A January Bride
A year’s worth of novellas from twelve inspirational romance authors. Happily ever after guaranteed. What will happen when novelist Madeleine Houser’s ‘pen pal’ friendship with a lonely widower takes an unexpected turn? 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. Arthur Tyler is a college professor who lost his young wife to cancer. Together they ran the bed and breakfast where Art lives, but without his wife, the house is missing warmth and cheer. He jumps at the chance to have author Madeleine Houser use the space that was once filled with guests. He, too, begins to enjoy the daily exchanges with Maddie, but a series of misunderstandings lead him to believe she’s far from being a prospective date—even if he were ready to date again, which he’s not. When Maddie and Art finally meet and discover one another’s identity, sparks fly. Even so, they each have obstacles to overcome in order for this winter romance to blossom.
This was a sweet read.
I loved the description of the inn that Maddie writes in. I could see the sun filtering in through the windows and the warm of the cat snuggled at her feet. I enjoyed reading about her writing process and knowing that is probably how Deb Raney writes as well. I love glimpses into the author.
The notes Maddie and Art exchange build a tension that you can’t wait to be relieved and you keeps you wondering what will happen when they finally meet.
When they do finally meet I did feel their feelings for each other were a bit strong at first. But then as I thought about it they really did know each other, they just thought the other person was older.
Overall a nice read. It didn’t have any heart twisting with emotion but I enjoyed A January Bride. It’s fun to read about a bride in the month we are currently in (which is VERY cold here in Michigan).
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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.