The Goodbye Bride by Denise Hunter Book Review

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Denise Hunter is one of my favorite authors. I love to get lost in her contemporary fiction. So let me tell you about this book in her Summer Harbor series.

_225_350_Book.1830.coverAbout the Book: The Goodbye Bride by Denise Hunter is book #2 in the Summer Harbor Series.

Lucy Lovett can’t remember the last seven months of her life. She doesn’t remember leaving her fiancé Zac Callahan weeks before their wedding or moving to Portland, Maine. And she sure doesn’t remember getting engaged to another man. All she remembers is loving Zac more than life itself.

Zac was just beginning to get his life back on track after Lucy left him with no explanation. And now she’s back—vulnerable, homeless, and still in love with him. Has he been given a second chance with the only woman who stirs his passion and haunts his dreams?

Lucy knows she must unlock those missing months and discover why she threw everything away. And Zac knows that if he follows his heart he’ll win back the love of his life—but if Lucy’s memory returns, his would-be bride might say goodbye forever.

My Review: 

Borrowing from a dear friend in my review I’m going to answer a few of the book club questions associated with this novel.

  1. Who was your favorite character and why?: I don’t think a lot of readers would agree with me but Lucy was my favorite. I just knew, even though the whole town thought she was a louse for walking out on Zac, that more just had to have happened. I knew she was hurting and it would take the whole book to find out why. I immediately tried to put myself in her shoes to imagine how I would feel in her situation and that made really empathetic with her.
  2. What was your favorite scene?: That’s a tough one. Maybe the restaurant where Lucy and Eden go to have a bit to eat with Eden and the whole town is staring at her. She gives this memorable speech about all that has gone on and Eden says “That was awesome!”. I kind of wanted to be there.
  3. Zac was hesitant to trust Lucy again after she left him. Discuss the role of trust in a relationship. Has someone ever broken your trust? Did he or she manage to earn it back? Can trust be restored to it’s previous level once it has been broken?: I don’t think I’ve ever had someone break my trust so thoroughly as Zac did.  That was kind of extreme. His distrust was understandable and expected. But Lucy’s amnesia made it so heartbreaking because she had no idea what was going on.

The answers to these questions is just a smattering of what’s in this read. This is a thoroughly romantic novel where trust is the main theme. Both characters need to learn to trust again.

This is a Christian novel and while there isn’t a lot of scripture in the books Lucy prays a lot and seeks God for guidance.

If you like clean, Christian, contemporary fiction you’ll enjoy this gentle read from Denise Hunter.

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