It's time for another monthly wedding! I must say that I enjoyed A January Bride as much as I did A December Bride. It was a cute story and a quick read--both attributes that kept me interested!
A January Bride is the story of Madeleine Houser and Arthur Tyler. Maddie is an author from New York, who has moved to small-town Kansas to be near her mother who is suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Her sister has recently moved out of town, and Maddie is staying in her house until it can be remodeled and sold. Things are going terribly wrong there though, and she never seems to be able to write. Ginny, a kind, elderly neighbor tells her about a friend, Arthur, who owns a bed and breakfast with guests only on the weekends, and offers to ask him if Maddie can use the peaceful setting to write. Arthur agrees and Maddie begins to travel there every day to write. She is so struck by Art's kindness, that she begins to leave him little notes of appreciation for his generosity. She assumes that since he is a friend of Ginny's, and a widower, he must be an old man. Art, who is not an old man, is happy to have Maddie working in his house. He assumes that since she is a friend of Ginny's, she must be an old woman. He enjoys reading her little notes, and begins answering them every day. Each has been hurt in love in the past, and even as they begin to care for one another, they feel safe in the knowledge that there is no chance for romance here, since they are corresponding with an older person. Inevitably, they will discover the truth, and a whole world of possibilities will open up for them.
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book when I read the description. I wasn't sure that an author could pull off such a story. It seemed impossible that they could plausibly go on thinking they were corresponding with someone so much older and never discovering the truth. But, somehow, Ms. Raney pulled this story off without it seeming impossible or even unlikely that it could happen. Even though Art and Maddie didn't discover the truth until over half way through the book, it didn't feel forced. It seemed natural that they could really miss meeting each other so many times.
I think A January Bride is a great read! It's available now for Kindle (my personal preference) or as a paperback from Zondervan publishers. Get it today and don't miss out on this year of romance!
Look for A February Bride by Betsy St. Amant, just in time for Valentine's Day on February 3!
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I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.