Country music star Bradley Suttons is all set to marry his Hollywood actress girlfriend. There’s just one thing: he’s forgotten he’s already married. When he was thirteen years old, he and his childhood best friend, Sarah Standor, held a makeshift wedding ceremony in his barn. Their promise? To always be there for one another. Their vows? Not exactly legally binding. When Bradley visits the small town where he grew up, he finds Sarah running a ranch for rescue horses…and he finally finds his inspiration again, writing new music from the heart. Even as Sarah helps him prepare for his upcoming country wedding, they both begin to wonder if their past holds the key to their future.
Oh, Hallmark Channel, how you make me so delightfully happy with these super sweet romances!
Bradley Suttons has finally made it as a Nashville star. After ten long years of trying, working, and singing his heart out, he is at the top and has achieved every dream he ever thought possible. What’s more, he’s engaged to Hollywood’s hottest actress and their impending nuptials are just what they have both always wanted, a quiet, private event away from the glitz and glamour of their everyday lives. But, before the big day Bradley needs to make a trip back home to tie up some loose ends.
Back home is Mill Town, Texas where Bradley has both the best and worst memories of his life. Bradley lived next door to his best friend, Sarah on a matching ranch, and until the moment his parents died, Bradley couldn’t imagine living anywhere else in the world. Coming home isn’t the easiest thing Bradley has ever done, but within a day or two, he begins to remember just why he loved his hometown so much. The calm, the quiet, the land, the people, everything he lacks in his new ultra-famous life and world can be found in Mill Town. What’s more, Sarah still lives next door and she has grown into a beautiful woman. She is kind, intelligent, caring, and so very glad to see her old friend back in town.
Sarah is beyond pleased to have Bradley living right next door once again. With each passing day, Bradley seems to relax a bit more and before long, he is coming over to Sarah’s every day to catch up and help her around the ranch. Sarah’s life’s work involves caring for abandoned and sick animals, especially horses and Bradley enjoys being around her brood. The trouble is, most of Sarah’s charges are abandoned which means their previous owners aren’t exactly paying the bills for their care. Though she is immensely happy with Bradley and his help around the ranch, Sarah is in dire financial trouble and at risk of losing everything she holds dear. She isn’t looking to impose on her friend or ask for his financial assistance, so Sarah keeps her woes to herself and simply enjoys the limited time she has with Bradley.
And then, Bradley has an idea . . . .
Bradley is certain he and his fiancée won’t find a place any better suited to their wedding wishes than Sarah’s barn and so, the planning begins. With Sarah’s help and not a lot of time until the wedding date, Bradley begins to pull together the single most romantic wedding any girl could ever hope to have. Trouble is, Bradley’s fiancé isn’t just any girl, and as the plans begin to take shape, Bradley and Sarah both realize, Bradley just may be marrying the wrong girl.
The Bottom Line: From start to finish, this sweet romance kept me turning the pages. Sarah is an immensely likeable character and once Bradley pulls his head out, he is such a wonderful man. What I enjoyed most about this read is the journey Bradley must take to truly find himself and what he wants from his life. Bradley’s journey involves facing his past, the loss of his parents, and how he must absolutely trust the people around him and close to him to be happy. What Bradley discovers is that life isn’t about fame and fortune, but about truth, loyalty, and love. With Sarah by his side, Bradley gets back to his roots and finds the greatest success of his life.