Friday, November 21, 2014

A July Bride by Beth Wiseman

A July Bride 

A Year of Weddings 1 #8

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?

Kathie's Review:

I really wanted to like this book. There's a wedding planned for my own home in the next couple weeks, and I really like weddings! 

There may be spoilers in this review.

Bad choices are made by many of these characters and the reasons don't seem to be real, at least to me. Brendan ran when his bride to be reaches him at the altar. We don't find out the reason until close to the end of the book. I thought his reason wasn't that great. 

Near the end, we also find out that Alyssa had pressured him to get married. But he was the one that asked her, so they both needed to communicate better.

After jilting her, Brendan starts making grand gestures almost immediately to try and win her back. Alyssa is having none of that, for which I don't blame her. What I do blame her for is jumping into a relationship quite quickly. Not that I thought she should pine forever, but she was engaged less than six months later. And she really wasn't happy about it. 

Another thing that rather bugged me is that Alyssa asks God for a sign. When she steps into her rose filled home, she thinks the roses are from her ex, and she's thrilled. This is the sign that God has sent. But when she realizes the flowers are from the new guy, her heart breaks a bit. Um, wouldn't that be sign that she's with the WRONG guy? Did she really want a telegram from God? I don't know, but the entire way through the engagement, she's just not devoted to the new guy.

The new guy...ugh...he mentions at one point that he had cheated on his ex. And he can't wait to sleep with the new girl, before they are even in a committed relationship. He pressures her for sex after they are engaged. She only mentions this once, something about having to make rules. You know the guy had to be pressuring her the entire time. That's the way this type of guy is. I didn't feel this was addressed nearly enough.

The end of the book felt like several paragraphs were left out. It was rather like "Wham, Bam, HEA." This could have been a lot better. I am giving it a THREE...because my OCD tendencies mean I have to read the whole series and some reviews I've read have really loved this one. So you may enjoy it much more than I did. Not every book is written for every reader.

Thank you, NetGalley and Zondervan, for the opportunity to read this book.

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