WEDDING DRESS FOR SALE

NATALE STENZEL

Website: http://sallyclements.blogspot.com/

Publisher:  Entangled Publishing

Published Date: October 25, 2012

ISBN:  9781622669905

Genre: Romance

Source: Received for an honest review

Book Description (from Entangled)

The bride’s chasing her fairy tale. And he’s chasing the bride…

Not even the bride could deny a certain punch-line quality to her current situation: hard-nosed divorce attorney dumps her fiancé and her career to take a job selling wedding gowns.

Sydney Garfield has always approached relationships rationally—none of this emotional head-over-heels or opposites-attract business. Marrying Jack Kaiser is the smart thing to do—after all, he’ll be the “perfect” husband. But after a life-changing shake-up at work, Sydney abandons logic—and her fiancé—to chase the fairy tale.

Real-estate mogul Jack can’t believe the woman he’s head-over-heels for is ditching her hard-won success—and him—to work as a small-town shop clerk. That’s her idea of a fairy tale? Hoping she’s merely in need of time, Jack follows Sydney to Smizer Mill, where he invests in the quaint coffee shop next door. Now, he’s got a few new challenges: make a failing coffee shop a success and convince Sydney that theirs is a romance worthy of a true happily ever after.

MY THOUGHTS:

Wedding Dress for Sale by Natale Stenzel is a deeply satisfying emotional roller coaster as it follows Sydney and her struggles to come to terms with love.  Sydney is a divorce attorney.  She has a good practice, a wonderful fiance, and good friends.  But, Sydney doesn’t really know what love is.  Her fiance, Jack, does and he has worked hard to get her to marry him.  But, in one shocking moment, the truth of her emotional state is thrust to the forefront and Sydney bolts.  When Jack follows, refusing to give up, they end up in small town Smizer Mill.

This is without question, Sydney’s story.  It is her emotional state, her journey, her love that are the focus.  Jack, Drusilla, Ginnie, and the Hoffmeiers are good characters, but they all have a role in helping Sydney embrace her own ability to love and be vulnerable.  The fabric of small town life is skilfully woven into the deeper story of Sydney’s journey to love.  And with the funny hijinks of the old couple, Sydney can see what a real loving and deeply connected marriage can be, both the difficult and the wonderful.  

As if her life isn’t confusing enough, two events conspire to throw even more at her delicate emotional state.  But when Jack’s relentless and endearing love anchors her and she comes to understand both the beautiful and crazy side of love, Sydney is truly complete.

It would have been nice to have more depth to the other characters, but the journey itself was so lovely to watch, that it easily overshadowed the lack of complete characterization.  For a strong,  quirky, sweet, and funny journey to love, Wedding Dress for Sale delivers.

RATING: 4

Heat Rating:  Mild

REVIEWED BY: Monique Neaves

Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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