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To Have and to Hold, Three Autumn Love Stories

Love Takes the Cake, by Betsy St. Amant

Will three wedding consultants find their own happy endings? Charlotte is always the baker, never the bride. 

 

The Perfect Arrangement, by Katie Ganshert

Florist Amelia and Nate are involved in a fender-bender. 

 

Love in the Details, by Becky Wade

Wedding coordinator Holly wonders if she should give her ex-boyfriend a second chance. 

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 7.17 X 4.71 X 1.04 (inches)
ISBN: 0310395933
ISBN-13: 9780310395935
Series: Year of Weddings

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They’ve helped orchestrate the perfect day for countless couples. Now twelve new couples will find themselves in the wedding spotlight in the second Year of Weddings novella collection.

Love Takes the Cake: A September Wedding Story by Betsy St. Amant

Charlotte Cantrell is always the baker; never the bride. When Will, a regular at Charlotte’s bakery, catches her attention, she can only hope that he is the reliable man this single mother has always hoped to find. The problem is that he’s regularly stopping in to buy cookies for another girl. But when Charlotte is hired to bake a host of wedding goodies for a difficult bride and finds out Will is the best man, she has the perfect opportunity to get to know him better—and find out how serious Will is about this other girl in his life.

The Perfect Arrangement: An October Wedding Story by Katie Ganshert

Amelia Woods is a small-town wallflower and the proud owner of Forget-Me-Nots, a quaint flower shop. Her love life has always been a bit lackluster—until she ends up in an embarrassing fender-bender with handsome Nate Gallagher. Meanwhile, Amelia’s younger brother, William, has proposed to his girlfriend. Amelia would be excited except she has evidence that the fiancée is not who she says she is. It seems Nate is the only one available for any advice-giving, and he’s good at it—and pretty fun to talk to too. As Amelia works to craft the perfect flower arrangements for other people, she begins to wonder if real love is better than the dream. And if it is, will Nate still be interested when he learns who she is?

Love in the Details: A November Wedding Story by Becky Wade

When Josh returns to his hometown of Martinsburg, Texas, to help his best friend get married, he didn’t intend to run into church wedding coordinator—and ex-girlfriend—Holly. He can’t help but pine after the girl he never got over. Holly broke up with Josh years ago in an attempt to ensure his future success. But she loved him then and still loves him now. As she helps him plan his best friend’s wedding, she longs to be with Josh but doesn’t feel worthy of his big-time lifestyle when she is more comfortable in her smalltown world. Will Josh and Holly be able to keep things as they are when their true feelings threaten to surface at every turn?

Author Bio

Betsy St. Amant lives in Louisiana and has a heart for sharing the amazing news of God's grace through her novels. A freelance journalist, Betsy is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. When she’s not reading, writing, or singing along to a Disney soundtrack with her young daughter, Betsy enjoys inspirational speaking and teaching on the craft of writing. Visit her website at www.betsystamant.com Facebook: BetsySt.Amant Twitter: @betsystamant.

Becky Wade makes her home in Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three children. She's the Carol Award and Inspirational Reader's Choice Award-winning author of contemporary Christian romances My Stubborn HeartUndeniably Yours, and Meant to Be Mine. Visit Becky online at www.beckywade.com, Facebook authorbeckywade, and Twitter: @beckywadewriter.

 

Editorial Reviews

3 stars. 'To Have and to Hold is a sweet compilation of three novellas perfect for light autumn reading. These love stories are satisfying and charming, although some have better character development than others. They move at an engaging pace, allowing readers to savor the story without getting bored. Overall this is a worthwhile read for those looking for innocent romance.'

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  1. Oviedo, FL
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    three different wedding stories
    February 21, 2017
    mimi
    Oviedo, FL
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    enjoyed each of these stories. well written.
  2. Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Sweet and quirky romance collection
    November 27, 2016
    BookLover
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I was actually a little surprised at how much I enjoyed this book! I'm not typically a novella lover by any stretch, but I was looking forward to this collection after I saw it included stories by Katie Ganshert and Becky Wade (two of my very favorite authors) and can happily say that it definitely met my expectations! Plus, I discovered a new-to-me author to add to my already towering to-be-read pile.

    Love Takes the Cake - Betsy St. Amant

    I confess, I went into this story more than a little unsure. New author - would I like her writing? Hate it? What if I did? How could I review it? Fortunately, all of those questions became moot point within pages of starting this tale. I started reading and found I really enjoyed it! The characters were quirky and real: I adored Charlotte's daughter and her partner, as well as Charlotte herself, along with Will and his best friend. So many interesting characters, set around baking and wedding planning and more than a little matchmaking. Definitely a recipe for a quick, fun read!

    The Perfect Arrangement - Katie Ganshert

    I was so excited to read this story! I'm always a huge fan of Ms. Ganshert's writing and this story sounded like it was going to be a blast! I immediately feel in love with the quirky Amelia Woods, with her penchant for getting into trouble and spending her spare time at home with her cat. The introvert in me totally understood her quirks and wallflower habits and I so enjoyed getting to know her. I also loved the emails passed between her and Nate - they were so funny and sweet and very You've Got Mail. Oh, and George! I can't forget him - he's the grandfatherly character that shares time-learned wisdom with Amelia and reminds her of what's truly important.

    Love in the Details - Becky Wade

    I have yet to be disappointed by any of Ms. Wade's books and this one is certainly no exception - I just had to love it, too!

    As I was reading, it seemed very familiar, so I think I actually may have read this story when it released in eBook, though it was definitely worth the reread. Josh and Holly are such a cute couple and I very much enjoyed getting to know them both, along with Holly's best friend Sam, her apartment neighbor Rob, and Josh's best friend, Ben. Ms. Wade does such a great job of creating unique and compelling characters that have me laughing and crying right along with them.

    The only negative comment I have applies to a couple of the stories and it is that there were a couple issues that I thought were resolved a little too quickly, though I find that tends to be the case with many of the novellas I've read. But other than that minor detail, I very much enjoyed everything else about these stories. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary romance with unique characters that make you smile!

    My thanks to the publisher for my copy of this book! I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
  3. Riverside, CA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    To Have and to Hold
    October 12, 2016
    Ronya
    Riverside, CA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    To Have and to Hold was a joy to read. Three sweet stories of finding love while planning (or spying on) a wedding. The heroines were easy to identify with. The men were swoon worthy (even the "other" guys in each story). And I enjoyed the anticipation of how each author would bring about the happily-ever-after. Speaking of authors, I read this book because I absolutely LOVE everything Becky Wade writes! Betsy St. Amant and Katie Ganshert were new to me though. I love finding new authors and I think novellas are a great way to "meet" them.

    Betsy St. Amant's story, Love Takes the Cake, was first up. With a bakery and a friend's wedding as a backdrop, how could you not be enchanted? Charlotte tugged at my heart with her sweet countenance and great love for her daughter. I love Will's loyalty to his friend and how God uses a scary situation to help him realize the truth. This story was a pleasure to read. I'm looking forward to reading more by this author in the future.

    Next up was The Perfect Arrangement by Katie Ganshert. I must admit, I was a bit disappointed, after reading the first paragraph, to realize this story was written in first person narrative. I generally struggle to engage in first person stories, so I tend to avoid them. This is a short story, written by a writer friend of Becky Wade AND it has a flower shop in a small town as the setting, I decided I NEEDED to read it. I am SO glad that I did. It was a delightful story that gripped me from the get-go. I was expecting to have to push my way through, but surprisingly found myself being pulled along instead. I couldn't read it fast enough. Amelia's fun and quirky personality was so much fun to read and the email exchanges that launched the events of the story were perfect. I was pleasantly surprised to get to the end and realize through most of the story I'd forgotten that I was reading first person narrative AND I didn't want it to end! Well done Katie Ganshert! I loved it!!

    Finally, the last story in this collection, Love in the Details by Becky Wade. I knew I would love this story before I ever started reading it because, as I said above, I LOVE everything Becky Wade writes. Josh and Holly's story grips you by the heart from the very opening lines. I love the way this story shows that God is in control always, in the good times and in the hard times. I love that this story is real-to-life, following God isn't easy. He is there to walk with us through the difficult things and we can have peace that we are following His guidance, but that doesn't necessarily mean that it won't still be heartbreaking and painful, even in years to come. I loved to see how this story was brought full circle. I loved Josh's devotion and Holly's generous spirit. Spring can't get here soon enough for me! I'm ready to read the new Becky Wade novel now!!

    To sum it up, this is a great collection to purchase. Whether you know and love all three authors or are going to be be meeting them for the first time, you won't be disappointed. The stories are beautifully written and leave you wanting more. Although I read this book via e-reader, it will definitely be one I'll purchase in hard copy for my bookshelf!
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    To Have and to Hold
    October 6, 2016
    Britney Adams
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Perfect for romance readers, this wonderful collection takes the cake! While unique in their settings, these three autumn love stories share a common wedding theme, which I loved.

    Love Takes the Cake by Betsy St. Amant- A fun story that left me wanting more!

    The Perfect Arrangement by Katie Ganshert- The email banter and movie references completely charmed me!

    Love in the Details by Becky Wade- A tender tale brimming with palpable emotions!

    Boasting endearing characters, engaging story lines, and wonderful humor and wit, the To Have and to Hold novellas delighted me from beginning to end!

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher.
  5. Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Time to fall into romance with these three amazing romance stories in one book!
    October 5, 2016
    Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Fall is by far my favorite season of the year. Something changes in the air. Perhaps it is the dance of the falling leaves on the wind, the crispness to the air or maybe it's just a time for great novel about love and romance while sitting by the warm fire and drinking something hot. To Have and To Hold is that perfect blend of three great fall romance novellas by Betsy St.Amant, Katie Ganshert and Becky Wade all gathered together in one great book. Each taking a turn at creating something unforgettable and timeless in each of their respective novellas.

    Love Takes the Cake by Betsy St. Amant is a delightfully sweet tale of Charlotte Cantrell, owner and proprietress of The Donut Knot, a small bakery that she has always dreamed would one day provide the income a single mother like herself would need to support her young daughter Zoe. Now if she can simply put all romantic interest of out her mind and focus on working with her latest Bridezilla to determine which cake flavor she would most like for her wedding cake. Only it turns out that she is simply too stressed to make all these decisions and defaults under the suggestion of her fianc to have the best man, Will Martin work with Charlotte to come up with the right combination for all her events leading up to the wedding. Now if she can only stick to her plan not to get involved with anyone while she dreams of what it would be like to date Will instead?

    The Perfect Arrangement by Katie Ganshert takes us for a reminiscent ride back through all those old black and white romance movies with Amelia Woods who simply wanted to see what her former boyfriend, Matt's wedding looks like. She wasn't 'spying' she was simply putting her past behind her with this last attempt at letting go. She just never dreamed she would run into the next love of her life, literally by rear-ending his car. Turns out that Nate Galligher might have met his match with Amelia. As the two begin corresponding through email as Amelia attempts to apologize for hitting him and then leaving so quickly, it turns out that they have more in common than they thought and that is love for old classic movies and the romance that those former days seems to allude to. But will Amelia and Nate find the lasting connection or will they simply fade away into the sunset?

    Love in the Details by Becky Wade wraps up the book with two former high school sweethearts, Holly and Josh, that are reunited again after 8 years to find themselves suddenly working together on a wedding. Their relationship ended with both being confused on why and thus hurt feelings materialize once again to show that those smoldering embers might just have an opportunity to fan into flames of a former love if they can simply find a way to communicate over what really happened and how a misunderstanding might just be a reason for finding forgiveness and a second chance at true happiness.

    I received To Have and To Hold by Betsy St.Amant, Katie Ganshert and Becky Wade compliments of Net Galley and Zondervan Publishers. The best thing about a romance book like this one is you get a little taste of romance with three very talented authors. Kinda feels like a Hallmark movie marathon and for me, my favorite had to be The Perfect Arrangement simply because I am a fan of You've Got Mail and The Shop Around the Corner. They simply don't make them like that anymore and combined with just the right blend of comedy, romance and a yearning for something more, these all feel like their own novels on their own. If you have never read any of these author's books, please consider checking all of them out. For me this is another 5 out of 5 stars and now that it's fall, it seems like the perfect time for love and watching my favorite classic romance movies one more time. Each of these novellas offers their own discussion guides at the conclusion which makes this a perfect fit for book clubs.
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