Saturday, March 19, 2016

Goodbye Bride by Denise Hunter

It must be hard to come up with a new plot twist when writing fiction but Hunter has done it. This novel has a case of amnesia that drives the story. Imagine waking up from a fall on a slippery floor to find yourself in a wedding dress but unable to remember why.

That's what happened to Lucy. What makes the plot more exciting is that the last thing she remembers is that she was going to marry Zac. She has lost the last seven months. She has no idea why she left Zac and who she was supposed to marry this time.

I really appreciate Zac. Lucy telephoned him out of the blue, needing his help and firmly believing she was still madly in love with him. But Lucy had just up and left a short time before their scheduled wedding. Zac was hurt immensely. What a gracious man, to help Lucy now.

I like how Hunter developed the plot. We readers know there must have been a good reason for Lucy to leave Zac so abruptly. I like how we get to know Lucy little by little until we (and Zac) finally understand what happened. There is a little suspense in the plot but it is rather predictable, as is much of what happened during the seven months Lucy had forgotten.

This is a good novel of healing and restoration. It reminds us that through God's strength we can overcome past hurts and are able to forgive those who have hurt us. It is a satisfying Christian romance.

This is the second in a series but reads very well on its own. The first novel in the series is Falling Like Snowflakes and you can read my review here.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Denise Hunter is a bestselling author who has received the Holt Medallion Award, Reader's Choice Award, Forward Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist. She and her husband and their three sons live in Indiana. You can find out more at www.denisehunterbooks.com.

Thomas Nelson, 336 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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