As I write this review, I’m in Dallas, Texas for the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) conference. This is my first one and I’m excited to learn from many of the authors I’ve reviewed here on my blog. For the next three days, I’ll be meeting other authors, listening in on panels, and attending classes to help improve my own craft. Many of the writers here have contributed to the Year of Weddings novella series over the past two years. And I was so excited to see October’s author on the list this year. I’ve only learned of and read Katie Ganshert last year when I read A Broken Kind of Beautiful but have not been disappointed in anything I’ve read of hers thus far. Including…
On the day of her ex’s wedding, Amelia Woods can’t help but take a peak. Her best friend accuses her of sitting on the sidelines in her small Wisconsin town as the owner of a flower shop her mother once owned, unwilling to experience life.
When she runs into someone else’s car while surveying the group of people in front of the church, she’s horrified and hurriedly flees the scene before her stepsisters see her. Her stepsisters who, by the way, are in the wedding.
She and the owner of the car strike up an email correspondence because of an email address fail and are soon conversing about more than the fender bender. Amelia’s confused about her brother’s engagement and believes she saw something that will break her brother’s heart. She’s always looked after him and doesn’t want to see him hurt.
As Amelia and Nick grow to know each other via the computer, they also learn that maybe love can blossom even with distance.
This story has a little bit of a You’ve Got Mail feel to it. A fun communication between the main characters, some quirky and embarrassing (for Amelia) incidents, and the beginnings of love. While reading this novella, I felt like I was in the flower shop right alongside Amelia as she made the bouquets. And her regular Monday customer, George, is a throwback to days when gentlemen were the rule, not the exception. His story within the main story was an added bonus.
The Perfect Arrangement really is a great way to spend an evening. If you’re a rom com fan, definitely pick this one up (Available Sept. 29).
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