Never the Bride by Cheryl McKay and Rene Gutteridge

I saw the cover and synopsis of Never The Bride many months ago and instantly added it to my must-read list.  I was not disappointed.  As soon as I started the book I felt like a kindred spirit to Jessie.  Her life seems to be one humorous mishap after the other.  At work, at home, and especially in love.  She has dreamed of her proposal and her wedding for so long that she has journal upon journal full of them.  There are times in fact she feels like she is going crazy.  You see it seems that the God of the Universe is now talking to her, and even more she is seeing and interacting with Him.

All the craziness leads to a fantastic story about letting go.  Letting go of dreams and plans and letting God write the perfect story for you.

As a single girl, Never The Bride, struck a strong chord within my heart.  So many of my dreams and longings were Jessie’s.  And as I read the book I started changing my perspective too…and I longed for more.  From Him.  This book made me think and it made me laugh and it made me cry.

So if you are a single girl I recommend this book wholeheartedly….and if you are a married girl I think you too will see yourself in Jessie and enjoy her story too!

Never the Bride COVER ART.jpgAbout the Book:
Eleven Bridesmaid Dresses Don’t Lie

Since she was just a little girl, Jessie Stone dreamed up hundreds of marriage proposals, doodled the romantic ideas in her journal with her treasured purple pen, and fantasized about wedding dresses and falling in love. She’s been a bridesmaid nearly a dozen times, waved numerous couples off to sunny honeymoons, and shopped in more department stores for half-price fondue pots than she cares to remember.

But shopping for one key component of these countless proposals hasn’t been quite as productive–a future husband. The man she thought she would marry cheated on her. The crush she has on her best friend Blake is at very best…well, crushing. And speed dating has only churned out memorable horror stories.

So when God shows up one day, in the flesh, and becomes a walking, talking part of her life, Jessie is skeptical. What will it take to convince her that the Almighty has a better plan than one she’s already cooked up in her journals? Can she turn over her pen and trust someone else to craft a love story beyond her wildest dreams?

Cheryl McKay is the screenwriter for the award-winning film The Ultimate Gift. She also wrote an episode of Gigi: God’s Little Princess, based on the book by Sheila Walsh, and Taylor’s Wall, a drama about high-school violence. She’s been writing since the tender age of five when she penned her first play. Cheryl is originally from Boston, Massachusetts, and currently lives in Los Angeles.

Rene Gutteridge is a critically acclaimed comedy writer and novelist. She is the author of fifteen novels including the Boo series, My Life as a Doormat, the Occupational Hazards series, and the novelization of the motion picture The Ultimate Gift. She lives in Oklahoma with her family.

****A Giveaway****

I have one copy of Never The Bride to giveaway!  So just leave a comment on this post and I will select a winner using random.org on Thursday June 18th! (open to US and Canadian residents only.  I will close the comments and draw a winner at 11:59 on the 18th and notify the winner by email!)


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6 Responses to “Never the Bride by Cheryl McKay and Rene Gutteridge”


  1. 1 stampedwithgrace June 15, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Rene lives close to me, and she visited our book discussion group once. We loved her and her book!

    I’m excited to read her new book, please enter me :)

  2. 2 Chère June 15, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Did I write a book? :) Oh, wait, that’s not me. Seriously, this book sounds amazing. And considering I had 3 friends get engaged and 2 married in the last 2 weeks…whew. And another 2 weddings before June is out.
    Enter me please ;)

  3. 3 Karen June 18, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Oh, why not. Count me in!

  4. 4 Kara with a K June 18, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    One way or another I’m reading this book, but winning one would be nice! Enter me too!

  5. 5 Kristen June 18, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    I’m with Kara here. I’m either going to win it or buy it! I’m a huge Rene Gutteridge fan.

    Enter me, darling cupcake!

  6. 6 Brook June 18, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    Oh yeah! I wasn’t sure what time zone you’re in and thought I’d be too late. I love Rene Gutteridge’s books. Please enter me!


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