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Age Appropriate For: 13 and up for romance
Best for Ages: 15 and up
Description: Happily ever after guaranteed. Allie left the love of her life at the altar—to save him from a lifetime of heartbreak. When a Valentine’s Day wedding brings them back together, she struggles against her family’s destructive history. Can Allie ever realize that a marriage is so much more than a wedding dress? History repeats itself when Allie Andrews escapes the church on her wedding day—in the same dress passed down for generations and worn by all the women in her family—women with a long history of failed marriages. Allie loves Marcus, but fears she’s destined to repeat her family’s mistakes. She can’t bear to hurt Marcus worse. Marcus Hall never stopped loving Allie and can only think of one reason she left him at the altar—him. When the two are thrown together for his sister’s Valentine’s Day wedding, he discovers the truth and realizes their story might be far from over. Can Allie shuck expectation and discover who she is as a bride and in the Bride of Christ? And if she ever walks down the aisle, what dress will she wear?
Yes, this novella seemed to discuss kissing a lot more then I normally like. Yes, I felt the ending was a bit rushed. However, despite these two flaws, this has been one of my favorite novellas of the year. Why? The theme of redemption.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I forget that no matter what mistakes I make, not matter the shortcomings I have, God can redeem and use me. This story was a powerful reminder that God can redeem your past, no matter how broken it is.
I loved Allie. She was so selfless and tired hard (too hard) to protect others. She was very realistic. I think a lot of girls will be able to relate to her.
Marcus was a strong and very likable guy. He was a gentleman and the kind of guy just about any girl would be lucky to have. His great relationship with his mom and sister was so refreshing. His mom ended up being the hero of the story in my mind, but you will have to read the story to understand.
I highly recommend this novella to those who have enjoyed the last two bride books, romance stories, and enjoy stories of redemption.
I received this book from Zondervan through BookLook in exchange for my honest review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are entirely my own.
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