Meet the people who make it all happen—the planners, the photographers, the musicians who have helped orchestrate the perfect day for countless couples—as they find their own happy endings in the second Year of Weddings novella collection.
Love Takes the Cake by Betsy St. Amant
She’s known for her delicious cakes, but there’s no recipe for dealing with the new man in her life.
Charlotte Cantrell is always the baker; never the bride. When Will, a regular at Charlotte’s bakery, catches her attention, she can only hope that he is the reliable man this single mother has always hoped to find. The problem is that he’s regularly stopping in to buy cookies for another girl. But when Charlotte is hired to bake a host of wedding goodies for a difficult bride and finds out Will is the best man, she has the perfect opportunity to get to know him better—and find out how serious Will is about this other girl in his life.
The Perfect Arrangement by Katie Ganshert
Meeting Nate was truly an accident—but Amelia finds that he’s one of the few people she can count on.
Amelia Woods is a small-town wallflower and the proud owner of Forget-Me-Nots, a quaint flower shop. Despite her success in business, her love life has always been a bit lackluster. Until she spies on her ex-boyfriend’s wedding and ends up in an embarrassing fender-bender with handsome wedding guest, Nate Gallagher.
Meanwhile, Amelia’s younger brother, William, has proposed to his girlfriend. Amelia would be excited except she has evidence that the fiancée is not who she says she is. It seems Nate is the only one available for any advice-giving, and he’s good at it—and pretty fun to talk to, too.
As Amelia works to craft the perfect flower arrangements for other people—including a ninety-year-old “fairy godmother” named George—she begins to wonder if real love is better than the dream. And if it is, will Nate still be interested when he learns who she is?
Love in the Details by Becky Wade
She left him to save his future, but they’ve never gotten over each other.
When Josh returns to his hometown of Martinsburg, Texas, to help his best friend get married, he didn’t intend to run into church wedding coordinator—and ex-girlfriend—Holly. He can’t help but pine after the girl he never got over.
Holly broke up with Josh years ago in an attempt to ensure his future success. But she loved him then and still loves him now. As she helps him plan his best friend’s wedding, she can’t help but feel horrible for the pain she caused him. And even though she longs to be with Josh, she doesn’t feel worthy of his big-time lifestyle when she is more comfortable in her small town world. Will Josh and Holly be able to keep things as they are when their true feelings threaten to surface at every turn?
Each of these stories were awesome. I have to admit that I do have my favorite out of each of these, but, still, all of them are wonderful.
For this book of novellas, I will be writing a mini review on each novel.
I will be starting off with Love Takes the Cake by Betsy St. Amant. This one is my favorite of these three novels. This is my first book ever by St. Amant, and I definitely will be reading more of her books. Since I love to bake, it is kind of obvious why I like this story, but honestly, I just overall liked the story.
Next is The Perfect Arrangement by Katie Ganshert. This is my least favorite of these novellas. Unluckily for me, this is the first book I have read by Ganshert so I kind of have a ‘not so good’ opinion of her books. The main thing I didn’t like about it is Charlotte thinking Bridget (her brother’s fiancé) was a ‘cheater.’ And, I didn’t really ‘fall in love’ with the characters like I usually do with books I like. This novella just seemed bland.
Now for Love in the Details by Becky Wade. This one, as you can most likely guess, is my ‘middle’ book. It isn’t my favorite but it isn’t my least favorite. I did enjoy this one very much, though. It is a bittersweet story that, you can guess which, may or may not end happily.
This cover is very creative. I love the red finger nails. Since I love painting my nails, it touched my heart. Well, not really. But, this cover deserves five stars!
Now, I am going to give this full book a star rating. I am not going to be doing a rating on each novella. You can read my review to try to figure out what I would give each. But, this full book deserves four stars. I really, really enjoyed two out of three of these novellas. This book is a keeper!
Title: To Have and To Hold
Authors: Betsy St. Amant, Katie Ganshert, and Becky Wade
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
This review is written in my own opinions and words.