The Perfect Arrangement

The Perfect ArrangementThe Perfect Arrangement by Katie Ganshert
Series: A Year of Weddings
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Zondervan on September 29, 2015
Pages: 84
Also in this series: A May Bride, Love in the Details, To Have and to Hold
Also by this author: The Art of Losing Yourself, To Have and to Hold, Life After

 

About The Perfect Arrangement (from the back cover):
Amelia Woods is a small-town wallflower and the proud owner of Forget-Me-Nots, a quaint flower shop that once belonged to her mother. Despite her success in business, her love life has always been a bit lackluster. Until she spies on her ex-boyfriend’s wedding and ends up in horrifyingly embarrassing fender-bender with handsome wedding guest, Nate Gallagher.

Meanwhile, Amelia’s younger brother, William, has proposed to his girlfriend. Amelia would be excited except she has evidence that the fiancée is not who she says she is. How can she be supportive and yet be the protective big sister too? It seems Nate is the only one available for any advice-giving, and he’s good at it–and pretty fun to talk to, too. Amelia and Nate strike up an online relationship, but always lingering in Amelia’s mind is the fear that he’ll realize she’s not nearly as appealing in real life.

As Amelia works to craft the perfect flower arrangements for other people, she begins to wonder if real love is better than the dream. And if it is, will Nate still be interested when he learns who she is?

Now, I haven’t read all of the different books in this Novella Wedding Series, however, I understand why The Perfect Arrangement won the 2015 Novella Carol Award, because it’s good—really good. And it’s my favorite to date! A hint of Cinderella meets Dear Mr. Knightley (by Katherine Reay) meets the movie You Got Mail. Except in Ms. Ganshert story everyone knows who they’re emailing—at least most of the time. Not all the story is in email form, but a lot of it is, and I loved it!

The Perfect Arrangement won the 2015 Novella Carol Award, because it’s good—really good. And it’s my favorite to date!

Amelia and Nate met in one of the worst possible circumstances, however perhaps the perfect way in which introvert Amelia could reveal who she is. Most of the couple’s interactions are done online, where exchanges of movie titles and postscripts become more humors as each let down their guard.

A story where love involves risk and apologies make you smile, The Perfect Arrangement I highly recommend.

I adored Amelia’s connection with an elderly gentleman who visited her shop every week to buy flowers for his wife. Their exchanges felt real, and I enjoyed how he continued to be an important part of how the plot unfolds. The other side characters weren’t just a bump in the story’s roadmap, but held meaningful personalities and histories of their own.

Like all good books, surprises and misconceptions are weaved in all the right moments. A story where love involves risk and apologies make you smile, The Perfect Arrangement I highly recommend. Everything about it, even down to what a number may mean in a silly email address.

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