Author: Annie Jones
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FTC Disclaimer I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
About This Book
Every year on the night of New Bethany's annual Splendor Belle Gala, reclusive Sera Grayson appears on the porch of her aging antebellum home dressed in a tattered ball gown. Legend
holds she is reliving the greatest disappointment of her life: waiting endlessly for the man who
stood her up more than fifty years ago. Rosemary, Naomi, Gayle, and Lucy, first introduced in
Jones's Prayer Tree, together decide to help out the eccentric old woman-partly to strengthen their own special bond, threatened by time and the demands of everyday life. Will their joint project instead tear them apart forever?
What a wonderful story! The story centres around four friends, Gayle, Rose, Naomi
and Lucy have drifted apart in the last years Naomi being the plotter and schemer in the group discovers that there is a way she can bring the group together: By convincing her friends if they could go visit Grace, is said to sit on the porch every year on the night of the Annual SplendorBelle Gala waiting for a man who stood her up over fifty years ago.
I’d say the author did a very good job in creating believable characters. And what I really enjoyed most about this was that, Christian values were nicely woven in the story without coming out as preachy. I enjoyed how the women were there for each other in times of great difficulty, loved the dialogue as well, the descriptions were well done. There were moments in the story I chucked to myself, others I was touched to the point of being misty eyed. At the end of the story, when Grace revealed what happened over fifty years ago, on the night of the Gala, I found myself reading eagerly, and later smiling, glad to finally know the truth.
Everything was tied up nicely, and I loved the Happy Ever After. After reading this to the last page, I just sighed happily.