Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Love in the Details by Becky Wade

Love in the Details by Becky Wade

I love the Zondervan wedding novellas! Pair that series with this author, and I was thrilled to read this title for review.

Let’s begin with the summary:

When Josh returns to his hometown of Martinsburg, Texas, to help his best friend get married, he didn’t intend to run into church wedding coordinator—and ex-girlfriend—Holly. He can’t help but pine after the girl he never got over.

Holly broke up with Josh years ago in an attempt to ensure his future success. But she loved him then and still loves him now. As she helps him plan his best friend’s wedding, she can’t help but feel horrible for the pain she caused him. And even though she longs to be with Josh, she doesn’t feel worthy of his big-time lifestyle when she is more comfortable in her small town world. Will Josh and Holly be able to keep things as they are when their true feelings threaten to surface at every turn?

And now, my review:

Oh the fun of reunion romances! I’ve enjoyed Becky’s books from her first release. So glad Zondervan included her in this series. I’ve just finished reading two regency romances (historicals), so coming back to a contemporary was a fun change.

Here we have a couple who were once in a relationship and who run into each other again years after they broke up. That’s a fun conflict. The fact they are each unattached, that there is still electricity between them, makes it even more enjoyable. But their secrets get in the way.

The hero’s directness was delicious. So often in romantic fiction we see characters who miscommunicate or have misunderstandings. I enjoyed watching a character speak the truth outright.

The heroine’s noble in keeping the secret she keeps, but I still longed for her to be open and forthright. (Which may have been why I appreciated the hero’s approach.) Her best friend, Sam, is a hoot! Their banter was delicious. As I read, I saw this story as a fit for a TV movie.

This was a fast read, with a theme of personal worth. In fact, the author snuck that theme in such a way that I questioned my own understanding because I didn’t see it coming—it just seemed natural. Ah, the sign of a good story—a profound lesson without preaching, for the discerning reader. 

As always with these Zondervan novellas, the first release is in e-book format before three are combined for re-release in paperback format.