Contemporary Fiction, Review

To Have and To Hold by Betsy St. Amant, Katie Ganshert, Becky Wade

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.

Love Takes the Cake by Betsy St. Amant

She’s known for her delicious cakes, but there’s no recipe for dealing with the new man in her life.

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.

The Perfect Arrangement by Katie Ganshert

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. 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 an 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. 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—including a ninety-year-old “fairy godmother” named George—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?

Love in the Details by Becky Wade

She left him to save his future, but they’ve never gotten over each other.

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 can’t help but feel horrible for the pain she caused him. And even though she longs to be with Josh, she 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?

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My Thoughts

I had this title up on my Kindle when I was visiting my First Line Friday friends a couple of weeks ago and once I read the first line of each novella, I couldn’t stop! I was completely drawn into the stories and finished the whole book, lickety split! It was so good!!!

Love Takes the Cake had me seriously craving sweets (more than usual, which is a lot), especially snickerdoodles!!! Will and Charlotte are attracted to one another but reluctant to make a move. Charlotte has been hurt in the past and she will do anything to protect her little girl’s heart. This is the first Betsy St. Amant title I’ve read so I’ll be hunting down more of her work for future reads!

The Perfect Arrangement features Amelia and Nate who meet in a fender bender then get to know one another via email. I definitely feel a kinship with Amelia, she’s a bit awkward in social situations and prefers communicating from the safety of a computer! I hear ya, girl! Nate is patient, authentic, and romantic. Plus, he’s a writer!!! Words are my love language. Katie Ganshert, you are on my list!

Love in the Details takes us to small-town Texas where estranged loves Josh and Holly meet face-to-face for the first time in the years since their long-distance breakup. I love Holly! She is compassionate and self-sacrificing. Josh is a financial success but he’s also highly intelligent. He knows money isn’t everything and he wants someone special to share his life with. Becky Wade, you already know I love you!

I requested the opportunity to read and review this title through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.

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Betsy St. Amant | Katie Ganshert | Becky Wade


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