Genre: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Christian
Publication Date: November 3, 2015
Number of pages: 336
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.
Love at Mistletoe Inn by Cindy Kirk
Sometimes the road to happiness is paved with youthful mistakes.
Ten years after what she thought was her almost-wedding, Hope Prentiss discovers that the ceremony counted—and, as fate would have it, the jilted John Burke has just ridden back into town. After spending some time with John and helping plan a Christmas wedding for a mystery couple, Hope begins to wonder if she really wants a divorce . . . or a real wedding of her own.
A Brush with Love by Rachel Hauck
Revealing the beauty in other women might be Ginger Winters’s specialty—but it will take an unexpected kind of love to help Ginger see the beauty in herself.
Ginger Winters will be the “beauty-maker” for the Alabama society wedding of the decade.
But when high-school crush Tom Wells shows up looking for a haircut, Ginger’s thinly veiled insecurities threaten to keep her from love once again . . . despite Tom’s best efforts.
Serving Up a Sweetheart by Cheryl Wyatt
Meadow knows how to serve delicious food to match any wedding theme. But can she accept love when it’s served up on a silver platter?
Meadow Larson is having the mother of all Mondays when her roof caves in during a blizzard, right before the most important wedding contract of her career.
Renovation contractor Colin McGrath offers to fix Meadow’s roof, even though he knows he is the last person she would accept help from.
But the more Meadow gets to know the new Colin, the more she realizes God may have something more permanent in store than a new catering kitchen.
Three opportunities for readers to fall in love – with the stories, the characters, the settings.
Love at Mistletoe Inn is the first work I’ve read by Cindy Kirk, and I was drawn to the brewing sub-plot romance between Amity and Dan – surprisingly even more than to the main characters Hope and John. In fact, I would be first in line to read a story with Amity & Dan as the MCs 🙂 I also loved Verna and her Mistletoe Inn shenanigans, though that did take some suspension of disbelief. The premise of this novella is one of my usual faves – two people think they are no longer married only to find out … oops! they still are! And for the most part, I enjoyed its execution in the characters, the bits of humor, and the town. However, I would have preferred a bit more emotion to go along with their backstory. For two people with as much history as Hope and John have had between them – and as much physical attraction as CLEARLY they still have for each other – I just wasn’t feeling it. Which is why one sentence in particular made me do a double take to make sure I’d just read it right. (If you read this novella, no doubt you know what I mean.) It wasn’t that particular situation that bothered me – it made sense in the right conditions – but I guess that was the problem for me… it didn’t make sense to me for these two characters. And because of that, I sort-of felt puzzled the rest of the way through the novella. Overall, though, Love at Mistletoe Inn is cute and sweet and – like I said – I would love to read more from Cindy Kirk with some of these secondary characters as the focus!
I am an established Rachel Hauck fan, and I have actually been looking forward to reading A Brush With Love for some time now. In fact, it sadly became a casualty of blogging – I started this blog right around the time it released and soon became so swamped with scheduled reviews that I ran out of time to read anything that was just for fun. So when I got the opportunity to review A Season to Wed, I jumped on it simply for this specific novella. It was well worth the wait, too 🙂 Tom’s mission to help Ginger see her beauty, despite her scars, truly touched me. His execution of said mission brought tears to my eyes more than once. The epilogue – well – just make sure you have a tissue box handy but your smile will be firmly in place as well! A Brush With Love is full of wit, grins, and southern sass but it’s also just such a heartfelt, moving, and beautiful picture of God’s love for us – and of true romance.
Serving Up A Sweetheart introduced me to Cheryl Wyatt and made me want to hunt down her backlist and catch up! As is true for each of the novellas in this collection, I would happily read more novellas or full-length books set in this universe. From the moment Colin encounters Meadow trying to assassinate a snowman, I knew I was going to like these two characters – separately and together – and I did! I loved the humor, the sweetness, and the theme of restoration (spiritual, relational, and literal). This novella also contained my favorite line in the collection – “Colin cradled her gaze intently in an effort to anchor his answer therein…” Oh, don’t you just love that phrase – “cradled her gaze” ?
Bottom Line: If you like wintry weddings… if you like stories that revolve around the people who make weddings possible … if you like sweet and sometimes sassy romance, A Season to Wed is a great novella collection for you! All three authors – Cindy Kirk, Rachel Hauck, and Cheryl Wyatt – vividly bring their characters and settings to life, and each story points unequivocally to the Author who IS the very definition of Love. A perfect way to spend a chilly Spring evening!
(I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)
Rachel Hauck is a USA Today bestselling author. Her book, The Wedding Dress, was named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times and a RITA finalist. Her book Once Upon A Prince was a Christy Award finalist. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and two pets and writes from her ivory tower.
Cindy Kirk sold her first book in 1999 as a result of a contest win which garnered a critique of the entire manuscript. She’s been writing—and selling—ever since. Cindy has been a Booksellers’ Best Award Winner, a finalist for the National Readers’ Choice Awards and a Publishers Weekly best seller. Cindy has served on the Board of Directors of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) since 2007. In November 2014, she began serving as President of the 10,000+ member organization. She’s a frequent speaker at not only the national RWA conferences, but large regional writing conferences. She has also presented at smaller retreats and conferences across the country. She lives on an acreage in Nebraska with her high school sweetheart husband of too-many-years-to-count and their three “boys” (a shih tzu, a blue heeler and a dorkie). Their daughter lives close by with her wonderful husband and their two little girls.
Cheryl Wyatt writes romance with virtue. She’s a USA Today bestselling author and has earned RT Top Picks, spots #1 and #4 on her debut publisher’s Top 10 Most-Blogged-About-Books list, Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence final, and other awards. Cheryl loves readers! Connect with her on:
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