Surrounded by the constant noise and interruptions of workmen, successful novelist Madeleine Houser is beginning to think she’ll never be able to meet her writing deadline so she gladly seizes at the offer to set up temporary office at an old fashioned B&B owned by her octogenarian neighbour Ginny’s friend Arthur. Maddie hasn’t met Arthur, but a friendship grows as the two correspond by daily notes. Much to her vexation, Maddie seems to be falling for the inn’s owner – a man who is probably at least 40 years her senior, and who she has never even met.
A January Bride (A Year of Weddings Novella)is the first instalment in a year’s worth of novellas from twelve different romance authors. It is a very Victorian romance story – the setting is an old-fashioned inn and the chivalrous behaviour of Arthur and demure replies of Maddie brought to mind a very proper old school courtship. The narrative style was a little too much action, not enough reaction for me. To my mind the most interesting part of romance novels is the thoughts and feelings of those involved and I would have liked less recitation of Maddie hunting for coffee filters and more emotions.
The story is faith-based, with Christian principles incorporated throughout which isn’t my personal cup of tea, but it is not done in a preaching manner and is fitting for the characters, who you do root for throughout. On the whole a slightly predictable but very sweet read.Disclaimer: I was provided with an ecopy of A January Bride by NetGalley for the purposes of this review, but all opinions given are, as always, entirely my own.