A July Bride by Beth Wiseman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Genre: Christian Romance Novella
Book Description: A year's worth of novellas from twelve inspirational romance authors. Happily ever after guaranteed.
Can she forgive the man who left her at the altar?
Alyssa Pennington dated Brendan Myers for three years before she accepted his proposal. For almost a year, Alyssa's friends and family helped her plan a lovely wedding to take place in the church she'd grown up in. It was the happiest day of her life when she walked down the aisle to be united with the man of her dreams. But when Brendan left her at the altar, Alyssa was consumed by humiliation, embarrassment, and a broken heart that wouldn't allow her to trust anyone. Especially Brendan.
Brendan Myers knows he will spend the rest of his life regretting what he did to Alyssa, the only woman he's ever loved. Without her, his life is empty. In one fateful moment, he'd panicked, destroyed their future, and ruined everything. Now he plans to win her back.
But winning back his bride might prove much more difficult than he can imagine. And even if he does get her to the altar again, will she think turnabout is fair play?
My thoughts: This is another fun edition to A Year of Weddings series of novellas from Zondervan publishing. The books do not need to be read in order to appreciate them. Each and every story is unique and focus on different aspects of love and marriage.
This story had a theme of forgiveness. There are many instances where forgiveness is needed and forgiveness is given. It also took a look at what is needed to make a relationship and a marriage last.
Brendan knew shortly after walking away from Alyssa at the alter that he had made a big mistake. His efforts to try to win her back didn't work. He did many silly things, like sending her a kitten. The harder he tried, the more Alyssa resented him for not letting her get on with her life.
This book has a love triangle. Alyssa has decided to move on with Dalton, but she can't forget Brendan. As a reader, you know who the better man is, but it's something that Alyssa has to discover on her own.
The book gives enough information that the story and conflict is understood. It is a novella length so there are holes in time where it might have been nice to see how the characters are doing. While novella's are quick and fun to read, it's harder to connect with the story or the characters. This would have been a great full length story with more detail.
This book was a clean Christian romance.