Happily ever after begins today. The honor of your presence is requested at a year of weddings....
A January Bride: Madeleine Houser's pen-pal friendship with a lonely widower has taken an unexpected turn.
A February Bride: Allie left the love of her life at the altar - to save him from her family curse.
A March Bride: Susanna found her prince, and happily ever after is just around the corner. But first they must pass one final test.
An April Bride: Weeks away from the wedding, Stella and Marshall must choose between faith in their past love or a very different future than either imagined.
A May Bride: Ellie has prepared for her wedding all her life...but she's forgotten the most important part.
A June Bride: The reality show ended with an engagement, so why doesn't this feel like the fairy tale Wynne thought it would be?
A July Bride: In a moment of total panic, Brendan left Alyssa at the altar. What will it take for him to win her back?
An August Bride: As far as Kelsey Wilcox is concerned, her last cowboy was the last cowboy.
A September Bride: Annie is ready to call this new town home, but one handsome policeman is ready to stand in her way...even if it means walking her down the aisle.
An October Bride: What if the only way to make your father's last wish come true...was to marry the man of your dreams?
A November Bride: Can a decades-long friendship marred by romantic missteps ever lead to happily ever after for Sadie and Erik?
A December Bride: What started as a whim turned into an accidental - and very public - engagement in Chapel Springs this holiday season.
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The first 2 stories were pleasant, with the religious overtones kept to a reasonable back seat, but the third and now fourth are insufferably preachy. There is even a bible study like set of religious questions for introspection at the end of the third story! There should be a disclaimer so people who don't care to be preached to can save their money.
Also, sadly the narration is very poor in 2 of the 4 first stories. Especially in the third where the narrator rushed through every sentence and showed no difference in inflection between male and female characters.
Why oh why did I pay full price?! Ugh.
I liked these stories but the narrators were so bad. There was a couple that were good but the rest were so irritating. However, if you just concentrate on the stories this book is wholesome and well written.
Almost every story has ever heroine from the South. So you would think knowing this that at least one of the narrators could have a southern accent. Even a bad on would have been appreciated. The narrators were all interchangeable. There were 3 narrators but it sounded like one person, they were all interchangeable, boring and forgettable. Just because they are religious stories don't mean they can't be read without inflection.
January -> It was a sweet story that I actually liked. It's actually plausible to happen and not annoying.
February -> The story was highly unbelievable and highly annoying. I don't know of any situation where if someone got left at the alter that they would be willing to marry the person that left them a few months later. Most people would be to angry to even talk to that person. Completely unbelievable. If the bride was that damaged she shouldn't have been involved with anyone in the first place. WORST STORY EVER!!!
March -> My favorite because it was an update to another story Once Upon A Prince. The narrator ruined it for me. The regular narrator Eleni Pappageorge did an excellent southern and British accent. To go from that to someone who reads the ladies and the men in the same voice and to here obvious English sayings coming out of a flat boring American voice was weird.
April -> It was unrealistic. Not the premise of the story but the unreal reactions. If my fiance came back from war with no memory of me of course I'm going to be supportive but I'm not going to keep the wedding on track. Also if your dealing with a specific type of amnesia, find a clever way to explain it to the reader. But to show such a low level of frustration no anger no response that any normal person Christian or not would have really insults the intelligence of the reader..
I'm going to stop here because the rest of the months are pretty much the same. These are short stories. But great short stories can do a lot more with less than these authors did. The stories are hot garbage except for the January and March. The women are brainless, spineless or emotionally stupid. Then men are weak or unrealistic. I have ready well written religious based stories. It was as if because these stories were religious the stores had to be EXTRA boring.
Please do not waste your time or credit on this drivel. In the interest of full disclosure I stopped listening after June because I couldn't take it anymore.
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