Autumn Brides by Kathryn Springer, Katie Ganshert, and Beth K. Vogt is a 3 novella collection from the "A Year of Weddings Novella Collection". In the September story Annie wants to make a clean break from the terrible life she had growing up in foster care. She has just hit it off great with her new boss helping run her little bookshop. They met over the internet and it is like they have known each other forever. Things are going right along just as she had hoped when her boss's son the police officer stops her for having her brake light out and her tailpipe was also hanging. Then the historical society of which she has joined has decided to do a historical wedding re-enactment with you guessed it Jesse, the boss's son, and Annie in the starring roles.
The October wedding is just a pretend one. Emma's dad is dying and she caught a glimpse of his bucket list. The last item was walk Emma down the aisle at her wedding. Emma had just broken her engagement when she found out that her dad was dying. She really really wants to help her dad complete his bucket list. Jake, who works at the local hardware store, happens to come over to fix the sink that has been dripping. Jake happens to be her brother's best friend and like family to her (except when she was younger and had that crush on him.) Jake asks her what was bothering her and she tells him about the bucket list and her having broken off the engagement and what was she going to do? She mentions maybe getting back with her old boyfriend and did he think that he would marry her just pretend so her dad could complete his list. Jake asks if she loved him. She admitted no. Then the most surprising thing happened, Jake said he would marry her. What should she do? hmmm
Sadie is a professional chef for families in town. She goes into their home and makes them a week's worth of meals and stores them away for them. She has just gotten dumped by her last boyfriend by text message. Who would do that? Her life is not bad. She loves her work. Her best friend Erik wants to come over to her house to have dinner and discuss his breakup with his latest girlfriend. Erik doesn't want any commitments with any of his girlfriends but he still manages to keep them as friends after he dumps them. Sadie has turned 30 and can hear her biological clock ticking and now one of her families wants her to go with them to their new home in Oregon as their chef. It would be a lot more money and closer to her family. Out of the blue Erik her just a friend has asked her out on a real date. What should she do?
I liked this book. Each of the stories could stand alone as a story, each one being just over 100 pages long. Any of them make delightful reading just before bedtime--just the right length. Any woman or older girl would love reading this book. I received this book for this review from Booksneeze and am delighted that I did.