Monday, April 18, 2016

The Goodbye Bride

GIVEAWAY

HUNTER, DENISE
THE GOODBYE BRIDE

She only remembers loving him. But he can't forget the way she left.

Lucy Lovett can't remember the last seven months of her life. She doesn't remember leaving her fiancé Zac Callahan weeks before their wedding or moving to Portland, Maine. And she sure doesn't remember getting engaged to another man. All she remembers is loving Zac more than life itself.

Zac was just beginning to get his life back on track after Lucy left him with no explanation. And now she's back -- vulnerable, homeless, and still in love with him. Has he been given a second chance with the only woman who stirs his passion and haunts his dreams?

Lucy knows she must unlock those missing months and discover why she threw everything away. And Zac knows that if he follows his heart he'll win back the love of his life -- but if Lucy's memory returns, his would-be bride might say goodbye forever.

My Review:

Help! I've been kidnapped by a book and I don't want to escape! Honestly, I have never wanted to devour a story more. I was so desperate to find out about those missing seven months that I couldn't stop reading. This book consumed me!

Zac, the reluctant hero just about tore my heart out. Lucy's wronged him in the worst way imaginable and yet he can't help but rush to her aid. And all the while he's helping her he's staunchly guarding his heart but then these sweet memories from their past come creeping in and my tummy's all aflutter as I drool over his misplaced (or is it?) devotion. "Falling in love with Lucy had been as easy as drawing a breath. Falling out of love, not so much." (p. 47) What a conundrum for poor Zac!

And I'm equally as torn for Lucy who suddenly finds herself in the throes of a bad breakup which she caused but can't remember. Talk about emotional angst to the nth degree! And she has some pretty sweet memories as well. Oh my, those romantic snippets are toe-curling, let me tell you. And so are some swoonworthy present day scenes as well. Hyperventilating bags recommended before embarking on this reading journey.

As Lucy and Zac's story progressed I found myself stopping periodically to dream up plausible reasons for Lucy leaving Zac so abruptly. And oh goodness, my imagination ran wild! Then I'd take a steadying breath before diving back in to read some more only to stutter to stop wondering if I really wanted to know why Lucy jilted Zac right before their wedding. I mean, what if I couldn't understand her reasoning? How could I forgive her for putting the hero I'd completely fallen for through such a traumatic experience?

Not to mention the reader guilt I still feel over kinda sorta hoping the heroine doesn't get the guy so I might have a chance. Yeah, I know that's a new reader low. Even for me.

And I'm still rejoicing in the powerful testimony of God's constancy that escalates The Goodbye Bride into a classic, timeless love story that belongs on everyone's keeper shelf.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of The Goodbye Bride please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday April 24 2016. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

42 comments:

  1. I love the premise of this book! Hoping for a win!
    kathrynlvossATgmailDOTcom

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  2. Great review! Thanks for the giveaway!

    mo1202007ATyahooDOTcom

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  3. Lock me up and let me read! Sounds awesome, Kav. :)
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. Yes -- and throw away the key until you reach the end. Good luck, Merry.

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  4. Loved the first book in this series!

    Pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Me too -- I love a good, angsty family series. Good luck, Patty.

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  5. Denise is my favorite author! I'd love to read her latest! mylittlebirdie (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. She's awesome, isn't she? Good luck, Karen.

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  6. Love her books. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom.

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  7. This book sounds SO GOOD! Honestly, my sisters and I are ALL gonna wanna read this the first chance we get! I gotta go tell them about it right now!
    J.C. -Indiana-

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    1. Neat that you get to share good books with your sisters. Good luck, J.C.

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  8. Would love to be entered! Denise Hunter always pens a compelling story.

    esterried[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. She certainly does. Good luck, Charity.

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  9. We just purchased this book for the church library so will have to bow out of the giveaway. Congratulations to the winner! You will love this book!
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. I have heard wonderful comments about this book and would love to win a copy. I liked your review as well. Thank you Kav!
    dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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  11. I just stopped by to tell you how much I loved this book and totally agree with your review. This has been one of my favorite books this year. I'm laughing at your seeing yourself as sinking to a new reader low in wanting Zac for yourself. That's the way it is with book boyfriends, I don't feel guilty a bit. I can't wait for Riley's story this September!

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    1. 'Book boyfriends' -- I like the sound of that...and the fact that I don't need to feel guilty. LOL And yes, I eagerly look forward to the next installment of this series.

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  12. Oh my goodness! This one sounds great! I love that you wanted to keep the hero for yourself!
    may_dayzee(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  13. You've said it all to make my heart pitter-patter....pass the hyperventilating bags over would ya? Oh and scoot over on the swooning couch to make room :-)

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Bwahahahaha! Might as well add chocolate to that list and we'll be all set, Trixi. Good luck!

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  14. Another book to add to my wish list. The Goodbye Bride sounds great! Thanks for the chance to win it.

    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. You're welcome, Pam. Good luck.

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  15. Sounds sweet
    KarenskrayonsATgmailDOTcom

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  16. I want to find out what she did all those months she lost!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. It makes for a captivating read. Good luck, rubynreba.

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  17. Love this author, sounds like a great summer read. sonflower277 at gmail dot com

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  18. This one sounds wonderful Love the title! Thank you, Kav!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Don't you love a catchy title that totally fits the book? Good luck, Melanie.

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  19. Kav, I love your review! This cover is so cute. I can't wait to read this one.
    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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  20. Ooh, I can't say how excited I am to read this book!!
    Couldn't handle reading any more than the first paragraph of your review-- reading just that made me anticipate this book even more! :D
    Thanks for the giveaway, Kav! :)

    sleepy_bookworm_aery [at] yahoo [dot] com

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    1. It's a book to get excited about it! Good luck, Aerykah.

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  21. Ah, I love Denise Hunter ´s works. She can totally write both swoonworthy heroes and very real life-like issues!
    Count me in, please.

    janka(dot)halcinova(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Ament to that, Janka. Good luck!

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