Autumn Brides- A Year of Weddings Novella Collection by Kathryn Springer, Katie Ganshert, and Beth Vogt
If you're looking for short reads of great inspirational romance fiction, this collection of novellas will not disappoint! Part of a larger collection of twelve love stories (A Year of Weddings), Springer, Ganshert, and Vogt provide their own twists to romance in each of the three novellas.
"A September Bride" (by Kathryn Springer) is set in a small town gearing up for a historical celebration of its past. Newcomer, Annie Price, is introduced to Deputy Jesse Kent under rather undesirable circumstances leaving Jesse feeling skeptical about Annie's past and her real reasons for moving to small-town Red Leaf. But when Annie and Jesse are both unwittingly "cast" as the bride and groom in the wedding re-enactment at the center of the town's celebration, the two find a common interest in one another that leads to romance.
After stumbling upon her father's bucket list, Emma Tate is heartbroken that she won't be able to fulfill the last item on his list- to walk her down the aisle. That is, until her best friend, Jake, offers to be her "groom". The two race against her father's ill-fated health to plan a whirlwind "staged" wedding for "An October Bride" (by Katie Ganshert). What they uncover in the process, however, is that their feelings for one another are not "staged" at all.
"A November Bride" (by Beth Vogt), is also a "best friends discovering love" story with a Sadie Hawkins twist. After being non-committal with every attempted romance, Erik Davis realizes that the true reason he hasn't been able to commit to his past romances is because his heart already belongs to Sadie- his best friend since middle school. After Sadie receives a job offer that would move her to another state, Erik is challenged by his pastor to face his feelings for Sadie and ask her out on a "real" date or risk losing her. As Erik begins courting Sadie, he discovers his greatest obstacle is convincing Sadie that his intentions for love are real and extend far beyond their 17 year friendship that started with an invitation to a Sadie Hawkins dance. The love story that unfolds between the two is tender and endearing with a little sizzle!
All three stories were unique in their approach to romance with lovable characters and story lines that will make you want to read them again and again.
This review contains my own thoughts and opinions. I have not been compensated for this review in any way.
To learn more about the authors, visit the following sites: KathrynSpringer.com, KatieGanshert.com, and BethVogt.com.