Tuesday, October 14, 2014

"an october bride" by katie ganshert

As you probably know, I've been on this Year of Weddings train from the start. It started out with Denise Hunter's "A December Bride," and since then, I've read some amazing wedding stories ... but none has excited me as much as Katie Ganshert's "An October Bride."

She wants to make her father's dream come true. She doesn't realize her own dream has been in front of her the whole time.

Emma Tate isn't a risk taker, so everyone in her small Midwest town is surprised when she suddenly becomes engaged to lifelong friend Jake Sawyer. No one but Jake and Emma know the true reason they're getting married-so Emma's dying father can walk her down the aisle.

While Jake and Emma plan an autumn wedding together, it becomes clear that their agreement has a few complications-the biggest being their true feelings for each other.

In this novella by award-winning author Katie Ganshert, a young woman must reconcile her dying father's dreams with her own dreams for love and for her future.

I love fake fiance/fake wedding stories. They're done all the time, and they're usually rather similar—two people pretend to be in love, and by the end of the story, they are. "An October Bride" doesn't break the mold, but it's an absolutely satisfying journey. Jake and Emma are both really likable characters, and I found myself identifying with Emma from the moment I began reading. The supporting characters are just as delightful, and I hope Ganshert will revisit this wonderful small town again—I think Emma's best friend needs her own story. I also really enjoyed the point of view—first person, present tense from Emma's perspective. It drew me into the story immediately.

I had incredibly high expectations for "An October Bride"—due to both the subject matter and the author. Happily, those expectations were met. I loved every second I spent reading "An October Bride," and I'm now itching to get my hands on another Ganshert novel! 5 stars.

Buy the book.
Read my review of Ganshert's Wildflowers from Winter.
Read my reviews of the other "Year of Weddings" entries: December, JanuaryFebruary, March, April, May, June, July, August, and September.

Katie Ganshert graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with a degree in education and worked as a fifth grade teacher for several years before staying home to write full-time. She was born and raised in the Midwest, where she lives with her husband, their young son, and their goofy black lab, Bubba. When she's not busy writing or playing or reading or snuggling, she is obsessing over the paperwork and the waiting that comes with adoption. Visit her website at katieganshert.com.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase an item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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