A March Bride
(A Year of Weddings #4)
Published February 25th 2014 by Zondervan
ARC provided by the Publisher through Netgalley for an honest review
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I found that in a series of 12 novella, not enjoying one is normal. Actually I am surprised that I haven't only given one star so far given that this is series of Christian novellas. However, this one was a big nono :(
The beginning started off a little shaky but I understood the conflict and it seemed like a fairly good one... until the author lost track of what she wanted to tell.
Susanna was for 80% of the time weak because the author wanted her to be like that for plot convenience, Nathaniel was cliche and a lousy king to be pretty honest, even the citizens of Brighton lacked in personality.
The beginning was all right but soon the author understood that the conflict was self-caused by the protagonist - with good reason! Giving up your citizenship because the law demands so is kind of stupid, specially if you are to marry a king who can change the law! I mean, he's the king, if he has no power then he might as well just give up - and that she couldn't keep it much longer.
The absence of feelings was also harsh, the book was about identity, who you are and how can love affect that, but it all seemed pointless. Susanna overreacts and acts in a childish way (I still believe it was for plot convenience), their first night as a wedding couple was dry of feelings. They marry, they go to a cottage, she blushes and forgets it's their wedding night (is she a teenager?) and then... they wake up the next day with Susanna telling him they have to attend some lunch.
I understand this is a Christian romance, I do. But they were married, a sentence with a metaphor regarding sex would be lovely, you don't need to write complex erotica in order for a sex scene to be sweet. But the lack of emotion after their wedding was surprisingly a let down.
The religious part was unnecessary, she already knew she loved Nathan and that she was going to give it all up, so the preachy scenes and "God give me strength" was just really unnecessary. Susanna was def. NOT weak when she was thinking and rationalizing and being realistic, I liked her when she was like that, but when she got all preachy she sounded like a fool. I understand that she asked for God when she was in doubt, but when she had that talk with the reverend, she had it all sorted out.
The ending was also a last minute conflict: oh wait we need one more conflict before we finish, which will be sorted out rather quickly because it's a stupid conflict... and guess what: it's all sorted out in a single page because yes, it was a stupid conflict... I am with Susanna on this one: how did he
become Prime-minister? (Also the author has some terrible notions about politics and laws, but I also agree that they were stupid because they were only there for plot convenience).
Also the citizens are also a bunch of nasty people badmouthing their king, tsk tsk...
I give 1 star (GoodReads) because each book of the series has a great message in the end (love will find you whenever you least expect, never give love up especially in hard times, trust the person you love, don't let religion take over your life) but the message in this novella was: it's alright to give up EVERYTHING you are for love... and that is not a good message at all.
Susanna has found her true prince, and their happily ever after is just around the corner. But when Nate asks her to give up something precious to her, Susanna can’t help but wonder if it’s a sign that their love is not meant to be.
Susanna Truitt (Once Upon A Prince) is three weeks from royalty. She’ll soon marry King Nathaniel II of Brighton Kingdom. But when the government insists she renounce her American citizenship before the wedding, coupled with the lack of involvement by family and friends, her heart begins to doubt whether this marriage is God’s plan for her.
Nathaniel would do anything for his bride-to-be. But he knows his position requires that she give up a lot to be with him. Her life will never be her own — right down to her very identity. When she travels home to St. Simon’s Island, Georgia, right before the wedding, Nathaniel fears she won’t return. Gathering his courage, he devises a plan to win his bride all over again, and together they seek out a kingdom to treasure above all.