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Meet the people who make it all happen – the planners, the photographers, the musicians who have helped orchestrate the perfect day for countless couples as they find their own happy endings in the second Year of Weddings novella collection. When image becomes everything, it’s up to love to refocus the heart. Photographer Jenna Harrison wants every bride and groom to look pi Meet the people who make it all happen – the planners, the photographers, the musicians who have helped orchestrate the perfect day for countless couples as they find their own happy endings in the second Year of Weddings novella collection. 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?


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Meet the people who make it all happen – the planners, the photographers, the musicians who have helped orchestrate the perfect day for countless couples as they find their own happy endings in the second Year of Weddings novella collection. When image becomes everything, it’s up to love to refocus the heart. Photographer Jenna Harrison wants every bride and groom to look pi Meet the people who make it all happen – the planners, the photographers, the musicians who have helped orchestrate the perfect day for countless couples as they find their own happy endings in the second Year of Weddings novella collection. 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?

30 review for Picture Perfect Love: A June Wedding Story

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carol [Goodreads Addict]

    Picture Perfect Love: A June Wedding Story by Melissa McClone is book number seven in the A Year of Weddings 2 series. In a novella, the author has such a shortened amount of time to tell the story and to make us fall in love with the main characters. But Melissa has surely accomplished this in this simply wonderful little book. I have read several of Melissa’s books. She is my go to author for a HEA, and for the warm and fuzzy feelings all her books bring when I read them. But this is her first Picture Perfect Love: A June Wedding Story by Melissa McClone is book number seven in the A Year of Weddings 2 series. In a novella, the author has such a shortened amount of time to tell the story and to make us fall in love with the main characters. But Melissa has surely accomplished this in this simply wonderful little book. I have read several of Melissa’s books. She is my go to author for a HEA, and for the warm and fuzzy feelings all her books bring when I read them. But this is her first Inspirational Romance, and I have fallen in love with it. Jenna Harrison is a wedding photographer for her own company, Picture Perfect Photography in Sweetwater, Washington. But her own love life hasn’t been as successful as the many couples she photographs. Two years ago, Jenna was left at the alter by who she thought was the love of her life, her own HEA, Ashton Vance. Ashton was running for public office and when a picture was posted to Facebook that made him a laughing stock and cost him his candidacy, he blamed Jenna and canceled the wedding and walked out of her life. Ashton now has his dream job working for a law firm that is his perfect fit. Losing the candidacy was the best thing that ever happened to him. And now, two years later, Ashton’s sister, Amber, has admitted that it was her that posted the picture of him, not Jenna after all. “If he’d only listened to her, but he’d thought he knew best and put his belief behind his family instead of his fiancé.” Now his sister wants Jenna to photograph her own wedding but will Jenna ever accept his apology? Two years is a long time. As soon as he sees Jenna, he realizes what has been missing from his life that has kept him from moving forward. It is Jenna. He is so impressed with the woman she has become. She has found a new church and her faith has blossomed along with her self confidence and her business. But will she ever give him a second chance? “He should have believed Jenna. He should have stood by her. He should have done things – everything – differently.” Although Jenna is a completely different woman now, she still has her wedding dress she was supposed to wear hanging in the back of her closet. So has she really moved on? As she and Ashton spend time together, something blooms again within her heart. With the help of Ashton’s meddling sister, a shared berry cobbler, and being stuck in a gazebo during a bad thunderstorm, second chances become a reality. It must be the magic of Melissa’s words that made me fall so completely in love with Jenna and Ashton. I have to be truthful in that I had my reservations about Ashton. He hurt her so badly. But as Jenna accepts him back into her life and forgives him it was obvious that he was the only man for her. This story warmed my heart and made me smile as I hope it will do for you. “There’s always a plan. Not yours or mine, but His.”

  2. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    This was a quick read and was a book that captured my attention immediately. I found Jenna's job as a photographer fun and I loved seeing the way she interacted with her clients. I did feel that the story needed more time to develop fully, and because it was a novella it felt hurried so wasn't as good as it could be. Overall, I'm glad I read this book and would recommend it. This was a quick read and was a book that captured my attention immediately. I found Jenna's job as a photographer fun and I loved seeing the way she interacted with her clients. I did feel that the story needed more time to develop fully, and because it was a novella it felt hurried so wasn't as good as it could be. Overall, I'm glad I read this book and would recommend it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Iola

    Two years ago, Jenna Harrison’s fiancé dumped her the day before their wedding after accusing her of posting an embarrassing Photoshopped picture of him on Facebook, a photo which forced him to withdraw from an election campaign. Now he’s back, apologetic, and wants her to photograph his sister’s wedding—Amber, who has finally confessed to being responsible for posting the picture. Jenna has changed since she was engaged to Ash. Their breakup brought her to rock-bottom financially and spirituall Two years ago, Jenna Harrison’s fiancé dumped her the day before their wedding after accusing her of posting an embarrassing Photoshopped picture of him on Facebook, a photo which forced him to withdraw from an election campaign. Now he’s back, apologetic, and wants her to photograph his sister’s wedding—Amber, who has finally confessed to being responsible for posting the picture. Jenna has changed since she was engaged to Ash. Their breakup brought her to rock-bottom financially and spiritually, but she joined a new church and is now a strong character, but not a perfect one and I liked that. Her struggle to forgive Ash felt real, especially when he had been too self-absorbed to see the financial and professional problems he’d caused her. She was a well-developed and likeable character. Ash wasn’t so well developed. The breakup had benefited him financially, although he was never man enough to tell Jenna that (which annoyed me). He also didn’t seem to be her equal spiritually—I got the impression he went to church out of habit rather than actually having a personal faith. And I didn’t see any character change in him, either in the course of the novella, or between the Ash Jenna remembered from two years ago and the one in front of her today. Did he lack depth because this is a novella and there wasn’t the word count to develop him further? Possibly, but I’ve read plenty of novellas which managed to do a better job of developing both the hero and heroine. As a romance novella, Picture Perfect Love is supposed to have a happy-ever-after ending (well, technically a romantically satisfying and optimistic ending). I’m not convinced. Jenna and Ash? Maybe. There was physical attraction in spades, so if that’s enough to maintain a relationship, they’ll be fine. But Amber and Toby? No. Amber is too immature and has difficulties with concepts like truth and repentance. I found her unlikeable, and couldn’t see why a sweetheart like Toby was interested in her, let alone marrying her. Overall, Picture Perfect was well-written, but a good romance needs a lovable hero as well as a believable heroine and I’m not sold. Thanks to Litfuse Publicity and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Picture Perfect Love was a sweet romance. I liked the second chance love story and even though it was predictable, there were a few surprises. :) I grew to really like the characters. At first, I wasn't crazy about them; but, as the story went on, I could see why they acted the way they did. All in all, a great read. Just what I needed to read, as I was in the mood for a sweet contemporary romance. *I received a complimentary eBook copy of this book for my honest review. As always, all thoughts and Picture Perfect Love was a sweet romance. I liked the second chance love story and even though it was predictable, there were a few surprises. :) I grew to really like the characters. At first, I wasn't crazy about them; but, as the story went on, I could see why they acted the way they did. All in all, a great read. Just what I needed to read, as I was in the mood for a sweet contemporary romance. *I received a complimentary eBook copy of this book for my honest review. As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review -- only my honest opinions.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Picture Perfect Love by Melissa McClone is book number seven in the series A Year Of Weddings Novella 2, and I was blessed to receive a copy. It is a very sweet and quick read, and grounded in God's love. Jenna was betrayed by her fiancé Ash two years earlier, on the eve of their wedding. She lost everything - her friends, her money and even her church. As the novella opens, Jenna has rebuilt her life - she is still paying off the wedding debt but has a new church and her wedding photography busi Picture Perfect Love by Melissa McClone is book number seven in the series A Year Of Weddings Novella 2, and I was blessed to receive a copy. It is a very sweet and quick read, and grounded in God's love. Jenna was betrayed by her fiancé Ash two years earlier, on the eve of their wedding. She lost everything - her friends, her money and even her church. As the novella opens, Jenna has rebuilt her life - she is still paying off the wedding debt but has a new church and her wedding photography business is going well. So well, that Ash turns up on her doorstep begging forgiveness and asking Jenna to photograph his sister Amber's wedding. Jenna has misgivings, what will she do? The main theme in Picture Perfect Love is that of love. Both the dewy eyed love of the wedding day couples and the steadfast love of God for His children which never fails. Jenna has been transformed by God's love over the previous two years. The novella highlights the importance of us all to find a church family where we can fit in and belong. Jenna's church family loves and supports her. And she, in turn volunteers and gives back to her church family. Love is a two way relationship. It is give and take. It is Christ's love for each and every one of us. The novella also deals with the themes of trust and forgiveness. Both are inextricably linked. Forgiving someone is hard, but with God's strength it is possible. However trusting the person who hurt you, takes a great deal of strength as there is always the fear that they may hurt you again. The theme of forgetting is linked in to trust and forgiveness. One must consign past hurts to the past, or they will have the power to still hurt us. We need to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus to be able to truly forgive and forget. I really enjoyed Picture Perfect Love. It was a light hearted wedding novella with very likeable characters. Jenna was delightful, and was able to focus on her job as a wedding photographer creating the perfect photos, no matter how she was feeling. For a novella, Picture Perfect Love tackled some meaty themes, which we would all be wise to observe. It was a perfect evenings read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amber Whitlock

    Picture Perfect Love is the newest addition to the Year of Weddings series from Zondervan. Like the other titles, it's a novella that somehow includes a wedding. This is the first of Melissa McClone's titles that I've read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Picture Perfect Love is a story of trust--in others, in oneself, and in God. It's a tale of forgiveness, faith, and second chances. Jenna Harrison is a wedding photographer who happened to be left at the altar during her wedding rehearsal. But tha Picture Perfect Love is the newest addition to the Year of Weddings series from Zondervan. Like the other titles, it's a novella that somehow includes a wedding. This is the first of Melissa McClone's titles that I've read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Picture Perfect Love is a story of trust--in others, in oneself, and in God. It's a tale of forgiveness, faith, and second chances. Jenna Harrison is a wedding photographer who happened to be left at the altar during her wedding rehearsal. But that was two years ago, and she's moved on...mostly. When her ex-fiance shows up on her doorstep, all bets are off. Picture Perfect Love will offer you a one to two hour getaway from the stresses of life. You'll grow attached to the characters very quickly and be sad to see their story end after spending such a brief period of time with them. (I hope we'll see a sequel!) McClone sets a picturesque scene for the final wedding in the book. I probably reread that paragraph five times because I love it so much! Often novellas can feel rushed or drawn out, but McClone manages to set (and keep) the pace just right. There was only one time in the story that felt rushed by jumping a few weeks instead of letting us see a relationship develop. Apart from that, I have no criticism! If you have an hour or two for an extremely enjoyable read, pick up Picture Perfect Love. You won't regret it!! Highly recommended for fans of inspirational fiction, Christian romance, and novellas. *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Favorite lines: His heartbeat rivaled the rumble of thunder. No air remained in her lungs. She drew in a short breath so she could answer. "I want to believe things could be different." The smells of hairspray and perfume filled the dressing room. Music played from an iPod docking station. The strawberry-blonde flower girl danced barefoot. Real love can be messy.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Samuelson (BookAddict30)

    Rating: 5 Stars!! (Wish i could rate it 10 stars!!!) Review: This book was a sad but sweet short story about a wedding photographer whose wedding was cancelled a few years before so she decided to concentrate on her photographry career. I really loved this story, the characters were each to get into and i loved that its set in June!! Can't wait to read more books by this author in the future!!! Rating: 5 Stars!! (Wish i could rate it 10 stars!!!) Review: This book was a sad but sweet short story about a wedding photographer whose wedding was cancelled a few years before so she decided to concentrate on her photographry career. I really loved this story, the characters were each to get into and i loved that its set in June!! Can't wait to read more books by this author in the future!!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    Jenna Harrison is a wedding photographer. She has the unique talent of making even the most un-photogenic people look stunning in their wedding photographs. While she goes out of her way to ensure that couples have a happily ever after, Jenna's own heart is still broken. There is an unworn wedding dress hanging in her closet. Yet Jenna trusts that someday God in His timing will bring a groom to her and she'll have her chance at true love. Ashton Vance is the man who broke Jenna's heart. He had p Jenna Harrison is a wedding photographer. She has the unique talent of making even the most un-photogenic people look stunning in their wedding photographs. While she goes out of her way to ensure that couples have a happily ever after, Jenna's own heart is still broken. There is an unworn wedding dress hanging in her closet. Yet Jenna trusts that someday God in His timing will bring a groom to her and she'll have her chance at true love. Ashton Vance is the man who broke Jenna's heart. He had political aspirations and when a photo-shopped picture of him found its way onto the Internet, he blamed Jenna and broke up with her the day before their wedding. Though it's been two years, his heart still hasn't recovered. When his younger sister admits the role she played in breaking up Jenna and Ashton, he is willing to make amends. But is it too little too late? Or can Jenna and Ashton find a way past hurt and betrayal into a possible future together? Like all of these novellas, some are better than others. This is one I happened to enjoy quite a lot. This was the first thing I'd read by Melissa McClone, and I was impressed with her writing. Her characters have a depth to them that is often hard to see in a novella. I really liked the way that Jenna worked her business. I liked how she would go out of her way to make her clients' feel special. I also liked the way that she was real with her emotions. I think my favorite part of the story was when she takes part in a Trust Fall on a ropes course with the teens in the youth group as well as Ashton, his sister, and her fiancee. I also liked how Ashton was willing (finally) to make amends for the part that he played in breaking Jenna's heart. His growth was a little slower because he kept making the same mistakes. But overall, I really came to like him. I'll have to keep this author on my radar and look for more by her. I received the Kindle version of this book for free from Booklook Bloggers for the purpose of reviewing. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Recommended to fans of weddings, novellas, Love Inspired, romance Rating - 4 stars

  9. 5 out of 5

    Chanel

    Not romantic. The hero proves himself to be spiritually immature, but also someone the heroine shouldn't trust with her heart - especially when history repeats itself and a second chance becomes a third. At the end of the story, to convince Jenna to give him a third chance, Ashton gives a beautiful speech about love, making mistakes and how he plans to commit himself to her based on unconditional love, trust and faith founded in God. The speech was nice and flowery, but, like Ashton's character, Not romantic. The hero proves himself to be spiritually immature, but also someone the heroine shouldn't trust with her heart - especially when history repeats itself and a second chance becomes a third. At the end of the story, to convince Jenna to give him a third chance, Ashton gives a beautiful speech about love, making mistakes and how he plans to commit himself to her based on unconditional love, trust and faith founded in God. The speech was nice and flowery, but, like Ashton's character, his words didn't ring true. I actually would have preferred, at the end of the story, if Jenna accepted his apology, but told him they weren't meant for each other. Because true love - unconditional love - always protects, always trusts and believes the best out of people. Ashton didn't do this with Jenna twice. I don't understand how he could say he loved her when actions completely contradicted his words. I mean, love is an action verb and Ashton failed to take action when it came to love. I know the message of this novella is that love is messy, but shouldn't love also be true? If it were me, I would be hesitant to give him a second chance in love. Definitely, not a third. His actions hardly proved to be a sound foundation in a potential marriage between the two. Forgive him? Yes, I would. But this love story wasn't swoony, attractive or even remotely desirable. I also wouldn't want to marry into a family that carelessly mistreat others - to the point of wreaking havoc on someone's life and not consider apologizing for the damage done until years later. Ashton's sister and father lacked full responsibility for their impertinent actions until they were caught or wanted something from Jenna. Ugh! On a side note, Jenna was my favorite character. I related to her from the beginning, loved her transformation from her adversity and admired her strength. I also liked Melissa McClone's writing style and her story had a good pace. Unfortunately, this novella was not one I'd be willing to recommend or read again.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Hallie Szott

    This review is also posted on Book by Book. Melissa McClone’s “Picture Perfect Love” makes yet another great addition to Zondervan’s A Year of Weddings. A quick and heartwarming read, this novella allows the photographer to take center stage, when a wedding brings her face-to-face with the one man she hoped never to see again. In the midst of taking wedding pictures, Jenna and Ash have a second chance at love, but must decide whether they can forgive, trust and rely on God’s plan above their own. This review is also posted on Book by Book. Melissa McClone’s “Picture Perfect Love” makes yet another great addition to Zondervan’s A Year of Weddings. A quick and heartwarming read, this novella allows the photographer to take center stage, when a wedding brings her face-to-face with the one man she hoped never to see again. In the midst of taking wedding pictures, Jenna and Ash have a second chance at love, but must decide whether they can forgive, trust and rely on God’s plan above their own. This sweet and romantic behind-the-scenes wedding story is a wonderful read for fans of contemporary, inspirational romance - especially those who have enjoyed A Year of Weddings so far. Thanks to BookLook Bloggers, I received a copy of “Picture Perfect Love” and the opportunity to honestly review it. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own. (I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Charity Andrews

    This is such a cool series! There are twelve novellas and each one correlates with a month of the year. Picture Perfect Love is the June story. Each of them are centered around wedding planners, photographers, etc... Here we have Jenna's story. After being left at the alter 2 years ago, she is not looking for love. Backed up with debt from the late cancellation and hurt by the man she loved, Jenna buries herself into her work as a wedding photographer. One day Ash shows up at her door with an apo This is such a cool series! There are twelve novellas and each one correlates with a month of the year. Picture Perfect Love is the June story. Each of them are centered around wedding planners, photographers, etc... Here we have Jenna's story. After being left at the alter 2 years ago, she is not looking for love. Backed up with debt from the late cancellation and hurt by the man she loved, Jenna buries herself into her work as a wedding photographer. One day Ash shows up at her door with an apology. Is it too late to forgive and risk her heart again? Fun story with great characters. Enjoyed it! Thanks, Litfuse, for this fun, summer read. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here's to many more!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    J.

    Picture Perfect is featured in the new Year of Weddings novella series focusing on the behind-the-scenes folks who make weddings happen. Since a novella is often considered a "snapshot" of a bigger story of love and faith, I was thrilled to read this story of a photographer, Jenna, who relies on a new church community, family and her faith to navigate being a jilted bride and rebuild her plans for her future. When her ex-fiance Ash re-enters her life, Jenna' finds her beliefs in God's timing and Picture Perfect is featured in the new Year of Weddings novella series focusing on the behind-the-scenes folks who make weddings happen. Since a novella is often considered a "snapshot" of a bigger story of love and faith, I was thrilled to read this story of a photographer, Jenna, who relies on a new church community, family and her faith to navigate being a jilted bride and rebuild her plans for her future. When her ex-fiance Ash re-enters her life, Jenna' finds her beliefs in God's timing and forgiveness tested.. McClone does an excellent job of combining a sweet reunion romance with excellent lessons in forgiveness and faith. I want to read more by the author. Well-done.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

    As a photographer who used to work weddings, this book was right up my alley! I totally connected to Jenna and her creative outlet. I didn't have much sympathy for Ashton in the beginning, but as their relationship began to rekindle I could see how much he missed her and still cared for her. There is a powerful theme of forgiveness which I can always use as an example in my life to do better with. I enjoyed reading this novella; it's one of the top 5 that I've read in the Year of Weddings novell As a photographer who used to work weddings, this book was right up my alley! I totally connected to Jenna and her creative outlet. I didn't have much sympathy for Ashton in the beginning, but as their relationship began to rekindle I could see how much he missed her and still cared for her. There is a powerful theme of forgiveness which I can always use as an example in my life to do better with. I enjoyed reading this novella; it's one of the top 5 that I've read in the Year of Weddings novella series. (Thank you to Litfuse Publicity and Zondervan Publishing for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Clare

    This book was a good read, Ash took me a while to warm up as in the past he was quick to jump to the wrong conclusion which proved to me that he couldn't have really loved her as he would have let her explain but as the story went on I could see that he loved her more this time round despite jumping to conclusions the second time round but Jenna I did like as she tried to move on the best she could but I thought she forgive him too easily especially when he believed his dad over her the second t This book was a good read, Ash took me a while to warm up as in the past he was quick to jump to the wrong conclusion which proved to me that he couldn't have really loved her as he would have let her explain but as the story went on I could see that he loved her more this time round despite jumping to conclusions the second time round but Jenna I did like as she tried to move on the best she could but I thought she forgive him too easily especially when he believed his dad over her the second time round. I did like the forgiveness theme to the book and I thought the ending was sweet despite the book being a little too short but it made for light reading which I'm happy about.

  15. 5 out of 5

    ⚜️Trea

    I had hoped that this would be so much better than it was. Jenna was such a complete pushover, and Ashton basically thought throwing money at a problem would make it all better. I liked that Jenna gave him a second chance, but when history repeated itself for a second time, I felt that she should have never have given him a third chance, no matter how much she "loved" him! Even for a novella, it felt very short, though it did move at a fast pace. I liked the writing, even if I didn't enjoy the p I had hoped that this would be so much better than it was. Jenna was such a complete pushover, and Ashton basically thought throwing money at a problem would make it all better. I liked that Jenna gave him a second chance, but when history repeated itself for a second time, I felt that she should have never have given him a third chance, no matter how much she "loved" him! Even for a novella, it felt very short, though it did move at a fast pace. I liked the writing, even if I didn't enjoy the plot, so I may give the author a second chance.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I received an ARC for an honest review. Ash dumped Jenna at their wedding rehearsal for something she didn't do. Two years later, he's back to apologize and to ask a favor. Jenna has spent the past two years changing her life...becoming more adventurous, making new friends and working to build up her photography business again. She's also rebuilt her relationship with God. And that's where this book lost me. I found it a little preachy and Jenna too much of a pushover. It's a fast, cute read but j I received an ARC for an honest review. Ash dumped Jenna at their wedding rehearsal for something she didn't do. Two years later, he's back to apologize and to ask a favor. Jenna has spent the past two years changing her life...becoming more adventurous, making new friends and working to build up her photography business again. She's also rebuilt her relationship with God. And that's where this book lost me. I found it a little preachy and Jenna too much of a pushover. It's a fast, cute read but just not my cup of tea. Sorry I couldn't be more gung-ho about it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Grace Tolman

    I have dabbled in the photography business, although not the wedding arena, so I was very interested in this story line. The photography part of the novel was on point. However,the love story fell a bit short for me. Jenna is a wedding photographer that was, ironically, got her heart broken two years prior when her fiancee called off the wedding a day before their big day. And she paid the price for it. Both in humiliation and in finances, as all of the expense fell to her. But now she is workin I have dabbled in the photography business, although not the wedding arena, so I was very interested in this story line. The photography part of the novel was on point. However,the love story fell a bit short for me. Jenna is a wedding photographer that was, ironically, got her heart broken two years prior when her fiancee called off the wedding a day before their big day. And she paid the price for it. Both in humiliation and in finances, as all of the expense fell to her. But now she is working to get her debts paid and move forward from the traumatic experience. But she couldn't really walk away from her ex fiancee Ash because he came knocking on her door again. This time to ask for forgiveness for what he did and to ask that Jenna photograph his sister's wedding. They reconnect, patched old wounds and try love again. But when Ash's powerful judge of a father tried to buy Jenna out of Ash's life again, and Ash not believing her, they went back to square one. Later they would reconnect again and vow that this time it will be forever. I thought that Ash and Jenna's love story was good in the beginning. It was all about forgiveness and second chances. But where it started to get disappointing for me was after the second incident of Ash not believing Jenna and they broke up. It seemed like, in reality, if Jenna really learned her lesson, she would not be so quick to jump into the relationship with Ash again. But I guess because this is a novella and time away from each other is not going to work out or something but it seemed like they quickly patched things up again and now vowed that there will be trust between each other, just like that. That seemed quite unrealistic to me.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Marie

    This one was definitely interesting. A jilted bride gives her runaway groom a second chance? This was the first thing I've read from this author, and it was definitely cute. The beginning of this one seemed stilted to me. I don't know if it was the dialogue or what, but something was off and I couldn't really get into it. However, I kept going, and there was enough to keep me interested enough to finish. It's been two years since Jenna didn't get married, and she believes that she is finally hea This one was definitely interesting. A jilted bride gives her runaway groom a second chance? This was the first thing I've read from this author, and it was definitely cute. The beginning of this one seemed stilted to me. I don't know if it was the dialogue or what, but something was off and I couldn't really get into it. However, I kept going, and there was enough to keep me interested enough to finish. It's been two years since Jenna didn't get married, and she believes that she is finally healing, moving on. That is, until her former fiancé reappears. Ashton hurt her when he didn't believe her, didn't trust her, and she doesn't want to have anything to do with him. Except, they still have feelings for each other. I enjoyed the story. I liked how we got to see parts of their lives other than them just falling in love. From them volunteering with the youth at Jenna's church, to helping his sister with the wedding. This let us see the kind of people they were, and how much they had changed since breaking up. This one wasn't my favorite of the bunch, and it was more preachy than the others, if that isn't your thing, but it was still a cute, fun story that I enjoyed reading. I received a copy from the publisher, this did not affect my honest opinion. This review first appears on The NerdHerd Reads

  19. 4 out of 5

    Srivalli Rekha

    I picked the book because I was looking for a short read. That meant compromise on full character development which I was okay with. But the hero was such a disappointment. There is hardly any change in him. I hated him in the first 30 pages but continued to read to see how the character would develop. Not a chance. There was none. The writing is decent but the storyline, sigh! The writer needs a better hero.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Darla Damron

    Cute story about 2nd chances and for standing up for those you love.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Short and sweet and enjoyable

  22. 4 out of 5

    Happy Reading Watching

    Not for me. Alot of conflict and not ALOT of communication.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Pate

    This was a cute novella with HEA. I would have liked it more if it was a full length novel. I felt it was too rushed. It was a nice, quick audio though.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Like a Hallmark movie. Very Christian based. Clean and wholesome

  25. 5 out of 5

    Amy Roelant

    #7 of CF wedding novellas. Enjoyable read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Christian, clean romance.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mackenzie

    A Year of Weddings Series 2 Book 7 **Audio book

  28. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Title: PICTURE PERFECT LOVE Author: Melissa McClone Publisher: Zondervan May 2015 ASIN: B00KV0ZUWW Genre: Contemporary romance novella They’ve helped orchestrate the perfect day for countless couples. Now twelve new couples will find themselves in the wedding spotlight in the second Year of Weddings novella collection. 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 hea Title: PICTURE PERFECT LOVE Author: Melissa McClone Publisher: Zondervan May 2015 ASIN: B00KV0ZUWW Genre: Contemporary romance novella They’ve helped orchestrate the perfect day for countless couples. Now twelve new couples will find themselves in the wedding spotlight in the second Year of Weddings novella collection. 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? PICTURE PERFECT LOVE is the first story I’ve read by Melissa McClone. I enjoyed PICTURE PERFECT LOVE and it held my interest all the way through. I didn’t think much of Ashton though. He accuses Jenna of betraying his trust, but yet over and over he betrays hers. I don’t know if I would have forgiven him quite as easily as she did. I had to admire how she handled herself around him and his sister, showing forgiveness, yet standing firm for her rights. There were some things I didn’t like. Letting the bride’s brother pay double her going rate to photograph his sister’s wedding. If she truly forgave them, then she wouldn’t have done that. She seemed a bit mercenary, with that and with another issue. I did like how she found a good church and friends who supported her, both spiritually and in friendship and love. If you like contemporary romance, you’ll enjoy PICTURE PERFECT LOVE. 4.5 stars. Available in ebook and paperback. 100 pages. This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Inderpreet Uppal

    As the title suggests, don’t we all search or want our love and loved one to be just perfect. Jenna and Ashton Vance have a history and it took Ash two years to go back to make amends. The book is quite fast paced; in fact the story is set over a few weeks. From the time Ash comes back and apologies to Jenna and learns of the hardships she faced he realizes he wronged her and starts to win her over and make amends. I read the story wondering how Ash would make amends for the disaster he created; As the title suggests, don’t we all search or want our love and loved one to be just perfect. Jenna and Ashton Vance have a history and it took Ash two years to go back to make amends. The book is quite fast paced; in fact the story is set over a few weeks. From the time Ash comes back and apologies to Jenna and learns of the hardships she faced he realizes he wronged her and starts to win her over and make amends. I read the story wondering how Ash would make amends for the disaster he created; at the beginning it seemed so difficult, so much damage had been done in the relationship. Much as both yearned for the love they had lost, they did not know how to begin afresh! The book is about forgiveness and second chances, believing in God’s handiwork. It is so simple and thoughtful the way god’s wisdom is integrated into the book. The part where Ashton, his errant sister and her fiancé – the nice guy, help out really stood out for me. It reminds us of the subtle ways blessing find a way to be in our lives. The only sore note for me was when for the second time Ashton fails Jenna – how stupid is that, especially when he got a second chance. Trust is the cornerstone of any relationship and he forgets that. He is one lucky guy that they got back together. The story is well written and well edited. The emotions, thoughts and feelings are expressed finely, moving me too. I was angry for the Jenna, upset with Ashton’s disbelief; finding his father so rude. I always find the stories that get my thoughts and feelings moving a good read. Even though Picture Perfect Love was about amends my feelings were stirred and I loved the book for it. Melissa McClone has written a beautiful, fast paced story, a page turner. The need to know how Jenna will manage the conflicting emotion, will Ash fail or will he redeem himself and how the secondary characters will help or hurt their love kept me going. I wanted to find out if sweet Jenna found her happily ever after or not? Love like life cannot be perfect as this novella amply demonstrates but it also tells us to keep the faith. Love is flawed but this book Picture Perfect Love shares it’s beauty and light perfectly. A perfect summer read! Weddings, love, faith and second chances – it is all here to woo you! (I received a copy of the book from Litfuse Publicity for my honest review)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rissi

    Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Novellas are a tough task to get right speaking only from a reader’s perspective. It almost never works to have the couple go through the motions of a meet-cute, family shenanigans plus create the right mood for falling in love. This is why in order to work, nearly all novellas need to have an already established backstory that took place “off-screen,” otherwise the story is a tough sell. This sweet little novella was the first I’d read from the author (an author who mainly w Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Novellas are a tough task to get right speaking only from a reader’s perspective. It almost never works to have the couple go through the motions of a meet-cute, family shenanigans plus create the right mood for falling in love. This is why in order to work, nearly all novellas need to have an already established backstory that took place “off-screen,” otherwise the story is a tough sell. This sweet little novella was the first I’d read from the author (an author who mainly writes in the mainstream market) and also the only story I’ve read in Zondervan’s “Year of Weddings” collections (this book being in the second such series). Our two characters, Jenna and Ashton, are a nice couple to hang out with for the 112 or so pages their story takes place in. First, I love their names, partially because they are unusual, and secondly, they're interesting characters because their personalities aren’t as outgoing as other books. The latter is likely stinted or suffers reserved personalities because of the length. But for the story, I think this restraint is appropriate and perhaps even needed. Jenna’s voice is perhaps the strongest because we sympathize with her the most. Or I did. Much as I liked Ash, his inability to trust (again) is one quality he will clearly have to work on turning into something positive or else he and Jenna might not find that happy ending. Fans of this novella collection will delight in yet another sweet addition to the series. There is some unique background to this relationship, and if I’m being honest, one that could have made a fabulous full-length novel. Between Ashton’s apparent incapability to trust the woman he loves, his sister and father (jerk alert!), Jenna’s business and their history, this had the makings of something beautiful. Something that would have been lovely to experience fuller. I loved the photography angles and the opportunity to read a fresh voice in contemporary fiction. Picture Perfect Love is exactly as it sounds. A darling wedding story that deals in emotional disturbances of the past, ending in such a way that promises a brighter future. Sincere thanks to Litfuse for providing a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes.

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