Book Reviews

Book Review: Kiss the Bride: Three Summer Love Stories


Meet the people who make it all happen—the planners, the photographers, the musicians who have helped orchestrate the perfect day for countless couples—as they find their own happy endings in the second Year of Weddings novella collection.

Picture Perfect Love: A June Wedding Story by Melissa McClone

When image becomes everything, it’s up to love to refocus the heart.
Photographer Jenna Harrison wants every bride and groom to look picture perfect on their special day. But her own heart is still broken, the unworn wedding dress hanging in her closet a reminder that relationships aren’t always as perfect as they look through her camera lens.
Attorney Ashton Vance is the one that got away, but he wrongly blamed Jenna for ruining his political aspirations. Even if Jenna can forgive him, dare he hope for a second chance at her love?

I Hope You Dance: A July Wedding Story by Robin Lee Hatcher

Can two left feet lead to one perfect romance?
Grant Nichols is a genius in the kitchen and a klutz on the dance floor. But his friend’s wedding is shaping up to be a shindig the likes of which Kings Meadow has never seen—including dancing. Lots of dancing.
Former rodeo queen Skye Foster is offering dance lessons for the wedding party. Grant and Skye are no match on paper. But when they step onto the dance floor, they create a melody all their own.

Love on a Deadline: An August Wedding Story by Kathryn Springer

MacKenzie “Mac” Davis returns to her hometown of Red Leaf, Wisconsin, and takes a job at the weekly newspaper writing about social events.
When Hollis Channing, Mac’s high school nemesis, returns to Red Leaf to marry her celebrity fiancé, the editor asks Mac to cover all the festivities for the newspaper. The last thing Mac wants to do is reconnect with the person who made her life miserable when she was a teenager . . . unless it’s spending time with Ethan Channing, the bride’s older brother—and Mac’s first crush.

My Thoughts on the Entire Collection: Overall, this was a delightful collection. Each story was a quick read full of sweet romance and wedding details.

Picture Perfect Love: A June Wedding Story by Melissa McClone

Picture Perfect Love was a smooth read with a great message on what true love really looks like. I was hooked from the very beginning, although I would have appreciated getting the full backstory all at once instead of piece by piece. Aside from that, I found Picture Perfect Love perfectly enjoyable.

I Hope You Dance: A July Wedding Story by Robin Lee Hatcher

I’m sorry to say that I struggled a little more with I Hope You Dance. I had a hard time getting into this story. There was a lot of backstory and the characters seemed to spend more time doing nothing on the page then doing something. It is, however, a quick read for the modern cowboy fan.

Love on a Deadline: An August Wedding Story by Kathryn Springer

Love on a Deadline was one of those endearing stories that you simply swallow whole. Grant and Mac were easy to fall in love with. I felt like I was right at home with the small town setting. There was an unexpected somberness to the story that I felt like took this simple novella to a whole new level and made me appreciate it even more. Love on a Deadline is one of those stories that I think will stick with me for some time.

Rating and Recommendation: It’s not always easy to rate a collection of novellas when the stories earn different ratings. I’ve decided to stick with a 5-star rating simply because the strong stories are really that good. I don’t think you’ll regret adding this collection to your shelf and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys Contemporary Christian Fiction and those that enjoy a modern wedding story.

~I received a copy from BookLookBloggers in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. 

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