Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!

Review: November Bride

November BrideI’m so glad I picked up this novella, November Bride, from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. And I can honestly say that I loved this story by Beth K. Vogt.

Erik and Sadie became best friends in middle school under the strangest of situations. For a flirt who can’t date one girl for more than a few months and an obsessive-compulsive whose heart has taken a beating from painful breakup after painful breakup, the friendship they share is the only constant in their lives. And the unlikely relationship, beginning at Sadie Hawkins day of all things, has lasted almost 20 years.

Is it too late for best friends to consider being more? And having already attempted such during a misguided summer fling over a decade before, do they dare risk something so valuable?

I love the way this Charmer, Erik, acts throughout the story. Laid-back and confident on the outside, he reveals his insecurities. Gotta love a man who will do that. And he’s got a great sense of humor. Wait until you see the different ways he messes with his fastidious buddy!

As for Sadie, she’s terribly creative, but she’s not a Free Spirit at all. I think of her as the archetype of a Librarian. She’s more of a loner, set in her ways, and as a chef, she’s good at finding clever concoctions and following the directions. I wouldn’t expect her to veer from a recipe and she’s not the type to toss in something outrageous that just might create a new sensation.

But the two of them together compliment each other well. Lots of spats, jokes, and snarky responses from the two, having a familiar comfort between them. And while there didn’t seem to be strong chemistry between them, particularly from Sadie’s point of view, there was a definite possibility of growth there. Especially when she let down her guard and laughed with Erik.

All in all, this was a sweet romance and made for a delightful couple of hours.

Your Turn: Don’t you love novellas? There better than a movie because you can vicariously live through the story easier, yet they don’t take much more than a few hours to read. What was the last novella you read?

Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

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