Never the Bride is one of the most entertaining books I have read in awhile. Jessie’s desperation to find a husband landed her in such disastrous predicaments that I wanted to tell her several times “Jessie, don’t do that!”

The whole concept of God showing up to help Jessie with her love life was unique. Jessie reminded me of Abraham a little – she would grasp just a little of what God was trying to show her then would run off half-cocked trying to make it happen. The girl definitely had a control problem.

Anyway, despite being extremely funny and entertaining and obviously a “what if” kind of story, Never the Bride has plenty of life lessons tucked here and there. I am looking forward to the movie. If you like a good romantic comedy, run – don’t walk and get your very own copy of  Never the Bride.


ntbJessie Stone has spent thirty-five years fantasizing about marriage proposals, wedding dresses, and falling in love.  She’s been a bridesmaid eleven times, waved dozens of couples off to sunny honeymoons, and shopped in more department stores for half-price fondue pots than she cares to remember.

But shopping in the love-of-her-life department hasn’t been quite as productive.  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 God has a better love story than one of the thousands she’s cooked up in her journals?  Will she trust Him with her pen when it appears her dreams of being the bride are forever lost?

A romantic comedy with a spiritual twist, Never the Bride is what it means to lose control—and getting more than any woman could ever imagine.


McKay_GutteridgeCheryl McKay is the co-author (with Frank Peretti) of the Wild and Wacky, Totally True Bible Stories series, which has sold nearly 200,000 copies, and the screenwriter of the award-winning film The Ultimate Gift. Rene Gutteridge has published thirteen novels including Ghost Writer, My Life as a Doormat, the Boo Series, the Occupational Hazards Series, and the Storm Series. Together, McKay and Gutteridge are the authors of The Ultimate Gift, a novelization based on the feature film and popular book by the same title.