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Never the Bride

A Novel

Rene Gutteridge & Cheryl McKay

Category: Fiction

About Never the Bride

“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, author of the When GOD Winks books


Eleven Bridesmaid Dresses Don’t Lie

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 quite as productive–a future husband. The man she thought she would marry cheated on her.  The crush she has on her best friend Blake is at very best…well, crushing.  And speed dating has only churned out memorable horror stories.

So when God shows up one day, in the flesh, and becomes a walking, talking part of her life, Jessie is skeptical. What will it take to convince her that the Almighty has a better plan than one she’s already cooked up in her journals?  Can she turn over her pen and trust someone else to craft a love story beyond her wildest dreams?


Cheryl McKay
is the screenwriter for the award-winning film The Ultimate Gift. She also wrote an episode of Gigi: God’s Little Princess, based on the book by Sheila Walsh, and Taylor’s Wall, a drama about high-school violence. She’s been writing since the tender age of five when she penned her first play. Cheryl is originally from Boston, Massachusetts, and currently lives in Los Angeles.

Rene Gutteridge is a critically acclaimed comedy writer and novelist. She is the author of fifteen novels including the Boo series, My Life as a Doormat, the Occupational Hazards series, and the novelization of the motion picture The Ultimate Gift. She lives in Oklahoma with her family.

Praise

“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, author of the When GOD Winks books

About Rene Gutteridge

Rene Gutteridge is the author of Boo, Ghost Writer and Troubled Waters and has been published extensively as a playwright. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Oklahoma City University and is a full time writer.

About Cheryl McKay

Cheryl McKay wrote the screenplay for the award-winning film, The Ultimate Gift, starring James Garner, Abigail Breslin and Brian Dennehy. She co-authored Frank Peretti's Wild & Wacky Totally True Bible stories series, and the DVD for Sheila Walsh 's Gigi: God's Little Princess.

Product Details

320 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Jun 2, 2009

Trim Size: 5-3/16 x 8

Carton Quantity: 1

Sneak Peek

Thirty-something single Jessie accuses God of failing to set up her love story. He faces the charges—in person. But God won't write Jessie's romance until she surrenders her pen.

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By amy clark

Every since she was a little girl, Jessie Stone had fantasized hundreds of marriage proposals, doodled zillions of romantic ideas in a journal and dreamed of wedding dresses and falling in love. Being a bridesmaid nearly a dozen times, waving couples off to their honeymoons, and shopping in department stores for fondue pots are all things that constantly run back through her mind. But shopping for one key component of those proposals...

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By Nora St Laurent

â??"You donâ??t know me yet, so there is no reason you should care that Iâ??m stuck on a highway with a blowout. But maybe we can relate to each other.â? Donâ??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 didnâ??t expect, and I was pleasantly surprised! This book reminded me of the movie Evan Almighty. Evan realized that strange things were...

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By Melissa DeWalt

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...

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By Jenny Booher

This book review is for the novel "Never the Bride" by Cheryl Mckay & Rene Gutterridge. Hold onto your hats for this review because this is truly one of the most unique and amazing books that I have EVER read! This novel was a screenplay that was turned into a book. There will actually be a movie coming out next year for this which I am super excited to see!! Jessie Stone has spent her life writing into hundreds of journals her dream...

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By Megan Taylor

I've got a new favorite chick flick! Based on Cheryl McKay's screenplay, Rene Gutteridge turned it into a delightful book that had me laughing. When I saw that Kristin Billerbeck wrote a review on this book, I knew that I would like it. Based on real life and real pain and real emotions, readers can all relate to the setting of this book. Jessie Stone finds herself on the side of the road trying to change a tire. She becomes frustrated...

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