Thursday, March 6, 2014
A February Bride by Betsy St. Amant
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?
A February Bride by Betsy St. Amant was a sweet yet moving novella that captured the sad view many have that you cannot break out of bad cycles that have been set by the generations before you. The second novella in the Year of Weddings, this story showed that with faith and hope in God and His plan your life it is possible to not conform to your family's destructive history. Allie was a sweet character who loved Marcus so much she was willing to leave him in order to save him from what she expected to be a terrible fate. Marcus is left heartbroken, and it is only after they are forced to see one another as they are involved in his sister's wedding that Allie and Marcus realize that they are not ready to move on with their separate lives. I loved seeing them become drawn back together as well as watching Allie change as she spoke with Marcus and listened to his mother's wise words. However, I do wish that that Marcus and Allie had spent time talking about what happened in the past and working through it instead of just jumping back into wedding mode without ever truly verbally addressing what had happened. It felt a very unrealistic. However, overall I liked the characters and thought the storyline was sweet and both fun and moving to read. I look forward to seeing what characters and situations occur in the next novella, A March Bride!
I received this novella for free from BooklookBloggers and Zondervan Publishers in exchange for an honest review.