Friday, November 14, 2014

Bookshelf Friday - A November Bride by Beth Vogt

First, the winner of my October Bookshelf is Sarah Monzon! Sarah, catch me here or message me on Facebook which of my October Books you'll like, and I'll get it to you.

As for what's on November's shelf...
Wrapping up the Year of Weddings novellas by Zondervan's is Beth Vogt, and I just love her:) One of the sweetest ladies you'll meet, a friend, and a wonderful writer, I was super-excited to pick up this book. Here's a short blurb:

Can a decades-long friendship marred by two romantic missteps ever lead to happily ever after? Sadie McAllister's clients know how lucky they are to have her: an ultra-fastidious personal chef who leaves behind a spotless kitchen and a week's worth of mouth-watering meals. Erik Davis, her best friend since middle school, is content to enjoy Sadie's culinary skills too while maintaining their "friends only" status. Most of his energy is focused on his just-launched freelance business and casual dates that never come close to a commitment. But when Sadie is offered a once-in-a-lifetime cooking job across country, Erik realizes maybe he's taken his best friend for granted. 
Even more, he's about to lose his only chance for lasting love. How can Erik convince Sadie that the well-known adage "Marry your best friend" just might apply to them? With God's help, can they both move past their assumptions about each other and their future? Should Sadie and Erik risk taking their relationship to the romantic point of no return? If they do, their decades-long friendship is as a good as done... unless it ends at the altar.

Let me start by saying how much I've loved the covers of these novellas, and Beth's is no different. Absolutely gorgeous! Personally I think a girl should get to wear a wedding dress every decade or so:) As for the story. I'll admit the idea of two friends falling in love grabbed me since I married my "just friend" and we've been happily-ever-after ever since, so I have a soft spot for these stories. Beth's characters didn't disappoint. I loved their laughter and their relationship that already was, so I was quickly invested into what would happen if they tried to navigate it into something more. They had good reasons for hesitation, knowing each other as well as they did and their weaknesses, but doesn't that make love stronger? Knowing the weaknesses and loving in spite?

Sadie and Erik were two very likable characters who you'll root for. The story, being a novella, was truly short and sweet. Another great read from Beth, and a great way to wrap up a fun year of this collection. You can purchase A November Bride here.
Beth is also writing a destination wedding series which she'll lead into with another novella called Can't Buy Me Love in spring, so watch for it! In the meantime you can learn a little more about Beth below:)
Beth K. Vogt believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” A nonfiction writer and editor who said she’d never write fiction, Beth is now a novelist with Howard Books. She enjoys writing inspirational contemporary romance because she believes there’s more to happily-ever-after than the fairy tales tell us. Connect with Beth on her website.


  1. Hi Susan,

    I love Beth's books and the only reason I haven't bought it yet is our lives have gotten so crazy. I was just telling my husband we've got to slow down soon.

    Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

    1. Oh yes, I've had a similar conversation with my hubby recently! And I know this season has a tendency to get even crazier, so I want to slow dow before it completely hits:) Have a great weekend too, Jackie!