A June Bride by Marybeth Whalen ~ A Contemporary Fiction Review

A June Bride
A Year of Weddings, Book 7
Contemporary Fiction

About the book:

A year's worth of novellas from twelve inspirational romance authors. 
Happily ever after guaranteed.

It takes a reality TV show for Wynne to realize love isn't just a game.

Wynne Hardy never thought she'd get engaged on a reality TV show, but when she met Andy on The Rejection Connection, the two of them hit it off. Now he's asked her to marry him, much to the public's delight and fascination. They're all set to wed on live TV in a seaside ceremony at the height of the wedding season.

But just as Wynne thinks all her dreams are coming true, her ex-boyfriend walks back into her life at the worst possible time. Steve broke her heart years ago, and she's still sorting through her feelings for him. Her heart isn't as clear as her head that it's past time to move on-even though she's engaged to Andy.

At a local TV talk show appearance, Wynne meets Meredith, who won another reality TV show-Marathon Mom-proving herself nothing short of a superhero. As Wynne's beach wedding plans spin out of control, Meredith offers to help, unknowingly stepping on Wynne's secret feelings . . . and exposing some secrets Meredith has been keeping to herself. Can these two reality stars get real about their feelings? Will Wynne go through with her televised wedding and be the perfect June bride the network is looking for?

My thoughts:

Reality TV seems to be all the rage. There are survival shows, cooking shows and the ever-popular dating shows. In A June Bride we get to go behind the scenes of Rejection Connection where Wynne Hardy is the bachelorette looking for a man to replace the one who broke her heart. We join the story right after the show has ended and Wynne has chosen Andy to be her new love. Andy proposed to Wynne on the last episode and she said yes.

Wynne finds herself caught between her real life and her reality show life. Can the two worlds exist together? Can you really be in love with someone that you hardly know? Her family and friends keep cautioning her against it but she just continues to plow ahead. Before she knows it she is on the brink of her storybook wedding. Then she receives a message that changes everything.

The story is fiction of course but it allows us to explore thoughts of what we would do in a similar situation. I enjoyed the unusual theme of this novella. Dating shows and Christian Fiction rarely mix and I thought that Marybeth Whalen did a fantastic job of showing the flaws of  reality TV. When do you reach the point of no return when everyone is watching? Most importantly the story reminds us that no matter what public opinion is we have to be true to ourselves and what we believe.

A Year of Weddings Series

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An October Bride by Katie Ganshert
A November Bride by Beth K. Vogt

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