Annie’s always wanted a home and a family. But will pretending to be a bride get her closer to her dreams?
All Annie Price has ever wanted is a place to call home. Growing up in the foster care system, that dream seemed far away, but now Annie’s dream may be coming true. A friend she met in an online book group wants to retire and has offered Annie a fresh start managing her little bookstore. Believing the opportunity is an answer to prayer, Annie packs her suitcase and moves to Red Leaf, Wisconsin.
The residents of Red Leaf welcome Annie into the fold . . . everyone except the bookstore owner’s son, Jesse Kent. But Annie refuses to let the handsome deputy keep her from embracing her new home with open arms. She even volunteers to help the local historical society refurbish an old church and agrees to be the “bride” for a special reenactment celebrating the museum’s open house.
Jesse Kent can’t believe his mother has handed the keys to her business over to a woman she met on the Internet. Annie’s beautiful, of course, and smart as a whip, but what do they really know about her, anyway? What if she’s come to their town just for his mother’s money? The only way to see if his suspicions about Annie Price are true is to keep a close eye on her-even if it means he has to marry her! Planning their mock wedding will give him the chance to uncover Annie’s motive for moving to town. But as the day of the wedding approaches and secrets come to light, Jesse must face the truth. He wants Annie to be his September bride . . . for real.
I definitely liked the basic idea of this story and I enjoyed the cast of characters very much.
The quaint feeling of Red Leaf (perfect of a September story) and the cozy atmosphere of the book story drew me in.
I loved how Kathryn slowly unwrapped Annie’s past and let us see bit and pieces of her heart as Jesse saw them as well.
Jesse was a strong, handsome hero who I could easily see not trusting Annie at first.
I did feel a bit let down at the end. I felt like we had all these great ideas and things that we learned about the characters and then it was over. I know it’s a novella and it was short and a fast read but I wish somehow the ending was a bit more developed. Something was just missing for me.
However, the overall message is fantastic: we can’t let our past define us. Whether they are mistakes we have made or things that others have done to us. We can only let the Jesus define us, that is something we all need truly grasp.
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An e-copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.