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Love Takes the Cake: A September Wedding Story (A Year of Weddings Novella) by Betsy St. Amant ISBN 978-0-310-39599-7 Zondervan

Love Takes the Cake, a novella by Betsy St. Amant tells the story of two people who are not actively looking for a relationship.  Charlotte, a single mother, was badly hurt by the father of her child.  Maybe one day she’ll meet a man who is stable and willing to be a good father to her daughter.  She has a successful bakery and for the time being she is content.  Then along comes  attractive Will who comes in every week to purchase bake goods for Melissa who Charlotte assumes  is Will’s girlfriend.  As it turns out,this is not the case.  Will unexpectedly ends up in charge of ordering deserts for his friend’s wedding and all the related festivities.  As a result, Charlotte and Will spend time together.  Still thinking that Will is involved with Melissa, Charlotte tries to keep things on a professional level.  Will struggles with his own issues, but decides to try to date Charlotte.  Charlotte and Will come with a lot of baggage and it remains to be seen if they are willing to take a chance on each other.

This is well written love story. Well drawn characters and a solid story line make for a highly readable story.  Highly recommended.

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Love on a Deadline: An August Wedding Story ( A Year of Weddings Novella) by Kathryn Springer Zondervan ISBN 978-0-3103-9624-6

Love on a Deadline, by Kathryn Springer, is a novella which takes place in Mackenzie Davis’s small home town of Red Leaf. She had moved to the big city after college to pursue a career in journalism, but she came back to care for her father after he became ill. She is working for the town’s local newspaper and she needs to strengthen her resume by writing articles about something other than the garden club’s meetings.  However, the opportunity hasn’t presented itself yet.  She wants to work for a large newspaper away from Red Leaf.  She is told she will cover the upcoming wedding of Hollis Channing to a celebrity.  She hasn’t forgotten how mean Hollis was to her when they were in school.  Nor has she ever forgotten her feelings for Hollis’s brother, Ethan.  The Channing family had left Red Leaf years ago, but they kept their former home there.  Hollis has decided she wants her wedding to be held at their old home and it is there that Mackenzie and Ethan meet again.  Ethan has agreed to prepare the property for the wedding that is to take place in two weeks.  He asks Mackenzie to help and she is less than enthusiastic.  There is a great deal more than planning a wedding that transpires in this short time. A lot has changed for all of them.  Can old hurts be resolved?

This is beautifully written story focuses on what truly matters in life.  It is told with insight and sensitivity.  The well drawn characters are inspiring, realistic and likeable.  Highly recommended.

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The Potter’s Lady by Judith Miller ISBN978-0-7642-1256-7 Bethany House Publishers

The Potter’s Lady, a novel by Judith Miller, opens in Philadelphia in May of 1872.  Rose McKay has graduated from the Philadelphia School of Design for Women.  She had won the school’s Excellence in Design Award which was something she was proud of.  Her time at the school had been challenging as the other students had not accepted her and as a result were unkind to her.  She is anxiously awaiting her brother Ewan’s arrival so that they can return to their home in West Virginia. He confides that he is looking to buy a business and together they tour a pottery.  Ewan buys the pottery and Rose is committed to helping him make the business profitable and known for it’s beautiful designs.  She has lots of ideas about changing the pottery for the better, but this makes the employees nervous.  Especially nervous is long term employee, Rylan Campbell. Change threatens his sense of security.  He is reluctant to embrace Rose’s changes at first, but over time he accepts them and his feelings for her turn romantic.  He wonders if she could ever feel the same.

From the beginning, there are problems at the pottery.  Someone is underbidding the McKay’s for contracts and they are losing business.  It is as though someone knows in advance the amount of their bids and deliberately undercuts their bids to customers.  Is there a traitor at the pottery?  Rose learns of a pottery design contest where the prize is a contract with a famous hotel.  Can the future of the family’s business hinge on a contest?  Rose and Rylan work together closely to create what they hope will be the winning design pattern.  Prior to the judging of the entries, they are shocked by what the judges tell them.  They have been betrayed on many levels.  Are Rose and Rylan strong enough to weather this storm?

This is a well written story about family, integrity, honor and love.  The characters are believable and the dialogue is natural.  The story moves quickly and keeps the reader engrossed.

I received this book for free from Bethany House and I give this review of my own free will.

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