by Cheryl McKay, Rene Gutteridge

June 2009
ISBN: 978-0307444981
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Jessie Stone has dreamed of her perfect wedding, the perfect proposal, the perfect groom every since she was a little girl. But at thirty-four years old she is desperate for her dream to come true. Desperate enough to try speed dating. Desperate enough for just about anything.

Except God. God showing up unexpected totally threw Jessie for a loop, especially when He demanded she give up her purple feather pen. But the purple feather pen has been around almost as long as Jessie has been writing perfect proposals in her journal. How can God possibly ask her to give it up?

When Jessie’s friends believe Jessie is certifiable, Jessie isn’t sure what to do next. How does one describe a God who has become REAL? And how can she possibly trust God to write the perfect romance for Jessie?

I read a co-written book (The Ultimate Gift) by Ms. Gutteridge before so I while the title tempted me, and the fact that Ms. Gutteridge writes funny stuff tempted me, I was a bit concerned that maybe this would be another book I didn’t care much for. However, I didn’t have anything to worry about. Jessie is a totally loveable heroine, if a little over the top, but still one that I couldn’t help but fall in love with. And since I love chick lits I enjoyed the style of the writing of this book. But I also loved the topic, the unexpectiveness of God posing as a stalker, a counselor, a date…

I totally love Never the Bride and highly recommend this book. This is a book that will speak to every woman, whether she’s single and looking, or whether she’s happily married but is being asked to trust God with something entirely different. I can’t wait for the movie to come out. If it is anything like the book, it will be great.

Reviewed in November 2009 by Laura.