After agreeing to house sit her sister's home, author Madeleine "Maddie" Houser finds herself unable to focus amongst the construction taking place at the house. Her kind neighbor and friend, Ginny, comes up with a grand solution and suggests that Maddie spend her days writing at the local bed and breakfast owned by Ginny's friend, Arthur Tyler. Arthur agrees with the proposition citing not many guests grace his beloved inn since his wife died while also pointing out the inn would be a quiet place for Maddie to work since he would be at his teaching job as a professor during the day. As Maddie's creative juices begin to flow during her visits to the inn, Maddie and Arthur also begin corresponding by leaving simple messages for one another each day. Soon, as their friendship seems to be deepening into something more both wonder if an unconventional relationship between them would work out based on each one's misconstrued perceptions about the other...until they finally meet in person.
A January Bride, although a sweet story, was a bit boring and unrealistic to me. I couldn't see how a true romance could blossom between Maddie and Arthur based on the lighthearted notes they left to each other. Also, the implied age difference between them that seemed awkward even to Maddie and Arthur would have been a natural barrier to anything more than a simple friendship. And when the "romance" finally came to fruition after the two met, it fell flat in my opinion. I chose two stars because the premise of the plot was unique, but I was disappointed.
This review contains my own thoughts and opinions. I was not compensated by the publisher in any way for this review.
Deborah Raney s first novel, A Vow to Cherish, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title and launched her writing career after twenty happy years as a stay-at-home mom. Deb now has more than two dozen published novels. She and her husband, Ken Raney, recently traded small-town life the setting of many of Deb's novels for life in the (relatively) big city of Wichita, Kansas. They love traveling to visit four children and five small grandchildren who all live much too far away. Visit Deb on the web at www.deborahraney.com.
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