Friday, 21 March 2014

A February Bride (A Year of Weddings #3) by Betsy St. Amant

A February Bride (A Year of Weddings, #3)

Happily ever after guaranteed. Allie left the love of her life at the altar—to save him from a lifetime of heartbreak. When a Valentine’s Day wedding brings them back together, she struggles against her family’s destructive history. Can Allie ever realize that a marriage is so much more than a wedding dress?

History repeats itself when Allie Andrews escapes the church on her wedding day—in the same dress passed down for generations and worn by all the women in her family—women with a long history of failed marriages. Allie loves Marcus, but fears she’s destined to repeat her family’s mistakes. She can’t bear to hurt Marcus worse.

Marcus Hall never stopped loving Allie and can only think of one reason she left him at the altar—him. When the two are thrown together for his sister’s Valentine’s Day wedding, he discovers the truth and realizes their story might be far from over. Can Allie shuck expectation and discover who she is as a bride and in the Bride of Christ? And if she ever walks down the aisle, what dress will she wear?

This book starts with a wedding and without reading the synopsis, you wonder why the hell she's running off! I guess the story has to start somewhere, and as far as opening chapters go, it was pretty catching. You really do wonder what's going on.

Poor Marcus is left wondering for four months what went wrong to make his fiancee run out of the church just before their wedding. She even took off with his car! (And spilt flavoured milk in it. Eeek!) He still loves her intensely and desperately trying to figure out what he's going to do without her, especially when his sister, Hannah, who is also Allie's best friend, is planning her Valentine's Day wedding and Allie is suddenly back on the scene as Maid of Honour. Talk about awkward!

Allie is confused. Really confused. She loves Marcus so much, she's let him go (refer back to the running away from her own wedding) believing in a curse hanging over her family. The same dress has been used for a few generations of Andrews women for their many multiple weddings and now it's Allie's turn. A trigger with the dress makes her flee but with all the marriages she's witnessed - her mother, aunt and grandmother - who can really blame her for believing her family and the dress are cursed. It does take her a while to realise it doesn't have to be that way - I guess the longer you've believed in something, the harder the habit is to break - but once she does, it's a very quickly made decision on what her course of action is next.

Another quick read in the Year of Weddings series and guaranteed HEA. Ideal for those who like a light read without heavy emotion. No tissues needed here! My tissue box actually didn't even get a look in this time round :) It was enjoyable and though it took me a few days due to family schedules, it really wouldn't take even a day if you were able to read it in a sitting. I would like to continue reading the series to see what else they hold in store. I like that different authors bring something new to the table with their story lines and styles. 

Copy received with thanks from NetGalley and publisher.

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