The Goodbye Bride by Denise Hunter

Book description:

She only remembers loving him. But he can’t forget the way she left.

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:

This book has such an interesting premise. Lucy can’t remember leaving Zac and still loves him as if she were going to marry him while Zac has begun healing from her leaving him. It is definitely not your typical romance novel.

Hunter did a great job with the plot of this novel. She didn’t give away too much too soon, yet gave readers just enough to keep us wanting more. It was definitely novel writing at its finest! I’m not sure that I found Zac and Lucy the most compelling characters that I have ever read, but the plot more than makes up for anything lacking in them, for me.

I thought the whole question of Lucy’s amnesia interesting and the mystery of how and why she lost her memory intriguing. Hunter deals with the power of generational strongholds perfectly.

I also thought the slightly sinister addition of Lucy’s new fiance to be a perfect addition to the story. It added a bit of tension to the story, without too many superfluous characters.

This is the first novel I’ve read by Hunter, but it surely won’t be the last! If you love romance novels with a hint of mystery, this is the book for you.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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