Title: A FEBRUARY BRIDE
Author: Betsy St. Amant
Genre: Contemporary romance novella
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Allie left the love of her life at the altar---to save him from a lifetime of heartbreak. When a Valentine's Day wedding brings them back together, she struggles against her family's destructive history. Can Allie ever realize that a marriage is so much more than a wedding dress?
History repeats itself when Allie Andrews escapes the church on her wedding day---in the same dress passed down for generations and worn by all the women in her family---women with a long history of failed marriages. Allie loves Marcus but fears she's destined to repeat her family's mistakes. She can't bear to hurt Marcus worse.
Marcus Hall never stopped loving Allie and can only think of one reason she left him at the altar---him. When the two are thrown together for his sister's Valentine's Day wedding, he discovers the truth and realizes their story might be far from over. Can Allie shuck expectation and discover who she is as a bride and in the Bride of Christ? And if she ever walks down the aisle, what dress will she wear?
A FEBRUARY BRIDE is this months offering in the brides of the month series by Zondervan. I enjoyed getting to know Allie and Marcus and finding out the reasoning behind Allie playing the part of a runaway bride—and how she and Marcus moved beyond the jilting to healing.
I absolutely loved Marcus’ mom. She was a total sweetheart, the dream mother-in-law for any woman who marries her son.
The ending was a bit—unrealistic—in my opinion, but it was sweet and it worked for the story line.
If you like romance novellas, you’ll want to read this one. $3.68. 4.5 stars. 80 pages.