Denise Hunter‘s latest Summer Harbor series novel, The Goodbye Bride, is an interesting spin on your typical inspirational romance. Lucy and Zac were happy and in love – until Lucy left without a word. She broke off their engagement, leaving Zac heartbroken.
Seven months later, Lucy has an accident and ends up with amnesia. All she remembers is that she and Zac are in love and about to get married. She has no memory of leaving him or Summer Harbor, much less of getting engaged to someone else!
Zac is still recovering from Lucy’s abandonment and none too eager to help his former fiancée. But he can’t leave her alone, hurt and disoriented, so he agrees to help Lucy get back on her feet. As Lucy recovers from her injuries and begins to remember the last few months, she and Zac grow close again.
Add in a scheming fiancé desperate for Lucy to marry him, friends’ and family’s concern that Zac will get hurt again, and Lucy’s still-unresolved childhood trauma, and there’s a lot more than a simple romance to be found in this story! The Goodbye Bride definitely keeps you hopping.
I have to admit that I got a bit turned around a couple times. I was surprised at how easily the other fiancé went away after initially seeming so determined to marry Lucy (for reasons I will not spoil). Also, Lucy seemed to recover from all the trauma and resolve her childhood issues rather quickly.
Overall, The Goodbye Bride is an excellent read, and I’ll read it again. It’s a strong novel with themes of faith, trust, and family. Plus, a Denise Hunter book is always a good pick! 🙂
My rating: 4/5 stars
Recommended for: fans of Denise Hunter’s writing; those who enjoy inspirational contemporary romance from authors like Irene Hannon.
Note: I received a copy of this novel via NetGalley.