Review: A February Bride by Betsy St Amant

With her wedding mere minutes away, Allie should be thinking about the future.  Instead she’s stuck in the past, rueing the inheritance of her family: the wedding dress she’s wearing has been handed down by generations of women…who’ve all jilted their grooms at the altar.  Her mother, grandmother and even great grandmother before her have all been serial brides, moving from one groom to the other, and leaving a trail of broken hearts in their wake.  Can Allie really fight against that legacy, and can she really put Marcus through all that?  In a fit of panic, Allie runs from the love of her life.  Some four months later, Allie’s best friend, who is also Marcus’ sister, still wants Allie to be maid of honour at her own wedding….which means Allie has no choice but to face up to Marcus and the consequences of her actions.

February Bride

A February Bride (A Year of Weddings Novella) is the second instalment in a year’s worth of novellas from twelve different romance authors.  Whilst Allie’s actions seem somewhat daft to me, the way in which her thoughts and feelings are described lends credibility, and the description of the emotions of the two lead characters is gripping.  We are treated to both Allie and Marcus’ point of view during the novella, and the way the two neatly dovetail is cleverly done.

I was slightly disappointed with the cheesiness of the ending, however the general plot was enjoyable, and given extra layers by over-arching themes of family and friendship, whether one is doomed to make the same mistakes as one’s predecessors, and whether it’s always possible to remodel, or whether some things are broken beyond repair.

 Disclaimer: I was provided with an ecopy of A February Bride by NetGalley for the purposes of this review, but all opinions given are, as always, entirely my own.
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