Hope Prentiss didn’t go to the Harmony High School senior prom. Instead, she and John Burke drove to Boise and got married. At eighteen. But when Hope panicked after saying “I do,” the mail-order preacher assured her he just wouldn’t send in the paperwork. No forms, no marriage, no problem. Right?
Well . . .
Now, ten years later, Hope discovers that her prom-night wedding counted—and, as fate would have it, the jilted John Burke has just ridden back into town. And he’s staying with her Aunt Verna at the inn where she and Hope host weddings. Though Hope thinks she wants an annulment, a little time with John makes her think twice . . . and emotions between the more-or-less Mr. and Mrs. Burke reach a boiling point a soon as they get a moment alone.
With annulment out the window, Hope finds herself staring in the face of a divorce. But after spending some time with John and helping plan a Christmas wedding for a mystery couple, Hope begins to wonder if she really wants a divorce … or a real wedding of her own.
Hope doesn’t realize she’s married until one day she happens to conveniently hear a conversation between a bride and wedding planner discussing the validity of a marriage if the paperwork isn’t sent to the courthouse. The rest of the story revolves around similar convenient events, including a mystery couple who conveniently doesn’t care about anything in their wedding and will let Hope and John pick everything for them.
The story isn’t badly written, but you have to really suspend reality to believe that all of these situations and motivations conveniently fall into place at exactly the right times in exactly the right places. There’s not a lot of suspense as the plot is fairly predictable, but if you’re a fan of Hallmark movies, you’ll enjoy this love story.
*I received a free copy of this book in change for an honest review.