Never the Bride by Cheryl McKay and Rene Gutteridge
Waterbrook Press (June 2, 2009)
Since she was just a little girl, Jessie Stone dreamed up hundreds of marriage proposals, doodled the romantic ideas in her journal with her treasured purple pen, and fantasized about wedding dresses and falling in love. She’s been a bridesmaid nearly a dozen times, waved numerous couples off to sunny honeymoons, and shopped in more department stores for half-price fondue pots than she cares to remember.
But shopping for one key component of these countless proposals hasn't been quite as productive–a future husband. The man she thought she would marry cheated on her. The crush she has on her best friend Blake is at very best…well, crushing. And speed dating has only churned out memorable horror stories.So when God shows up one day, in the flesh, and becomes a walking, talking part of her life, Jessie is skeptical. What will it take to convince her that the Almighty has a better plan than one she’s already cooked up in her journals? Can she turn over her pen and trust someone else to craft a love story beyond her wildest dreams?
I love it when a book has me laughing out loud 90% of the time. Never the Bride is a wonderful mix of romance, humor, and faith. Rene and Cheryl make a great team and have created such a funny, sweet story! I'm not really into Chick-Lit, but this was entertaining from the start and I loved it.
I absolutely loved Jessie's fun, witty personality. She has dreams of her future prince charming, her wedding day, and living a happily ever after just like a lot of us girls do. Although, maybe she does
obsess think about it a little more than most of us. There were lots of other great characters in Never the Bride, but the most memorable was Jessie's best friend, Blake. I really liked the relationship between the two and the way he was so protective over her with the guys she dated was so sweet.
The ending of the story might have been a bit predictable, but the journey to it wasn't. This book is pretty tough to put down once you start reading it and it'll have you laughing till you cry. I had so much fun reading this and loved the message of God's love for us. He already has a plan for our lives that's even better than we can ever dream up or imagine. We just have to surrender our "purple-feathered pens" and let Him write our story for us. Easier said than done, right?
Rating - 4 stars