Author: Becky Wade
Source: Author via NetGalley
Publication Date: 2015
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Series: Year of Weddings 2, 12
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Novella/Romance
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Review: My exposure to the Year of Weddings collection (published by Zondervan, a house under the HarperCollins umbrella) has been limited. I have one of the paperback collections on my shelf and read one other thanks to a blog tour. When I learned rom-com author extraordinaire Becky Wade was contributing a novella to this year’s line up, I knew, without question it’d be a must read. Texas as the home base might set the stage for most of her novels, but this one is “fresh.” It steps away from her beloved, rooted-in-Texas Porter clan to introduce readers to an entirely new set of characters. Lest you be worried this doesn’t live up to the quirky albeit loveable family, I’d like to convince you otherwise.
Josh and Holly are the hero and heroine of our all-too-short story. Josh is the hometown boy who returns in advance of his best friend’s wedding to a Martinsburg heiress. While there, Josh is faced with seeing, and in some small sense, working with his ex, Holly. In high school and part of his early college life, Holly was the only girl he had eyes for. She was the woman he wanted to marry… until she broke his heart by breaking it off with him. After she ended things, neither one of them moved on. Now that Josh is back, their feelings seem to still have a spark… but is that enough for a second chance?
As with any novella, pacing and timing seems to be key factors to making anything work and be a smooth experience for the reader. Becky manages this flawlessly. There is already a clear established relationship between the couple, which goes a long way in lending authenticity to the eventual ending. Speaking of those characters, I adored Josh and Holly. Most of our time is spent seeing things through Holly’s eyes (in that we’re mostly inside her point-of-view), but on the rare occasion we are among Josh’s thoughts. I found myself loving his character. He’s one of those guys who loved deeply, and right or wrong, he carried that around for eight years, only to have it resurface when he was again faced with the past. In other words, he’s one of the good guys. Holly, likewise, has a unique story; her backstory is one I’ve not seen before and her struggle to accept a second chance isn’t difficult to understand. Also a fun though rare appearance character is Holly’s best friend, Sam.
Sweetly imagined and poignant in unexpected places, Love in the Details is a next-to-perfect novella. If short stories are your guilty pleasure, then picking up a copy of this is a must. It’s inspirational, it’ll tug at your heart strings, and best of all, it’s romantic. One of my favorite things about the novel was Josh’s current status (much as I’d like to explain this, I won’t given the need to hold back on spoilers). Don’t miss reading this delightful charmer. It’s a detail you won’t wish to overlook adding to any of your fall reading lists.
Synopsis: When Josh returns to his hometown of Martinsburg, Texas, to help his best friend get married, he didn’t intend to run into church wedding coordinator—and ex-girlfriend—Holly. He can’t help but pine after the girl he never got over.
Holly broke up with Josh years ago in an attempt to ensure his future success. But she loved him then and still loves him now. As she helps him plan his best friend’s wedding, she can’t help but feel horrible for the pain she caused him. And even though she longs to be with Josh, she doesn’t feel worthy of his big-time lifestyle when she is more comfortable in her small town world. Will Josh and Holly be able to keep things as they are when their true feelings threaten to surface at every turn? – Goodreads
Sincere thanks to the author and publisher for providing a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes.