Review of Kiss the Bride: Three Inspirational Romance Novellas

Leah Courtney
The Year of Weddings novellas walk through each month of the year with an inspirational romance story. I've had the opportunity to read some of the Year of Weddings novellas previously. Kiss the Brides is a collection of three summer time romance novellas from three Christian fiction writers.

Review of Christian fiction Kiss the Bride
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Picture Perfect Love by Melissa McClone

Jenna Harrison had her heart broken when her fiancé, Ashton Vance left her at the altar. She's still struggling to get over him- and the financial damage he left her with- when he shows up in her wedding photography shop to hire her for his sister's wedding. The two realize that they aren't really over each other. But they aren't sure that they can build a relationship that works.

There isn't any deep thoughtful story here. It's a novella. But Picture Perfect Love is a sweet, easy-to-read love story. It is Christian fiction, and both of the characters experience spiritual lessons and growth throughout the story. But it isn't preachy. I enjoyed the characters and thought they were well-developed in the short amount of time available. This would be a great by the beach read for the summer.

I Hope You Dance by Robin Less Hatcher

Grant Nichols is in town for his friend's wedding, and he has to learn to dance. Dance instructor Skye Foster is teaching all of the wedding guests, so the two end up together. Although they aren't very much alike, they find themselves drifting toward each other. But there are things they need to work out before they can have a relationship.

This was the shortest novella in the book. I didn't think the characters were very developed at all. Reading felt more like a summary of events and not much in depth of what the characters were thinking. Events seemed to be a little more forced in this one as well and things happened that just didn't flow.

Love on a Deadline by Kathryn Springer

MacKenzie (Mac) Davis has returned to her hometown to take a job at the local weekly newspaper. She wants to be a full-fledged reporter. But she needs to be back in town to take care of her father- the high school coach- after a heart attack. She finally gets a story to cover. But it's the wedding of her high school nemesis- Hollis Channing- and it will bring her back into contact with Hollis's brother Ethan- Mac's first crush. Things have changed as they've grow up, and the two may be able to develop a relationship at last.

This one had more character development and an interesting plot. Things seemed to move smoothly with the plot, and the storyline was believable. The characters had growth and change and experienced spiritual growth, but, again, the story wasn't preachy at all.

All in all, a novella isn't going to be deep, thoughtful reading. But if you're looking for some light reads to take to the beach or pool this summer, Kiss the Bride has a fairly good collection. I give it 3.5 stars. You can find the book on Amazon here and read a sample from the Kindle book below.

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