Mini Review: A June Bride by Marybeth Whalen

Posted November 16, 2014 by love2dazzle in Fiction, Reviews / 0 Comments

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Mini Review: A June Bride by Marybeth WhalenA June Bride by Marybeth Whalen
Series: A Year of Weddings Novella #8
Published by Zondervan on 2014-05-27
Genres: Christian, Fiction, Romance
Pages: 104
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher on NetGallery
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The reality show ended with an engagement, so why doesn’t this feel like the fairy tale she thought it would be? The Rejection Connection hardly sounds like the place to fall in love, but Wynne Hardy walked off the reality-TV set with an engagement ring. And in the whirlwind of publicity and preparation that follows a TV-bride-to-be in her fifteen minutes of fame, Wynne barely has time to consider how she really feels about her new fiancé . . . to say nothing of how she still feels about her ex. As the wedding plans develop, so too do Wynne’s doubts: Is she in love with Andy? Or is this really about Callum—the ex-boyfriend who sent her onto Rejection Connection in the first place? A nationally televised snub might be the best revenge . . . but is it a good reason to get married? When Callum resurfaces at the worst possible moment, Wynne can’t help wondering if she’s made a huge mistake. Is her marriage a publicity stunt? And what happens when the cameras stop rolling, and she has a husband she barely knows?

“A June Bride” by M Whalen has been my least favorite wedding novella so far. Wynne was a little too trusting of everyone. Trust is a great attribute to have but the fact that she seemed to trust people blindly. For being a wedding novella, “A June Bride” didn’t have much romance in the story. The storyline of the bride being on a reality tv show is pretty cool and I wish Whalen would have spent a little more time on this concept to make the story more fun. Instead we are given a bit of the background information and then what is currently going on which would be the wedding planning. The novella is well written but the characters weren’t very life-like. I don’t feel as if the reader got to know the characters at all. I think planning for a June wedding may have been a little too fast on Wynne’s and Andy’s part because they have to get to know each other. IT comes back to Wynne being so trusting because if she wasn’t I would think that she would want to slow things down a bit since she didn’t know Andy super well. She only knew what she found out of the tv show while being filmed. I just couldn’t find myself falling in love with this story.


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Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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