The Second Yes Collection

post written by Emma Filbrun

Title: The Second Yes Collection
Author: Alexa Verde, Chautona Havig, Hallee Bridgeman, Alana Terry, Amanda Tru
Series: Crossroads Collection 5
Major Themes: Weddings, Romance, Books for Women
Synopsis: These five stories are all tied together with a common theme, which makes this collection extra-fun!

I have really enjoyed all the Crossroads Collections so far, and this one is no exception. I love the way all the stories are tied together, and some of my favorite authors write for these collections. The most recent one is The Second Yes Collection, with each story themed around a wedding dress.

Season of Surprises, by Alexa Verde, is the first story in the collection. I’ll have to admit that I didn’t enjoy this one so much; there were several unbelievable elements in the story, added for drama. I read it all, but don’t find myself very interested in reading more by her.

Something Borrowed, Someone Blue by Chautona Havig was very good. This story involved a young woman preparing to marry a man of a different faith. How important were their differences—after all, both trusted in the blood of Jesus for salvation? I felt like a lot of issues were raised in this story that need to be considered before marriage is even thought about. For a more detailed review, go here.

I also did not enjoy Black Belt, White Dress so much. There were elements in this story that I didn’t appreciate, such as using violence in self-defense. I did like the way Traci laid down her own preferences to show love to her mother. I also liked the discussion about headship order (although that terminology was not used).

Sewn Together, by Alana Terry, is a great book! I love the way she writes stories about issues that affect real people. This book is not about a wedding at all; I like the creative way she worked a wedding dress in to the story! I was a bit afraid, as I read it, what the ending would be, since the story is mainly about an unborn baby who is not expected to live. Because I am pregnant right now, I worried a little about how I would react to the end of the story—but I loved the way Alana handled it!

The Second Yes, by Amanda Tru, is also a good story. I didn’t like it as well as some of the others I’ve read by her, as it felt like it was written in a hurry, but it certainly kept my interest all the way through. The ending was different than I thought it would be at the beginning of the book. I found myself pretty upset with Rhonda Snow, and loving London—but I really liked the way the conflict was resolved at the end.

I received a free copy of this book from the authors, and these are my honest thoughts about it.

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