I have read some mixed reviews on this novella. I have to say that I found it a cute story. Hope and John are thrown back together when they discover they have been married for the past ten years. The struggles in the book range from intense attraction, actions that can’t be undone, and Hope’s very real tendency toward fear and worry, instead of trusting God.
Hope’s tendency to make lists, which she takes to the extreme, frustrated me. Her general wishy-washy attitude toward John did aggravate me. She is definitely a character with only a light grasp of spiritual issues and I would have liked her faith to have grown in this story. But I did really like John. He knew he loved Hope. He always did and he always would. I enjoyed his steadfastness in the story.
Everything was tied up at the end a little quicker than I expected, but I did still feel happy in the conclusion. Hope finally stopped and tried to listen to where God was guiding her and realized what a gem she had in John. (4 stars)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through BookLook Bloggers, in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
They’ve helped orchestrate the perfect day for countless couples. Now twelve new couples will find themselves in the wedding spotlight in the second Year of Weddings novella collection.
Sometimes the road to happiness is paved with youthful mistakes.
Hope Prentiss didn’t go to the Harmony High School senior prom. Instead, she and John Burke drove to Boise and got married. At eighteen. But when Hope panicked after saying “I do,” the mail-order preacher assured her he just wouldn’t send in the paperwork. No forms, no marriage, no problem. Right?
Well . . .
Now, ten years later, Hope discovers that her prom-night wedding counted—and, as fate would have it, the jilted John Burke has just ridden back into town. And he’s staying with her Aunt Verna at the inn where she and Hope host weddings. Though Hope thinks she wants an annulment, a little time with John makes her think twice . . . and emotions between the more-or-less Mr. and Mrs. Burke reach a boiling point a soon as they get a moment alone.
With annulment out the window, Hope finds herself staring in the face of a divorce. But after spending some time with John and helping plan a Christmas wedding for a mystery couple, Hope begins to wonder if she really wants a divorce … or a real wedding of her own.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Cindy Kirk is a lifelong Nebraska resident who started writing after taking a class at a local community college. But her interest in the written word started years before when she was in her teens. At sixteen she wrote in her diary, “I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t be a writer.”
Not until her daughter was heading off to college did Cindy return to her first love—writing. Unlike some writers, Cindy wasn’t interested in newspaper or magazine articles, short stories or poetry. When she decided to start writing, she jumped feet first into book length fiction. She loves reading and writing romance because she believes in the power of love and in happily ever after. An incurable romantic, Cindy loves seeing her characters grow and learn from their mistakes and, in the process, achieve a happy ending.
Someone once told Cindy that to know a writer you just have to read what she’s written; she hopes that once you read her books you can tell she is an eternal optimist, one who truly believes in the power of love. She invites you to kick off your shoes, pick up one of her books and get to know her.
Cindy and her high school sweetheart husband live on an acreage with two dogs and two cats—Oreo–a friendly feline who loves to sit next to the computer and supervise her writing and Leo, a white devil with a raccoon-like tail.