Item description for Wedding Bell Blues (The Piper Cove Chronicles #1) by Linda Windsor...
Overview Unable to deny her lingering feelings for her ex-husband when he returns to town to attend a family wedding, Alex Butler wonders about rumors that credit him with being a changed man and struggles to focus on her role in the wedding preparations. Original.
Not even a big budget can help Alex make her sister's wedding the event of the year. The usually calm and collected Alex is rattled when the man who walked out on her sixteen years ago to pursue a rock-and-roll career returns to be the best man. In desperation, she calls on her three best friends to help pull off the shindig, and keep her away from the devastatingly handsome Josh. Tomboy Ellen, shy Jan, and vivacious Sue Ann join forces to keep Alex on track. But fate won't be stopped in this small seaside town. Alex finds it as impossible to avoid Josh as it is to deny that he's a changed man. Is it too late for their love? Only faith, family, and best friends will tell.
From Publishers Weekly Billed as inspirational women's fiction, the first offering in Avon's
inspirational line is pure, chaste romantic diversion. Alexandra "Alex" Butler
was jilted years ago when her hunky husband, Josh Turner, left soon after
their marriage to become a rock star. When Josh returns to Piper Cove on the
Atlantic Ocean as best man in Alex's sister's wedding, the professional
decorator and divorcee finds to her dismay that her passion for him still
simmers under her businesslike exterior. Alex's three "bosom buddies" provide
interest throughout, especially the mechanically minded Ellen Brittingham, one
of the most promising characters in the novel. A few unfortunate sentences are
over the top, even for this genre: "She was as indelibly etched under his
skin as his tattoos" and "the sight of Alex... was enough to send the wooden
totem pole at the Ocean City inlet jumping in the water before it
self-ignited." Some plot elements are insensitive enough as to be
unbelievable, such as Alex's father giving away Alex's beloved first home to
her sister as a wedding gift, and then asking Alex to decorate it. But
Windsor, an RWA Beacon Award-winning author and Christy Award finalist, is a
competent writer, and the Piper Cove Chronicles should hold their own in
inspirational romance. (July) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Citations And Professional Reviews Wedding Bell Blues (The Piper Cove Chronicles #1) by Linda Windsor has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christian Retailing - 06/11/2007 page 24
Publishers Weekly - 04/23/2007 page 30
Library Journal - 06/01/2007 page 105
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Studio: Avon Inspire
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.96" Width: 5.38" Height: 0.73" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2007
Publisher Harper Collins Publishers
Series Piper Cove Chronicles
Series Number 1
ISBN 0061171379 ISBN13 9780061171376
Availability 88 units. Availability accurate as of Mar 30, 2017 02:49.
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More About Linda Windsor
Linda Windsor is the best-selling, award-winning author of thirty novels, with an estimated million books in print. A former professional musician, Linda speaks often (and sometimes sings) for writing and/or faith seminars. Her recent work includes Healer and the early Celtic Fires of Gleannmara trilogy.
Linda Windsor currently resides in the state of Maryland.
Linda Windsor has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Wedding Bell Blues (The Piper Cove Chronicles #1)?
Could have been better Feb 17, 2010
This book started out really REALLY good. I liked the interaction between the bosom buddies. Once Alex got on the scene though it started going down hill FAST! I couldn't believe that these friends, as well as her family, weren't more opposed to this man coming back into her life like that. He left her with a note??!!! Didn't even look back, let alone care. If he was really sorry I think that would have been the first words out of his mouth when he saw her. Didn't really buy the fact that Alex's soon to be brother in law asked Josh to be the best man and not someone else. Also I couldn't quite get past the fact that Josh abused drugs, alcohol, and slept around yet NO ONE ever remarked upon it or the fact that he could have some sort of disease. Also given the fact that he ditched her the way he did and broke her trust in him he then had the nerve to get upset with her because she didn't trust him??
Another great one from Avon Inspire Sep 8, 2008
What a wonderful book. Avon Inspire impresses me once again. So far with all of their books I have read, I have loved, not just liked, but loved every single one! Previously, I have read Linda Windsor's Scottish historical series and enjoyed it, but this book is way fabulous beyond that series. I cannot wait to read the sequel "For Pete's Sake". I'm glad I own it already, but it's too bad that it's packed for the move... *sigh* Alexandera, the main character in this story undergoes a lot of stress, and a lot of real life. Through her journey with family, friends, and Christ a reader can really get pulled into looking at where their own life is with listening silently to what we are to hear. I fully enjoyed this story with the ensemble of characters, and when I thought the book couldn't get any better a bit of a mysterious twist was thrown in that was great fun as well to uncover. I really enjoyed this book, and I'd relate it to Rachel Hauck's "Sweet Caroline" and "Love Starts with Elle". It is a book that I would should just about anyone read. It's a good vacation or weekender that will make you smile and sigh with contentment.
Hoping To Help Oct 9, 2007
It took me awhile to get into this book, for some of the same reasons as mentioned by others, the seeming "non-Christian" actions/vocubulary of some of the characters.
I decided I needed to give it another chance and am SO glad I did. About half way through, I met Linda Windsor and had a chance to chat with her. I expressed my concerns and she blushingly explained. Linda used to write non-Christian romances and has switched over to Christian fiction. She was embarrassed to admit that there were some slip-ups in her novel that she and her editor didn't catch, that shouldn't have been there. It's tough doing a cross-over novel, when you've been used to writing secular fiction. If the book goes into reprint in the future she assured me those items will be changed.
Now..for my opinion. I loved the story line. It was fresh and the two main characters fleshed out enough to feel you knew them. I enjoyed the fact that they were far from perfect and depicted some of the struggles that do go on in our personal lives. The secondary plot that centered around the heroine's father added to the depth of the story line and the last half of the book in particular grabbed my attention and kept me moving forward. If you can turn a blind eye to some of the small boo-boo's that Linda overlooked, you'll enjoy the story.
Entertaining read! Sep 26, 2007
Linda Windsor has long been a favourite author of mine, penning humourous tales of spunky women looking for love and finding mishaps and adventure along the way. Wedding Belle Blues is no exception. Alex is a heartwarming mix of independence and loyalty, the latter holding her back from stepping away from her father's domineering presence in her life. When Josh Fraser shattered her heart and their wedding vows sixteen years earlier her devoted friends, Suzie, Ellen and Jan flew in to protection mode and with Josh's sudden reappearance, her friends once again take on their guardian roles.
Wedding Belle Blues is a vibrant and fun story with plenty to love about the characters and setting. Alex learns transformation is possible and a future she thought lost may still be on the horizon, if she can get past her hurt and fear. Without a doubt, Linda has drawn me in with one story to the lives of the women of Piper Cove and it is with great anticipation I look forward to Ellen's story, a Harley riding, practical woman and absolutely no time for romance, in the 2008 release of For Pete's Sake.
Disappointing book from a good author Sep 26, 2007
I like to read inspirational books because I don't have to worry about how clean they are, especially the language. I felt like this book pushed the envelope a bit. It had at least one actual swear word and a few abbreviations. There were a couple other things that made me uncomfortable like it was a little more sensual then was necessary. I won't be reading the rest of the series.