I received this book for free from Publisher on NetGallery in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A February Bride by Betsy St. Amant
Series: A Year of Weddings Novella #3
Published by Zondervan on 2014-01-28
Genres: Christian, Fiction, Romance
Source: Publisher on NetGallery
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A year’s worth of novellas from twelve inspirational romance authors. Happily ever after guaranteed. Allie left the love of her life at the altar—to save him from a lifetime of heartbreak. When a Valentine’s Day wedding brings them back together, she struggles against her family’s destructive history. Can Allie ever realize that a marriage is so much more than a wedding dress? History repeats itself when Allie Andrews escapes the church on her wedding day—in the same dress passed down for generations and worn by all the women in her family—women with a long history of failed marriages. Allie loves Marcus but fears she’s destined to repeat her family’s mistakes. She can’t bear to hurt Marcus worse. Marcus Hall never stopped loving Allie and can only think of one reason she left him at the altar—him. When the two are thrown together for his sister’s Valentine’s Day wedding, he discovers the truth and realizes their story might be far from over. Can Allie shuck expectation and discover who she is as a bride and in the Bride of Christ? And if she ever walks down the aisle, what dress will she wear? “I was delighted to hear that some of my own favorite authors would be writing the stories for the Year of Weddings collection, and when I saw the gorgeous book covers, I knew the series would be a huge hit! There's just something so hopeful and heartwarming about a wedding, and I'm thrilled to have A January Wedding be a part of this fun project!” —Deborah Raney, author of A January Bride
“A February Bride” by Betsy St. Amant was definitely a cute little story. The story starts out with Allie and her running away on the day of her wedding. Then the reader is immediately taken into the future where Hannah, Allie’s best friend and the sister of Allie’s ex-fiancé is getting married and she wants Allie to be the maid of honor. Now this means that Allie and her ex-fiancé Marcus are now going to be spending time together during the ceremony showers and the ceremony itself. As the two spend more time together they figure out that they are still both in love with the other one.
Allie believes that she doesn’t deserve happiness because her family is full of failed marriages and she thought that Marcus deserved better than that. Allie wants Marcus to be happy but she partly wants him to be happy with her but Allie doesn’t want to ruin Marcus’ life. When Marcus’ mom fixes the rip in Allie’s wedding dress and instead of fixing it she ended up redesigning the entire dress which opened up Allie’s to what could truly become of her future with Marcus.
I have to say that I really liked this story. It is all about finding yourself and creating your own future. There may be things that happen in your past but you shouldn’t let that hurt your future. This story is about forgiving and mending your past and relationships. I thought it is a great story with great morals. Definitely a novella I would read again. I thought the characters were great and easy to fall in love with. This is definitely a quick but very sweet read.