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1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Finding love in these modern times is not easy. Everyone wants and expects so much of each other. We’re all so busy rushing around, juggling work, family commitments and social lives, trying to keep up with everyone else, wanting what everyone else has. We’re so absorbed in the material and in our striving/struggling to obtain/achieve, that we’ve forgotten that the material world is in fact immaterial to our ultimate deep-down happiness.
The big car sits in the driveway of our large garden, while inside our fancy house we sit mindlessly watching our 42” high definition plasma television, killing the hours, and a little bit of our souls, until we go to sleep in our top of the range orthopedic bed, when we wake up to start the endless cycle again.
We have forgotten that the most important and fundamental part of us needs and wants to love and be loved in return. Some of us are lucky enough to fall off our daily treadmill of chasing the materialistic dream, and realize that we have very little love in our lives. It’s never too late to find love, true love. We need to remember that we are born to love and love is there for us if we just open our hearts.
The Internet has changed not just the way we work but the way we love. Meeting new people, dating, falling in and out of love has all become part of the modern way of living and loving. Finding love online is the modern way to find that special someone for most of us in our hectic lives, and we can find true love on the Internet. It is important to be careful at first, reveal yourself slowly but honestly, until you are comfortable to meet and start dating.
I’d like to finish with a passage from one of my favorite films, “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin”
“Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being “in love” which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Your mother and I had it, we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two.”
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The Wedding Day by Joanne Clancy
Publisher: Cupid's Arrow Publishing
Publication Date: March 10, 2012
Format: Paperback - 244 pages / Kindle - 915 KB
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Women's Fiction
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review, and for hosting a virtual book event for the author.
Nicole Baxter thinks she has the perfect life all mapped out. She is steadily climbing the corporate ladder as an intrepid journalist and she's about to marry the love of her life, Dr. Paul Schofield.
Everything is working out exactly as she planned. Life can't get any better.
Nicole's carefully planned life is unceremoniously turned upside down when she gets jilted at the altar by the so-called love of her life.
She must learn to live and love all over again and decides to open her heart and mind to new people and possibilities.
She begins to realize that life is about finding her passion and with the help of her sister and some new friends she sees that getting lost was the best way to find herself.
My Book Review:
After nine years of waiting to get married and meticulous planning, it is finally Nicole Baxter's wedding day, and she is so excited to start her new life with Dr. Paul Schofield. It's a beautiful autumn September day in Cork, Ireland, the kind of day that many happy brides dream of ... but for Nicole, what starts out to be the happiest day of her life turns into embarrassment, humiliation, anger and devastation when Paul dumps her at the altar because he slept with Nicole's best friend Simone, who happens to also be a bridesmaid in their wedding! Feeling sad and empty with her whole life and everything she had believed in crashed down around her, Nicole is lost ... but maybe that's not such a bad thing ... with the help of her younger sister Evette and a group of new friends, just maybe it's the best way for Nicole to find herself again!
The Wedding Day is a lighthearted story of love, forgiveness, re-discovering oneself and second chances. Author Joanne Clancy weaves an enjoyable tale written in the third person narrative, set in the enchanting city of Cork, Ireland. This delightful tale follows Nicole Baxter as she embarks on a journey of self-discovery guided by her younger sister Evette and friends, who help her get through the humiliation and depression of her failed relationship, discover the power of forgiveness and understanding, help her become a better person, get a new perspective on life, and a second chance at love.
I loved following Nicole's story as it unfolded, especially the development of the reconnected relationship between Nicole and Evette. These two sisters are polar opposites, who bond together over a traumatic event and become friends and eventual business partners in a wedding planning business. Of the two, I have to say that I really liked Evette's free spirited and kind personality over Nicole's uptight and perfect personality. With Evette stepping up and helping her sister get her life back in order along with the help of some really cool friends: Ben, Liv, Jack and Sarah, Nicole is able to get past the hurt and anger towards Paul and forgive him (even though I wouldn't have, lol). Of the friends, I connected with Sarah the most, I loved her personality and outlook in life, especially the message that she gave to Nicole, to find her passion in life. I also loved this awesome statement that Sarah said to Nicole: "Getting lost is often the best way to find yourself. When you stop planning every little detail, that's when you discover the fun in life."
With an engaging cast of characters who are realistic and fun to get to know; witty dialogue and interactions; and an enjoyable storyline that mixes humor, emotions, friendship and love; The Wedding Day isn't your usual cookie cutter romance story, it has twists and turns and a surprise ending that makes it worth reading. This is a sweet story that will simply make you smile.
RATING: 4 STARS ****