Happily ever after guaranteed.
Allie left the love of her life at the altar—to save him from a lifetime of heartbreak.
When a Valentine’s Day wedding brings them back together, she struggles against her family’s destructive history. Can Allie ever realize that a marriage is so much more than a wedding dress?
History repeats itself when Allie Andrews escapes the church on her wedding day—in the same dress passed down for generations and worn by all the women in her family—women with a long history of failed marriages.
Allie loves Marcus, but fears she’s destined to repeat her family’s mistakes. She can’t bear to hurt Marcus worse. Marcus Hall never stopped loving Allie and can only think of one reason she left him at the altar—him.
When the two are thrown together for his sister’s Valentine’s Day wedding, he discovers the truth and realizes their story might be far from over. Can Allie shuck expectation and discover who she is as a bride and in the Bride of Christ? And if she ever walks down the aisle, what dress will she wear?
I don’t know why this story touched me. Normally, I would have thrashed something like this because of the drama involved. I mean either you take the step to get married or you don’t. I’ve always thought of weddings as big social events and if you’re unsure about it, I feel you should either end it or not decide for a wedding. Needless to say, I’ve never viewed wedding ditchers or Runaway wedding people with anything except for disdain.
That’s why it surprised me so much why I liked this book. I could relate to Allie. I could feel her insecurities. She loved Marcus. And it was reciprocated. The chemistry was palpable and their love was shining. Yet, I could feel Allie and I could sense her insecurities. Maybe because I’ve also gone through similar insecurities, and I know how it feels, knowing that your love for someone is strong but still feeling tied down.
This book hit a little close to home and it made me wonder on how the impending dates for an event can make a person wonder if the step they are taking is right or not. Usually, you don’t think so much about a step you are taking unless, your life is going to change. As the day comes closer and closer, your mind is filled with thoughts of how everything will be different.
I figure this insecurity stems from being so afraid to change the status quo. Does it really matter what mistakes our ancestors have made? Should we allow a past precedent to dictate the current course of things? Should we let our mind wander to the mistakes of others, and be so petrified that we don’t take ANY step of our own?
This book made me think of all these points.
I thought that Marcus and his sister were such amazing individuals. It takes a lot to recover from a betrayal, especially a Runaway Bride. And Marcus was so sweet and so genuine that I fell in love with him, while seeing him from Allie’s eyes!
This book had a few disbelieving elements, like the ending!!! Which bride steps back and lets her best friend get married? But, that apart, this book really touched me somewhere.
My Rating: 3.5/5