"An adorable introduction to the Chapel of Love series."
Reviewed by Sandra Wurman
Posted September 26, 2016
Novella / Short Story | Romance Contemporary
A FAIRYTALE BRIDE is the prelude to what is sure to be a
delightful collection of stories with bride's front and
center. A FAIRYTALE BRIDE is billed as a short story and
what Hope Ramsay created as an introduction to her new
series Chapel of Love. The story never feels like an
abbreviated tale -- au contraire.
Jefferson Talbert-Lyndon needed a career change -- plain and
simple -- it seems that as a political journalist he totally
missed the boat. Now he is hiding out at his father's
fishing cabin. So not smooth. But needs time to get his
head straight and see where his future is heading.
Hopefully this episode was just a hiccup.
Initially Second Hand Prose -- the local used bookshop was
Jeff's means to avoid seeing his Aunt Pam. But once inside
he decided to peruse the shop and search through the
shelves loaded with classic books. As an avid reader he
enjoyed the atmosphere of this small town rather cluttered
eclectic shop with two guard cats if you will.
Melissa inherited the shop from her grandmother. It was
part of her soul. She reluctantly and rather jokingly
offered Jeff a job at minimum wage -- which was actually
more than she could afford. Melissa was trying so hard to
keep Second Hand Prose open although it didn't seem likely
to produce a viable living. But this shop was the last
connection to her grandmother.
Candidly it looked like it was a losing battle. But somehow
along the way Jeff became a champion of not only Second
Hand Prose but its owner Melissa. It was becoming personal.
Now the only problem was how to keep Melissa from
discovering that Jeff was part of the family pushing so
hard to acquire her bookstore to add to the development of
the town's business center. Ah the secrets we keep. In a
small town like this it's nearly impossible to keep
anything a secret -- but Jeff was diligently working behind
the scenes -- looking for ways to help Melissa who was
becoming more important to him every day.
Looks like this new bride series is going to be an instant
success. A FAIRYTALE BRIDE by Hope Ramsay was a wonderful
way to introduce the reader to some very charismatic
characters complete with their requisite idiosyncrasies.
Pure delight right down to the supporting cast of furry
A CHAPEL OF LOVE SHORT STORY
After a very public career disaster, journalist Jeff
Talbert-Lyndon wants to escape from the world. Picturesque
Shenadoah Falls, Virginia, seems like the perfect place to
relax and regroup before heading back to real life. But when
he discovers the charming bookstore Secondhand Prose - and
its lovely, slightly overwhelmed owner- he finds a part-time
job and a very tempting reason to stay...
Melissa Portman is fighting a losing battle when it comes to
saving her grandmother's store - and selling the historic
building may be her only option. Yet when a handsome
stranger wanders in one day, she wonders if her very own
fairytale is just beginning...
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