The surest way to ruin a relationship is to marry the man you love, that's what Vanella Morris believes. So when Alton, her longtime boyfriend and the love of her life, proposes, Vanella is faced with a dilemma: Unable to convince Alton to skip the vows and just live together, does she walk away from happiness because of her fears, or ignore her commitment concerns and risk the possibility of marital hell on earth?
This was a charming book. It took off fairly slow. After I read review here it took me two days to get through the first 80 pages. By chapter 8, the novel had sprouted legs and took off to a full sprint. After that, it took me 3 solid hours to finish reading the rest of the novel. The main character, Vanella Morris, often seemed irrational to me. At times I wanted to thump her upside the head. I found myself sighing out loud, thinking you can't be that naive and immature. Vanella had been with her boyfriend for several years and then he proposes but she's too scared to accept because they might get a divorce? Ummm...you're not married yet and you're afraid of divorcing? So she'd rather not get married and risk losing the man of her life to avoid getting divorced. Breaking up is essentially getting a divorce without legalities. It seemed pointless. And Alton, her lovable boyfriend, was too perfect. I don't remember him having one single flaw.
I didn't quite understand the relationship between Vanella's parents. They were a disjointed family because of some family secrets. But instead of dealing with them, the husband instead carries contempt for his wife and the wife tries to appease him. Then when the secret is reveal, the characters initial traits and personalities rapidly change, it was like watching two drastically different characters. The abrupt transformation was not to my liking.
This was a delightful read, not as engrossing as I prefer. But it did pique my interest once it started moving along. The ending was especially gratifying and I could feel myself smiling. I would recommend this book. I give it 4.5