Review: A January Bride (A Year of Weddings) by Deborah Raney

18168267 This was a really creative love story! For much of the book, Madeleine Houser and Arthur Tyler had not even met in person! It is quite a cute concept and the author did a very good job with this sweet novella.

Maddie is an author in need of a quiet place to work. Arthur is a widowed professor who has a bed and breakfast that he used to run with his deceased wife. When a mutual friend tells him of Maddie’s dilemma, he agrees to let Maddie do her writing there at the inn during the day while he is gone. What ensues is a fun mix up involving little notes left between Art and Maddie. Each thinks the other is much older and bares more of themselves in the notes than they would have if they knew to whom they were really writing.

The author did a nice job of creating likeable characters. Arthur had quite a bit of baggage to let go of, creating some good, heartfelt conflict. This is a charming love story that I would recommend to those who love reading romance. This novella is another good example of writing that can tell a full story and not seemed rushed, even if it is not a full length novel. (4 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this novella from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.



DEBORAH RANEY’s first novel, A Vow to Cherish, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title. Her books have since won the RITA Award, ACFW Carol Award, HOLT Medallion, National Readers’ Choice Award, and have twice been Christy Award finalists. Her newest novel, The Face of the Earth, released in May from Howard/Simon & Schuster. Deb and her husband, Ken Raney, enjoy life in Kansas. They have four children and five small grandchildren, who all live much too far away.

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About Brittany

I am a homeschooling mother of four children. I am an avid reader and have been for as long as I can remember. I truly enjoy reading and reviewing books I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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One Response to Review: A January Bride (A Year of Weddings) by Deborah Raney

  1. Sounds like a “cute meet” novel for sure. Thanks for the review, Britt. Happy Holidays!

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