Title: The Bride Wore Starlight
Series: Seven Brides for Seven Cowboys, Book 3
Author: Lizbeth Selvig
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Release Date: February 9, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
ARC Received From: Edelweiss
Reviewed For: Tasty Book Tours
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Once comfortable on stage in front of thousands, Joely Crockett is now mortified at the thought of walking—or rolling—down the aisle at her sisters’ wedding. Scarred and wheelchair-bound, the former beauty queen has lost more than the ability to walk—she’s lost her fire. But when one handsome, arrogant guest accuses her of milking her injuries and ignites her ire, Joely finally starts to feel truly alive again, and soon it’s impossible for her to resist her heart’s desire.
Alec Morrissey knows a little something about loss. A famous rodeo cowboy before he was injured in Iraq, he’s managed to create something of a normal life, even if it’s not the one he always imagined. Encountering stunning but damaged Joely, he sees a kindred spirit who can learn from his mistakes.
As these two healing souls begin to fall in love under the Wyoming stars, they must discover if they are willing to give in to the tragedies of life or fight for a future together.
Joely's a shell of her former self. Self-conscious, afraid, unwilling, and uncertain. She was never these things before the accident. The uncharted waters of life she faced now magnified what she saw as flaws, faults, inadequacies.
But Alec, who'd been there and done that, knew those uncharted waters could be an incredible new beginning for her. It's why he challenged her, pushed her into them. He knew how hard it was to start again because he had to already. In Joely, he saw a mirror image of who he'd once been and knew she was stronger than she made herself out to be.
I really loved this story. Ms. Selvig showed through this story what moving forward, growing past your circumstances, accepting the new you looks like. Joely's character was, admittedly, hard for me to like at first. The bitterness and anger she feels made it hard for me to empathize with her. But, thankfully, she grew and changed. The woman she became because of Alec was so different and so much more likeable that I hoped she never reverted to her old self again.
Fiction can mirror real life and this story does just that. Ms. Selvig did an amazing job bringing two characters together who lean on each other as they grow. Their romance is beautiful to see and experience, but their growth was even more so. This was the perfect story for me right now. Life's hectic and I'm getting ready for something I never thought I'd ever do again. But, like Joely, I hope to learn to love and enjoy the newness these uncharted waters brings.
Who knows. Like Joely, I might just end up with more than I ever dreamed possible.
Lizbeth Selvig lives in Minnesota with her best friend (aka her husband), and a gray Arabian gelding. After working as a newspaper journalist and magazine editor, and raising an equine veterinarian daughter and a talented musician son, she won RWA’s prestigious Golden Heart® Contest in 2010 with her contemporary romance The Rancher and the Rock Star. In her spare time, she loves to hike, quilt, read, horseback ride, and spend time with her new granddaughter. She also has four-legged grandchildren—more than twenty—including a wallaby, two alpacas, a donkey, a pig, a sugar glider, and many dogs, cats, and horses (pics of all appear on her website www.lizbethselvig.com). She loves connecting with readers—contact her any time!