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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Mini-Review: A JANUARY BRIDE by Deborah Raney (Zondervan, 2013)

From AmazonA year’s worth of novellas from twelve inspirational romance authors. Happily ever after guaranteed. In A January Bride by Deborah Raney, 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.

Audience: Adult (Clean)
Genre: Romance, Inspirational Romance

Length: 99 pages

Rating: ***+

Review: Novellas are really in right now, and I love that. I'm impatient and can really get into a quick resolution of a romance. Plus, because so many authors are doing it, I can enjoy my favorites much more often, especially when it seems like I just don't have enough time to read!
I really enjoyed the first I read in this series, A DECEMBER BRIDE, and this one didn't disappoint. It had some fun characters, the lighthearted romance but with a dash of seriousness that's necessary. I loved exploring and imagining the old Inn with Maddie as she drew inspiration to write. I thought that Arthur's character was well developed and thought out. To be quite honest, though, I spent the better part of the book just wishing the two would meet in person so I could see some real sparks.

Content: Rated 1-5; 1 being minor instances, 5 being saturated
Sex - 0
Violence - 0
Language - 0
Preaching - 2
Overall rating - G

Source: Received a review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

Try This. Want to read about more people falling in love through letters? Enjoy Annette Lyon's novella "Between the Lines" in the TRA: LOVE LETTER COLLECTION.

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I've been writing since I was old enough to grasp a crayon--my grandma even has an early copy of a "book" I made her. I have a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Wyoming and will (hopefully) soon be starting a graduate program in English. When I'm not breaking up impromptu UFC fights in the living room or losing miserably to my boys at Uno, I'm ... well, writing or editing, of course! I'm married to my best friend, and we have three rambunctious but simply amazing little boys.


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