Like the other novels in the series, Love Everlasting takes place at the Madison Bridal School, a late 19th century finishing school for aspiring Seattle brides, run by three older women. This third installment was definitely my favorite of the three. Abrianna Cunningham has always seemed like the main character, even though the other books claimed other brides as being the main characters, so I was happy to find this book to be entirely about Abrianna.
When we left off in the previous novel Refining Fire, Seattle was recovering from a massive fire that all but destroyed downtown. Abrianna has had to take a break from her missions work of helping the poor and homeless of the city, Wade and Abrianna show their feelings for each other, and antagonist Priam Welby begins to develop a plan for gaining the affections of Abrianna.
Love Everlasting is mostly about the relationships between Wade and Abrianna and Priam Welby and Abrianna. The young fiery redhead is in love with Wade, her childhood friend turned beau, but Priam is used to getting what he wants and has his sights set on Abrianna. Wade can offer her love, but not much in the way of wealth. Priam can give her wealth, and societal recognition, but he is a harsh man who will stop at nothing to gain power.
Abrianna is faced with a choice, and may need to dance with the devil to find the life she has always dreamed of.
As I mentioned, I liked this book because it was finally all about Abrianna. She has clearly been the most influential character in the series. I also have a soft spot for the old ladies who run the Bridal School. The author does a good job of getting each character’s personality across.
I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way.