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 July Bride by Beth Wiseman
Series: A Year of Weddings Novella #8
Published by Zondervan on June 24th 2014
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. In a moment of total panic, Brendan left Alyssa at the altar. What will it take for him to win her back? When Brendan Meyers became a “runaway groom,” Alyssa Pennington’s heart broke. But she’s returned the unopened gifts, exchanged the dress, and is ready to get on with her life...and forget Brendan. The problem is, Brendan can’t forget. He can’t forget the love he and Alyssa shared and can’t forgive himself for what he put her through on their wedding day. He can never undo his actions, but at least he can try to win Alyssa’s forgiveness. And maybe, someday, another shot at her love. Dalton Landreth was the only person not disappointed about that botched wedding. He had been eyeing Alyssa since high school—with his gorgeous, magnetic blue eyes—and when Brendan ran out the church doors, Dalton heard opportunity knocking. Within months of being jilted at the altar, Alyssa finds herself being simultaneously wooed by the love of her life and the best-looking man she’s ever seen. Not bad for a small-town girl with a broken heart.
“A July Bride” by Beth Wiseman was an interesting”Year of Weddings Novella.” This wasn’t my favorite novella but I don’t think it was a bad one either. I think the story was pretty engaging with keeping the reader engaged. Alyssa was left at the altar by the love of her life and she just doesn’t know why. Since that day Brendan has regretted the choices that he made. Trying to win Alyssa back, Brendan is sending Alyssa flowers and gifts profusely apologizing. When Alyssa needs to try to move on, Brendan takes it extremely hard but finally gives in to the fact that he isn’t who Alyssa wants anymore.
I had a hard time with “A July Bride” at several moments because I felt like the characters were making many stupid mistakes. As much as I want Brendan and Alyssa to work out there issues and be together because I believe that the two of them should be together, I felt like each of them could not make good choices. Alyssa and Brendan aren’t perfect people but it seemed like they couldn’t trust each other at all. I have to say that the idea of the story was great but I am not totally sure that it was executed well. The story was just a little dull and hard to really get into. I think I felt closer to Brendan’s character than Alyssa’s, but I still didn’t feel like I could truly connect to either character. The writing wasn’t bad. You could tell that the author is a good writer, but I don’t feel like the author’s heart was completely in this story.