Book Review: A January Bride

Posted by Katrina Roets at 3:40 PM

Thursday, October 23, 2014

What will happen when novelist Madeleine Houser's 'pen pal' friendship with a lonely widower takes an unexpected turn?
Who can work in a house that's overrun by contractors and carpenters? Not Madeleine Houser, a successful novelist who gladly accepts the help of her octogenarian friend, Ginny, to arrange for a temporary office in the charming bed and breakfast owned by Ginny's friend, Arthur. Maddie's never met the innkeeper - but a friendship grows between them as Maddie and Arthur leave messages for each other each day. To Maddie's alternate delight and chagrin, she seems to be falling for the inn's owner - a man who's likely many years her senior - and who she's never even met.
Arthur Tyler is a college professor who lost his young wife to cancer. Together they ran the bed and breakfast where Art lives, but without his wife, the house is missing warmth and cheer. He jumps at the chance to have author Madeleine Houser use the space that was once filled with guests. He, too, begins to enjoy the daily exchanges with Maddie, but a series of misunderstandings lead him to believe she's far from being a prospective date---even if he were ready to date again, which he's not.
When Maddie and Art finally meet and discover one another's identity, sparks fly. Even so, they each have obstacles to overcome in order for this winter romance to blossom.
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It's no secret that I love this series of novellas. In fact, I've enjoyed them so much that I actually went to the publisher and asked if I could review the two earlier ones that I had missed. This was one of those and I loved it as much as I loved the others. I'm not really sure what to say that I haven't said in my other reviews of this series. Arthur and Maddie were characters that were a total delight to get to know. Ginny made me smile and I'm pretty sure that I had house envy before the novella was done. If you haven't had the chance to read this series, I can't recommend it enough. They're all fast, easy reads that will have you pulled in before you know it.

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I received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review.  All thoughts, comments and opinions are my own.
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