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 January Bride by Deborah Raney
Series: A Year of Weddings Novella #2
Published by Zondervan on 2013-12-24
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. What will happen when novelist Madeleine Houser’s “pen pal” friendship with a lonely widower takes an unexpected turn? Who can work in a house that's overrun by contractors and carpenters? Not Madeleine Houser, a successful novelist who gladly accepts the help of her octogenarian friend, Ginny, to arrange for a temporary office in the charming bed and breakfast owned by Ginny's friend, Arthur. Maddie’s never met the innkeeper—but a friendship grows between them as Maddie and Arthur leave messages for each other each day. To Maddie’s alternate delight and chagrin, she seems to be falling for the inn’s owner—a man who's likely many years her senior—and who she’s never even met. Arthur Tyler is a college professor who lost his young wife to cancer. Together they ran the bed and breakfast where Art lives, but without his wife, the house is missing warmth and cheer. He jumps at the chance to have author Madeleine Houser use the space that was once filled with guests. He, too, begins to enjoy the daily exchanges with Maddie, but a series of misunderstandings lead him to believe she’s far from being a prospective date—even if he were ready to date again, which he’s not. When Maddie and Art finally meet and discover one another’s identity, sparks fly. Even so, they each have obstacles to overcome in order for this winter romance to blossom. “Having been the mother of the bride twice and the mother of the groom once, it’s fun planning a virtual wedding. Then again, writing A November Bride made me responsible for every aspect of the wedding, including making sure the couple made it all the way to the ‘I do’s!’” —Beth K. Vogt, author of A November Bride
“A January Bride” by Debora Raney was an interesting novella. Maddie is a writer and she needs to get away for awhile since her house is being worked on. Since Maddie has a deadline to get her next book in she decides to go to a B&B that her neighbor Ginny suggested. Arthur Taylor is a widower and the owner of the B&B in town. Taylor’s wife passed away from cancer three years ago and he hasn’t let another woman in his life since then.
Maddie and Arthur begin to write letters back and forth to ask advice of each other or to just talk. Then Maddie begins to spend more and more time at the B&B. When Arthur gets sick he ends up staying at the B&B in his apartment downstairs and with all the coughing it made it hard for Maddie to concentrate. When the two of them finally meet it was a surprise to them because the are both younger than the other thought.
I have to say that I found “A January Bride” to be quite boring. I couldn’t get into the story. I think it is a cute love story, I just felt like it dragged on and I wasn’t enjoying it at all. The characters where slightly interesting but I didn’t feel like they had a whole lot of depth to them. I do think that the story line was really cute so it makes a cute love story in the end.