Sadie McAllister is a personal chef who dreams of TV stardom, but a chance conversation with one of her clients shows her that what she really wants is a family. Trouble is, she’s thirty and just been dumped by text message. Again. None of her relationships seem to last longer than a couple of months. Mind you, her best friend, Erik Davis, seems to have the same issue. And now he’s suggesting they date, obviously forgetting he turned her down when she asked him to the Sadie Hawkins dance seventeen years ago.
I recently reviewed All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes, which had a similar plot to A November Bride: a chef heroine who has spent years cooking for her male best friend who is secretly in love with her. I didn’t especially enjoy Cupcakes, because the central conflict (that they both loved each other but didn’t want to ruin the friendship by admitting it) didn’t work in a full-length novel.
However, A November Bride is a novella, and it works, both because of the shorter format, and because the characters are a little more prepared to take risks. It also helps that there were some scenes which were laugh-out-loud funny, especially their “chaperoned” date. But you’ll have to read it yourself.
A November Bride is part of the Year of Weddings series of novellas, each from a different author. While each one can be read and enjoyed as a standalone story, several link back to other books by the respective author.
Thanks to Zondervan and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review. You can find out more about Beth K Vogt at her website.