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Thursday, January 2, 2014

A January Bride by Deborah Raney - Review

What a great way to kick off the New Year - with a sweet winter romance that will charm the romantic-at-heart! 

About The Book:

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.

My Thoughts:

I absolutely adored the premise and setting of this story and was delighted with the cast of characters. Imagine being invited to "borrow" a charming bed-and-breakfast as a place to write your novel, and imagine that the innkeeper will be a great inspiration for the hero of your story!  Pure bliss!  I loved how author Deborah Raney pulls her readers into the heart of the story and makes them feel a part of the action.  And the little touches of humor sprinkled throughout are just perfect for this story!

"A January Bride" is a great kickoff to a whole year of romantic love stories! I'm looking forward to the next book in this series, "A February Bride," by Betsy St. Amant. These books are only available as e-books or as audio books, so load up your Nook or Kindle, or your Ipod, and get ready to enjoy a lot of great happily-ever-afters!

About The Author:

Deborah Raney's first novel, A Vow to Cherish, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title and launched her writing career after twenty happy years as a stay-at-home mom. Deb now has more than two dozen published novels. She and her husband, Ken, live in Kansas and have four children and four small grandchildren, who all live much too far away.

Visit Deborah at her website - www.deborahraney.com for more information on her books and upcoming projects.

I received a complimentary copy of this novella from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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