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.
Sissy: I was caught up in the drama of The Goodbye Bride immediately because it throws you right into the mysterious situation of Lucy in a bridal gown, in a strange diner, not remembering ANYTHING. Poor Zac, who hasn’t heard from Lucy in 7 months, is the only person she can think of to call. And from there I was compelled to read and read because I wanted to know the rest of the story.
Bubby: I will put my one criticism in right off the bat, because I really did enjoy this story and I don’t want to dwell on the negative. I just don’t understand why Lucy didn’t go to Portland, Maine for a few days, look around her apartment, have lunch with her new fiancé, and try to figure it all out. Instead she chooses to just pretend those 7 months never happened and isolates herself in Summer Harbor hoping that her memory will return. I wanted to smack her.
Sissy: You don’t understand the cosmic void of amnesia that Lucy was in or the crippling emotional baggage she had never dealt with from her childhood. She was completely terrified and while a logical, rational person in possession of all their faculties would have immediately gone to Portland, Lucy was not in that position. We have people in our lives who do completely irrational things that make us want to pull our hair out, right?
Bubby: Yes, we certainly do. I’m just saying…
Sissy: I know. It was frustrating. But the chemistry and the love between Zac and Lucy is achingly beautiful. I wanted things to work out between them so badly that I sometimes felt like flinging the book one direction and myself on the floor in the other direction. I didn’t, because Bubby would derive too much glee from that and mock me unceasingly as she is wont to do.
Bubby: The mocking goes both ways, readers. We’ve got a pot and kettle situation going on here! But yes, I would get joyous glee from such a display. In fact, sometimes I annoy her on purpose just to see the reaction. It’s not my fault – I get it from our daddy. I really enjoyed the relationship between Zac and his brothers. Both of his brothers are having relationship dramas of their own – book one in the Summer Harbor series (Falling Like Snowflakes) details older brother Beau and romantic interest Eden’s story and the third book, which publishes in September (Just A Kiss), tells the story of younger brother Riley and Paige. I cannot wait to read book three! There are just enough teasers in The Goodbye Bride about Riley and Paige to whet one’s appetite and I’m so interested to see what happens next!
Sissy: Beau’s fiancée Eden is a pivotal friend character for our girl Lucy. She’s kind of like me, in that she helps move things along when people are bogged down in the mire of their troubles or their random useless thoughts and can’t get stuff done. I’m not thinking of anyone in particular…
Bubby: Yep, that’s you. You’re just like an emotional shoehorn, Sissy.
Sissy: At least I’m not the one that…Squirrels! Shiny things!
Bubby: Whatever. Those of us with greater intelligence and creativity tend to…I forgot what I was going to say there. You distracted me.
Sissy: See? See what I mean? The Goodbye Bride (what we’re really supposed to be talking about here) is a well-written, emotionally engaging story. Author Denise Hunter is quite prolific in her writing, with over 20 novels published. She has written a winner with the lovely story of Zac and Lucy.
Bubby: I see myself reading a lot more of Denise Hunter’s books in the future. Because I need to add more books to my TBR pile…At any rate, I was completely enraptured by the romance in The Goodbye Bride. There is a tiny little twist at the end that was just perfect. I may have leaned back in my chair and sighed with contentment when it was over. So good!