A February Bride: A Year of Weddings Novella by Betsy St. Amant
[This book is scheduled to be released on January 28, 2014.]
Allie Anderson did the unthinkable. There she was in the church with her wedding gown on, the music drifting into the room, when she spotted the slight tear on the sleeve. It had to be an omen; or was it? Filled with doubts, she dashed out the door, into the waiting car and roared away from the church. Marcus was left at the altar.
Four months later, her best friend Hannah announced her engagement with wedding plans only a few short weeks away. The only favor Hannah asked was for Allie to be her Maid of Honor. The hitch was that Hannah was Marcus’ sister. Her friend wanted her involved with the very same people she had hurt, including Marcus. How was she going to survive the embarrassment and humiliation? She didn’t want to hurt them further.
In the ensuing weeks, the author skillfully engaged Allie in one awkward moment after another. There were no firing squads, no snubs, no glares. She was warmly welcomed in the family circle, although Marcus kept his distance. So much interaction forced her to face her core beliefs about herself, her family, her relationship with Marcus and Hannah and their family. The reader knows that no one ever promises that digging this deeply inside is going to be easy or free of pain. But it was a little bit surprising who most helped Allie through the process.
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