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Friday, March 11, 2016

Denise Hunter: The Goodbye Bride

By Kelly Bridgewater

Description (From Amazon):

She only remembers loving him. But he can’t forget the way she left.

Lucy Lovett can’t remember the last seven months of her life. She doesn’t remember leaving her fiancé Zac Callahan weeks before their wedding or moving to Portland, Maine. And she sure doesn’t remember getting engaged to another man. All she remembers is loving Zac more than life itself.

Zac was just beginning to get his life back on track after Lucy left him with no explanation. And now she’s back—vulnerable, homeless, and still in love with him. Has he been given a second chance with the only woman who stirs his passion and haunts his dreams?

Lucy knows she must unlock those missing months and discover why she threw everything away. And Zac knows that if he follows his heart he’ll win back the love of his life—but if Lucy’s memory returns, his would-be bride will say good-bye forever.


My Review:

I enjoy Denise Hunter’s books. Romance novels are predictable because the hero and heroine are always getting a happy ending. The struggle through their relationship is what keeps the reader flipping through the pages. Hunter’s latest novel The Goodbye Bride does not let fans of contemporary romance down.

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I like Hunter’s books because she creates realistic characters with realistic problems. Whether their stories are internal or external, the hero and heroine shine on the pages as they argue and try to figure out how to solve their issues. The tension is ripe in the story as the couple fights their growing emotions for each other. Even though the story was completely predictable, I couldn’t wait to see how Lucy and Zac would solve the obstacles in their way and stay together.

In The Goodbye Bride, I personally enjoyed watching Zac and Lucy because they have a past relationship that didn’t end well. Lucy walked out on Zac a long time ago. As I came to learn, it is because her father abandoned her when she was little, so she is afraid of being abandoned by anyone who she allows close to her heart. This is an issue that a lot of people could relate to. Abandonment, either by God or a living person, reaches into the core of the human soul.

I had an issue with the plot, and it could be just me because I read suspense all the time. Lucy’s ex-fiancé Brad Martin wanted to marry her for sinister reasons, but Hunter allows Brad to threaten her, but he doesn’t come back and do anything to Brad. He walks away and doesn’t try to kidnap Lucy and threaten Zac. I kept waiting for something sinister to happen. Unfortunately, nothing happens.

Romantically charged, Denise Hunter’s The Goodbye Bride is filled with a hero and heroine with a dark past who overcome their dilemmas to find true love and live happily ever after. Fans of Hunter’s past romances won’t be disappointed. If you like Becky Wade, Melissa Tagg, and Susan May Warren’s contemporary romances and haven’t tried Denise Hunter, then I suggest trying one of Hunter’s novels.

I received a complimentary copy of The Goodbye Bride from Thomas Nelson and the opinions stated are all my own. 


My Rating:  4 out of 5 Stars

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