9/25/15

Book Review: AUTUMN BRIDES: A YEAR OF WEDDINGS NOVELLA COLLECTION






Autumn Brides is a Novella which contains 3 short stories, A September Bride by Kathryn Springer, An October Bride by Katie Ganshert, and A November Bride by Beth K. Vogt. Each story is about a wedding that is to take place and the unique way each of them come to be.

  • Series: A Year of Weddings Novella
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (August 11, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310339243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310339243

Summary:

In A September Bride, Annie Price is the town of Red Leaf's newest resident and soon is given a lot of responsibility that Deputy Jesse Kent, a long time resident has a hard time accepting.  Jesse decides to keep a very close eye on Annie, so close that he ends up involved in all things "Annie".  He finds himself and Annie both at the same time, volunteered into participating in the town's historical reenactment of a very famous wedding, as non other than the bride and the groom.  Before you know it, these two have fallen for each other!


In An October Bride, a woman stumbles upon her dying father's bucket wish list. What she finds is that at the very bottom of the list, a yet to be completed task.. "Walk Emma down the isle." Emma discusses this with her close friend Jake and together hatch a brilliant plan to marry, but for pretend, just so her father has enough time. One thing becomes quickly apparent, and that is that Emma doesn't want to pretend because she is secretly in love with Jake. With her father's blessing, anything is possible!

In a November Bride, Sadie finds herself turning 30 and terribly tired of having boring relationships that do not seem to last very long. She's a woman on a mission to get married and have children, and despite only turning 30, she's convinced her biological clock is ticking.  Her friend Erik and her share a mutual love for texting, and together decide that after 17 years of being friends, and going on 3 dates, that it's now or never when it comes to love! They decide to jump the gun and get married during a surprise "engagement party!"  

Impression:

What I loved about these three romantic stories was how heart warmingly realistic they all were and how I could relate to each character from the varying perspectives. Even the point of view of the males shared valuable insight into each story, especially in A September Bride. I really enjoyed the character Jesse. Felt like I could understand his feelings and how he was nosy and protective and harbored this tough exterior but was really mushy inside. 
Overall,
 I really loved this style of book, and I felt like each story was a good length. I was not bored at all, and didn't put the book down until I finished all 3 stories.  At the end of each story there is a series of Discussion Questions.  This keeps you guessing and keeps the story going even after it's over!

I'd recommend this type of book for a young adult audience or somebody who is interested particularly in weddings. It's very light hearted, fun, easy to read and overall inspiring. 



*FTC DISCLAIMER: This book was sent to me complimentary from LookBookBloggers in exchange for my honest review!*