Every Bride Has Her Day
Author: Lynnette Austin
I was a bit hesitant to return to Savannah Georgia with Ms. Austin because I felt the first novel in the Magnolia Bride series was just OK. But Every Bride Has Her Day proved to be a lovely surprise.
Every Bride Has Her Day is fun and quirky like Cricket, with just the right touch of sexy and smoldering like Sam. Who knew throwing a Yankee into the south could be so much fun? The chemistry is felt as soon as Cricket bangs on Sam’s front door and is carried out until the last page.
Unlike Ms. Austin’s first novel in the series where I felt like the relationship got muddy with a secondary storyline, this time the storyline is crystal clear. A wounded man goes south to heal and finds that healing in the woman across the street, in the relationship he fights. The fight on both sides with one of the things I truly enjoyed about the novel.
Cricket is in every sense a Steel Magnolia that can stand up to Sam tit-for-tat, and I love that. In true southern style, she knows when to step back and when to stand firm, and I think that is why Sam finds himself able to trust her and open up to her despite his fighting it so hard. He knows she’s a soft, strong, safe place to land and don’t we all need one of those? I love that in a world often filled with wilting violets, where the lady is waiting to be rescued, that Cricket is strong and resolute, able to not only take care of herself but rescue Sam as well. Not to say that she doesn’t have a softness, but rather I really feel like she’s got the perfect balance of both, and in my experience that’s what gives a Magnolia tree their beauty, the strength and sturdiness of the tree and leaves and the sweetness and softness of the blossoms. The same is true of Cricket.
Sam is the quintessential example of a Yankee cop who finds that home and healing are often found where you least expect it. He is rugged and rough around the edges but has a softness and heart to him that makes getting to know him a treat and his sexy body doesn’t hurt a thing.
Overall I think Ms. Austin does a beautiful job of exploring hurt, healing, and home in the pages of this book, and she tempers it with just the right about of humor and heart. If you’re looking for a lovely escape to a sweet southern town filled with lovable and funky characters pick up Every Bride Has Her Day; it’s sure to make your day brighter.
Can love revive a wilting heart?
Cricket O’Malley can’t wait to plant roots back home in Georgia, where she’s returned to restore an abandoned flower shop to its former glory. The only blemish? Her neighbor’s house is even more neglected than her old flower shop, and its occupant seems as surly as he is darkly handsome.
Devastated body and soul after a tough case went south, New York City detective Sam DeLuca thought he’d have no trouble finding solitude in the quiet Georgia town of Misty Bottoms, but his bubbly neighbor seems determined to shine happiness into Sam’s life. Sam is equally determined to close himself off, but his heart says otherwise…
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Series: Magnolia Brides #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format(s): paperback (384 pages), e-book
Book Source: Publisher/NetGalley
Reviews in the Series:
The Best Laid Wedding Plans by Lynnette Austin (Magnolia Brides #1)