Book Review: To Have and to Hold

to-have-and-to-holdTitle: To Have and to Hold: Three Autumn Love Stories (A Year of Weddings Novella)
Authors: Betsy St. Amant, Katie Ganshert, Becky Wade
Series:  A Year of Weddings Novella
Publisher:Zondervan; Reprint edition
Release Date: August 30, 2016
Book Summary:

Love Takes the Cake: A September Wedding Story 

by Betsy St. Amant

Charlotte Cantrell is always the baker; never the bride. When Will, a regular at Charlotte’s bakery, catches her attention, she can only hope that he is the reliable man this single mother has always hoped to find. The problem is that he’s regularly stopping in to buy cookies for another girl. But when Charlotte is hired to bake a host of wedding goodies for a difficult bride and finds out Will is the best man, she has the perfect opportunity to get to know him better—and find out how serious Will is about this other girl in his life.

The Perfect Arrangement: An October Wedding Story by Katie Ganshert

Amelia Woods is a small-town wallflower and the proud owner of Forget-Me-Nots, a quaint flower shop. Her love life has always been a bit lackluster—until she ends up in an embarrassing fender-bender with handsome Nate Gallagher. Meanwhile, Amelia’s younger brother, William, has proposed to his girlfriend. Amelia would be excited except she has evidence that the fiancée is not who she says she is. It seems Nate is the only one available for any advice-giving, and he’s good at it—and pretty fun to talk to too. As Amelia works to craft the perfect flower arrangements for other people, she begins to wonder if real love is better than the dream. And if it is, will Nate still be interested when he learns who she is?

Love in the Details: A November Wedding Story by Becky Wade

When Josh returns to his hometown of Martinsburg, Texas, to help his best friend get married, he didn’t intend to run into church wedding coordinator—and ex-girlfriend—Holly. He can’t help but pine after the girl he never got over. Holly broke up with Josh years ago in an attempt to ensure his future success. But she loved him then and still loves him now. As she helps him plan his best friend’s wedding, she longs to be with Josh but doesn’t feel worthy of his big-time lifestyle when she is more comfortable in her small town world. Will Josh and Holly be able to keep things as they are when their true feelings threaten to surface at every turn?

Anita's Review 2

Three novellas, from the “year of weddings” collection. I immensely enjoyed these three works. Each is a stand-alone. Each is well written and engaging. Becky Wade was the only one of the three authors I had read before. Yay for me that I found two new authors.

A Baker, a florist and a wedding planner round out our heroine’s occupations. They each have something holding them back, but not in the obnoxious ‘poor me’ way. The heros; oh the heros, they are a very good reason to read romance. With just the right amount of hope and angst to keep a reader interested, I quickly devoured each story. My favorite was, humm, I believe I loved all three for different reasons. I also love the weddings in autumn setting.

Read and enjoy the perfect length romance for a lazy afternoon (or shortened night because you can’t put the book down.)

5 stars

Rating: 5 Stars
Content: Clean, kissing
Source: Netgalley

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  1. I love themed romances that go around the season or a holiday. These sound really good! I’ve never read anything by two of those authors, but I did read a book of Betsy St. Amant’s called Love Arrives in Pieces and thought it was pretty good

  2. I agree. The super reasons to read this category are the heroes. Let them be strong and beautiful, I say.