Twenty-eight year old Gabriella Bessu is St. Therese’s meticulous wedding ceremony coordinator. So the fact that she has mistakenly signed her newest couple up for an annulment, rather than a wedding, sends her Catholic guilt into overdrive.
But who can blame her? The groom is gorgeous and his two kids tug at Gabriella’s heart in a way that overcomes all her best intentions. Before long she’s in over her head, fixing her mixed-up plans and helping the children and dad come to terms with their haunting grief for the mother and wife they lost years earlier.
Can Gabriella untangle her own fears and accept the messy life that God has handed them?
From the moment I started reading this book, I knew how it was going to end. But that's okay. I was anxious to see how they were going to get there! The book was filled with ups and downs and a roller coaster ride that kept me glued to the Kindle until the very end.
Dealing with the loss of a spouse is bad enough. Dealing with the loss of a parent is even worse, especially at such a young age. Poor Ryan is still so distraught that he cannot see how horrible Mandy is for his family, and how right Gabriella is for his kids. You can't blame her for feeling conflicted. After all, she is the wedding planner. But you can never deny that connection that kids sometimes feel with adults. They knew better than we do about life. They have better instincts for the truth than we do. We should listen to them more.
This book also reiterates how God sometimes has a greater plan for us, no matter what we think we already know. "Ours is not to wonder why..." was always my mother's favorite saying. God truly does work in mysterious ways, and definitely has a hand in many scenarios in this story.
So, while this is a formula romance that we have seen before, it is still worth the read. It will take you away for an afternoon or a few, reminding you to give up some of
Betting Jessica, was released October 2011. Her second Novel, Untangling the Knot, is due out in February 2013 from Soul Mate Publishing. She is currently marketing her third book for publication and writing her fourth, fifth and sixth while blogging about the crazy stuff she overheard while writing.
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