As part of my conscious decision to expand my reading palate, apparently part of this goal is to read more novellas. It seems like in the past two months alone I’ve read more of them, all of which have been amazing reads. My latest find is from the pen of Katie Ganshert, and as per usual, it’s one of the sweetest little stories. The story is simple: A young woman, Amelia meets Nate thanks to a serendipitous case of happenstance. Through a series of flubs, the pair wind up writing emails. When Nate eventually pursues a relationship to meet Amelia in person, she’ll have to admit to the one thing that might drive him away before they’ve even had a chance to begin…
Aside from the darling boy-meets-girl meet-cute (seriously, I love this first meeting because, cute!), everything just gets better within these pages. The cozy sense of nostalgia you’re sure to enjoy while reading The Perfect Arrangement is, in a word, priceless. The old-fashioned appeal of letting writing (I consider emails letter writing – at least there isn’t a140 character limit) is beautiful explored, and is sure to make its reader swoon. As talented as Katie Ganshert is, she makes this story read effortlessly. Short or not, the concept flows beautifully and everything that needs to be said is. This is what I admire most about a novella such as this; the ability to tell a complete and full story.
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What’s more, I love the fact that our leading couple only begins tp fall in love versus being in love by the final page. Given their incomplete courtship (this is the beginning of a relationship rather than established or rekindled), this is very important for the story. These characters really “pop” off the page because of their emotionally intimate connection. There is nothing but sunshine from first to last page in this quaint novella; it’s got this perfect cozy nostalgic feel. Anyone who appreciates the cliché (I use this term only with the greatest of affection) albeit inordinately charming romantic-comedy is certain to fall head over heels for this stylistically “arranged” boy-meets-girl. ♥
About the Book:
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Author: Katie Ganshert
Source: Publisher (BookLook)
Publication Date: 2015
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Series: Year of Weddings 2, #11
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Fiction, Novella
Rating: 5 out of 5
Sincere thanks to the publisher (Book Look) for providing a complimentary e-copy of The Perfect Arrangement for reviewing purposes.