Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Book: Picture Perfect Love

When image becomes everything, it's up to love to refocus the heart.

Photographer Jenna Harrison wants every bride and groom to look picture perfect on their special day, putting her heart into every wedding to give the couple memorable images of their love. But her own heart is still broken, the unworn wedding dress hanging in her closet a reminder that relationships aren't always as perfect as they look through her camera lens. But Jenna has faith that she will find true love. Until then, she must be patient and trust in God's plan and His perfect timing.

Attorney Ashton Vance is the one that got away. When an embarrassing Photoshopped picture of put an end to his political aspirations, he blamed Jenna. So what if the photo led to his being offered a dream job and changing his life for the better? Jenna betrayed his trust, and two years later, Ashton's heart still hasn't recovered.

It was me. His younger sister's three words turn Ashton's world upside down. He must ask Jenna's forgiveness, but can he risk his heart a second time? Even if Jenna can forgive him, dare he hope for a second chance at her love?


This is a novella, part of a series called A Year of Weddings, each written by a different author.  This is the only one I've read, but I don't think they connect to each other.  This book is also only available as an e-book or audio book.

As a photographer, but never a wedding photographer, this book looked fun.  I'm not as familiar with the novella format so this one moved really fast for me.  I like a little more flesh and depth to my characters.

The writing was light and fun, perhaps a bit too light for the subject matter.  When you've been left at the alter of the rehearsal for your wedding I think it might take more than a few weeks of forced interaction for you to be cordial with the one who did the leaving, even after 2 years have passed.  The premise of the story is forgiveness and second chances, which I agree with, but that doesn't mean putting yourself in a place to be hurt again.

The other thing that bothered me about this story was that I'm from Washington, from the area it feels like the author was describing, but the setting of the book really felt like it should have been in the south from the style of the wedding as well as the interactions of the characters.  I had a hard time imagining it near me.

This one was a lighter-than-it-should-have-been summer read that just didn't feel real enough to me.

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Melissa McClone has published more than thirty novels with Harlequin and Tule Publishing Group. She has also been nominated for Romance Writers of America's RITA® award. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three school-aged children, two spoiled Norwegian Elkhounds and cats who think they rule the house.

I received this book from LitFuse Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review.


  1. Thanks for hosting a stop on the Picture Perfect Tour and reviewing the book. I live in Washington, too! Grew up on the east side and now in the SW :)

  2. reading Melissa McClone has made me happy for 15+ years so pick up a copy of picture perfect today and see why I say so (or any of her backlists)

  3. bn1003:30 PM

    interesting novella


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