Receiving a review copy of To Have and To Hold was a blessing. I caught a cold, and the book provided much enjoyment during my recovery. Here is my review!
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
5 stars. Best for 16+.
This is a collection of three autumn love novellas. Each one is fun, unique, and a pleasure to read.
Love Takes the Cake: Betsy St. Amant
Back Cover Synopsis: Charlotte Cantrell is always the baker; never the bride. When Will, a regular at Charlotte’s bakery, catches her attention, she can only hope that he is the reliable man this single mother has always hoped to find. The problem is that he’s regularly stopping in to buy cookies for another girl. But when Charlotte is hired to bake a host of wedding goodies for a difficult bride and finds out Will is the best man, she has the perfect opportunity to get to know him better—and find out how serious Will is about this other girl in his life.
This story definitely made me a little hungry. It was interesting to delve into Will's past and uncover his semi-dark secrets. Charlotte's past was also intriguing and an all-too real predicament of today's world. I found both characters real, yet likeable and interesting. This was definitely the darkest of the novellas, if such a word may be used. It was real, a bit raw, and had a great ending.
The Perfect Arrangement: Katie Ganshert
Back Cover Synopsis: Amelia Woods is a small-town wallflower and the proud owner of Forget-Me-Nots, a quaint flower shop. Her love life has always been a bit lackluster—until she ends up in an embarrassing fender-bender with handsome 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. 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. 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?
Two words. NATE GALLAGHER. Oh my word, I liked him so much! He was amazing. Not only was the premise of a flour shop beautiful, but the exchange of emails and embarrassing situations between Nate and Amelia was way too fun. There was some maddening tension, lots of classic movie quotes, laughable predicaments, and the best ending ever. This was definitely my favorite of the three stories.
Love in the Details: Becky Wade
Back Cover Synopsis: When Josh returns to his hometown of Martinsburg, Texas, to help his best friend get married, he didn’t intend to run into church wedding coordinator—and ex-girlfriend—Holly. He can’t help but pine after the girl he never got over. Holly broke up with Josh years ago in an attempt to ensure his future success. But she loved him then and still loves him now. As she helps him plan his best friend’s wedding, she longs to be with Josh but doesn’t feel worthy of his big-time lifestyle when she is more comfortable in her small-town world. Will Josh and Holly be able to keep things as they are when their true feelings threaten to surface at every turn?
Sweet. This story was just sweet. And satisfying. Of course, Holly's lack of communication drove my nuts sometimes, but hey. It's what made the story just a bid maddening (in the best way possible.) This one was definitely the sweetest (did I mention that it is sweet?!).
All three stories are amazingly fun and delightful for an autumn day. Recommended for romance, chick-lit, and sweet romance fans.
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Have you read it? Have you read any books by these three authors? If so, which is your favorite?