Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Never a Bridesmaid

Title: NEVER A BRIDESMAID           
Author: Janice Thomspon
Publisher: Zondervan
April 2015
Genre:  Romance novella
Series: Year of Weddings (2)

Meet the people who make it all happen - the planners, the photographers, the musicians who have helped orchestrate the perfect day for countless couples as they find their own happy endings in the second Year of Weddings novella collection.

Can one bridesmaid undo the disasters caused by a poorly chosen maid of honor and save her sister's wedding from disaster?

Mari's older sister Crystal is getting married, and Mari is one of her bridesmaids - actually, the last in a lineup of five bridesmaids, but that doesn't really bother her. Much. But Sienna Jameson as the maid of honor? Really? She might be Crystal's best friend, but she's ditzy and undependable on her best days. When the best man turns out to be hunky Derrick Richardson, the right fielder for the Houston Astros and one of Houston's most eligible bachelors, Sienna abandons her duties as maid of honor to chase Derrick, and it's up to Mari to make sure Crystal's wedding day goes off without a hitch.

While Mari is wrapped up in dress fittings, bridal showers, and bachelorette nights, Derrick has taken notice of her devotion to her sister and her determination to make the wedding perfect. But between dodging Sienna's advances and watching Mari running around like a madwoman, Derrick is left to steal moments whenever he can to get to know this beautiful bridesmaid.

When the maid of honor shows up to the ceremony late and more done up than the bride herself, Mari fears her attempts to make her sister's wedding perfect have all been for naught. Will the bride be up-staged by the maid of honor? Will the fifth-in-line bridesmaid ever be recognized for all the work she's done? And will Mari finally have a moment to revel in the magic of a wedding and dance in the strong arms of a man?

NEVER A BRIDESMAID is the May book in The Year of Weddings series. I enjoyed getting to know Mari and Derrick. Derrick is truly a hero, kind and considerate to his fans, fun-loving and definitely multi-faceted.  Mari may be  hurt and disappointed by her sister’s choice of a maid-of-honor, but even though she was “last in line” she stepped forward when  no one else would, did all the planning and all the work and even paid financially for the real maid-of-honor’s must-haves.

Even though this story is shorter (by about 15 pages) than the novella I just finished this morning, NEVER A BRIDESMAID felt finished and not rushed. I didn’t feel that the relationship was too quick or that he came on too strong. Definitely a story written by a professional. I loved NEVER A BRIDESMAID. Definitely one of the best stories in this series so far this year.   

5 stars. Available in ebook. 85 pages.

About the Author
Janice Thompson got her start in the industry writing screenplays and musical comedies for the stage. She has published over ninety books for the Christian market, crossing genre lines to write cozy mysteries, historicals, romances, nonfiction books, devotionals, children's books, and more. She particularly enjoys writing light-hearted, comedic tales because she enjoys making readers laugh. In addition, she enjoys public speaking and mentoring young writers. She lives in Spring, Texas, where she leads a rich life with her family, a host of writing friends, and two mischievous dachshunds. Visit her website at www.janiceathompson.com. Twitter: @booksbyjanice Facebook: Janice Hanna Thompson's Reader Page

1 comment:

Between the Pages with Katrina said...

Laura, this sounds like a wonderful book. Love the cover. Thank you for sharing.

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