A May Bride: A Year of Weddings Novella by Meg Moseley
[This book will be released on April 22, 2014]
Relationships. They are complex and as multi-layered as onions. Think of a mother/daughter relationship. It is rarely simple cause and effect, one-on-one. It can be influenced by a mother’s experiences of the past including heartbreak from a former spouse, the daughter’s father. The mother’s past intrudes on the daughter’s present.
Think of sister to sister relationships. Their parents’ past also intrudes on their inter-dependency as sisters. One may need security; one may provide security. They may not even realize these dynamics until they are much older and a step removed from the family circle. One broken relationship (the mother’s): two entirely different responses to the fallout.
Enter the younger sister’s boyfriend who plans to marry her, and the complexity moves up a notch. Then the elder sister meets a guy and falls in love. More layers of the onion are revealed. Paranoid mama reacts differently to boyfriend #2 than to boyfriend #1. Second boyfriend has no idea why because the reason is several layers removed from the present. Is the girlfriend tied too tightly to her mama’s apron strings? How will their relationship survive?
Mama meant well in her efforts to keep her two daughters grounded in reality rather than get caught up in fairy tales about happily ever after, but her mother hen ways sometimes created more problems than they solved. In spite of Ellie’s independent nature, her mama’s cautiousness eventually threatens to cast doubts in Ellie’s mind during the normal ebb and flow of her budding romance with Gray.
In spite of the complications of the above relationship woes, Meg Moseley has written a light-hearted, fun to read novella that will make you alternately laugh and sigh over the sweet nature of Ellie Martin’s and Gray Whitby’s courtship. It is a great feel good short read. I quickly grew to love Ellie’s streak of independence, her tendency toward guerrilla gardening to ease the stresses of the day, and Gray’s city cowboy bent.
If you enjoy a good clean romance without the looming tones of darkness so prevalent in today’s literature, then you will enjoy this book. The author has achieved just the right balance between levity and thought provoking moments that arise when characters need to delve deeply within themselves to draw on resources they didn’t realize they had until a crisis is met and dealt with.
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