A February Bride

A February Bride

by Betsy St. Amant
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A February Bride by Betsy St. Amant

A year’s worth of novellas from twelve inspirational romance authors. Happily ever after guaranteed.

Allie left the love of her life at the altar—to save him from a lifetime of heartbreak. When a Valentine’s Day wedding brings them back together, she struggles against her family’s destructive history. Can Allie ever realize that a marriage is so much more than a wedding dress?

History repeats itself when Allie Andrews escapes the church on her wedding day—in the same dress passed down for generations and worn by all the women in her family—women with a long history of failed marriages. Allie loves Marcus but fears she’s destined to repeat her family’s mistakes. She can’t bear to hurt Marcus worse.

Marcus Hall never stopped loving Allie and can only think of one reason she left him at the altar—him. When the two are thrown together for his sister’s Valentine’s Day wedding, he discovers the truth and realizes their story might be far from over. Can Allie shuck expectation and discover who she is as a bride and in the Bride of Christ? And if she ever walks down the aisle, what dress will she wear?

“I was delighted to hear that some of my own favorite authors would be writing the stories for the Year of Weddings collection, and when I saw the gorgeous book covers, I knew the series would be a huge hit! There's just something so hopeful and heartwarming about a wedding, and I'm thrilled to have A January Wedding be a part of this fun project!” —Deborah Raney, author of A January Bride

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310338291
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 01/28/2014
Series: A Year of Weddings Novella , #2
Sold by: Zondervan Publishing
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 116
Sales rank: 166,035
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Betsy St. Amant lives in Louisiana and has a heart for sharing the amazing news of God's grace through her novels. A freelance journalist, Betsy is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. When she’s not reading, writing, or singing along to a Disney soundtrack with her young daughter, Betsy enjoys inspirational speaking and teaching on the craft of writing. Visit her website at www.betsystamant.com Facebook: BetsySt.Amant Twitter: @betsystamant.

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A February Bride 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
What would make a sweet, kind girl dash away from her own wedding? What kind of woman leaves the man she loves at the alter? The answer is – A woman who has had her heart poisoned by the women in her family. Allie believes that the marriages in her family are doomed. If the past multiple failed marriages of her mother, aunt and grandmother are to be believed, then there is just no hope for a happily ever after with Marcus. She feels that she will be unable to break this “curse” and decides to run out on Marcus for his own good! This was a very enjoyable read. I am having a great time reading these wedding novellas and this one was no exception. I really felt for these two main characters, Allie and Marcus. They both still love each other. Four months after the “left at the alter incident”, they find themselves thrown together multiple times and must face what happened. Will there be any way for the two of them to overcome the past heartache and make a future together that has a chance of lasting? I had trouble putting this novella down and ended up reading it in one evening. I found myself very invested in what would happen between Marcus and Allie. This story has great characters, wonderful chemistry between Marcus and Allie, and a fun set up. I loved the kitchen scene! Very romantic! A sweet story that fans of Christian romance will enjoy. (4 stars) I received a complimentary copy of this novella from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
This was such a cute story. Oh my soul - Marcus is a man of gold. There are not many men who would not harbor resentment and anger toward their betrothed if they were left standing at the alter! I really enjoyed watching Allie and Marcus fight their attraction for one another throughout the story and I just KNEW they would get back together. Allie's belief in her cursed dress and family failings is relatable. A lot of people think because generation after generation does one thing, they are destined to do it as well. The cycle can be broken with God and faith! Overall, I enjoyed this sweet story! I look forward to reading more by Betsy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable novella.
srkromer More than 1 year ago
The novellas in The Year of Weddings novella collection keep getting better and better.  A February Bride by Betsy St. Amant is my favorite novella in the collection so far.  Even though the premise of this novella is predictable, sometimes reading a predictable love story is exactly what you need. Allie’s family has been cursed in love for decades.  The curse goes back as far as her grandmother (from what the reader knows) and has passed down to her mother and her aunt and Allie fears it will pass on to her.  Her family is cursed in love.  The women get married and divorced as much as a normal person changes their underwear.  Now Allie is about to continue the curse when she is about to walk down the aisle to marry the love of her life, Marcus.  The novella takes place in the months after she left Marcus at the altar in an attempt to save Marcus and not hurt him, even though leaving him at the altar broke his heart.  Now Allie is to be the Maid of Honor in her best friend’s wedding, who just happens to be Marcus’ sister.  During the few shorts weeks leading up to the wedding, Allie and Marcus constantly are seeing each other and being reminded of what they had between them.  Can Marcus forgive Allie for leaving him at the altar?  Can Allie get over her fear of this “curse” that is on her family? For the short length of this novella, I think it was well written and I loved the idea of a tool shower for the groom.  I would give this novella a 4 out of 5 stars, and would recommend it to anyone looking for a well-written and quick fluff romance.
RGNHALL More than 1 year ago
 Allie is a delightful character who makes the perfect nervous bride.....as in "she's in love, but afraid to marry due to her family's curse".....Allie thinks her family is cursed.  The women in her family have been married many, many times and they all wore the same dress.  How can she doom her love, Marcus, to the CURSE?  Now, to top it all off, her best friend who happens to be Marcus's sister is marrying and she is her maid-of-honor.  So she and Marcus have to see each other a great deal after she recently ran and left him standing at the altar ALONE!  To make matters even worse, it would just have to be February and Valentine's Day with hearts and love and kisses floating all around.  This is a cute love story.   It is a quick read and I rate it 4 stars!    I received a free pdf version of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review. 
ForTheArtOfIt More than 1 year ago
I rated this book after I finished reading it and now have come back to write a review for it. And I'm a little surprised I gave it four stars - it seems like a 3 star book for me as I reflect on it.  In hindsight, I'm annoyed by Allie's insecurity and Marcus' refusal to fight for her throughout the story. There is also back-story to Allie's emotional distress and St Amant did not fully develop it; if she had, then Allie might have been a much more likeable character from the beginning. Because in all honesty, I didn't care for her much and thought Marcus should move on.  However, I re-read the beginning and the ending; ah, the ending completely saved this book! Both Allie and Marcus decide to speak up for what they are feeling in their heart. This type of ending is so much nicer than just one of the characters deciding to take a chance. LOVED the ending. I received an eARC copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. Here is my honest review.
GHott More than 1 year ago
Hott Synopsis: Allie ran out the back of the church on her wedding day unable to say ‘I do’ in a wedding of another’s design and with the Andrews curse hanging over her head. She didn’t want to end up a serial wedder like the rest of them. Allie wanted it to mean something and she couldn’t say the words until she was sure she meant them for life. When her best friend, Hannah, who happens to be the little sister of the man Allie ditched, asks Allie to be her Maid of Honor she says yes while wondering whether this will be the best. Hott Review: I LOVED this book. I really felt for Allie & completely got how desperate she was to save someone she loved from herself. No she didn’t believe in the curse of the wedding dress but looking at her mother’s soon-to-be 27th husband would be too much for anyone. My heart broke for her. The end was rushed but I think going slowly would have ended with the same problem as the beginning. More… Author: Betsy St. Amant Source: Zondervan via Netgalley Grade: B+ Ages: 16+ Steam: YA Setting: Beaux Creek, Louisiana Series: A Year of Weddings, February
AlisBooksAF More than 1 year ago
While A February Bride didn’t WOW me, I did think it was a sweet Christian romance that made for a pleasant read. I found Allie, the bride, to be slightly quirky, which I often enjoy in a character, but also slightly selfish, which I didn’t care for. I must say, though, that a significant part of the story is about Allie’s growth. One major player in that growth is Mrs. Hall, Marcus’s (the groom) mom. Mrs. Hall’s role in the book is fairly small, but her impact is large! She’s a strong portrayal of what a Godly Christian woman should be. She’s forgiving even when it’s her children that have been harmed, and her wisdom is great. Hannah, Allie’s bff and Marcus’s sister, also plays a big role. She, like her mother, shows a great amount of forgiveness, and has a huge impact on Allie. But, I’d be remiss to not mention Marcus. He is half the story after all. You get alternating points of view throughout the book between Allie and Marcus. Marcus is pretty amazing. You can’t help but feel his incredible sadness and heartbreak. So, I’ll stop here before I give the whole story away. If you enjoy short, sweet and clean romances this is for you. If you’re looking for something with some real depth then I wouldn’t recommend it. Personally, I enjoyed it enough that I’d be glad to read more from Betsy St. Amant.
nmarlin442 More than 1 year ago
A quick, enjoyable read!
CrystalMarie218 More than 1 year ago
I feel as though I should say right off the bat, that if you’re looking for a full length romance book, this is not it. This was a really short quick read but there was still plenty of romance in it. One thing that I did enjoy about it, this is what I consider a ROMANCE. There isn’t the erotica parts to it that are taking away from the story. In this book, we were just able to spend time with Allie and Marcus. That was all the story was about. The only issue that I have with it was how predictable the story was, but I think that’s because of the length of the book as well as the fact it’s a romance. I did like the twist that was thrown into this one because it’s your typical romance. There is enough going on and it leaves you wanting to read more. And it kept me turning the pages. The characters I think when it came to Allie’s character, she was really quite developed. It was easy to understand why she was acting the way she was and what was going on. But with Marcus, I felt like there was still a lot that we could have learned about him. Overall, I still did enjoy this book. It was a really sweet read and if you’re looking for a gentle romance, check this one out. Reviewed by Crystal for Crystal’s Many Reviewers *Copy provided for honest review*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a darling series. I love how each author takes a theme and puts her spin on it. Weddings=love. Allie runs because of struggles she has with her family. I believe that deep down, she really does have Marcus's best interests at heart. She wants to save him the heartache and pain of a failed marriage or, more accurately, of dealing with her family and their failures in relationships. I get that and what I loved the most was the way that Hannah (his sister) and her mother were able to see past Allie's insecurities and get to the root of the problem. They had such faith in her and helped things along. Marcus was a great sport! He was willing to take risks and put his heart on the line time and time again. Maybe he's a glutton for punishment, but I think he was willing to take the heat because he had hope of how it would all end. Content: no language, no violence, kissing. Clean! **I received a copy for review from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A book that keeps you spell bound. Please read and enjoy it.
coramdeo540 More than 1 year ago
February Bride Betsy St. Amant Book Summary: A year’s worth of novellas from twelve inspirational romance authors. Happily ever after guaranteed. Allie left the love of her life at the altar---to save him from a lifetime of heartbreak. When a Valentine’s Day wedding brings them back together, she struggles against her family’s destructive history. Can Allie ever realize that a marriage is so much more than a wedding dress? History repeats itself when Allie Andrews escapes the church on her wedding day---in the same dress passed down for generations and worn by all the women in her family---women with a long history of failed marriages. Allie loves Marcus but fears she’s destined to repeat her family’s mistakes. She can’t bear to hurt Marcus worse. Marcus Hall never stopped loving Allie and can only think of one reason she left him at the altar---him. When the two are thrown together for his sister’s Valentine’s Day wedding, he discovers the truth and realizes their story might be far from over. Can Allie shuck expectation and discover who she is as a bride and in the Bride of Christ? And if she ever walks down the aisle, what dress will she wear? Review: Loved this story!! It was so easy to read and read quickly I did. I enjoyed and empathized with Allie, Marcus was great, and Hannah was a prize! It was a book you felt like you knew these people and went by so quickly, yet I was eager to see all things resolved. It was a book that looked to the marriage not so much the things leading up to the ceremony. Saying ‘I do’ was the bridge to cross for their relationship to grow more. A refreshing look at being a couple, in a day where couples do not always identify themselves as one. I found it so refreshing that no one believed in happily ever after, but in building a relationship. These were so readily pressed into the pages of this story. I would like to thank Net Galley and Zondervan Fiction for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone. 
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
Even though this is a short novella, it contains so much! This is the beautiful telling of the story of Allie and Marcus. Match made in heaven, destined to live happily ever after . . . except Allie thinks that it just isn't possible. Allie comes from a long line of women with failed marriage after failed marriage. Why should it be any different for her? So at the very last minute she decided to toe off one shoe, then the other. Dig her painstakingly pedicured feet into the carpet for traction, grab the hem of this cursed dress, and just . . . bolt. And so she did. Four months later her best friend and also Marcus' sister is getting married and Allison is to be the maid of honor. That's all fine and good but how can she show her face to Marcus and his family? She humiliated the whole family by leaving him at the alter. How in the world is she ever going to be able to make amends and perhaps recapture the friendship she lost? While this is a delightful tale of a Valentine's wedding, it is also so much more. The story is really about redemption and restoration. I loved the contrast between Allie's family and Marcus' family. Betsy St. Amant did a marvelous job of showing how something damaged can be made whole again. A restored car, a refinished workbench and even a remade dress all capture the imagery of how each of us can also be made new. The dings and dents may still be visible in a few areas but when covered in love they hardly show at all. I received a copy of this ebook to facilitate my review.
MitziAB More than 1 year ago
 This is another enticing short read that is part of the A YEAR OF WEDDINGS offered by Zondervan and NetGalley. I love that these can be read in one short setting and yet have a lot of the elements found in a full length novel. The only thing that ties these together into a series is, well, weddings, and short engagements. As such, they are stand alone novellas written by well loved authors. Well formed characters, vivid imagery, and a plot that gets you thinking. In this story it appears that an inanimate item, a wedding dress no less, has the ability to foreshadow a happy life. It takes a diligence, a trust and some soul searching to break deep imbedded expectations. I enjoyed this offering, and hope to bring reviews of the rest of the series as well. I received this ebook free from ZondervanThomas Nelson Publishers and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. A positive critique was not required. The opinions are my own.
gromine49 More than 1 year ago
My favorite things about books are the enormous variety of stories and settings that are created by authors.  This is a great read by a new author(to me) and has caused me to buy or pre-order the rest in this series of novellas.  Allie leaves Marcus at their wedding ceremony when she realizes that she didn't want to break his heart,  since she comes from a long line of women in her family who have had many failed marriages. When her best friend(who is her fiance's sister) wants her in the wedding party and she is reunited with him  again through a series of parties and dinners.  This is a truly an emotional read that makes you feel sorry for the heroine as she struggles(as most humans do)  with her crazy family and how the love of one man can save her. Excellent book!
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Bette313 More than 1 year ago
A superb second chance story! Can Marcus ever forgive Allie after she left him at the altar? This is a wonderful story that shows us how strong true love can be if given the chance. I recommend this for everyone.
VillaSyl More than 1 year ago
A February Bride, by Betsy St. Amant is part of the Year of Weddings novella series. The novella starts off with Allie and Marcus at the church, about to be married, when Allie gets cold feet and takes off leaving Marcus at the altar. This novella is sort of cute. I didn’t like this story. The main character annoyed me too much to like the character. The other characters were fine, but 90 pages were too short to develop a decent story. I was glad that it was short and was happy that it ended. The December Bride and A January Bride are stories worth the time to read. Received E-Book from Thomas Nelson Publishing in their Booksneeze Blogger program