Thursday, February 6, 2014
A January Bride - by Deborah Raney
In this second installment of this year's worth of novellas, Madeleine Houser has been unwillingly transplanted from New York to live in her sister's house while it's being refurbished and to visit their ailing mother in the nursing home. Finding the construction to be distracting to her deadline of finishing her next novel by January, Maddie agrees to her neighbor's plan that she do her work in the currently underused inn run by the widower Arthur Tyler. Assuming that Mr. Tyler is an elderly man, she agrees to the plan and finds the inn to be a delightful place to work, made more so by the burgeoning friendship with the inn's owner, forged through written correspondence only. Mr. Tyler has also assumed the author utilizing his dining room is an elderly lady, but takes enjoyment in their almost daily letters. Will the two ever meet? What will happen to their assumptions, and hearts, should that happen?
I picked this novella for review on a bit of a whim, noticing that several of my favorite authors were included in the year's worth of monthly stories. I was delightfully surprised to find this such a light, fun read. While the setting felt a bit contrived for growing their friendship under the guise of each expecting the other to be a senior citizen, the writing of notes was a fresh idea, and I enjoyed the efforts they put into composing them so carefully. I also enjoyed the book's true octogenarian, the sprightly Ginnie with the twinkle in her eye.
While I wouldn't read this book for depth, a light romance is good for the reader's soul every now and then. I'll be sure to pop back into this series over the year for some more!
You can find A January Bride HERE.
You can find this installment's author HERE.
I received this e-book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.