Book Review: A Vicarage Wedding by Kate Hewitt

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Why did it have to end so soon?? I was so into reading this book that I didn't even realize it was over until I hit the last page. I kept trying to swipe further on my Kindle and it wasn't going anywhere. This is one of those books where you can't put it down until it's over. Once you pick it up, be prepared to keep on reading through the night, into the morning, past your alarm clock, and on into your lunch break. Seriously - it's that entertaining! I had never read this author before, and given that this is the third in a series, I have definitely been missing out. The wonderful thing about it, though, is that Kate Hewitt wrote this book in such a way that it is entirely unnecessary to read the first two books in order to fully enjoy this one. She is a gem! "The wedding's off." With those words ringing in her ears, Rachel's carefully planned future crumbles before her eyes. The day before her wedding, she and her fiance part ways, and Rachel is left to pick up the pieces of her dreams. Although it starts to seem like a blessing in disguise when she realizes that perhaps she loved the dream more than the man. Moving into an apartment above a local pub with her youngest sister, who has problems of her own, Rachel dives right into the rest of her life. She picks up the puppy that was supposed to be part of her new dream and makes it part of her old one, and the man living downstairs who is also her landlord might just be the last piece in the puzzle to what her future should be like. Life may not be easy or simple, but with family and faith, it might be worth all the trouble if it means happiness is within reach. Rachel was my soul sister - truly, I felt so much kinship with her and wanted to sit down with her at the table and plan things out. I was upset with her sister, Esther, frequently. In fact, I have two notes in my Kindle that read, "Esther is such an ass" and "Oh my God, Esther...shut up." So as you can see, I had a lot of feelings while reading. Dan, the ex-fiance, made me mad too, but seeing as how it was all for the best, I got over that pretty quickly. Each character in this book really tugged at my heartstrings (except for Esther, because she annoyed me), and I really felt like I was part of their family while reading. Anna was the sweetheart sister who was in love with a kind, generous man, Miriam was the rebellious one in the family who wanted to make her own way in the world but struggled to do so, and Rachel's parents were supportive and protective, just like you'd want your parents to be in such a situation. And then we get to Sam. Sam was the hunky landlord who was a broody yet well-intentioned man, secretly in love with Rachel although never really saying it. Although I could read between the lines. It was there. He felt like he wasn't worthy of her, so his reticence made sense, but I just wanted to give him a giant hug too. He and Rachel were really a great couple, and I liked seeing their interactions as the story progressed. Sadly, the story just left me feeling a bit bereft at the end. I wanted more. I didn't get enough time with them and the Holley family. But hopefully Miriam will get her own book shortly, and I can get a fix in then. Absolutely wonderful read and highly recommended to romance fans! **I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**

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