Kiss the Bride: Three Summer Love Stories

Title:  Kiss the Bride: Three Summer Love Stories
Series: A Year of Weddings Novella Collection
Authors: Melissa McClone, Robin Lee Hatcher & Kathryn Springer
Publisher:  Zondervan 
Release Date:  May 31, 2016

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.

Picture Perfect Love: A June Wedding Story by Melissa McClone

When image becomes everything, it’s up to love to refocus the heart.

Photographer Jenna Harrison wants every bride and groom to look picture perfect on their special day. But her own heart is still broken, the unworn wedding dress hanging in her closet a reminder that relationships aren’t always as perfect as they look through her camera lens.

Attorney Ashton Vance is the one that got away, but he wrongly blamed Jenna for ruining his political aspirations. Even if Jenna can forgive him, dare he hope for a second chance at her love?

I Hope You Dance: A July Wedding Story by Robin Lee Hatcher

Can two left feet lead to one perfect romance?

Grant Nichols is a genius in the kitchen and a klutz on the dance floor. But his friend’s wedding is shaping up to be a shindig the likes of which Kings Meadow has never seen—including dancing. Lots of dancing.

Former rodeo queen Skye Foster is offering dance lessons for the wedding party. Grant and Skye are no match on paper. But when they step onto the dance floor, they create a melody all their own.

Love on a Deadline: An August Wedding Story by Kathryn Springer

MacKenzie “Mac” Davis returns to her hometown of Red Leaf, Wisconsin, and takes a job at the weekly newspaper writing about social events.

When Hollis Channing, Mac’s high school nemesis, returns to Red Leaf to marry her celebrity fiancé, the editor asks Mac to cover all the festivities for the newspaper. The last thing Mac wants to do is reconnect with the person who made her life miserable when she was a teenager . . . unless it’s spending time with Ethan Channing, the bride’s older brother—and Mac’s first crush.

Kiss the Bride: Three Summer Love Stories compiled 3 previously published novellas from A Year of Weddings back in 2015. I've not the pleasure of reading them, so I am quite thrilled to have the chance to review this collection.
Picture Perfect Love was really just a perfect introduction to Melissa McClone to me.  It was well written with characters that one will love and ones not so much, and that makes a story come to life. However, it's the message of love, forgiveness and trust that highlights this story. Trusting God had became the focus and it really strives a deeper connection with me at the time. 
I'm a fan of the Kings Meadow series, so I'm happy to add I Hope You Dance to my reads. Being a novella, I do find the initial romance a little rushed, but I understand and even so, I believe the true objective of this story lies in the latter half. It's about relationships leading to marriage and how two very opposite goals in life can come together.  It's a topic I don't see very often, and I think are very relevant to those considering a lifetime commitment. A pleasant read that I really wish was a full novel to dive deeper into the characters individual and relational development.
Love on a Deadline was a lovely conclusion to this collection. It's a light and sweet romance giving you a happy ending that makes for one satisfied read.  I love the main couple, but the growth of Hollis brings to mind how one does grow up, and change for the better. A lovely story.

I've always been thoroughly surprised by how authors are able to put everything into a novella! Each of these have packed enough romance along with character growth, and a theme message. I enjoyed every one of them and I hope you will too.

NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own.  For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.



USA Today bestselling author, Melissa McClone has published over thirty novels with Harlequin and Tule Publishing Group and been nominated for Romance Writers of America's RITA® award. With a degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, Melissa worked for a major airline where she traveled the globe and met her husband. But analyzing jet engine performance couldn't compete with her love of writing happily ever afters. Her first full-time writing endeavor was her first sale when she was pregnant with her first child! When she isn't writing, you can usually find her driving her minivan to/from her children's swim practices and other activities. Melissa lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three school-aged children, two spoiled Norwegian Elkhounds, two goldfish and a few cats who think they rule the house. They do!

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Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heart-warming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. The winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance, two RT Career Achievement Awards, and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, Robin is the author of over sixty novels.

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Kathryn Springer is a USA Today bestselling author. She grew up in northern Wisconsin, where her parents published a weekly newspaper. As a child she spent many hours sitting at her mother’s typewriter, plunking out stories, and credits her parents for instilling in her a love of books—which eventually turned into a desire to tell stories of her own. Kathryn has written 19 books with close to two million copies sold. She lives with her husband and three children in Marinette, Wisconsin. 

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