#So-So : A November Bride (A Year of Weddings 1 #12) by Beth K Vogt


The blurb reads,

“Can a decades-long friendship marred by two romantic missteps ever lead to happily ever after?

Sadie McAllister’s clients know how lucky they are to have her: an ultra-fastidious personal chef who leaves behind a spotless kitchen and a week’s worth of mouth-watering meals.

Erik Davis, her best friend since middle school, is content to enjoy Sadie’s culinary skills too while maintaining their “friends only” status. Most of his energy is focused on his just-launched freelance business and casual dates that never come close to a commitment.

But when Sadie is offered a once-in-a-lifetime cooking job across country, Erik realizes maybe he’s taken his best friend for granted. Even more, he’s about to lose his only chance for lasting love.
How can Erik convince Sadie that the well-known adage “Marry your best friend” just might apply to them? With God’s help, can they both move past their assumptions about each other and their future? Should Sadie and Erik risk taking their relationship to the romantic point of no return? If they do, their decades-long friendship is as a good as done . . . unless it ends at the altar.”

november bride

I picked this book up when I was in Goa on vacation. I downloaded it on my Kindle and started reading it. I remember already having started reading it and I wanted to finish it so that I could complete my yearly target on Goodreads.

I read a Zondervan after so long. I think I skipped a few titles in between but then I finally decided to finish reading this one. The story is simple. The blurb explains it quite well. And I was excited to read a Novella which was NOT based in a small town. There had to be something more than what happened in the small towns.

So the book starts off with Sadie being dumped yet again. And her trying to move on, with the help of her best friend, Eric. And then how one decision helps them both decide.

Now there will be a few spoilers!

Sadie is a chef. I love that atleast some Zondervan book shows a woman as something more than just a prize to be won over. (Correction, the December Bride does show the Protagonist as a Designer). Anyway, Sadie gets the opportunity of a lifetime and then she throws it in the mud to be with Erik. Doesn’t sound too great does it?

Sadie and Erik have been friends for the longest time ever. And with such friendship, comes a camaraderie which makes you familiar with everything there is about the other person. When such a familiarity exists, is it not natural for you to fall in love? Turns out Erik and Sadie did have a bit of a history in school. And now they both resist coming together.

Until,

Sadie gets the opportunity of her lifetime, she gets a chance to grow and to expand much more than she had before. And at that particular time, Erik in a typical chauvinistic fashion, realises that Sadie’s moving will disrupt his convenient life, and his only chance at love.

Now tell me, if Erik is doing a freelance business, it can be done from anywhere. It can be customised to be location independent. Then why does he, in an underhanded manner, try to win Sadie’s affections? Why does he suddenly realise Sadie’s worth to his life? Why does he not push her harder to go and explore this opportunity?

That’s precisely where my problem was with this book. Why should the woman be the one to give up her dreams for the man? Can it not be vice versa? Especially if she gets an opportunity big enough for her to impact her life positively. Sadie would have really expanded because of the opportunity she got. She would have had a chance to hone her talents like nothing else. She would also be closer to her parents. And her choice to me is baffling.

I think this sort of veiled sexism in books should be called out and changed. The man should also be expected to move. All sacrifices should not come from the woman.

Also my moot point of contention with this book was that it is supposed to be a Christian book but there is barely anything in it. Just going to a church and praying that you get some sort of guidance in life is not what you would have in a Christian themed book.

Somehow I feel this series seems to miss the point. It could have capitalised brilliantly on women doing so strongly and being the shining stars in their books but instead all we get is a series where women as always are secondary.

A little bit of rethinking while writing, curating and editing are definitely required.

My Rating: 2.5/5

2 and a half stars

 

 

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