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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Nearlyweds

Book: Nearlyweds
Author: Beth Kendrick
Publisher: Downtown Press
Date: November 2006

Back Cover: Everyone says the first year of marriage is the hardest...but what would you do if you found out you were never really married in the first place? Stella, Casey and Erin have each had to face some hard truths about the men they've married and the lives they've chosen. So when the news breaks that the pastor who presided over their weddings failed to file a few critical pieces of paper, none of these newlyweds are rushing down to the courthouse to legalize their vows. Instead, the brides share their hopes, disappointments, and secrets while grappling with that pivotal question: Should they stay or should they go?

Review: This is the second title I’ve read by Beth Kendrick and I had high expectations after reading Fashionably Late. Nearlyweds did not disappoint me. Stella, Casey, and Erin are believable characters as they go through the ups-and-downs of their ‘un-married’ relationships. I enjoyed their energy and the way they came together to support each other through every obstacle they encountered. And boy did they encounter many, from Erin’s mother-in-law to Stella’s step-daughters this book contained several no-so-nice characters, and a few surprises…one being Cash, a dog Stella rescues from a shelter. Cash’s scenes had me smiling…however, I was surprised after reading the description of Cash in the story is not the same breed as the dog on the cover of the book.On the downside, through the first couple of chapters I found it confusing to keep the characters straight as to who was who and the scenes seem to jump ahead suddenly. But overall, once again I enjoyed Kendrick’s fun and engaging writing style and I look forward to reading another.

Review Rating: 4/5 Two Thumbs Up!

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