by Deborah Raney
Published by Zondervan on December 24, 2013
Genres: Adult Christian Contemporary Romance
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Who can work in a house that's overrun by contractors and carpenters? Not Madeleine Houser, a successful novelist who gladly accepts the help of her octogenarian friend, Ginny, to arrange for a temporary office in the charming bed and breakfast owned by Ginny's friend, Arthur. Maddie’s never met the innkeeper––but a friendship grows between them as Maddie and Arthur leave messages for each other each day. To Maddie’s alternate delight and chagrin, she seems to be falling for the inn’s owner––a man who's likely many years her senior––and who she’s never even met.
A January Bride is the second book of the Christian Romance series A Year of Weddings 1. This novella was a sweet romance with a charming story reminiscent of one of my favorite movies You Got Mail.
Madeleine Houser is a successful writer on tight deadline. Unfortunately her home is being renovated and the noise is a constant distraction. But thanks to her elderly neighbor, Ginny, an arrangement is made for Madeleine to work at a Bed and Breakfast owned by Ginny’s friend, Arthur. Although they have never met Madeleine and Arthur form a friendship through messages they leave for each other. The interaction between them is sweet but their relationship grows into a love affair which seemed rushed for me. A majority of the story is spent with them communicating through letters which I enjoyed but it did slow the pace of the story. It would have been better to include more time with Madeleine and Arthur talking face to face so the readers could have witnessed their relationship blossom.
A January Bride is a Christian romance but the mention of religion is minimal. This is a cute, clean and quick love story anyone could enjoy.