Since she was just a little girl, Jessie Stone dreamed up hundreds of marriage proposals, doodled the romantic ideas in her journal with her treasured purple pen, and fantasized about wedding dresses and falling in love. She’s been a bridesmaid nearly a dozen times, waved numerous couples off to sunny honeymoons, and shopped in more department stores for half-price fondue pots than she cares to remember.
But shopping for one key component of these countless proposals hasn’t been quite as productive–a future husband. The man she thought she would marry cheated on her. The crush she has on her best friend Blake is at very best…well, crushing. And speed dating has only churned out memorable horror stories.
So when God shows up one day, in the flesh, and becomes a walking, talking part of her life, Jessie is skeptical. What will it take to convince her that the Almighty has a better plan than one she’s already cooked up in her journals? Can she turn over her pen and trust someone else to craft a love story beyond her wildest dreams?
I adored this novel and the quick, witty voice drew me in right from the start. While my own story is about as far away from that of the main character, I still connected with her on a level I didn’t expect: I also try to control my own life and plan out every detail, rather than giving God my “purple pen.”
The plot, though it could have been one of those same-old, predictable romance books, was surprisingly fresh and original. I loved the twist of God showing up in human form and forcing Jessie to change her ways. He pushed her out of her comfort zone, put her in situations that made no sense at the time, but it all come together beautifully at the end. Isn’t that just like Him?
A quick, beautiful summer read, Never the Bride is a great reminder to us all (whether we’ve been a bridesmaid eleven times or not) that there is One being in control of our stories and we’re much better off giving him the reins.
Recommended for anyone who loves a light-hearted (and yet serious) romance.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from WaterBrook in exchange for my honest opinion.