Every Bride Has Her Day by Janice Thompson

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Katie Fisher is thrilled that she is finally planning a wedding to marry the love of her life, pro basketball star Brady James. But her family and friends all have different opinions on what her perfect day should look like and none of them can agree on the little details. Katie also finds it hard to concentrate with other celebrations in her life filling up her calendar. She begins to wonder if she will get her special day how she envisions it or if she will ever even have time to plan the event and steal quality moments with her soon-to-be husband with the chaos around her.

This novel continues the storyline with spunky personalities and hilarious moments from the first two books in the series. Readers need to read the stories in order to appreciate the characters and events. This book has romance intertwined with amusing scenes to keep the reader interested in the story; however, there are many weddings and pairing off of couples that lent a more weighty aspect to this particular book as compared to the previous ones. I also think the characters lacked some depth and it took me until this third book to feel like I connected with any of them. Overall, I enjoyed the book for its lighthearted romance and family dynamics and recommend it to those who enjoy contemporary romance.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Every Girl Gets Confused by Janice Thompson

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Katie Fisher is feeling happier than she has in a long time. She is dating a wonderful pro-ex-basketball player, Brady James, and is working a dream job at the bridal shop where she won her bridal gown not long ago. However, when she receives a phone call from her ex-boyfriend Casey, who is back in her hometown, she finds herself questioning her recent decisions to move to a big city and date a new man. To make matters complicated, her very opinioned but well-meaning family is eager to direct her life. With her family telling her one thing and her heart another, Katie must make an important decision that will forever change her future.

Similar to the first book in this series, this novel contains some spunky characters that are entertaining and a plot that is interesting, albeit somewhat cheesy. Reading the first book in the series is not required but is recommended in order to gain a better background on the characters. The focus of the novel is definitely the romance, but unfortunately this romance is not always with the two main characters; in fact, they disappointingly get less page time than some of the other minor characters. I honestly felt their development to be somewhat stagnant and their conflict not nearly as central as the title made it sound, but perhaps more of their story will be saved for the third installment in the series. This novel is recommended for those who prefer a heavy dose of romance in their fiction.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Every Bride Needs a Groom by Janice Thompson

Katie Fisher is certain her long-time boyfriend is going to propose soon, so she enters a contest in the Texas Bride magazine to win a designer dress of her dreams. But Katie’s life does not quiet go as planned: her boyfriend breaks up with her on the same day she finds out she won the dress. Disappointed, she travels to the big city of Dallas to awkwardly try to explain her situation and reject the dress, instead finding herself swept into the designer’s visions, realizing she does not have the heart to tell the woman she is no longer planning a wedding. And her life only gets more interesting when she meets the wedding shop’s manager, a tall and handsome pro basketball player. Her interactions with him and each kind member of the wedding staff only make it more and more difficult for Katie to admit her deepest secret – that she no longer has a groom.

This novel certainly has its share of spunky characters, each one adding a unique quality to the story. The relationships among their diverse personalities are fun to read and the spunky nature of the author’s storytelling makes this book enjoyable. However, the novel is very predictable and there are no real plot twists or intrigue that make the book impossible to put down. The romance is a bit unbelievable as well. Yet even with the limited complexity of the story, the novel is a fun, light-hearted read, suited for those who enjoy simple contemporary romances.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

A Bouquet of Love by Janice Thompson

Cassia Pappas has a loud, Greek family. Which normally would not be a bad thing except her family, who has recently moved to Galveston Island, Texas, has declared a war of food on the equally loud Italian family across the street. Cassia escapes by working her dream job in a local floral shop, but she soon discovers that she may not be as far from her family troubles as she thinks. Fortunately, the attractive floral deliveryman, Alex, is more than willing to help her navigate the throes of tension between the two families. In addition, Cassia’s new friends use their boisterous ways to assist her in settling into an unfamiliar place, encouraging her to chase her dreams of working in the wedding industry.

A Bouquet of Love is a fast-paced read, overflowing with loud families and flamboyant personalities. Although the story is light, the characters are annoying and reading the entire novel from Cassia’s shallow point of view is borderline obnoxious. The romance is based almost exclusively on physical appearance, and this particular reader became sick of hearing about how “hot” the male character looked. The storyline lacks significant depth and complexity. However, the integration of simple Biblical truths into the family struggles is admirable and the strength and the friendships of the women are commendable. This book is part of a series, but can also stand alone. Perhaps this book is better suited to those who prefer very light, contemporary romances.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.