A February Bride by Betsy St. Amant
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Book Description: In A February Bride by Betsy St. Amant, history repeats itself when this bride runs out of the church on her wedding day---in the same dress that had been passed down for generations and worn by her mom, grandma and great-grandmother who also ran out of their weddings. The heroine struggles to break destructive cycles of the past. Can this bride shuck expectation and discover who SHE is as a bride and in the Bride of Christ? And if she finally walks down the aisle, what dress will she be wearing? Readers will enjoy this novel of redemption centered on a winter wedding.
My thoughts: Allie has determined that fate is about to repeat itself. Her family mantra is to hurt them before they can hurt you. Standing in her bridal gown that has been passed down through the women of her family, Allie notices a tear and takes it as a sign, Marcus would be better off without her. She doesn't want to hurt him.
The book picks up four months later when Allie and Marcus are once again thrown into the same social circle. Marcus' sister is Allie's best friend. It's now Allie's turn to be the brides maid.
This book is a guilty pleasure read. The characters are fun. The reader gets to know them as they are struggling with events and feelings that have been unresolved. Their feelings are very well portrayed. You know that they are realistic, the characters could be your friend. I felt that the characters were well developed, even though the story is confined to the size of a novelette.
The book has quirky moments that make you smile. The romance is sweet. The book has a Christian theme dealing with forgiveness and possible second chances. It's very clean, just a few kissing scenes. :)