Book Reviews

Book Review: Autumn Brides, a Novella Set

1Happily ever after begins today. The honor of your presence is requested at three autumn weddings . . .

A September Bride by Kathryn Springer

When Annie moves to Red Leaf, she’s ready to call the little town home, but Deputy Jesse Kent can’t believe his mother has handed the keys to her bookshop over to a woman she met on the internet. Jesse has seen his mother taken advantage of before, and he decides to keep a close eye on this Annie Price. But when a close eye turns into a historical wedding reenactment with Jesse and Annie as the couple, make-believe nuptials quickly give way to real-life emotions.

An October Bride by Katie Ganshert

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.

A November Bride by Beth K. Vogt

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. 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”?

My Thoughts:

A September Bride is a delightful fall read. It was funny, romantic, sweet, and Springer even threw in a little historical reenactment. It was everything I could have asked for in a novella.

An October Bride was smooth like buttercream icing on a wedding cake. Simply put: I loved it! The romance was just right, but Emma’s terminally ill father added a depth and heart to the story that I didn’t expect. It wasn’t heavy but thoughtful. I found the message Ganshert weaved in about living life today very comforting and inspiring.

A November Bride was one of those charming friends-before-lovers stories. I really loved the message on forgiveness that Vogt touched upon. I struggled a tad with Sadie’s character. She seemed a bit hostile to me, but overall it was a great read.

Rating and Recommendation: As a whole, this collection was a real treat and it’s one that I would recommend to the Christian Fiction fan or anyone who enjoys contemporary wedding stories or novellas. I’m giving it 5 stars.

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