Monday, December 9, 2013

The Library - NA Novella Review "A Beautiful Wedding" by Jamie McGuire

Title: A Beautiful Wedding
Author: Jamie McGuire
Released On: December 10, 2013
Publisher: Atria

Buy Link -  AMAZON 
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Author's Goodreads Profile:  Jamie McGuire

You know that Abby Abernathy unexpectedly became Mrs. Maddox. But what do you really know?

Why did Abby pop the question?
What secrets were shared before the ceremony?
Where did they spend their wedding night?
Who else knew about it . . . and didn’t tell?

Everything about Abby and Travis’s elopement was top-secret . . . until now. Fans of Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster will get all of their questions answered in this whirlwind tale of the wedding day (and night!)—and as with all good stories, this one will definitely have been worth the wait.


I am going to keep this pretty short, which isn't hard since it's a novella.  First off, I read this in a little over an hour.  I got an email on Friday asking if I wanted to review it, of course I said yes, and I got it delivered via UPS today!  I immediately started reading it and was done in no time.  I have actually read more novellas this month (so far) then I have read all year long.

So, as you can probably tell from the synopsis and title this is the story of Travis and Abby's wedding.  The bulk of the novella takes place over the course of 24 hours.  I can't remember exactly how this all comes about in the books, but I know that they just show up married and no one knows the story behind it.  Well, this is the story behind all that.  

This starts right after the fire that kills a bunch of students that were at one of the underground fights.   In fact they are in the apartment just after they have showered the remnants of the fire away.  It's a spur of the moment decision for Travis, but it's a little more calculated on Abby's end.  Her intentions are good and she's thought it all out, but even she has reservations about it right up to the moment she walks down the aisle.

There are some beautifully touching moments in this story and I found myself fighting tears on more than one occasion.  The most touching is the letter that Travis' mother writes to the woman that he chooses to marry.  He has saved it all these years and the moment he chooses to give it to Abby is perfect and it's so beautiful to read.  I lost my mother when I was young and I wish that I'd had something like that from her to read on my wedding day.

I loved this novella and it was the perfect addition to this series.  I know that in my reviews of the other books I complained about not really liking Abby so much, but I did like her in this one...just not as much as Travis still!  If you have read and enjoyed the other books then I highly recommend picking this one up.  My only complaint is the price point, I think it's a little too pricey for a novella so I would probably pick it up from the library or wait to find it on sale.

*Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for my honest review.*

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