Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Book #Review: May Bride ( A Year of Weddings)

Book Title: A May Bride ( A Year of Weddings Novella)
Author: Meg Moseley |Website| Twitter| Facebook|
Publisher: Zondervan Fiction
Genre: Romance
Series/Standalone: Standalone
Format: ebook
Cost: $3.70
Pages: 124
How I got it: NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Publisher
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She’s prepared for her wedding all her life … but she forgot a few things. Ellie Martin, a country girl in Atlanta, often de-stresses from city life by tending the flower beds of a church near her apartment. She has dreamed of a traditional wedding all her life, a wedding like the one her younger sister is planning back in their hometown. Their single mom will pay for Alexa’s wedding, but Ellie started her own wedding fund years ago. She only needs to find a groom. She bumps into a man who’s a guest at a wedding on the church grounds. She’s noticed him around the neighborhood, but today he introduces himself as Gray Whitby. They embark on a whirlwind romance, but her mother doesn’t trust freewheeling men like him. Standing up to Mom leads Ellie to stick up for Alexa too. When Ellie risks her own plans for her sister’s sake, Gray feels betrayed. Will he always play second fiddle? Will Ellie and Gray reconcile their differences so her dream wedding can come true, or will the romance they’ve begun come crashing down?
I enjoyed this story, it was a quick read.  It was a little different from the others, it didn't really glorify the wedding so much as the couple and I thought it was really good for that.

Granted the couple met and got married really quickly, they however worked pretty hard on aligning their lives and who they were.  I felt like it was a cute story, especially because it made them focus not on the trappings but on what they believed their faith was leading them to.  Ellie had a hard time connecting to her family due to her Mother's ultra conservative views which are making her sister's wedding plans hell.  I like Ellie and her sister (although her sister needed some serious growing up to do).

I however really couldn't get behind Ellie's decision in regards to her sister and totally got why Gray was so mad.  The side characters in the story weren't really fleshed out, and they kind of were props, except fot Ellie's mom who kept trying to take center stage.  I wish we knew Gray better, like we got facts but no real meat and potatoes on him, except that he loves Ellie and being spontaneous and he's a bit of a nerd.

I truly loved the wedding, both at the beginning and the end of the story.  I felt this story would have been better as a novel instead of a short novella. Although it conveyed much there wasn't enough time given for the characters to really grow on you or for them to really fall in love.
It's a okay story, something you should check out for yourself.. Make sure to check out the other weddings taking place. Click the banner.

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