Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Never a Bridesmaid A May Wedding Story by Janice Thompson

A May Wedding Story
Never a Bridesmaid

By Janice Thompson
Published by Zondervan


Book Description

Meet the people who make it all happen - the planners, the photographers, the musicians who have helped orchestrate the perfect day for countless couples as they find their own happy endings in the second Year of Weddings novella collection. Can one bridesmaid undo the disasters caused by a poorly chosen maid of honor and save her sister's wedding from disaster?

Mari's older sister Crystal is getting married, and Mari is one of her bridesmaids - actually, the last in a lineup of five bridesmaids, but that doesn't really bother her. Much. But Sienna Jameson as the maid of honor? Really? She might be Crystal's best friend, but she's ditzy and undependable on her best days. When the best man turns out to be hunky Derrick Richardson, the right fielder for the Houston Astros and one of Houston's most eligible bachelors, Sienna abandons her duties as maid of honor to chase Derrick, and it's up to Mari to make sure Crystal's wedding day goes off without a hitch.

While Mari is wrapped up in dress fittings, bridal showers, and bachelorette nights, Derrick has taken notice of her devotion to her sister and her determination to make the wedding perfect. But between dodging Sienna's advances and watching Mari running around like a madwoman, Derrick is left to steal moments whenever he can to get to know this beautiful bridesmaid.

When the maid of honor shows up to the ceremony late and more done up than the bride herself, Mari fears her attempts to make her sister's wedding perfect have all been for naught. Will the bride be up-staged by the maid of honor? Will the fifth-in-line bridesmaid ever be recognized for all the work she's done? And will Mari finally have a moment to revel in the magic of a wedding and dance in the strong arms of a man?

About the Author
Janice Thompson got her start in the industry writing screenplays and musical comedies for the stage. She has published over ninety books for the Christian market, crossing genre lines to write cozy mysteries, historicals, romances, nonfiction books, devotionals, children's books, and more. She particularly enjoys writing light-hearted, comedic tales because she enjoys making readers laugh. In addition, she enjoys public speaking and mentoring young writers. She lives in Spring, Texas, where she leads a rich life with her family, a host of writing friends, and two mischievous dachshunds. Visit her website at Twitter: @booksbyjanice Facebook: Janice Hanna Thompson's Reader Page

Here's my review of this beautiful novella:
First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Janice Thompson and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Never A Bridesmaid: A May Wedding Story" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.
“Never a Bridesmaid” by Janice Thompson is a sweet story of love between sisters and love between man and woman that brought back memories of both mine and my sister’s weddings.  Mari Hays loves her sister, Crystal.  So she swallows her disappointment when Crystal names someone else to be her Maid of Honor.  But when the Maid of Honor repeatedly flakes out on her duties, Mari finds herself stepping up to the plate to take care of things.  And it doesn’t hurt that many of these duties keeps Mari in close contact with Best Man Derrick Richardson, the handsome right fielder for the Houston Astros!
I could not put this novella down!  Literally!  I read this all in one sitting.  I laughed, I cried, I related, I reminisced, I learned more about the person I want to be – and the person I don’t.  This is a beautiful book about love and weddings and people and personalities.  I recommend it highly.  My only issue with the book is the cover – the bridesmaid dresses in the photo most definitely aren’t the dresses described in the book.


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