Thursday 25 February 2016

Review: The Goodbye Bride by Denise Hunter

Review by Iola Goulton

We all have bad days, but none of mine have been like Lucy Lovett's bad day: waking up in a strange diner with no idea how she got there, wearing a wedding dress she doesn't remember buying, and wearing white shoes she remembers not buying because they were so expensive. Now, that's a bad day.

Zac Callahan's bad day starts when he gets a telephone call from ex-fiance Lucy Lovett, the woman who ran out on him with no explaination seven months ago, just weeks before their wedding. Now she wants to pick up their relationship where it left off, because she has no memory of the last seven months. No memory of dumping Zac.

There is something about amnesia stories which intrigues me, and The Goodbye Bride was certainly intriging. Why had Lucy left Zac? How had she got herself engaged to someone else so quickly? And why was she in the diner in her wedding dress, when surely she should have been actually getting married?

It takes a while, but we eventually discover the answers to all these questions as we watch the exquisitely awkward dance between Lucy and Zac: Lucy, whose most recent memory is being head over heels in love with Zac, and Zac, who has spent the last seven months trying to get over Lucy.

The Goodbye Bride is a romance, but it's also a story of rediscovery and of healing, as one character explains:

"Our reactions don't always seem rational, but they make perfect sense in light of our experiences."

As we discover more of Lucy's past, her actions and reactions do make sense, but will it be too late for her and Zac?

The Goodbye Bride is the second book in Denise Hunter's Summer Harbor series. I read the first, Falling Like Snowflakes, thought it was excellent, especially the way it set up the whole series. I had hoped this second book would be Riley's story . . . now I'm hoping the next book, Just a Kiss will be.

Thanks to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.

About Iola Goulton

I am a freelance editor specialising in Christian fiction, and you can find out more about my services at my website, or follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Tsu (if you're not on Tsu, use @iolagoulton to join).

I love reading, and read and review around 150 Christian books each year on my blog. I'm a Top 25 Reviewer at Christian Book, in the Top 1% of reviewers at Goodreads, and have an Amazon Reviewer Rank that floats around 2500.


  1. I have a weakness for amnesia stories too :)
    I must read this one.

    1. I figured that - after all, you wrote Best Forgotten! It's always been a favourite plot line of mine as well.

  2. Oh boy. Yet another one to download ... :)

    1. Yes. I'd feel sorry for you, except for the number of books I buy on your recommendation. ;)

  3. Stop reviewing such good books! I'm going to have to stop working so I can read!

  4. Iola, great review! Ditto what Andrea and Nicki said, lol :)


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