Alyssa Pennington dated Brendan Myers for three years before she accepted his proposal. For almost a year, Alyssa’s friends and family helped her plan a lovely wedding to take place in the church she’d grown up in. It was the happiest day of her life when she walked down the aisle to be united with the man of her dreams. But when Brendan left her at the altar, Alyssa was consumed by humiliation, embarrassment, and a broken heart that wouldn’t allow her to trust anyone. Especially Brendan.
Brendan Myers knows he will spend the rest of his life regretting what he did to Alyssa, the only woman he’s ever loved. Without her, his life is empty. In one fateful moment, he’d panicked, destroyed their future, and ruined everything. Now he plans to win her back.
But winning back his bride might prove much more difficult than he can imagine. And even if he does get her to the altar again, will she think turnabout is fair play?
Alyssa Pennington is the saddest bride I have ever read about. Her dream wedding comes to a crashing halt when her groom bolts, leaving her at the altar. And if that isn’t enough, he then starts pestering her to take him back. It bothered me that we never had a full picture as to why he left Alyssa. He gave a vague reason and then he proceeds to beg Alyssa to take him back, which she doesn’t. So he sends flowers and kittens and gifts and letters all begging her to give him another chance. It felt wrong from the very beginning.
In order to get over the pain of Brendan leaving her, Alyssa begins a new relationship with an old friend of the family, someone she had a crush on for years. Dalton is a great guy but Alyssa doesn’t know the whole truth about him and how he’s dealt with relationships in the past. Her brother is aware of how he is and doesn’t want his sister involved with someone who has cheated on a past girlfriend. As Alyssa and Dalton’s relationship grows stronger I was wondering if he was sticking it out with Alyssa just to have sex with her or if there was something more. When Dalton asks Alyssa to marry him I really wondered if it was just to get into bed with her (since Alyssa has declared she will remain a virgin until marriage).
The real reason eventually comes out and personally I thought Brendan was a coward to use that as his excuse. Step up and talk to the woman you love, if she means so much to you. Yes, the truth could have caused some backlash but isn’t love worth it? Plus how some of the people involved dealt with this secret bothered me. I had very little respect for any of the characters except Alyssa.
3 out of 5 stars.
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