A Janurary Bride - Deborah Raney

4 Stars!

What will happen when novelist Madeleine Houser's 'pen pal' friendship with a lonely widower takes an unexpected turn?

Who can work in a house that's overrun by contractors and carpenters? Not Madeleine Houser, a successful novelist who gladly accepts the help of her octogenarian friend, Ginny, to arrange for a temporary office in the charming bed and breakfast owned by Ginny's friend, Arthur. Maddie's never met the innkeeper - but a friendship grows between them as Maddie and Arthur leave messages for each other each day. To Maddie's alternate delight and chagrin, she seems to be falling for the inn's owner - a man who's likely many years her senior - and who she's never even met.

Arthur Tyler is a college professor who lost his young wife to cancer. Together they ran the bed and breakfast where Art lives, but without his wife, the house is missing warmth and cheer. He jumps at the chance to have author Madeleine Houser use the space that was once filled with guests. He, too, begins to enjoy the daily exchanges with Maddie, but a series of misunderstandings lead him to believe she's far from being a prospective date---even if he were ready to date again, which he's not.

When Maddie and Art finally meet and discover one another's identity, sparks fly. Even so, they each have obstacles to overcome in order for this winter romance to blossom.

I went from full-time stay-at-home mom for 20 years to pretty much full-time author. My passion is my family-my husband and I have been married for 39 years and have four kids, four darling grandkids, and one on the way! But since, if a mom does her job right, she eventually puts herself OUT of a job, I'm delighted to have the privilege of working as a novelist. I could not enjoy the writing life more.
I've had a couple of non-fiction books published and contributed to some anthologies, as well as writing magazine articles. But my first love is fiction. I have written more than 25 novels and since my most recent novel, The Face of the Earth for Howard/Simon & Schuster released in May, I am now working on a new five-book series for Abingdon Press.
Visit her at her Blog - HERE

A very enjoyable story! I thought I had read a book by this author but can't find that I had. I like her style so I do think I would read more from her.
This story reminded me a little of the movie "You've Got Mail" Where they are writing to each other not knowing who they are writing to. I loved that movie so I loved the book! LOL

The character development is great. I really liked all the people in this book. That doesn't happen too often.I loved Madeleine, I could really see  her personality. I think she is a person I could be friends with. That's how I know when I like a book. When I think of the characters as locals that I could be friends with. I also really liked Arthur and I couldn't wait for them to meet.

This is a fun, sweet, romantic and clean story that will tickle and warm your heart at the same time!

Thank you "Book Look" for sending me this e-book to read and review!

Get your copy from Amazon - HERE

I also have to say - I am just loving these covers! Aren't they just gorgeous!
Here's a sneak peak (I hope I get to read them all!) - 2 down, 10 more to go.


  1. I loved You've Got Mail too so odds are I'd enjoy this book too!

  2. I'm so glad you liked. It -- wait until you read the next one... :)


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