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To Have and To Hold: Three Autumn Love Stories by Betsy St Amant, Becky Wade, and Katie Ganshert

        Here is a great trilogy to start your Autumn reading off, a quick read to take your mind off things and get lost in the name of love.  

             To Have and to Hold includes three short stories by three great authors. The main character in each story has some tie to the wedding market. They’ve helped orchestrate the perfect day for countless couples. Will they ever find themselves in the wedding spotlight? Check to see in the next installment of Year of Weddings novella collection.

Love Takes the Cake: A September Wedding Story by Betsy St. Amant

Charlotte Cantrell is always the baker never the bride. When Will, a regular at Charlotte’s bakery, catches her attention, she can only hope that he is the reliable man this single mother has always hoped to find. The problem is that he’s regularly stopping in to buy cookies for another girl. However, when Charlotte is hired to bake a host of wedding goodies for a difficult bride and finds out Will is the best man, she has the perfect opportunity to get to know him better. Very sweet story and quickly fell into place.

The Perfect Arrangement: An October Wedding Story by Katie Ganshert

Amelia Woods is a small-town wallflower and the proud owner of Forget-Me-Nots, a quaint flower shop. Her love life has always been a bit lackluster—until she ends up in an embarrassing fender-bender with handsome Nate Gallagher. Meanwhile, Amelia’s younger brother, William, has proposed to his girlfriend. Amelia would be excited except she has evidence that the fiancée is not who she says she is. It seems Nate is the only one available for any advice giving. The banter between the two main characters during their emails is reminiscent of the movie, You’ve Got Mail. I also love the old movie references that are used in this novella. As Amelia works to create the perfect flower arrangements for other people, she begins to wonder if real love is better than the dream. If it is, will Nate still be interested when he learns who she is?

Love in the Details: A November Wedding Story by Becky Wade

When Josh returns to his hometown of Martinsburg, Texas, to help his best friend get married, he did not intend to run into church wedding coordinator and ex-girlfriend, Holly. He cannot 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. However, she never got over him and still loves him now. As she helps him plan his best friend’s wedding, she longs to be with Josh but 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? This story was also sweet until the end.

          To Have and To Hold was a lot of fun to read, short and sweet, the three stories of hope and love with inspiration to never give up. This trio of autumn love stories is the perfect book to curl up with on a crisp, fall day. While each story is unique, they all meld together perfectly to create a fun and memorable novella collection.

I received a copy of the book To Have and To Hold from BookLook Bloggers for my review.




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