Sunday, January 4, 2015
A November Bride - A Year of Weddings Novella - by Beth K. Vogt
About the book:
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 was another winner in the Year of Weddings Novellas! I loved this story of best friends who both start to wonder if there could be more to their relationship. I thought the description above was a little misleading as they did like each other as more than friends years before, but due to misunderstandings, thought the other didn't feel the same way. The proposal was kind of a joke after Sadie was frustrated about getting dumped again and Erik's eyes are opened to how he really feels after she gets a job offer in another state and a friend questions his feelings for her. I loved that they both sought God's will for their futures. There was also a great conversation about forgiveness and the struggle Erik had to forgive his dad for abandoning their family. The romantic moments were wonderful and the story felt like it progressed at a good speed. One thing that I don't think was explained was why Sadie had to wear an eye patch in middle school, but I read in the discussion questions that she had a lazy eye. I loved this lighthearted, well-written story and I highly recommend it!
I received a free e-book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.
This is only available as an e-book or an audio book.
About the Author Beth K. Vogt believes God's best is often behind the doors marked "Never." She's the wife of a former Air Force family physician who said she'd never marry a doctor-or anyone in the military. She's a mom of four who said she'd never have kids. She's a former nonfiction writer and editor who said she'd never write fiction. Beth's novels include Wish You Were Here, Catch a Falling Star, and Somebody Like You.