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The Perfect Arrangement: An October Wedding Story

(A Year of Weddings 2 #11)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  274 ratings  ·  67 reviews
Meet the people who make it all happen—the planners, the photographers, the musicians who have helped orchestrate the perfect day for countless couples—as they find their own happy endings in the second Year of Weddings novella collection.

Meeting Nick was truly an accident—but Amelia finds that he’s one of the few people she can count on.

Amelia Woods is a small-town wallfl
Kindle Edition, 112 pages
Published September 29th 2015 by Zondervan
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A truly fun, quirky little tale, mainly told in first-person by the heroine—which really set this one apart from other romantic novellas and gave an enjoyable change. The emails she sends and receives were a fun addition, and I really loved the classic movie subject lines!

Not quite five stars because I did find it predictable (for instance, I guessed George's story arc from the moment he appeared) and the end was a titch hurried. Also, there's one instance of an ejaculation of "holy —" which alw
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is definitely one of the best novellas I've read it a long while! So endearing and sweet. Amelia is a great character, and I connected to her right away.

I admit that The Perfect Arrangement was the story I was most eager to read, simple because I am always eager to read anything that Katie Ganshert writes. I was expecting a charming story, but this one truly blew me away. Amelia Mason is a bit quirky and a very relatable character. I’m a big fan of epistolary style narratives, so I love how
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
My favorite thing about this novella is the letters Amelia and Nick exchange online- they are full of honesty, quirkiness and a love for classic films. The cuteness totally reminded me of the movie You've Got Mail (except they are not enemies in real life) and they even reference The Shop Around the Corner which it's based on. Amelia is the perfect balance of hot mess and capable businesswoman- completely lovable. The fact that she runs a flower shop is absolutely perfect- it's one of my future ...more
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Katie Ganshert has done it again! Like her novella in the first Year of Weddings collection, I loved the story! The characters were great, I loved the emails, and I also thought the ending was lovely. ;)

While not everything was 100% resolved by the end of the story, none of that bothered me (because they weren't major things) and there really wasn't anything about this novella I didn't like. A great read and I recommend The Perfect Arrangement for contemporary romance fans.

*Disclosure of Materi
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.60 stars - pg

Loved it!! Cute. Sweet. Funny. Romantic. You should definitely read it! (Where do I find a Nate Gallagher who will send me such swoon-worthy emails?!)

""It's time to get in the game already. Enough watching. Start experiencing!"" (Advice given to Amelia by her best friend.)

"And holy cow, he smelled good." (As Heidi said in her review, Amelia is a hot mess!! --- You gotta love a girl who puts on a hat and sunglasses and goes on a drive-by-the-church-spying mission when her former b
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really liked this one! The guy seemed a little too good to be true, but hey, how can I complain about a happy romance.
On to the next!
Caitlyn Santi
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing

5 Stars!
I am a HUGE fan of Katie Ganshert, I have read and adored all of contemporary romance/women's fiction books! So obviously as soon as I knew this novella was happening, I knew I simply HAD to read it!!! I was most definitely not disappointed, this was such an awesome story! I loved both the main characters, Amelia and Nate were just so great (And no, I didn't intend for that to rhyme!) They were both flawed characters that didn't have perfect lives but they were determined not to dwell on
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I really enjoyed this Year of Weddings novella. The fun quirkiness of how Amelia and Nick meet is carried on throughout the book. Especially with their ongoing conversations through emails. I liked the use of emails vs texting because it gave them room for actually conversing. I love the fact that Amelia owns a flower shop (simply because I love flowers!). A great little novella with a sweet romance.

*Thanks to BookLook Blogg
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So cute! One of my favorite stories in the Year of Weddings collection! Loved the e-mails, characters, and ending. Recommend!
Apr 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: year-of-weddings
A modern day Cinderella story.

Amelia doesn't want to deal with love right now. She wants to stalk her ex-boyfriend's wedding. But a chance encounter slams (literally) her right into prince charming. But instead of leaving behind a glass slipper, Amelia leaves behind her email address and dashes off. I mean, who wants to be caught stalking their ex's wedding?

Together, the two share correspondence together and may just find love in the most peculiar of places.

This one I didn't enjoy so much as the
Jen. (JenGalaxy4 Christian Book Reviews)
A first person point of view and email exchanges?!?! Sign me up! This was my first time reading anything by Katie Ganshert and I loved this story! This novella had a perfect reading pace and I loved every minute of it! Excellent story!!

Full review:

Andrea Boyd
Apr 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
For some reason, the hero's voice in my head had a British accent. I loved this story. ...more
Hallie Szott
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This review is also posted on Book by Book.

As expected, Katie Ganshert delivers a delightful bit of romance in “The Perfect Arrangement,” a novella full of flowers, classic movie references and charming email banter. When Amelia literally runs into Nick (with her car, by accident), their chance meeting begins an unexpected but very fun exchange of emails. Naturally, their friendship doesn’t develop without its fair share of complications, but I really enjoyed getting to know Amelia, with her shy
Grace Tolman
This was a cute novella. I really liked the references to old movies, fairy tale and the connection to the flower shop. They all spell out sweetness and romantic to me. I also liked the "pen pal" type of love story for the two main characters but instead of letters they were emailing each other. Very 21st century!
Despite that, I thought Amelia and Nate's story had some loopholes that were never really cleared. For starters, how come the answer about why Nate's email address has a 24 in it was n
I loved this one! The humor, the email conversations, and of course the characters, all made it a wonderful read. I would love to read more of Amelia and Nate.
If you enjoy the movie You've Got Mail then you'll enjoy this book! Really cute and a great "meet cute"! Full review to come.

Content: Clean
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've never hear of this series and I'm happy to have stumbled upon it. This short story was cute, but I loved it because Amelia was a florist. I had no idea what this book was about when I started it but I am a florist too so this was perfect for me. The author did a fantastic job of describing a flower shop, like spot on! The references to clean flowers (thorns removed), not liking to work with baby's breath, and working with brides that require more attention but aren't bridezillas made me won ...more
Katie W
This story had YOU'VE GOT MAIL vibes and I adored the way Nate and Amelia connected through email, using classic movie titles as their subject lines. Their meet cute was a literal bang and their connections were a bit messy and twisted, but that's what added a delightful element to their instant attraction.

Content: mild romance; mild religion
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review, favorites
As part of my mental exercise of expanding my reading palate, apparently part of my unspoken 2015 goal is to read more novellas. It seems like the past two months alone have involved paging through novellas, all of which have been amazing reads. My latest find is from the pen of Katie Ganshert and as per usual is one of the sweetest little stories I’ve yet to read. The story is simple: A young woman, Amelia meets Nate thanks to a serendipitous case of happenstance. Through a series of flubs, the ...more
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This novella was just downright fun! Told in first person, the reader sees the world through Amelia’s eyes. I really liked Amelia and was amused by the situation she found herself in. But, what I loved about this novella was reading the emails that sailed back and forth between Amelia and Nate. Even though I couldn’t read Nate’s thoughts the way I could Amelia’s, I had an idea about the way he felt.

I also LOVED all of the old movie references. I am a huge fan of classic movies and the way the au
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Amelia is a florist who now owns her mother's flower shop. Trying to escape an awkward situation she accidentally bumps her car into another car. Eager to escape, she quickly exchanges business cards with a man named Nate and rushes off. She emails him and they settle the car issue. But when she sees her brother's fiance in an unusual setting she emails her best friend for advice. But the email goes to Nate and an email friendship begins. Amelia is cautious and a scared of letting anyone get too ...more
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing

What a fun story!

It reminds me of a favorite movie, when two people meet in a chat room and begin emailing one another. After watching the movie, I tried this a few times, but the people I met didn’t want a “pen pal” – so while I still enjoyed watching the movie, I stopped looking for pen pals.

Amelia and Nate actually meet in person; the first time, of course, is when Amelia bumps into his car. Since she’s trying to get away quickly, she gives him her business card and asks him to contact her. A
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Perfect Arrangement Sept 29 is my favorite novella this year! Amelia is adorable. She owns a flower shop that used to belong to her mom in a small town where everyone knows everyone’s business. She is spying on her ex-boyfriend’s wedding when she rear ends a car that belongs to Nate. He appears to be a guest at the wedding. This is the catalyst for Amelia and Nate to communicate online. It reminded me of You’ve Got Mail or Goodnight Tweetheart. Their online communication was delightful.

I un
To me, this story was way too short! It reminded me a lot of You've Got Mail, and it had such interesting characters in it, including the secondary ones! It made me cry towards the end, so I knew I was really invested in the story and characters. Though it says it is Christian Fiction, it is not preachy or overt with the faith parts, so I feel perfectly comfortable recommending it to any romance fan. ...more
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this one. From their meet cute, to their fun email exchanges, to the ending...and everything in between...this was a perfect romantic escape. For a novella, it didn't feel too rushed or lacking, and I loved that it was in the same town, with mention of characters from her other Year of Weddings novella (but definitely a standalone).

So do yourself a favor and grab this one...I know you'll enjoy reading Amelia and Nate's story!

Content: clean.
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
So I actually listened to the audiobook of this and found it simply honest and charming. The pacing was slow and purposeful without feeling rushed as some novellas, a kind of twist to the You've Got Mail idea. Such a sweet story about finding love and taking a chance on it. ...more
Cara Putman
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sweet story

This is a sweet novella that left me wishing for more pages with these characters. It was a fun, delightful read.
May 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this one. I loved the romance and Nate and Amelia. I also really liked George.
Renee Martin
Katie Ganshert writes the best love stories!
Rachel Marie
Jan 03, 2019 rated it liked it
I loved this one. It was fun and cute. I am more than ready for fall to come, and this one perfectly sets the tone for fall. I love stories set in flower shops (almost as much as bakeries) and so this was just perfect.

Amelia owns a flower shop in a quaint little town. She's quite happy with her life, until she rear-ends a guy... while spying on her ex's wedding. She quickly flees the scene, but this starts up an email exchange with the guy, who is cute and fun and just great to talk to. But she
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Katie (K.E.) Ganshert was born and raised in the exciting state of Iowa, where she currently resides with her family. She likes to write things and consume large quantities of coffee and chocolate while she writes all the things. She’s won some awards. For the writing, not the consuming. Although the latter would be fun. You can learn more about K.E. Ganshert and these things she writes at her web ...more

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