Monday, September 21, 2015

The Perfect Arrangement

The Perfect Arrangement: An October Wedding Story 

A Year of Weddings Novella Book 11 

Kindle - MP3

by Katie Ganshert 

  • 84 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • September 29, 2015

They've helped orchestrate the perfect day for countless couples. Now twelve new couples will find themselves in the wedding spotlight in the second Year of Weddings novella collection.

Meeting Nate was truly an accident--but Amelia finds that he's one of the few people she can count on.

Amelia Woods is a small-town wallflower and the proud owner of Forget-Me-Nots, a quaint flower shop that once belonged to her mother. Despite her success in business, her love life has always been a bit lackluster. Until she spies on her ex-boyfriend's wedding and ends up in horrifyingly embarrassing fender-bender with handsome wedding guest, Nate Gallagher.

Meanwhile, Amelia's younger brother, William, has proposed to his girlfriend. Amelia would be excited except she has evidence that the fiancée is not who she says she is. How can she be supportive and yet be the protective big sister too? It seems Nate is the only one available for any advice-giving, and he's good at it--and pretty fun to talk to, too. Amelia and Nate strike up an online relationship, but always lingering in Amelia's mind is the fear that he'll realize she's not nearly as appealing in real life.

As Amelia works to craft the perfect flower arrangements for other people, she begins to wonder if real love is better than the dream. And if it is, will Nate still be interested when he learns who she is?

My thoughts: THE PERFECT ARRANGEMENT is a truly good Autumn wedding story. I enjoyed getting to know Nate and Amelia and am definitely interested in reading more of Ms. Ganshert's books! I will be looking her books up to see what else she wrote. 

This was a fun story. Partially email romance, the characters aren't together a whole lot, but even through email, there are sparks. Amelia would be a fun person to know in real life. Quirky, fun, inquisitive, and, well, just fun. She even has a great relationship with her ex-boyfriend, which is rare.  

I think there could've been a bit more conflict, especially with the Will and Bridget incident, and that thread wasn't completely wrapped up. Readers are left wondering what really happened and why she lied. 

As for 24 -- I think it's a random number added to the end of his email because there are more than one person with the same name wanting the same email. :) But it was a fun guessing game added to the story. And since it's also unsettled, you can add your guess. 

5 stars. 

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