A May bride

18626241A May bride
(A Year of Weddings 1 #6)
Meg Moseley
124 pages
Published April 22nd 2014 by Zondervan

ARC provided from the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review

She’s prepared for her wedding all her life … but she forgot a few things.

This novella is not really a romantic, I think that the series have started to focus more on religion/God than the romance itself, which is a shame because the authors have forgotten to develop the relationships and feelings.
In a May Bride, Moseley focused on the theme of religious extremist that can lead to sorrow and bitterness and tear a family apart.

Ellie Martin is the definition of a good person: she is kind, independent and does everything for her sister. Unlike her sister, Ellie understands that financial independence is the best way to keep her life, so by keeping a job she manages to save a little for her wedding… the only issue is she doesn’t really have a man in her life. Then she meets by chance Gray Whitby and they fall in love in a rather rush way.
I understand that Ellie has qualities because we see everything from her point of view, but not from Gary. We know just what he tells through dialogue and while Ellie keeps telling us she is falling for him, we don’t see a reason why. It’s not like they have a lot of things in common and even when they kiss, there’s no spark.

Ellie and Gray could be a great couple, but Moseley’s aim was to reflect about the dangers of extreme devotion. While Ellie is happy her mother believes that Gray is no good for her and that love can be a real pain. While it is true that their romance is rushed, Moseley turns the figure of the mother even more wickedly by cancelling the wedding of her younger daughter because she slept with her fiancé. And here is where we can see the balance between the mother who is too rigid and Ellie, a religious person but who believes in good and forgiveness… not that there is anything to forgive – pre-marital sex is not a crime or a sin. If adults want to have sex, then please do. Sex is a way to express love (at least for me it is) and it should not be repressed.
Bottom line is:

Ellie is the good side, the solid woman, the independent one who is able to forgive, help and love no matter what and, given that, she deserves a happy ending.

The Good:
– Ellie! Ellie is a great character;
– The tension scenes between her mother and the family;
– The message: don’t let obsession take over your life – God is kind and if you are also kind and follow His words then you shall lead a blessed life

The More or less:
– The lack of romance between the couple;
– Gray needed more development.

She’s prepared for her wedding all her life … but she forgot a few things.
Ellie Martin, a country girl in Atlanta, often de-stresses from city life by tending the flower beds of a church near her apartment. She has dreamed of a traditional wedding all her life, a wedding like the one her younger sister is planning back in their hometown. Their single mom will pay for Alexa’s wedding, but Ellie started her own wedding fund years ago. She only needs to find a groom.
She bumps into a man who’s a guest at a wedding on the church grounds. She’s noticed him around the neighborhood, but today he introduces himself as Gray Whitby. They embark on a whirlwind romance, but her mother doesn’t trust freewheeling men like him. Standing up to Mom leads Ellie to stick up for Alexa too. When Ellie risks her own plans for her sister’s sake, Gray feels betrayed. Will he always play second fiddle?
Will Ellie and Gray reconcile their differences so her dream wedding can come true, or will the romance they’ve begun come crashing down?

Advertisements

One thought on “A May bride

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s