Thursday, July 2, 2015

A June Bride by Marybeth Whalen

A June BrideOverviewThe reality show ended with an engagement, so why doesn’t this feel like the fairy tale she thought it would be?

The Rejection Connection hardly sounds like the place to fall in love, but Wynne Hardy walked off the reality-TV set with an engagement ring. And in the whirlwind of publicity and preparation that follows a TV-bride-to-be in her fifteen minutes of fame, Wynne barely has time to consider how she really feels about her new fiancé . . . to say nothing of how she still feels about her ex.

As the wedding plans develop, so too do Wynne’s doubts: Is she in love with Andy? Or is this really about Callum—the ex-boyfriend who sent her onto Rejection Connection in the first place? A nationally televised snub might be the best revenge . . . but is it a good reason to get married?

When Callum resurfaces at the worst possible moment, Wynne can’t help wondering if she’s made a huge mistake. Is her marriage a publicity stunt? And what happens when the cameras stop rolling, and she has a husband she barely knows?

ISBN-13: 9780310339137 | Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 05/27/2014 | Series: A Year of Weddings Novella , #6
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My Review: I will admit that while I enjoyed this novella, it's not my favorite of the series. The plot was interesting. I liked the conflicting emotions that Wynne had to deal with, but I found her particularly stubborn and kind of whiney at times. Callum's reappearance was well-timed, all three times. I didn't like Adam from the moment he was introduced. The message of the story was about trusting God instead of pushing Him away when you get hurt. Wynne has to learn to lean on the Lord for her future and her plans, rather than stubbornly sticking to what she thinks is expected of her. Overall, it was a nice story, but not my favorite.

Marybeth WhalenAbout the Author: Marybeth Whalen and her husband Curt have been married for 22 years and are the parents of six children, ranging in age from college to elementary school. The family lives in North Carolina. Marybeth is a speaker and the author of five novels. Her newest novel, The Bridge Tender, releases June, 2014. She is the co-founder of the popular women's fiction site, She Reads and is the Writer in Residence at a local private school. Marybeth spends most of her time in the grocery store but occasionally escapes long enough to scribble some words. She is always at work on her next novel. You can find her at

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