She’s prepared for her wedding all her life.…but she forgot a few things.
Ellie Martin, a country girl in Atlanta, has dreamed of a traditional wedding all her life; a wedding like the one her younger sister is planning back in their hometown. Their single mom will pay for Alexa’s wedding, but Ellie started her own wedding fund years ago. She only needs to find a groom.
She bumps into a man who’s a guest at a wedding on the church grounds and they embark on a whirlwind romance, but her mother doesn’t trust freewheeling men like him. Standing up to Mom leads Ellie to stick up for Alexa too. When Ellie risks her own plans for her sister’s sake, Gray feels betrayed. Will he always play second fiddle?
Will Ellie and Gray reconcile their differences so her dream wedding can come true, or will the romance they’ve begun come crashing down?
There were many elements of this novella that I liked: Ellie and Gray are both warm and likeable, yet both have their flaws which I felt made the whole story both more realistic. Their romance seems unnaturally hasty, with Ellie obsessing about wedding details with a mildly alarming rapidity. The whirlwind nature of their romance is counterbalanced neatly by handing the couples a few hurdles to overcome which prevented the plot from becoming too mundane and predictable.
Ellie’s mother had a shotgun wedding with a smooth-talking city boy who later left her to raise 2 children single-handedly, and as a result she has become an extremely bitter woman who is both controlling and judgemental, projecting her own issues onto her children. Her (highly unpleasant!) character seemed contradictory to the Christian values pervading the story, but she and the issues from which Ellie subsequently suffers added necessary depth to the novella. Ellie’s inability to stand up for herself and cut the apron strings, and Gray’s sulky response to her behaviour were somewhat irritating and did make it a little more difficult to root for the couple, but overall the story is a pleasant rainy day read.