A Wedding on Bluebird Way by Lori Wilde, Allyson Charles, Stacey Keith, Janet Dailey Release Date: May 29, 2018 Publisher: Zebra (Kensington Publishing) Standalone Compilation Number of pages: 304 Kindle Edition Source: ARC from Net Galley Contemporary Romance M/F Rating: R Read 5/14/18 to 5/17/18
A little more than a year ago I read the book Happy Is the Bride that was a compilation that included two of the four of these authors. I really enjoyed how the book was all one bigger story told in 4 short stories. Each story deals with a different angle with different characters as the main focus. I couldn’t pass this one up when I saw this book was using that same format. Plus, I’ve recently discovered Stacey Keith and I love what I’ve read from her so far. The following review is broken down by story.
The Wedding That Wasn’t
by Lori Wilde
This story made me cry. And I don’t mean I sat peacefully with tears running down my face. I am talking ugly crying with hitching sobs and snot running. It is such a beautiful story of love and finding your true self. The things Felicity has been through in her life are incomprehensible, yet she always bounces back. We could all learn a lesson from her, that’s for sure. The only other story I’ve read by this author was in the aforementioned compilation and I hadn’t been crazy about that particular part of the book overall. I’m glad I got to revisit Ms. Wilde’s work with this one because it has definitely made me want to give her another try. ~ 4.5 stars
There Goes the Bride
by Allyson Charles
My goodness, this story was sweet. I thought this was a new-to-me author, but I realized I read one of her books last fall and wasn’t overly impressed with the chemistry of the characters in that story. Well, she did a great job of impressing me here. Not only was this sweet, but it was also sexy, passionate, fun, and profound. I love that when Savannah and Hank connect it’s just instantly comfortable. Even with the heat that sparks between them, their souls are at home. Wonderful! So far this book is 2 for 2 of taking authors I wasn’t too impressed with and turning them into authors I want to read more from. ~ 4.5 stars
by Stacey Keith
This is a super sweet story about true love. Or, more like re-finding true love. Hailey and Joshua fell in love when they were 18, but lost their way. This delightful story is about how they find their way back to each other and learn to fight for what they really want. It’s very touching. ~ 4 stars
by Janet Dailey
First, I have to address the issue that for some reason I never realized that Janet Dailey had passed away…5 years ago. That was before I even discovered this author. Or should I say, this author’s ghost writers? The weird thing is, I can’t find any information on who write for her now or if it’s more than one author writing for the Estate of Janet Dailey. I don’t know why, but things like this fascinate me. As for this particular story, I found it very touching. I liked that, although Chance was instantly attracted to Harper and knew he wasn’t “in love” with Savannah, he still questioned himself and his own motivations. Whereas Harper did all she could to resist the chemistry between the two of them, her daughters did not help since they also fell instantly in love with Chance. I thoroughly enjoyed this story of second chances and finding true happiness. ~ 4 stars
Overall, I really love this book. It’s the perfect vacation read since it’s divided into the four stories, none too terribly long. Plus, it gave me renewed interest in two authors that I hadn’t previously had a great experience with. It’s definitely worth picking this one up.
**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**