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Monday, March 21, 2016

Review: The Goodbye Bride by Denise Hunter

The Goodbye Bride is the second book in Denise Hunter's Summer Harbor series.  The series takes place in Maine and focuses on a different Callahan Brother.  In the first book, Falling Like Snowflakes, which focuses on Beau Callahan, we know that Zac was hurt when his fiancee left him high and dry but we do not know any of the details.  The Goodbye Bride is Zac and Lucy's story.

Zac returned from a trip and found his fiancee gone.  Now 7 months later he receives a call from her to come and pick her up.  She has fallen in a diner wearing a wedding dress and believes she is late for her wedding to Zac.  She has no memory of leaving him or what she has been doing for the last several months.  Zac picks her up but is only planning on helping her until he can find out where she lives and who she was supposed to be marrying the day she fell.

I loved Falling Like Snowflakes and was very excited to have the opportunity to review The Goodbye Bride.  So many series focus on female characters as the lead characters, it is nice to be bale to read a series with brothers as the main characters.  I also really enjoy the tie ins to Colleen Coble's newest series.  The story was not what I expected.  I really enjoyed the element of suspense that Denise Hunter brought to Falling Like Snowflakes and I was looking for something similar in The Goodbye Bride, but once I let go of those expectations I could read the story for what it was. I loved the characters and the message.  Denise Hunter does an excellent job of showing that often there is more to the story then you may know and that while things may seem black and white there are two sides to everything.  She also shows the importance of trust and being able to forgive.

The story is very romancey.  I like to read Christian fiction because they contain elements of romance without going over the top.  There were a couple of intense romantic scenes in this book, not inappropriate but a little steamier then usual and something you may want to be aware of especially for younger (teen) readers.

I look forward to reading Riley's story in the next release in the Summer Harbor series later in the year!

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review.  I received no other compensation and all opinions are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance to FTC regulations.

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