October 1, 2015 7 Comments

‘LOVE IN THE DETAILS,’ BECKY WADE. A sweet reunion romance novella story set in Texas. All review text © Rissi JC / RissiWrites.com

My exposure to the Year of Weddings collection (published by Zondervan, a house under the HarperCollins umbrella) has been limited. I have one of the paperback collections on my shelf and read one other thanks to a blog tour. When I learned rom-com author extraordinaire Becky Wade would have a novella in this line up, I knew, without question it’d be a must read. Texas might set the stage for most of her novels, but this one is “fresh.” It steps away from her beloved Porter clan to introduce readers to an entirely new set of characters. Don’t worry, though! This one is still as likable as the Porter series.  

STORY: Josh and Holly are the hero and heroine of our all-too-short story. Josh is the hometown boy who returns in advance of his best friend’s wedding to a Martinsburg heiress. While there, Josh is faced with seeing, and in some small sense, working with his ex, Holly. In high school and part of his early college life, Holly is the only girl he had eyes for. She’s the woman he wanted to marry until she broke his heart by breaking it off with him. After she ended things, neither one of them moved on. Now that Josh is back, their feelings seem to still have a spark… but is that enough for a second chance?

Love in the Details, by Becky Wade | Novella Review

As with any novella, pacing and timing seems to be key factors to making anything work and be a smooth experience for the reader. Becky manages this flawlessly. There is already a clear established relationship between the couple, which goes a long way in lending authenticity to the eventual ending. Speaking of those characters, I adored Josh and Holly. Most of our time we see things through Holly’s eyes (in that we’re mostly inside her point-of-view), but on the rare occasion we are among Josh’s thoughts. I found myself loving his character. He’s one of those guys who loved deeply, and right or wrong, he carried that around for eight years, only to have it resurface when he was again faced with the past. In other words, he’s one of the good guys. Holly, likewise, has a unique story; her backstory is one I’ve not seen before and her struggle to accept a second chance isn’t difficult to understand. Also a fun though rare appearance character is Holly’s best friend, Sam.

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Sweetly imagined and poignant in unexpected places, Love in the Details is a next-to-perfect novella. If short stories are your guilty pleasure, then picking up a copy of this is a must. It’s inspirational, it’ll tug at your heart strings, and best of all, it’s romantic. One of my favorite things about the novel was Josh’s current status (much as I’d like to explain this, I won’t given the need to hold back on spoilers – bothersome creature, that spoiler). Don’t miss reading this delightful charmer. It’s a detail you won’t wish to overlook adding to any of your fall reading lists.

About the Book:

Author: Becky Wade
Publisher: Zondervan
Source: Author via NetGalley
Publication Date: 2015
Find the Review elsewhere: Amazon ǀ  Goodreads
Find the Book Elsewhere: Goodreads
Series: Year of Weddings 2, 12
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Novella/Romance
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 

Sincere thanks to the author and publisher for providing a complimentary copy of Love in the Details for reviewing purposes.

About Rissi JC

amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

Rissi JC

amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

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  • Lillian Crouse October 14, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    I love to read & I would love to have this book to read.

    • Rissi October 15, 2015 at 12:54 AM

      It's darling, Lillian. Best of luck with the giveaway. :)

  • Rel October 26, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    A terrific review, as always, Rissi!

    • Rissi October 27, 2015 at 2:18 AM

      Thank you for thinking of me to join the team in helping to promote this one, Rel. I enjoyed it SO much. :)

  • Lientjie Human October 30, 2015 at 11:32 PM

    I love Becky's style of writing, this is definitely on my TBR pile!

    • Rissi October 31, 2015 at 4:44 PM

      As do I! I'm super anxious for her final Porter book early next year. Happy reading! Hope you enjoy this novella. :)

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