Denise Hunter is a go-to author for a compelling contemporary romance. Her most recent release, The Goodbye Bride (second in her Summer Harbor series), delivers just as expected with likable characters, a refreshing setting, and a believable romance.
She only remembers loving him. But he can’t forget the way she left.
Following a concussion, 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.
It’s taken Zac months to move on after Lucy left him with no explanation. He’s thrown himself into his family’s farm and his restaurant business in Summer Harbor. Now Lucy’s back, vulnerable, homeless, and still in love with him. She needs his help putting the pieces together, but letting her back into his life is a risk—and the stakes are high. If he follows his heart he’ll win back the love of his life. But if her memory returns he’ll lose her all over again.
From the start, the perspective of Lucy proves to be quite interesting because of her memory gap. It’s as though the reader is just as eager to discover her motivations and recent history as she is. This contrasts with Zac and his initial emotional distance, though he always remains patient and considerate, even when his feelings are in jeopardy.
Seeing glimpses of Beau and Eden after book 1, Falling Like Snowflakes, was great. I’m glad their relationship is still close and progressing. *Random sidebar: I love it when authors include little updates on characters from a past story. Especially when we see them as actively as they are in this book. !!!!!*
Another story element which worked well were the flashbacks sprinkled in from both Lucy and Zac’s perspective. They showed the start of their romance in a timely way, along with how deeply they really cared for each other. And, these few flashbacks helped establish the foundation of their personalities.
My favorite part of this story was probably how it illustrated the hope of second chances. And, how a second chance for someone might be hidden on the most unexpected path. I appreciate the way Denise clearly depicted God as loving and orchestrating the lives of these characters. He took them on a path which made them grow and learn selflessness through their mistakes by faithfully bringing them through a seemingly less than ideal circumstance.
Thank you to Thomas Nelson Fiction Guild for a complimentary review copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.