by Alice Wootson
Dream Wedding is a sweet love story.
Melissa Miranda Harrison (Missy) is heading home to South Carolina. Before her layoff Missy taught in the Philadelphia school system where she had remained after attending college on a scholarship. Now after five years she is returning to home to marry Walter Wilson, the small town's successful real estate agent. As a young girl Missy had said "When I get married, I want everything to be perfect. I only expect to do it once, so it has to be perfect; my dream wedding." She had always thought that she would be planning her wedding with her high school sweetheart Jimmy T, but that romance ended years ago. She can live a perfectly good life, if not a passionate one, with Walter.
Fate has a way of showing its hand when least expected. When Missy's car breaks down just inside of town it's Jimmy T who arrives with his tow truck. Jimmy has accomplished everything he set out to do. He has built the house he lives in on the property his grandfather left him. He owns a service garage and is a respected businessman in town. The only thing missing from his life is Missy. He has never stopped loving her. Upon seeing Jimmy T again, Missy's old feelings for him resurface and her wedding plans quickly fall apart as she admits to herself that she can't spend the rest of her life with Walter (and his mother).
It took me a while to get into the story because of the flow of the words in this novel. However, I was left with the feeling that Alice Wootson has a sincere knack for writing about love in it's purest form.