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The Goodbye Bride

(Summer Harbor #2)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  2,647 ratings  ·  386 reviews
She only remembers loving him. But he can’t forget the way she left.

Following a concussion, Lucy Lovett can’t remember the last seven months of her life. She doesn’t remember leaving her fiancé Zac Callahan weeks before their wedding or moving to Portland, Maine. And she sure doesn’t remember getting engaged to another man. All she remembers is loving Zac more than life it
Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 8th 2016 by Thomas Nelson
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*sigh* I really loved this one.

Isn't that cover gorgeous? Anyway, I was definitely excited to read Zac's story after finishing the first book (this can stand on it's own, btw) and find out what happen between him and his fiancé who had jilted him a week before their wedding. Fast forward about seven months when the book opens and Lucy is waking up with a head injury and no memories for the past seven months. She's still deeply in love with Zac and beyond confused when he is treating her so cold
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
Wow, this is one emotion-packed book! I really felt for both Lucy and Zac and the difficult situation they find themselves in. Zac's struggle to be there for Lucy despite his hurt and anger shows his character and strength. Lucy is hurt by his distance, and doesn't understand how she ended up rejecting him when she loves him so much. Zac's family is a bit protective of him even though they like Lucy, although she finds an ally in Beau's new wife Eden. There's a lot of heartache that Zac and Lucy ...more
Cara Putman
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
A delightful romance that left me longing for just a bit more. These characters are wonderful, and going back to Maine was a treat. The story of abandonment will resonate with too many readers -- but the message of hope that grows from it will be a balm to many.
CD {Boulder Blvd}
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
This one starts with a bang as our heroine, Lucy, comes to in the bathroom of a café feeling lost and confused. She calls the man who she thinks she is engaged to wanting him to rescue her. What she discovers is that time has passed and there is a gap of time that she has lost and doesn’t remember. This book takes us on her discovery of what she remembers, what her heart remembers and what it will take to find her dreams.

At first I thought, “Oh, no – not another amnesia story”. But what I discov
Apr 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
1.5 Stars. I thought about giving it 2 stars because the writing wasn't bad and I think a lot of people would like the story, but at the end of the day, I jut had soooo many issues with this book! Lucy was selfish and hypocritical and had no self awareness of it at all for much of the book. No one ever called her on it, either, which drove me crazy. It really rubbed me the wrong way that she never really took responsibility for what she did to Zac, just because she couldn't remember doing it. It ...more
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Well, this new book is part of the Summer Harbor series but it is definitely a stand-alone novel. This is the first time I had been able to read a book by this particular author and I was highly impressed with the beautiful and highly descriptive story that she has created.

Both of the characters were highly likeable and you are just pulled right into the story. The premise of the story is one that we see often but I really enjoyed the author’s twist on it. There was a lot of mystery that surroun
I loved the premise behind this one so much that I was very impatient to read it! It came through at 11pm on the 7th from my library, and I read until midnight. The next day, I was busy reading at stoplights, at lunch, and between lessons until I finished! I enjoyed both characters a great deal.

Gripes: a bit of cursing (one Lord, one Lord-a-mercy); the heroine stays in a room near the office of the hero's restaurant (it's plain 'nothing happens'...but honestly it was playing with fire on their p
after re-read:
I love this book
that is all

first time reading:

The Goodbye Bride is about Lucy Lovett and Zac Callahan. Lucy suddenly leaves a few weeks before her and Zac are supposed to get married. 7 months later, Zac is trying to move on with his life when he gets a call from Lucy not remembering anything that had happened in the last 7 months. As they try to figure out why she left and what happened Zac tries to decide whether or not to let Lucy back into his heart.

Oh my stars this book was so
Ririn Aziz
2.75 stars

A character-driven story, so it was to be expected that the pacing would be a slow one. Even though the plot was nice and intriguing enough, it was too slow for my liking that it makes me lose my concentration.
Nov 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
Sweet rom com. Love the cover.
Apr 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Such a charming story!💕 I loved both main characters & they had great chemistry.💗I love how easily DH’s writing transported me to their beachy Maine small town.
Stephanie R.
4 stars for the idea, minus 1 star for the gigantic plot hole that ruined the book, minus 1 star because main character is a clumsy Mary Sue

This book had an intriguing premise: a woman (Lucy) loses seven months of her memory and discovers that in that time, she left her first fiance (Zac), moved away, got engaged to a second fiance (Brad), and left him too. She only remembers loving Zac and doesn't remember why she left him or ever meeting anyone else. The book was well-written enough that I was
Well..... *deep breath*

Okay, I have to say... I think I enjoyed this book more than the first one (Falling Like Snowflakes), but only a little bit more. ;)

To be honest, I liked Zac more than Beau from the beginning so I was looking forward to reading his story almost as much as I've been looking forward to reading Riley's (who's still my favorite Callahan, by the way). It didn't disappoint. (At least, the storyline didn't disappoint, but more about that later).

I love stories like this where a co
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, contemporary
I always enjoy a Denise Hunter romance, so I was quite happy indeed when this one turned out to be a fun way to spend a few hours! She certainly knows how to write a swoony hero, doesn't she? :) Equal parts mystery (what with the amnesia) and romance (goodness did those two have chemistry), this story is a sweet addition to your library. You should definitely be adding it to your TBR shelf!

Lucy, herself, is pretty memorable. Considering she has no recollection of the last seven months, she has n
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Goodbye Bride by Denise Hunter – A Contemporary Romance about Finding Home and Forgiveness

On what should be the happiest day of her life, Lucy Lovett cannot remember a thing. She wakes in a strange place on the floor of a Portland restaurant confused about how she got there – in a wedding gown, no less! Her solution is to call Zac Callahan, the one man she does remember most vividly. But their wedding day isn’t for another several months, which means something she can’t remember has happened
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story! I really enjoy Denise Hunter’s books and The Goodbye Bride was no exception. The plot for this book was a great one to begin with, but the author did such an amazing job of carrying it off with little details that really brought the emotions of the characters to life for me.

Lucy Lovett was such a complex character and I felt such sadness for her. From the confusion and hurt she felt at waking up, to her new reality that didn’t include a relationship with the man she loved, to
 The Flipped Page (Susan K)
I received a copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Romance, Clean, some Christian elements.
I have not read the first book in this series, but will definitely look for it now! I have read some of D. H.'s other series, and have enjoyed them. This was definitely well-done, and left me wanting more in a good way.
Lucy and Zac's story, the gradual unfolding of the missing 7 months, along with their inner desires, and chemistry was lovely to read. The everyday occurrences, the town residents, t
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this story about a girl who hits her head, loses her memory, and consequently calls her ex-fiance thinking they were still in love. It was a unique take on the amnesia story line that I enjoyed. It was sad every time Zac rejected her but you understand where he's coming from. And he's a good man - he goes above and beyond what most ex-fiance's would do to help her. Lucy is so sweet and vulnerable. You'll root for her from the beginning. And when you finally find out why she left Zac in ...more
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
When you see there's a new Denise Hunter book out, you can't help but get a little bit excited! You also would like that you could spread it out and read and enjoy over time, but NO! These books are so awesome you just can't put them down! I was excited to read the next installment in the Summer Harbor, Maine series, telling the tale of the Callahan Brothers. This is what Denise does best (series writing), and the anticipation for the next one is high! With 'Falling Like Snowflakes' #1 in the se ...more
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Just when I think there's no way I could possibly like a new Denise Hunter book more than the last, she surprises me again. Honestly, when I heard that the next book in the Summer Harbor series would be about middle Callahan brother Zac, I was a bit disappointed. You see, Hunter did such an excellent job of building up the potential romance between youngest brother Riley and oldest brother Beau's former girlfriend Paige in Falling like Snowflakes that I just wanted to get to their story. I didn' ...more
100 Pages per Hour
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much! Lucy and Zac really had to work for their happily ever after and it made for such a special story!

I cannot even imagine having amnesia like Lucy did and forgetting seven months of my life! It is amazing how well Hunter made me connect with Lucy to the point that I felt confused along with her as she struggled to pick up the pieces after her head injury. I loved the unique story line this created.

Zac's feelings in this book were quite understandable. Poor guy was left
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This is a romance with mystery overtones, although there is no real baddie involved. The plot starts out with a mystery, but the plot resolution to that was less than satisfying. In fact, the book has about 100 pages of bloat. The whole "I love him, but he doesn't love me anymore" stick got really old, really fast. Throw in the amnesia cliché and this story just doesn't move fast enough to suit me. I prefer my characters a little more proactive in solving their problems and while I appreciate th ...more
Gretchen Scott
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*sigh* This book was really amazing.

This cover is absolutely gorgeous. Anyway, I was definitely excited to read Zac's story after finishing the first book and find out what happen between him and his fiancé who left him a week before their wedding. I really loved Lucy and Zac, they had great chemistry and the added tension of their past and everything that was going on really added another fun level to their relationship. I liked how things progressed, how they really had to work things out and
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My favorite Denise Hunter novel since Dancing with Fireflies! Zac and Lucy's reunion-romance had me riveted, breathlessly turning the pages to see how it would all turn out. Of course, being a romance, it all turned out predictably well, but what a fun ride! I particularly found myself appreciating and relating to Lucy's fears, and she and Zac definitely earn their HEA. Full review will be posted on Fiction 411's BookTalk website closer to the publication date! ...more
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, 2016-reads
Review originally posted here; https://athoughtreflected.wordpress.c...

When I first learned about the latest from Denise Hunter, The Goodbye Bride, I was instantly fascinated and I couldn't wait to read it. Plus, there was no way I could pass up a book with such a stunning cover! ;)

I'll have to admit this book kept me completely engrossed. And that's not an exaggeration. From the first chapter to the very last, I could hardly drag myself away from reading (even for the sake of sleep). It was fun
Mar 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
my rating is 3.5-4 stars, yeah it's one of those ratings where I want to be fair but I wasn't really into the book like I thought I would be.....

I won this book from Hunter's facebook page and I'm so grateful for that. The story starts out really well and had me intrigued, the writing was well done as always. Yet as the plot moves on, I just couldn't get into it. I love Hunter's books, but for some reason this one just isnt my favorite. I really enjoyed the Callahan family, the brothers are so c
Susan Snodgrass
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Denise Hunter hits another home run with her second book in the Summer Harbor series. Her brothers Callahan tales are top notch. This book is Zac Callahan's story, along with Lucy Lovette. Seven months ago Lucy ran off and left Zac right before their wedding. Now, dressed in a bridal gown, she calls him to come help her, having no idea where she is or why. Zac rushes to her aid, of course, because he is a nice guy. But will his heart take this? Especially since Lucy thinks they're still getting ...more
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
This is the second book in the A Summer Harbor Novel series. Even if you don't read the first book you can still read this one and not miss too much. The first book is great and I think you should read it as well, but if by chance you just pick this one up you can read it and enjoy it fully.

Lucy is a fun character to read. Bubbly, clumsy, and full of fun and life. And yet she carries hurts that cause huge problems in her life. Zac is an intense guy. He is the counter to Lucy and they make a grea
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Denise Hunter has such an amazing way of creating the most perfect characters. It was so fun to reconnect with the characters I love and meet a few new ones as well. This is a beautiful story of losing and learning to love again. This story is a perfect example of God's ability to use any situation to get the outcome he wants. Loved, loved, loved this book. Put it on your reading list. *I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.* ...more
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Denise Hunter is the award-winning author of 40 novels, three of which have been adapted into Hallmark movies.

Denise writes heartwarming, small-town romances, peopled with layered characters who have real-life issues. Her readers enjoy the vicarious thrill of falling in love and the promise of a happily-ever-after sigh as they savor the final pages of her books.

In 1996, Denise began her first nov

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