July 16, 2018
Blurb: Rachel Holley has always dreamed of a wedding—the white dress, the fairy tale, and of course, the happily-ever-after. But when her fiancé breaks it off the night before, claiming she doesn’t love him, Rachel’s fairy tale ends in ashes.
Homeless, hopeless, and feeling like her life has been completely derailed, Rachel must start over in all sorts of ways—and hold her head up high in the fishbowl of her tiny village. The last person she expects to become a friend is Sam West, the taciturn owner of The Bell, Thornthwaite’s rougher pub, and a little rough around the edges of himself.
But as Rachel gets to know Sam, and sees him caring for his orphaned nephew, she finds herself drawn to this enigmatic man. Nothing about Sam is what Rachel expected in a life partner, and yet she can’t deny their increasing closeness. But can love flourish on the rebound? And will there be a vicarage wedding after all?
SASCHA DARLINGTON’S REVIEW
One thing I like about British romances as opposed to American romances is that the British ones always read a bit more like women’s fiction, meaning that there is more depth, and the heroine is usually at a point of discovery in her life. A Vicarage Wedding is no different.
Jilted the evening before her wedding, Rachel must come to terms with why she was getting married and that requires a careful journey through her present as well as consideration of the past when she thought life was perfect.
As part of the journey, Rachel meets Sam, a man who has had a difficult past, but who has righted himself. Sam ends up taking in his troubled nephew after he is removed from Sam’s sister by social services.
There is a lot going on in A Vicarage Wedding, which I quite liked. Rachel changes through the course of the novel after a lot of introspection and help from her family. She realizes that real love changes you as well and that the marriage she was about to enter into wasn’t based on the same kind of love.
While A Vicarage Wedding is the third book in the Holley Sister of Thornthwaite series, I never felt lost or inundated with unnecessary characters who needed to “pop” in as so often happens in series’ novels.
This novel will appeal to readers who like more depth to their romances. It’s also very, very sweet and probably a 1 on a heat scale of 1-5.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
A Vicarage Wedding is on sale today.
4 out of 5 butterflies