Romance writer, Maddie Houser, leaves her New York city home to come to Clayburn, Kansas to help her sister and to be closer to their mother who is in a nursing home. She is staying in her sister’s house while it is being prepared for sale. With an impending deadline for her next book, she finds it difficult to work with chaos the workmen create. Arranged by Ginny, her new friend, Maddie is given permission to work at the home of Ginny’s friend, Art. Art, a widower, teaches during the day leaving Maddie and Art’s cat alone in the large home. Maddie is able to work in the quiet environment. As the result of a thank you note she leaves for Art, they enter into a written correspondence. Through their notes to each other, each develops a perception of what the other is like. The novella, A January Bride by Deborah Raney, is the story of a relationship with an unusual beginning.
This is a story filled with sentiment. Maddie and Art have both experienced heartache and loss. Even though an attraction develops, will they take a chance on love? The characters are charismatic and, as a result, the reader cares about what happens to them. I found this to be a well written and engaging story.
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