March 21, 2016

Review: The Goodbye Bride by Denise Hunter

I always enjoy a Denise Hunter romance, so I was quite happy indeed when this one turned out to be a fun way to spend a few hours! She certainly knows how to write a swoony hero, doesn't she? :) Equal parts mystery (what with the amnesia) and romance (goodness did those two have chemistry), this story is a sweet addition to your library. You should definitely be adding it to your TBR shelf!

Lucy, herself, is pretty memorable. Considering she has no recollection of the last seven months, she has no qualms about making her opinions on where she should be, how her life should look, and what she's going to do to get it back to what she remembers. I have to confess that she frustrated me a bit in the beginning. I wished she had been a bit more willing to realize how her actions might hurt Zac. I could understand her desire for things to go back to what she was remembering, but when someone you love tells you that your actions have the potential to hurt them, wouldn't you do all you could not to continue doing that? Or at least be a bit more understanding about it? I was very happy once she accepted that she needed to take a step back. When that happened, the flow of the romance worked better for me.

And speaking of, I loved the little glimpses we got of how Zac and Lucy met and their time together in the past. I also loved that the angst was kept minimal between them. Yes, they hurt each other, most times very unintentionally, but their chemistry was undeniable, even to them! These are two people who had an awesome relationship and now have to struggle to understand what happened. They both have scars and pain in their backgrounds, Lucy especially, so when they finally reach those pivotal moments, it was wonderful to know they had each other to help work through any future hard.

Also, I do love this Callahan family. The way they pick at each other and support each other no matter what. And the way they're always willing to tell the truth to each other, no matter how difficult it might be. Plus the fact that once you're one of them, you're family! Unless you do something stupid, of course. But Lucy redeems herself, so no worries there! ;) I was also very happy that Eden (from Falling Like Snowflakes) chose to overlook her own fiance and befriend Lucy at a moment when she really needed someone on her side. Their friendship was so sweet.

A quick and entertaining story that had me smiling once I closed the final chapter! If you need an escape into a fictional world for a little, this is a fun way to spend that time. :)

**I received a complimentary copy through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

"Sure." He refilled Beau's glass, then fished a bill from his pocket. "It'll give me a reason to talk to her."
"Like you needed one." Riley smirked. "You've been eyeing her since she walked through the door."
Beau quirked a brow. "Aw, that's so cute. You smitten, little bro?"
Zac shot him a look as he moved to take a drink order form a fellow down the counter.
"Better hurry up before Nick stakes his claim."
"She kind of looks like the chick in that movie," Beau said. "Mandy something. What was it...?" He snapped his fingers. "A Walk to Remember."
Zac lifted a brow.
"Don't judge. It was a date."


  1. This book isn't my typical read, but you make it sound so fun and intriguing.

    1. Kami: It's definitely a fun read! And the mystery of her amnesia kept me wondering. I confess to taking a while to figure it out. :)

  2. CANNOT wait to read this one! As is usual for Denise Hunter, it sounds charming - and I've loved the premise of this one since the moment I first read about it. Sounds like a beautiful read indeed. Thanks for the great review, Kara. :)

    1. Rissi: It's a cute one for sure! I really think you're going to love it. It has all the sweetness and swooniness of her other books. (And I do mean the swooniness! Denise Hunter certainly knows how to write chemistry-laden relationships. :)


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