The Goodbye Bride
by Denise Hunter
She only remembers loving him. But he can’t forget the way she left.
Following a concussion, 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.
It’s taken Zac months to move on after Lucy left him with no explanation. He’s thrown himself into his family’s farm and his restaurant business in Summer Harbor. Now Lucy’s back, vulnerable, homeless, and still in love with him. She needs his help putting the pieces together, but letting her back into his life is a risk—and the stakes are high. If he follows his heart he’ll win back the love of his life. But if her memory returns he’ll lose her all over again.
This was another one of those books where I felt mixed emotions throughout the whole thing. Honestly, I am beginning to feel kind of like the book review Grinch. lol
There were some good aspects to the story; it contained a few humorous parts, a few sweet parts, a little bit of soul-searching and forgiveness towards the end.
One of the major issues I had with this book was that there was a lot of repetitive writing. For example, I was so tired of reading about the “spicy scent” and chiseled features of Zac and the wide blue eyes and “apple-y scent” of Lucy by the time I was halfway through with the book that it made me cringe every time I came across descriptions again.
A few other choice phrases that started grating on my nerves …. shelved hands, pebbled skin, smoky gray/steel gray eyes, hollow ache, hard pit in the stomach … you get the drift. There are only so many times that you need to hear a description of someone or something, before it starts to ruin the flow of the book.
Lastly, to me there was just a bit too much interest put on the sexual tension between the two characters. I would have been far more interested in finding out more about what drove Lucy to leave in the first place (finally touched upon at the very end) than in endless descriptions about the main characters kissing – whether it was a remembered kiss, a wanted kiss, a current kiss, or a kiss yet-to-be. I love a romantic thread to a story, but I don’t need so many details of the physical aspects of it. Ugh.
Sadly, The Goodbye Bride is not one of those books that I would put on my save shelf to read again down the road. If you are just looking for a semi-fluffy beach read, you may enjoy it.
That’s my 2¢.
Sincere thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishers and The Fiction Guild for providing me with a complimentary copy to read and review. Opinions and thoughts are 100% my own, and are in no way influenced by the author or publisher.