Friday, March 27, 2015

A November Bride by Beth Vogt

A November Bride
by Beth Vogt
Octobe4 28, 2014

Sadie McAllister is fastidious to a fault-but that serves her well as a personal chef to her clients in Denver. But her earliest attempt at managing romance was a bust when Erik Davis declined her invitation to the school's eighth grade Sadie Hawkins Dance.

Having celebrated the big 3-0 by ending a relationship, Sadie is tired of romantic relationships-by-text. The only man she knows willing to put down his iPhone and have face-to-face conversations with her is Erik. It's time to put a 21st-century twist on the Sadie Hawkins' tradition of a woman going after her man. He may not be the hero of her romantic dreams, but she can propose to Erik and achieve some sort of happily ever after with her best friend.

Erik is good at two things: his freelance job and maintaining casual, no-one-gets-hurt relationships with women. What is Sadie thinking, proposing to him? This is marriage-not a middle school dance. Erik decides to show Sadie what romance looks like when the man takes the lead. And while he's at it, he'll prove just how wrong they are for each other. But when he realizes he's fallen for her, can Erik convince Sadie his just-for-fun dates were the prelude to "'til death do us part"?

This is another in the "A Year of Weddings" series published by Zondervan - Fiction. Each of these novellas focus on a wedding and the trials and tribulations leading up to the event. These are nicely clean, but have some UST for our reading enjoyment. Kisses can be FUN! They are also inspirational, but they don't beat you over the head about it.

Kathie's Review:

This was charming. It ties for my favorite novella in this series. 

Sadie is a chef, and her creations pretty much made me drool. She's worried about her heart, after being shot down in middle school. Even though she and the "shooter" became best friends...she's still worried about rejection. She really does want her own family, but after being dumped via text several times, she's not ready to put herself out there again.

Erik is her best friend. He's also the guy that turned her down for a dance back in school. I like a guy that can learn, and he FINALLY gets it through his mind just WHO he has been waiting for. It's Sadie! Have to laugh, no one but them are surprised. He now has to convince her, after her latest dumping, that she really belong with him.

I enjoyed their banter and the way they really do depend on God for guidance. This is inspirational, but Ms. Vogt doesn't beat you over the head with religion. It's brought into play naturally, which is how I live my own life with the Lord. I liked that very much.

I will definitely have to check out more of this author's works.
Thank you, Netgalley and Zondervan, for the opportunity to read this book.

About Beth from her Website:

God’s best is often found behind the doors marked “Never.”
So many times I approached life with with a virtual roll of yellow duct tape emblazoned with the word NEVER. Over and over again I sealed off certain opportunities.
I would never marry a doctor or anyone in the military.
I would never have children.
I would never write fiction.
And don’t you know God stripped off the duct tape and walked me through each of those NEVER doors?
Have you ever marked a door NEVER … only to discover his best waited where you said you’d never go?
Following God through that door doesn’t mean we’re on “easy street,”‘even though we’re where he wants us to be.
” Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.”
- Psalm 25:4-5 (NIV)
There’s more to happily ever after than the fairy tales tell us. We’re living real life — and relationships are messy, even when you believe in God. Even when you anchor your life to his promises.
I live my life acknowledging these realities … And I weave these truths into the stories I write.

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