Thursday, 20 March 2014

A January Bride (A Year of Weddings #2) by Deborah Raney

A January Bride (A Year of Weddings, #2)

Who can work in a house that's overrun by contractors and carpenters? Not Madeleine Houser, a successful novelist who gladly accepts the help of her octogenarian friend, Ginny, to arrange for a temporary office in the charming bed and breakfast owned by Ginny's friend, Arthur. Maddie’s never met the innkeeper––but a friendship grows between them as Maddie and Arthur leave messages for each other each day. To Maddie’s alternate delight and chagrin, she seems to be falling for the inn’s owner––a man who's likely many years her senior––and who she’s never even met.

This is the second A Year of Weddings novella.
I'll start by saying I really liked how the couple met each other in the form of letters. I hadn't read the synopsis and can say it was pleasantly surprising.
Maddie uses Art's B&B as a quiet writing retreat while her sister's house is in renovating chaos. Both parties look forward each day to the notes they exchange and a friendship grows through the correspondence. The quirky thing is, they both think the other is quite elderly and yet are already quite taken with the other before they ever meet. Although, they have met on the street, they just don't know it! And the energy that sparkles between them on these few 'down the street' meetings, is obviously promising.
As a novella, it'll only take you a day to read - Unless you read really slowly or only have a small amount of time per day!! - but it's a lovely short read to wile away some hours. It's an enjoyable book and if you're looking for something light and not at all heavy, then this is a wonderful indulgence. It's listed as a Christian romance, so be prepared. Personally, I'm not a follower of a set religion, but that didn't detract from my overall enjoyment of the story. I'm not into books that preach at you and thankfully this one didn't do that. It does highlight the couples faith in God and their personal journeys - past and present.
I've just started on the next in this series - A February Bride - and I'm looking forward to reading that one too. If you like novellas in a series that can easily be read as standalones, then this is a good one to get into. Pick and choose the ones you like and there's no stress about losing storylines or characters along the way. Plus, each novella is written by a different author, so you get a taste of different writing styles and ideas too.

Copy received from NetGalley and publisher for an honest review

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