A January Bride by Deborah Raney ~ Book Review
Part of A Year of Wedding Novella series
Who can work in a house that's overrun by contractors and carpenters? Not Madeleine Houser, a successful novelist who gladly accepts the help of her octogenarian friend, Ginny, to arrange for a temporary office in the charming bed and breakfast owned by Ginny's friend, Arthur. Maddie's never met the innkeeper - but a friendship grows between them as Maddie and Arthur leave messages for each other each day. To Maddie's alternate delight and chagrin, she seems to be falling for the inn's owner - a man who's likely many years her senior - and who she's never even met.
What a sweet and charming story! Although it took a while for me to get into the story, once I got used to the style I was taken away by Maddie & Arthur's story. I liked how Ms. Raney presented their love story like an old fashioned romance in the style of an old timey historical romance. There is a misunderstanding between the two from which a friendship blossoms all the while an attraction grows when they see each other not knowing who the other is. I liked how they communicated through letters and this is where the old Jane Austen style comes in.
It's predictable, sure, but the way the story unfolds is perfect for folks looking for an easygoing, sweet and squeaky clean romance on a lazy weekend afternoon.