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Never the Bride

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  604 ratings  ·  116 reviews
“What girl can’t identify with Never the Bride? This is a fabulously funny novel with deep truths embedded in its pages.” –Kristin Billerbeck, author of What a Girl Wants

“I admire writers who employ words to paint touchable pictures, likable characters, introducing us to instant friends who lead us to unexpected endings. That’s why I love Never The Bride.” –SQuire Rushnell
ebook, 201 pages
Published June 2nd 2009 by WaterBrook Press (first published 2009)
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Never the bride was a Christmas gift to me from my eldest sister. I come from a huge family and nearly all of my sisters are married, except me. I started reading this book today, while dealing with some drama with a boy friend. Half way through today, he broke up with me, half way through this book I realized what God wants from me. Never have I read a book that struck home. I was in tears for most of the book, because I relate so much to Jessie. This line from the book struck home for me. " yo ...more
Jane Maritz
I have to be honest here. A chapter or so into the book, I was rather disappointed. It was like a shallow chick-lit; all about trying to find a guy. Nothing wrong with chick-lit when I'm in the mood for it, but I was expecting something a little more substantial.

Well, that all changed when God suddenly showed up in the storyline. Literally. And He wasn't who I expected. And that made me think. (Not necessarily agree, but think.) And suddenly all the witty romantic dialogue wasn't so shallow any
I loved this book, I read it in one afternoon I loved it so much.

I really wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the premise. A 30 something woman who can’t fall in love embarks on a romance with God – in the flesh – here on earth!

Could the authors pull it off??

Oh. Yeah.

This book is fantastic! So good in fact I want to read it over and over. What I loved so much is the authors never put words in God’s mouth. All the examples of what God did in the story can be found in scripture as relating to t
Clockstein Lockstein
Never the Bride by Cheryl McKay and Rene Gutteridge is a charming novel of romance and faith. Jessie Stone has always lived by the rules; her friends can set their watches by her punctuality, and she's almost OCD in her need for order and control. She's lived all of her 34 years waiting for Mr. Right to sweep her off her feet, filling 109 journals with dreams of the perfect marriage proposal and wedding. Speed dating and online match services aren't working, but when God literally steps in and o ...more
Nora St Laurent
“You don’t know me yet, so there is no reason you should care that I’m stuck on a highway with a blowout. But maybe we can relate to each other.” Don’t you just love these first lines of the book? They totally made me want to know what happened next. This story definitely went in a direction I didn’t expect, and I was pleasantly surprised!

This book reminded me of the movie Evan Almighty. Evan realized that strange things were happening in his life. They really got weird when he met God. Then God
Really 2.5 stars

I admit I expected this book to be in the same line like Joan Brady´s "God on a Harley" but I was wrong. The main character of this book, Jessie Stone, was a role model for a TSTL-heroine, pathetic and continuously complaining about her fate not to be married. Her main goal in life was to have a family and someone who loves her - what is per se a valid goal for (almost) everyone. This plot alone to find Mr. Right could fill a book and the author had the nice idea to add God into
This book was one of the most pleasant surprises I've had in awhile. I would call it chick lit with depth. Just Saturday I posted reviews of some of my favorite non-fiction authors, Eric and Leslie Ludy, and their book "When God Writes Your Love Story" was one of them. This book is such a compliment to the concepts the Ludys talk about. I loved watching the way it might play out if you actually gave God the pen to your life and let Him write your love story. Only in a very humorous fashion. Not ...more
Lydia Thomas
I always preface romance novel reviews by saying this: I am not a huge fan of the romance genre on the whole. BUT I was pleasantly surprised by Cheryl McKay and Rene Gutteridge's 'Never the Bride.'

Jessie Stone and her struggles are wholly relatable. As a reader, I struggled with her as she learned to trust God, and sometimes failed; as she fell for all of the wrong guys, convinced they were God's will for her; as she searches for not only the right mate, but the right job. The ending was both a
This book was amazing. I would love to have this book on my shelf at home. The book talks about how this girl stopped believing in God and she is on the hunt for a husband. She has never been married, but has always been the bridesmaid and she is lonely. She is trying everything possible to be a wife and to find a husband. It goes through how God wants our everything. God knows what he has planned for us and he will bring a guy into our life when it is meant to be. We can't rush God's plan!
Robin Patchen
Amusing and sometimes laugh out loud funny, Never the Bride is more than just a comedy. What really got me about this book was the way the authors depicted God--as a suitor. Handsome, kind, often mysterious, always polite, and filled with love. Even now, a week after I finished it, I think about that. I highly recommend this book.
How did I end up with THIS book?? I read the back... the chick's been a bridesmaid a bunch of times and can't find Mr. Right... sounded up my alley.

Then God showed up. In the form of a hot guy.

Holy Hell.
I love this book, I bought it last year when alot of my friends were getting engaged and married, but never had time to read it. When I finally set down to read the book; I finished it in a few hours.
Interesting (though controversial) premise, and I have no doubt there will be those who welcome the approach. I, however, cannot suspend disbelief to this degree.
Julie Gazca
May 23, 2014 Julie Gazca rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Every single woman!
Recommended to Julie by: Delia and Karen
Shelves: favorites
MY FAVORITE BOOK EVER! Reminds me that God can write my love story better than I can! God is in control of the purple pen!
When God appears in the form of a hot guy it is time to run away.
Jessie Stone is 35, unmarried, and beginning to despair of ever finding the man for her. She has spent her entire life planning her wedding, dreaming of the perfect proposal, and journaling about her perfect man. But one day God shows up in the flesh, looking like a human being. That is, He appears to Jessie. No one else can see Him, which makes for some very awkward situations when He is around. Jessie and I are the same age, and even though I have been married for seven years, I felt much of ...more
Cheryl Olson
I know you don’t know me, but I’ll admit it –I’m a drama queen. Hopefully, I am not a drama queen in the negative sort or connotation that this label elicits, but in the very fact that I’m in charge of the drama program at my church. Why do I tell you this? It’s because of the advice that my pastor always gives me- he says, “Please pick the comedy skits, because you get to people’s hearts through the back door with them, not hitting them over the head with the heavy stuff, it just sort of gently ...more
Goodreads writes:

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
Never the Bride was a different sort of book. Jessie Stone is 35 and wants to be married. We start the book by joining her at a speed dating session. Speed dating in this book involved speaking to a member of the opposite sex for 8 minutes before moving on to the next one. At the end of the night, each left contact info with the manager, along with the names of the people they wanted to get to know better. None of the guys picked her.

Jessie is a control freak and is stuck in a job she hates. Sh
So I randomly picked this book up from my local library expecting something totally different judging by the cover. This book actually surprised me in a good way though. If you are not a "spiritual" or religious person however, you may not like it.

In this book you meet Jessie. Some things to about Jessie: 1) She's allergic to chocolate (but she eats it anyway even though her face gets puffy because it swells up! It cracked me up though how she kept bags of M&M's in her desk drawer and would
Mary Ann
Never the Bride is the story of Jessie Stone. Since she was a little girl, Jessie has dreamed of her wedding day. Not just the wedding, but the proposal as well. And not just 'the' proposal... but hundreds!

Yes, with her purple feather pen in hand, Jessie has spent most of her life planning that special day with that special guy. She has her story all written out... she just needs the man that fits into it. At 35, every man she meets is a prospect. She's wondering if this special guy will ever co
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Whenever you read a book you go into it with preconceived ideas. Always. Whether it be from the cover, the blurb, a review or your own experiences, you always have some sort of expectation. It's great when those expectations are met and it's disappointing when they're not.

Never the Bride is a fun novel, no doubt about it. It is laugh out loud funny in places. The premise is actually thought-provoking, rather than simply being light and fluffy. Jessie Stone has always wanted to be married, but to
Sep 06, 2009 Margaret rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romantics
Recommended to Margaret by: FIRST
Fabulously fun read and eye opening for some introspective. When I first picked up this book I was thinking of the film "27 Dresses" then as I started to read I was thinking of "My Best Friend's Wedding". As far as entertainment this book is up there with those films if not even more enjoyable. What would you do if God started appearing to just you to tell you to let Him write 'your' love story? That is what Jessie has to decide and it is quite the emotional adventure watching what she will end ...more
Ok, did not see that one coming. I picked up this book off a shelf in the library and did not realize it was Christian lit. Wow, not what I expected. I liked the idea of the book and the dialogue was good, I even liked the appearance of God. However when it got into what God has planned for her, it was just too preachy. Should be a warning label on the book.

This was nothing what I expected and absolutely a delight to read! This book reminded me in some ways like Bridget Jones Diary. (Only a lot cleaner). It was very funny to read. I absolutely love the way the author told the story. The voice of the main character was absolutely perfect; I felt as though I was listen to a story told by one of my best friends.
I wasn't sure what to think about having God as a main character in this story. In past experiences, the stories that feature God as a charact
Stacie  M. Ritchie
This fiction book was a different pace for me. It seemed to be in the realm of chick lit. Jessie Stone has always wanted to be married in her thirties craved a home and husband. She attributed that craving to her parents. God shows up to show her way to her soul mate, and with much drama she quits her long-time dead end job and starts a new business. With an ex-boyfriend, her male friend, and everything there is much high jinks. This book was very shallow, because this woman couldn’t find hersel ...more
Jill Kemerer
The second I opened NTB and saw it was written in first person, present tense, I thought, uh-oh. It's so tricky to pull off well. But by the second paragragh, I was completely in! What a fantastic book. Although I have it listed as a romance, technically, it isn't. It's Jessie's journey to romance, and is it ever good.

The strong religious theme (hello, God shows up!) clinched the 5-stars. Never preachy, always cutting deep to the point, I could relate to everything in this book; I think we all
This was a wonderful love story with amazing depth. It demonstrates God's love for us even when we don't want it. It demonstrates how easy it is to choose the wrong person because of our impatience. I felt like dancing.
Interesting premise - God as a cute guy visible only to the girl obsessed with finding a husband. It was less cheesy than it started out, and it definitely made me think about my beliefs about what God wants for us.
While Never the Bride is a romance, it is not your typical love story. How many times does God talk to a woman that's been a bridesmaid eleven times and offer to write her love story for her? And not just talk to her, but appear to her as just an ordinary guy not a gray bearded old man.
Mixed in with the romance and humor is an important message of following God's will in our lives. Jessie has been looking for the perfect man for many years (she turns 35 during the course of the story) but won't
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Rene Gutteridge is the award-winning and best-selling author of more than eighteen novels, including the beloved Boo Series and Heart of the Country, her novelization release with director John Ward and Tyndale House Publishers. Her recent suspense titles include Listen, Possession and the award-winning Seven Hours project Escapement. She's been published by Bethany House, Tyndale House, WaterBroo ...more
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