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Book Review – To Have and to Hold


To Have and to Hold
Three Autumn Love Stories 

Love Takes this 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 since mother has always hoped to find. The problem is that he’s regularly stopping in to buy cookies for another girl. But 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 better0 and find out how serious Will is about this other girl in his life. 

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 longer brother, William, has proposed to his girlfriend. Amelia would be excited except she has evidence that the fiancee is not how she says she is. It seems Nate is the only one available for any advice-giving and he’s good at it – and pretty fun to talk to too. As Amelia works to craft the perfect flower arrangements for other people, she begins to wonder if real love is better than the dream. And 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 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 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? 

My Thoughts: After reading the novella set Amish Harvest, for my next review (both books given by the publisher but of course the opinions are all mine) I wanted to pick another book that had short stories. Of course I also wanted a romance so To Have and to Hold was first on my list. I love that each of the stories could sit by themselves, or be read as a collection. They all have a similar fall wedding theme, but each story really is it’s own. The women are all strong and there’s more than meets the eye. A great book for casual reading or a gift. 


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