She left him to save his future, but they’ve never gotten over each other.
When Josh returns to his hometown of Martinsburg, Texas, to help his best friend get married, he didn’t intend to run into church wedding coordinator—and ex-girlfriend—Holly. He can’t help but pine after the girl he never got over.
Holly broke up with Josh years ago in an attempt to ensure his future success. But she loved him then and still loves him now. As she helps him plan his best friend’s wedding, she can’t help but feel horrible for the pain she caused him. And even though she longs to be with Josh, she doesn’t feel worthy of his big-time lifestyle when she is more comfortable in her small town world. Will Josh and Holly be able to keep things as they are when their true feelings threaten to surface at every turn?
Becky Wade is one such writer who is taking Christian contemporary romance from slightly known to recognizable. I was so excited to see that Wade had a novella coming out this year because I always want to read more of her work. Even though I had not yet read any other novellas in the second Year of Weddings collections, I knew I would enjoy one if Becky Wade wrote the story.
Love in the Details is a short, sweet read destined to make those who love romances fall in love with its main characters, Josh and Holly. Wade’s charming writing style and voice deliver two characters that are relatable to her core audience—women who long for romance that is just slightly out of reach but still hopelessly realistic enough to make the story believable. I enjoyed wandering the small town of Martinsburg, Texas through Holly and Josh’s eyes because these two characters are ones I can see myself interacting with—one as a friend and one as something more…because Wade is so good at creating romantic heroes. As I watched Holly and Josh’s love story re-unfold, I wanted to sit at Holly’s window overlooking Martinsburg’s Main Street; grab a bite to eat with Holly and Sam as they discuss their love lives; and rediscover the joy of weddings. Wade’s ability to give everyday life just a bit of extra spice elevates her novels from novels to true fiction—or life as we all would imagine it to be.
With the title of this novella acting a metaphor for Holly and Josh’s romance, the details our lives take on a special meaning in this story. Holly and Josh both learn that details are much more than the fragments that make up life. As the main characters explore those details and lean more on God than themselves, readers begin to understand the significance of God’s plans for each of our lives, including those details that can seem inconsequential but are actually stepping stones for growth. I wished while reading Love in the Details that this novella was actually a novel because the shorter length did not allow readers to go deeper into Holly and Josh’s motivations and emotions. Their romance, while sweet and enjoyable, felt rushed; I would have preferred more time for the two of them to re-explore their feelings for each other. I also felt short-changed on Josh’s side of the story, both in personal growth and in romance; while I liked witnessing Holly’s maturation, I personally found Josh a more interesting character and wished he had more page time.
Novellas are becoming increasingly popular in the CBA, and I am looking forward to seeing where else this trend grows in the coming years. Love in the Details is one enjoyable read, and if Becky Wade writes more novellas I will certainly read them without hesitation.
Rating: 3 stars
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Becky’s a California native who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and settled in Dallas. She published historical romances for the general market before putting her career on hold for several years to care for her three children. When God called her back to writing, Becky knew He meant for her to turn her attention to Christian fiction. She loves writing funny, modern, and inspirational contemporary romance! She’s the Carol Award, INSPY Award, and Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award winning author of My Stubborn Heart, Undeniably Yours, Meant to Be Mine, and A Love Like Ours.
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