My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: Netgalley - to review
Genre: Clean Romance
Book Description: A year's worth of novellas from twelve inspirational romance authors. Happily ever after guaranteed.
She wants to make her father's dream come true. She doesn't realize her own dream has been in front of her the whole time.
Emma Tate isn't a risk taker, so everyone in her small Midwest town is surprised when she suddenly becomes engaged to lifelong friend Jake Sawyer. No one but Jake and Emma know the true reason they're getting married---so Emma's dying father can walk her down the aisle.
While Jake and Emma plan an autumn wedding together, it becomes clear that their agreement has a few complications---the biggest being their true feelings for each other.
In this novella by award-winning author Katie Ganshert, a young woman must reconcile her dying father's dreams with her own dreams for love and for her future.
My thoughts: Cute, fun, hopeful, clean, and love are adjectives that can be used to describe this book. I loved the story and the characters. This is unusual in a novella for me. It usually takes me a while to connect with the characters and feel invested in their story.
Emma loves her father. She would do anything for him. When she finds his bucket list and discovers his desire to walk her down the aisle, she wants nothing more than to fulfill that wish. He is battling cancer and only has a short time left to live.
Jake just happens to be at her home and volunteers to be the groom. He doesn't want her to have a life of regrets. He is a childhood friend and the object of her high school crush. She agrees to the plan with reservations, but as time progresses, the idea of marriage to Jake becomes more desirable.
The characters are friends first. There is a genuine love and respect for each other. There are many misunderstandings as well. I loved to read how they were able to come to a very happy conclusion.
This book is part of a series of novella's that are each a stand alone book. They are all clean! An October Bride is a great addition to the series and one of my favorites.