Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Review of "A January Bride"
by Deborah Raney
Who can work in a house that's overrun by contractors and carpenters? Not Madeleine Houser, a successful novelist who gladly accepts the help of her octogenarian friend, Ginny, to arrange for a temporary office in the charming bed and breakfast owned by Ginny's friend, Arthur. Maddie’s never met the innkeeper––but a friendship grows between them as Maddie and Arthur leave messages for each other each day. To Maddie’s alternate delight and chagrin, she seems to be falling for the inn’s owner––a man who's likely many years her senior––and who she’s never even met.
MY REVIEW: What a delightful novella! I love the way Deborah Raney uses humor throughout the novella. This story is full of surprises for the characters and the readers. I can relate to how Maddie and Arthur sort of "fell in love" with each other by writing notes each day even though they had not met in person yet. My husband and I met online and we emailed for several weeks and talked on the phone before actually meeting for a date. I fell in love with him and his thoughts and beliefs just like the characters in the story did. I rate this 5 stars and am looking forward to meeting the February Bride!
I received a free pdf version of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
About the Author:
DEBORAH RANEY's first novel, A Vow to Cherish, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title. Her books have since won the RITA Award, ACFW Carol Award, HOLT Medallion, National Readers' Choice Award, Silver Angel, and have twice been Christy Award finalists. THE FACE OF THE EARTH released in May 2013 from Howard/Simon & Schuster, and SILVER BELLS released from Guideposts in October. Deb and her husband, Ken Raney, enjoy small-town life in Kansas. They are new empty nesters with four children and a growing quiver of grandchildren, all of whom live much too far away.