Thursday, December 19, 2013

Review: A Beautiful Wedding (A Beautiful Disaster Novella) by Jaime McGuire

A Beautiful Wedding (Beautiful, #2.5)

Publication Date: December 10th 2013 by Atria Books
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

About the Book:

You know that Abby Abernathy unexpectedly became Mrs. Maddox. But what do you really know?

Why did Abby pop the question?
What secrets were shared before the ceremony?
Where did they spend their wedding night?
Who else knew about it . . . and didn’t tell?

Everything about Abby and Travis’s elopement was top-secret . . . until now. Fans of Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster will get all of their questions answered in this whirlwind tale of the wedding day (and night!)—and as with all good stories, this one will definitely have been worth the wait.

Brandie's Review:
Beautiful Disaster was one of my first NA books, and one of my favorites.  I recommend it to all of my friends.  So, I was really excited to read this novella giving us some insight into Travis & Abby's wedding day.

I am disappointed to say that I didn't love A Beautiful Wedding.  I still adore Travis - he is always and will always be amazing and he continues to be in this book.  Abby bothered me in Walking Disaster and I completely lost respect for her in this new novella.  Finding out her reasons for getting married and living through her deceitfulness - I was just extremely disappointed.  It ruined the image I had of their relationship, and made me feel really bad for Travis.  I don't believe you can start a lifelong commitment with lies and deceit, and although she had reasons for what she did - it wasn't good enough for me to buy into it.

It is a very quick read, and everyone who was a big fan of the first two books in this series will most likely really enjoy A Beautiful Wedding.

Rachel's Review:
I read Beautiful Disaster back in 2011 and I remember it being a drama filled, angsty romance that captured my heart and wrung it out! It was an addictive and memorable read and I was thrilled with how things ended. 

A Beautiful Wedding Novella is meant to fill in some of the gaps we had for Abby and Travis’ wedding. Were there cold feet, or did their intense love for each other stamp out any pre-wedding jitters? All the details of the wedding like where it happened, what they wore, and who knew are all filled in with this novella.  I was excited to catch up with Abby and Travis and “share” such a joyful occasion. Getting a dual POV is what I wanted in Beautiful Disaster, so I was thrilled to get it here.

While I enjoyed some of this novella, parts of it undid the positive feelings I had about their marriage.  The way things are left in Beautiful Disaster you’re left to think Abby and Travis getting married impulsively is because they are so crazy in love.  And yes, that’s true, but when I got the details of Abby’s thinking and reasoning, it really took away from that gesture.  Once again, Abby completely disappointed me while Travis continues to shine.   His love and patience for Abby just show how big of a heart he has.  Love, love, love Travis since the beginning and my feelings for him have never changed. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for Abby.  I think honesty is the best policy and her reasoning and final actions made my opinion of her even lower than after finishing Walking Disaster.

5 stars for Travis, and 1 star for Abby with an overall rating of 3 stars.  

Diehard fans will find this novella a must addition to their bookshelf, and this would be a wonderful gift.  The physical copy is beautiful with pretty butterfly illustrations on the inside front and back covers (see the gorgeous pictures below). 

3 Suns


Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1)   Walking Disaster (Beautiful, #2)

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About the author:
Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, OK. She attended the Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.

Her 2012 novel, Walking Disaster debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. She has also written bestselling contemporary romance Beautiful Disaster, and the Providence series. Her latest books include an apocalyptic thriller, Red Hill and a novella, A Beautiful Wedding.

Jamie now lives in Enid, OK with her three children and husband Jeff, who is a real, live cowboy. They share their 30 acres with six horses, three dogs, and Rooster the cat.

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1 comment:

  1. That Abbi is a tough nut, yeah? I'm glad you enjoyed this overall. I agree, the physical copy is so gorgeous!