all her life finally finds a family in an older lady that offers her love, acceptance and a new job to start fresh in a small town. Only deputy Jesse Kent-the un-introduced and unexpected son of the said dear lady- is set out to uncover how come this stranger came and took over his space in the family and over his town.. he is ready to do anything to kick her outonly the harder he tries the more sparks fly pulling them closer to each other.
Great chemistry.. touching moments.. spunky dialog.. amazing read!!
Disclaimer: I have received free copy of this book from the Publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for my honest opinion.
ceemeeMetro Manila, PhilippinesAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5One of my favorites!March 4, 2015ceemeeMetro Manila, PhilippinesAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I had a great time reading this novella! Its light and easy, no need to analyze much about the plot or characters. Its simple yet romantic, no mushiness, just straightforward acknowledgement of emotions. I find myself agreeing with Jesse about his distrust of people. One can never be too sure of someone nowadays, especially someone we meet on the Internet.
Anyway, there are a lot of things I like in this book. It's how God has worked in Annie's life and has given her a chance to experience joy. It's how someone has shown Jesse something valuable that he had taken for granted all his life. It's how to be an encourager; someone who encourages each person to go after his or her dream, even if it might seem silly and without getting something in return.
I highly recommend this book! I love how the author made the characters very authentic, their backstories melded perfectly into the story. I laughed a little, I cried a little, I hoped a little. Very entertaining read!
GazpachoHarrison, MIAge: 55-65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5A perfect light read for your weekendJanuary 7, 2015GazpachoHarrison, MIAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4A September Bride is one of Zondervan's Year of Weddings novellas of 2014. All the stories in this series are stand alone books. This one is bright, cheery, filled with good humor and laughs, a sweet romance, small town family dynamics and a happy ending. Conflict is on the light side with just a smidgen of mystery. It's the perfect read for a get-away or a weekend.
Anne Price was looking for a new start in her life. So when she was offered the opportunity to manage a small town bookstore, she jumped at the chance. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Anne felt Red Leaf was a refreshing change for her. Everyone treated her like family and she immediately became involved in the town's events. She even joined the historical society. She finally felt like she belonged--until she met no-nonsense Deputy Jesse Kent, her employer's son. He regarded her with suspicion and wariness. She knew with her friendship with Lorna, the owner of the Second Story Bookshop, she'd be bumping elbows more than she liked with Jesse. But what had she done to earn his dislike?
Deputy Jesse Kent had gone on a three-week training conference. When he'd returned, his mother had hired a manager for her bookstore and seemed to have found a male admirer. Both were disturbing changes. His mother liked continuity, such as Monday night meatloaf; but here she was with a new manager, a new recipe, and even possibly a boyfriend. Why had all this change happened? All this prompted memories of another time years ago when he'd had to stand by helplessly while she'd had her trust betrayed with a so-called suitor turned con-artist. He had stolen the savings of many townspeople including her own. Jesse was only twelve at the time, but the event laid the foundation for his desire to become a law enforcement officer to protect his mom and his community. He couldn't help being wary of the two newcomers, Michael and Anne. With Anne, there seemed to be an air of mystery around her, yet his mother trusted her completely. He only hoped it was merited; he was going to do what he could to be certain it was.
The one thing I most enjoyed about this book was the author's sense of humor. There were many occasions for a few chuckles and a smattering of giggles. Good clean humor.
Second, the light romance combined with good character development was a treat to read. Both Jesse and Anne had obstacles to overcome before their relationship could get off the ground. Jesse's lack of trust was a major issue he had to overcome. Anne simply didn't believe in herself. The author worked this out well, considering how short the novella is. Both Anne and Jesse were likable and even lovable in their own unique ways.
Finally, the author includes faith issues as part of the character development. Faith was part of their lives. It blended in seamlessly with the story line and felt as natural as breathing. The issues didn't seem forced or unrealistic. I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a good light romance.
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.
i blog 4 books4 Stars Out Of 5Sweet Story Set in a Lovely Small TownNovember 23, 2014i blog 4 booksA September Bride is another enjoyable installment in the Year of Weddings series. Kathryn Springer is a new-to-me author, and I really enjoyed her writing style. She delivered a sweet romance in a lovely small town and even provided a plot that's a little different than the typical romance story (which can feel overdone at times). I loved all the tension between the two main characters at the beginning. It seemed that the town itself was possibly the best part of the story, and I would love to read more books set in Red Leaf! With all the good, my only complaint is that the novella was just a little too short and wrapped up really quickly. Overall, though, I'm a fan and I highly recommend! [4 stars]
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Zondervan's BookLook Bloggers program in exchange for my fair and honest review.