Susanna has found her very literal Prince Charming, and in just three weeks she will join royalty as she marries King Nathaniel II of Brighton Kingdom. Having been jilted in the past, she’s wary of Nathaniel changing his mind when suddenly he drops a different kind of bombshell: the government have insisted that she renounce her American citizenship before they can marry. When Susanna flees home to America for some soul-searching, neither she nor Nathaniel is sure whether the wedding will even take place.
A March Bride (A Year of Weddings Novella)is the third instalment in a year’s worth of novellas from twelve different romance authors, and I’m sorry to say it is also the first that I didn’t enjoy. At the outset it was somewhat confusing as to where and when the story was set. It explains later in the story that Brighton is an island in Europe, but mentions of the British Royal family and the fact that Brighton is actually a town in the UK made the initial chapters confusing.
Faith is at the heart of the novella, but so much so that it not only overpowered the romance, but left me feeling like I was being preached at from a pulpit. Nathaniel is an incorrigible romantic, but lacked a certain je ne sais quoi that made him wholly winning as the male lead. When Nathaniel drops the bombshell there is lengthy dialogue, and perhaps a more indepth insight into how the two characters were feeling during that scene would help the reader warm to them more. The story itself is incredibly romantic, but not for you unless you’re comfortable with heavy Christian overtones.Disclaimer: I was provided with an ecopy of A March Bride by NetGalley for the purposes of this review, but all opinions given are, as always, entirely my own.