Fall in love with Heart’s Landing,a romantic wedding destination,in the first book of a Hallmark series.
Jenny always dreamed of getting married at Heart’s Landing. But when she finally visits the charming small town, she’s there to make wedding arrangements for someone else: her cousin, who also happens to be her boss and a famous movie star. Her cousin wants a simple wedding, not a media circus. To keep the event top-secret, she’s talked her assistant Jenny into pretending she’s the one getting married.
Nick, a baker and lifelong resident of Heart’s Landing, is intrigued by this bride-to-be who starts visiting his bakery for sweet treats and conversation. It seems strange that her fiancé isn’t at least little involved with the wedding plans.
As Jenny tries to keep up with her fickle cousin’s ever-changing demands—which exasperate the florist, the caterer, and several other vendors—she tries to hide her attraction to Nick. Meanwhile, the people in town talk Nick into trying to distract Jenny with a sightseeing tour in order to keep her from changing her mind again. The more time Nick spends with Jenny, the harder it becomes to remind himself that she’s already spoken for.
Planning this wedding couldn’t be more complicated…and what will happen once the truth comes to light?
I’m a sucker for Hallmark movies. There, I said it. I like how they show imperfect relationships and sudden turning points in lives that change everything for a person. I know they follow a certain story formulas but I was curious to see how these storylines and emotions would translate into a book, and I was pleasantly surprised how well it was done.
The story is about Jenny, a twenty-something professional who works as a personal assistant to her cousin, a famous Hollywood actress. You see, when private and personal life get mixed up, chaos has to be in the cards. No wonder it gets even more complicated when she is tasked to go to Heart’s Landing, a small town on the East Coast, to pose as her cousin who just got engaged after a whirlwind romance with a co-star in a movie.
A Simple Wedding was a very light read, with lots of sweet and fluffy romance. Nick, who runs a bakery that specialises in wedding cakes (most shops in Heart’s Landing are involved in the wedding business), is initially less than excited to meet Jenny, who literally bumps into him while he’s on his way to make a cupcake delivery. However he quickly finds out that she has to be one of Heart Landing’s True Brides, which means he and the rest of the town will do anything to meet her wishes — there is something special about them. I liked how this book had a slow burn sort of romance with a couple that doesn’t rush into quick decisions but draws out time to treasure each simple moment. The author takes her time to carefully introduce the reader to each character and I really enjoyed seeing the tight-knit community growing together. What Jenny didn’t expect was to develop true feelings for Nick whom she can never tell that she is only a pretend-bride. The story exactly centers around this conflict — Jenny’s loyalty to her cousin, as well as her love for Nick. Over the course of a few weeks, we see how their relationship grows stronger against all odds, rooting for their happiness in times of uncertainty and betrayal.
There were certainly some aspects that could have been more elaborated, such as her relationship with her cousin, it being rather shallow and not’t really growing over time despite their joint background. Nevertheless, A Simple Wedding gave me some very pleasant reading hours and I recommend it to anyone who is a hopeless romantic or is simply looking for a book for an easy and warm read.
Leigh Duncan, an Amazon bestselling author and a National Readers’ Choice Award winner, has written over two dozen novels, novellas and short stories, including A Simple Wedding,A Country Wedding, and Journey Back to Christmas for Hallmark Publishing, the Glades County Cowboys series for Harlequin, and her own Orange Blossom series. Leigh lives on Central Florida’s East Coast where she writes complex, heartwarming, and emotional stories with a dash of Southern sass.