Sunday, April 26, 2015

All Dressed Up in Love - A Year of Weddings Novella - by Ruth Logan Herne

About the book:

They've helped orchestrate the perfect day for countless couples. Now twelve new couples will find themselves in the wedding spotlight in the second Year of Weddings novella collection.

Greg Elizondo hadn't bargained for this. Any of this.
Satin. Lace. Tulle. Pearl inlay, embroidered bodices, and Swarovski crystals.
The bridal shop business it took his mother three decades to build, the enterprise that covered his university and law degrees in full, was struggling because he might be part-genius when it came to contract law . . . But corset-style gowns with a mermaid flair? Shoot me now.
Tara Simonetti hated law school, but loved the community grant funding her presence at Temple University's esteemed school of law. She could not fail. Would not fail. But when a notice for bridal store help appeared on the community notice board, Tara applied for the job immediately. While grants and loans helped pave her way, money for food was scarce. Legal precedence, moot court, and judicial clerking all had their place, but they were nothing compared to Alcenon lace, tucked silk skirts, and a well-placed peplum.
Greg had grabbed her help as the act of a desperate man. Within weeks, he was desperate again, this time to win her heart. But after using community funds to get her degree, how can Tara turn her back on the people who helped finance her goal?
But if she leaves Philadelphia and Greg to return to her small-town in northern Pennsylvania, she'll be leaving her heart behind. A heart he won, fair and square by posting a help wanted notice on the coffee shop board . . . A heart that filled the missing niche in his mother's acclaimed bridal store. A heart Greg longed to cherish forevermore.

My review:

This was a fun, interesting story about a bridal shop in trouble.  I really liked Tara and her passion for all things bridal.  It was cool how she was able to come in and assess the store's needs.  She really had a talent for the business.  I liked Greg, too, but I had a harder time understanding the workaholic mentality.  It would be difficult to change your path and focus after working so hard towards your goals and spending so much money, as they each had to reassess where they were headed.  Tara had a strong faith and there was an insightful conversation about a difficult experience she had and God's role in it.  Greg seemed like he had the background and that his mom was a Christian, but he wasn't or had wandered from the faith.  There was some evidence that he was changing, but I wish it would have been more obvious that he put his faith in God and wasn't just feeling more sympathetic to the downtrodden.  I would have liked him to make it clear to her.  There were some cute romantic moments and I would definitely recommend it if you like romance!

I received a kindle copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author

Award-winning author Ruth Logan Herne is the author of over a dozen novels for Love Inspired and Summerside Press. The mother of seven children, she loves kids and pets. She is married to a very patient man who is seemingly unthreatened by the casts of characters living in her head.

Check out the book here.
This is only available as an e-book.

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