Monday, August 15, 2016

"The Goodbye Bride" by Denise Hunter - everything I hoped for

When Lucy Lovett hits her head and can’t remember how it happened, she calls the one man she loves…Zac Callahan. But why is Zac being so cold? And how did she end up in Portland, Maine? Zac hasn’t the faintest idea. He hasn’t seen Lucy since she disappeared without a trace weeks before their wedding. Should he help her? And if he does, will she be his…or say goodbye forever?

The Goodbye Bride  -     By: Denise Hunter
I'd heard good things about this book, but still I was impressed. It's probably the best amnesia story I've ever read (or heard of). Any time amnesia is involved, it sounds a little far fetched, but it worked really well with the story, giving it an impact it wouldn't have had as a straightforward, chronological tale of their romance. It's tender, mysterious without being a mystery, not so much suspenseful as underscored with unease . . . I mean, you know that something serious had to have happened for Lucy to leave like that.

The terror of memory loss, the fear of abandonment--all are worked together with an uplifting spiritual thread of restoration. It's a lovely story, with everything I look for in a Christian romance. And it turns out it's part of a series! I'm thinking I'll have to check the others out too.

 Summer Harbor
1. Falling Like Snowflakes
2. The Goodbye Bride
3. Just a Kiss

Sunset Cove by Colleen Coble (related romantic suspense series with cross-over characters)
1. The Inn at Ocean's Edge
2. Mermaid Moon
3. Twilight at Blueberry Barrens  

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