Author: Katie Ganshert
Source: Publisher (BookLook)
Publication Date: 2015
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Series: Year of Weddings 2, #11
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Fiction, Novella
Rating: 5 out of 5
REVIEW: As part of my mental exercise of expanding my reading palate, apparently part of my unspoken 2015 goal is to read more novellas. It seems like the past two months alone have involved paging through novellas, all of which have been amazing reads. My latest find is from the pen of Katie Ganshert and as per usual is one of the sweetest little stories I’ve yet to read. The story is simple: A young woman, Amelia meets Nate thanks to a serendipitous case of happenstance. Through a series of flubs, the pair wind up writing emails; letters that tell the other person much. When Nate eventually pursues a relationship that involves finding Amelia in person, she’ll have to admit to the one thing that might drive him away before they’ve even had a chance to begin…
Aside from the darling boy-meets-girl meet-cute (seriously, I loved this first meeting scene because, cute!), there is an even great advantage within these pages. The cozy sense of nostalgia you’re sure to enjoy while reading this is, in a word, priceless. The old-fashioned appeal of letting writing (in today’s modern era of technology, yes, I consider emails letter writing – at least there one isn’t limited to 140 characters) is not only beautifully explored, it’s also a sure way to make its reader swoon. As talented as Katie Ganshert is, she makes this story read effortlessly. Short or not, the concept flows beautifully and everything that needs to be gets said. This is what I admire most about a novella such as this (a well written exploration in half the page count); the ability to tell a complete and full story.
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What’s more, I loved the fact that our leading couple only begins falling in love versus being in love by the time the final page is turned. Given their incomplete courtship (this is the beginnings of a relationship rather than one established and rekindled), this element was very important to the story. This was – for me, a more complete ideal than one that would have painted the couple madly in love by the last swipe of the page. These characters really “pop” off the page because of their emotionally intimate connection. There is nothing but sunshine from opening to ending in this quaint novella; it’s got this perfect cozy nostalgic feel, enveloping its reader in the feeling of their favorite sweater. Anyone who appreciates the clichéd (I use this term only with the greatest of affection) albeit inordinately charming romantic-comedy is certain to fall head over heels for this stylistically “arranged” boy-meets-girl. ♥
Synopsis: Amelia Woods is a small-town wallflower and the proud owner of Forget-Me-Nots, a quaint flower shop that once belonged to her mother. Despite her success in business, her love life has always been a bit lackluster. Until she spies on her ex-boyfriend’s wedding and ends up in horrifyingly embarrassing fender-bender with handsome wedding guest, Nate Gallagher.
Meanwhile, Amelia’s younger brother, William, has proposed to his girlfriend. Amelia would be excited except she has evidence that the fiancée is not who she says she is. How can she be supportive and yet be the protective big sister too? It seems Nate is the only one available for any advice-giving, and he’s good at it–and pretty fun to talk to, too. Amelia and Nate strike up an online relationship, but always lingering in Amelia’s mind is the fear that he’ll realize she’s not nearly as appealing in real life.
As Amelia works to craft the perfect flower arrangements for other people, she begins to wonder if real love is better than the dream. And if it is, will Nate still be interested when he learns who she is? – Amazon
Sincere thanks to the publisher (Book Look) for providing a complimentary e-copy of this book for reviewing purposes.