Picture Perfect Love by Melissa McClone

Don’t miss Melissa McClone’s story of second chances in love and forgiveness in Picture Perfect Love. After Ashton’s world is turned upside down, he realizes he must ask Jenna’s forgiveness—but can he risk his heart a second time? Even if Jenna can forgive him, dare he hope for a second chance at her love?


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Picture Perfect Love (Zondervan, May 2015)

When image becomes everything, it’s up to love to refocus the heart.

Photographer Jenna Harrison wants every bride and groom to look picture perfect on their special day, putting her heart into every wedding to give the couple memorable images of their love. But her own heart is still broken, the unworn wedding dress hanging in her closet a reminder that relationships aren’t always as perfect as they look through her camera lens. But Jenna has faith that she will find true love. Until then, she must be patient and trust in God’s plan and His perfect timing.

Attorney Ashton Vance is the one that got away. When an embarrassing Photoshopped picture of put an end to his political aspirations, he blamed Jenna. So what if the photo led to his being offered a dream job and changing his life for the better? Jenna betrayed his trust, and two years later, Ashton’s heart still hasn’t recovered.

It was me. His younger sister’s three words turn Ashton’s world upside down. He must ask Jenna’s forgiveness, but can he risk his heart a second time? Even if Jenna can forgive him, dare he hope for a second chance at her love?

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Melissa McClone

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Melissa McClone has published more than thirty novels with Harlequin and Tule Publishing Group. She has also been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three school-aged children, two spoiled Norwegian Elkhounds and cats who think they rule the house.

Find out more about Melissa at http://www.melissamcclone.com.


“I loved the poignant back story, and how themes of faith, family and reconciliation were woven into the story. Highly recommend!” —Labor Not In Vain blog

“This is also a beautiful story of second chances and waiting on God’s time and plan.” —Kristie-Moments Blog

“This story warmed my heart and made me smile as I hope it will do for you.” —Carol on Goodreads

“McClone does an excellent job of combining a sweet reunion romance with excellent lessons in forgiveness and faith.” —Julie on Goodreads

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    Picture Perfect Love brings to us the character of Jenna and her journey to a second chance at love. It was a quick read, as it the nature of a novella, and a fun read. So far this series has been so good and I cannot wait to read the rest of the series and see how main characters develop, are challenged and changed. Not only is a second chance at love a main theme, but so is keeping the faith and forgiveness.
    A great read that I highly recommend.

    Written by A Mom After God’s Own Heart on July 21, 2015


    This is such a cool series! There are twelve novellas and each one correlates with a month of the year. Picture Perfect Love is the June story. Each of them are centered around wedding planners, photographers, etc…

    Here we have Jenna’s story. After being left at the alter 2 years ago, she is not looking for love. Backed up with debt from the late cancellation and hurt by the man she loved, Jenna buries herself into her work as a wedding photographer. One day Ash shows up at her door with an apology. Is it too late to forgive and risk her heart again?

    Fun story with great characters. Enjoyed it!

    Written by aTransParentMom on July 17, 2015
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    I didn’t realize how much I love second chance love stories before reading this novella. From the beginning, I was rooting for Ash and Jenna. Badly. Almost unhealthily, haha. I didn’t want to put it down!

    My main concern with this novel was the pettiness of the Vance family. They were so focused on Ash’s campaign that they were willing to hurt both him and Jenna to do it. Then when he tries to get Jenna back, it happens all over again. It was just annoying to read.

    Overall, I loooooved this novella! It was refreshing to read a fiction book after so much time spent reading non-fiction, and the shortness of it made it a fun and quick read. Definitely recommend!

    Written by The Librarian’s Bookshelf on July 17, 2015
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    I really enjoyed this wedding novella! Considering I love all things wedding, this book was right up my alley. I would have liked to have seen where the author might have taken this story had it been a full size novel! The author has a lovely writing style that is very easy to read and understand, and I was hooked from the very first chapter. I found myself loving the main character immediately and feeling her grief as she opened the door to find her ex-fiance. I loved how the author brought the characters to life with emotion and characteristics! I’m hoping that perhaps there will be a sequel to this book?

    Written by Loving Mommahood on July 17, 2015
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    As the title suggests, don’t we all search or want our love and loved one to be just perfect. Jenna and Ashton Vance have a history and it took Ash two years to go back to make amends. The book is quite fast paced; in fact the story is set over a few weeks. From the time Ash comes back and apologies to Jenna and learns of the hardships she faced he realizes he wronged her and starts to win her over and make amends.

    I read the story wondering how Ash would make amends for the disaster he created; at the beginning it seemed so difficult, so much damage had been done in the relationship. Much as both yearned for the love they had lost, they did not know how to begin afresh!

    The book is about forgiveness and second chances, believing in God’s handiwork.

    Written by Eloquent Articulation on July 16, 2015
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    Some days a girl just wants a quick story that can be read in a sitting or two, yet tells a full romance. Picture Perfect Love is a novella that tells a story of hope and reconciliation after love is lost over a misunderstanding. Jenna has worked hard to rebuild her life, and Ashton is no longer part of it. Until he walks back into her photography studio. She must choose whether to forgive past hurts or hold them close. It’s a quick read, so not as rich as a full length novel, yet I think you will fall in love with these characters. And you’ll learn a bit about forgiveness along the way. A fun, light read that is perfect for summer days.

    Written by Cara Putman on July 16, 2015
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    As a romance novella, Picture Perfect Love is supposed to have a happy-ever-after ending (well, technically a romantically satisfying and optimistic ending). I’m not convinced. Jenna and Ash? Maybe. There was physical attraction in spades, so if that’s enough to maintain a relationship, they’ll be fine. But Amber and Toby? No. Amber is too immature and has difficulties with concepts like truth and repentance. I found her unlikeable, and couldn’t see why a sweetheart like Toby was interested in her, let alone marrying her.

    Overall, Picture Perfect Love was well-written, but a good romance needs a lovable hero as well as a believable heroine and I’m not sold.

    Written by Iola’s Christian Reads on July 16, 2015
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    I enjoyed this novella, but felt that the limitations of length made this a mismatch when it came to subject matter. Forgiveness and trust are pretty big issues, particularly when it comes to marriage, and I didn’t feel like it was realistic, possible, or wise for the relationship between Jenna and Ashton to progress the way it did. It’s hard to say too much without spoilers, but suffice it to say that forgiveness does not equal trust, and if this story took place in real life to me (or my children!) there would have been some major red flags that would’ve need to be addressed over a much longer time period in order to have a firm foundation on which to build a marriage.

    That being said, I loved the author’s writing style, and her ability to draw you in to the characters, even the ones

    Written by TammyIsBlessed on July 16, 2015
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  • Picture Perfect Love is actually book seven in a series of novellas. It is kind of a fun way to read different stories as they all correspond with a year of weddings. And yes, there will end up being twelve of them all written by various authors.

    Written by Luxury Reading on July 16, 2015


    This is the first of Melissa McClone’s titles that I’ve read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Picture Perfect Love is a story of trust–in others, in oneself, and in God. It’s a tale of forgiveness, faith, and second chances. Picture Perfect Love will offer you a one to two hour getaway from the stresses of life. You’ll grow attached to the characters very quickly and be sad to see their story end after spending such a brief period of time with them. (I hope we’ll see a sequel!) McClone sets a picturesque scene for the final wedding in the book. I probably reread that paragraph five times because I love it so much! Highly recommended for fans of inspirational fiction, Christian romance, and novellas.

    Written by Amber Writes on July 15, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R360WMEQH2KEH2


    I enjoyed this sweet short novel. I read it at the beach very quickly and found it to be a story that was hard to set down. I honestly wasn’t expecting that because I usually enjoy full novels because of all the details that can be put into a novel. I think it takes a lot of talent to write these short novellas because you have to only include the important information.

    Right away I liked Jenna. I couldn’t stand Asher at first. He seemed arrogant and mean to me. However, he did grow on me as the story went along. I’m not certain that I could have been as gracious as Jenna was about the whole past two years. To deal with the Vance family with such graciousness, but also speaking her mind, was such a wonderful part of the story. Asher’s sister drove me up the wall!

    Written by When life gets you down…read a book on July 15, 2015
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    Melissa McClone debuts on the Christian romance scene with her contribution to the Year of Weddings series – and I hope we see so much more from her in this genre! The romance sparked, the emotion tugged, and my heart responded. Even with the space limitation of a novella, the author managed to convey deep feelings of regret and heartache from both of the main characters as well as breath-holding romance. Jenna and Ashton and even the supporting characters were so dimensional and personable that I easily fell in love with them.

    Written by Reading Is My SuperPower on July 14, 2015
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    As a photographer, but never a wedding photographer, this book looked fun. I’m not as familiar with the novella format so this one moved really fast for me. I like a little more flesh and depth to my characters.

    The writing was light and fun, perhaps a bit too light for the subject matter. When you’ve been left at the alter of the rehearsal for your wedding I think it might take more than a few weeks of forced interaction for you to be cordial with the one who did the leaving, even after 2 years have passed. The premise of the story is forgiveness and second chances, which I agree with, but that doesn’t mean putting yourself in a place to be hurt again.

    Written by Welcome to Married Life on July 13, 2015


    The simplicity and lightheartedness of the novel gives readers time to reflect on his/her own love story, while enjoying the relationship between Jenna and Ashton. I would recommend this novel to any Christian reader who wants a clean, entertaining, and quick-read.

    Written by Singing Librarian Books on July 13, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R3DEQPCCH9J30M


    As a photographer who used to work weddings, this book was right up my alley! I totally connected to Jenna and her creative outlet. I didn’t have much sympathy for Ashton in the beginning, but as their relationship began to rekindle I could see how much he missed her and still cared for her. There is a powerful theme of forgiveness which I can always use as an example in my life to do better with. I enjoyed reading this novella; it’s one of the top 5 that I’ve read in the Year of Weddings novella series.

    Written by Heidi Reads… on July 13, 2015
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    The characters were believable and fun, and I was drawn into their lives so that my heart ached with theirs when dealing with issues of betrayal and forgiveness. For the most part, the story moved quickly and was well developed. For a quick summer read, the length was perfect.

    Written by The Writer’s Tool on July 13, 2015
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    I really enjoyed reading Picture Perfect Love by Melissa McClone’s The characters are straight forward. This is such a sweet story of forgiveness, love, trust & it helps you have hope when you thought it was lost.

    Written by Our Perfectly Imperfect Life! on July 13, 2015
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    Picture Perfect Love by Melissa McClone was a sweet story. This is a novella so I was able to read it in a few hours which I am sure by now you all know that this is my favorite kind of book.

    Written by The World As I See It on July 13, 2015
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    As a novella, Picture Perfect Love starts off with a bang and has quick pacing throughout.

    Overall, a cute story of broken hearts, second chances, and the power of forgiveness. McClone reminds us of the importance of forgiving your partner again and again and overlooking their faults.

    Written by Sunrise Avenue on July 13, 2015
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    This is the second novella in the Year of Weddings that I have read, and I enjoyed this short story. One of my frustrations with novellas is that their brevity requires a more rapid pace. While the author handles it fairly well, it could easily have been expanded into a full-length novel to add depth, character development, and a slower progression toward the resolution…. This is a fun summer romance, great to add to your e-reader for a quick afternoon read.

    Written by Mocha with Linda on July 13, 2015
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    Jenna Harrison is a photographer from Sweetwater, Washington. Her photography shop is called Picture Perfect Love. While Jenna is a great wedding photographer. Her own wedding became a disaster when her fiancé of two years, Ash Vance, walked away from her at the altar. He stood up in front of everyone, asked for his grandmother’s ring back and then blamed her for something she didn’t do. This book follows her path after going two years without a word from Ash. See what happens next in Picture Perfect Love by Melissa McClone

    Written by Memawsstuff on July 12, 2015
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    It’s a good thing that God’s love is more unconditional than mine because in this story, He obviously changed Jenna’s heart and provided her with a spirit of forgiveness, even though I can’t really say that I would have done the same thing if I were in her shoes. This story had a lot of potential, but it lacked the depth I was looking for. I think Jenna deserved better.

    Written by the bookish mama on July 12, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1SPPB4VL7G18A


    Picture Perfect Love by Melissa McClone is the June novella in the Year of Weddings novella collection. Short and sweet, I enjoyed the idea of the novel but had trouble staying connected. The plot moved too quickly in parts, particularly with Jenna and Ashton (I cannot say more without spoilers), while the overall storyline almost seemed to drag until it was finally over.Overall, this was not my favorite of the Year of Weddings novellas, but I do think it is a pleasant enough summer read.

    Written by Heart to Heart Books on July 12, 2015
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    Have you ever heard the saying: “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me?”

    I struggled with this story because I genuinely liked Jenna. I am also a sucker for second chance love. I was behind Jenna and Ash finding their way back to each other and falling in love again. I felt like both had made big changes in their lives and were coming back to the table with a new perspective. However, relationships are about trust and faith and when Ash betrays Jenna’s trust again, I personally had a hard time getting behind them. The way Ash was so quick to not believe her again made me question his growth. I understand forgiveness and did applaud Jenna for finding it in her heart to forgive again, but I would have been reluctant to tell her to trust again.

    Written by From the TBR Pile on July 10, 2015
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    This novella (short story) was cute but I had a hard time getting into the flow of the story because of how the dialogues between the characters went back and forth. It just seemed awkward to me. I also didnt’ feel that the main character, Jenna, was a strong enough character in the story.

    I did like that Jenna overcame a very personal break-up and relied on her faith in God to renew her love for life and other people.

    Written by EmpowerMoms on July 10, 2015
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    I have mixed feelings about novellas, since it can be nice to have a short story to enjoy, but sometimes they lack the character development that I like to have in the stories I read. Melissa McClone does a wonderful job of engaging readers in this sweet story that has plenty of back ground and development, making it a perfect summer read. I enjoyed getting to know her characters and look forward to checking out some of her other books!

    Written by Inklings and Notions on July 10, 2015
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    Picture Perfect Love: A June Wedding Story by Melissa McClone is book number seven in the A Year of Weddings 2 series. I enjoyed reading this short novella ~ I read it in an afternoon.
    Jenna is a wedding photographer and she really loved taking the wedding photos. Even if she got stood up at the alter. Ash was running for a political office and a picture that made him look bad was posted on Facebook. He thought Jenna posted it so he called the wedding off. A couple years later he finds out the real truth Jenna didn’t post it ~ his sister did! How could she let Ash think it was Jenna? They both owed Jenna an apology. Do Jenna and Ash get back together? You will want to read Picture Perfect Love to find out.

    Written by Kaisy Daisy’s Corner on July 10, 2015
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    Totally delightful wedding novella that tackled the themes of love, trust, forgiveness and forgetting.
    Jenna was a wonderful main character, she created perfect wedding photos, no matter how she was feeling.
    A light hearted feel good story, perfect for an evening’s read.

    Written by Avid Reader Reviews on July 10, 2015
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    Fans of this novella collection will delight in yet another sweet addition to the series. There is some unique background to this relationship, and if I’m being honest, one that could have made a fabulous full-length novel. Between Ashton’s apparent incapability to trust the woman he loves, his sister and father (jerk alert!), Jenna’s business and their history, this had the makings of something beautiful. Something that would have been lovely to experience fuller. I loved the photography angles and the opportunity to read a fresh voice in contemporary fiction. Picture Perfect Love is exactly as it sounds.

    Written by Dreaming Under the Same Moon on July 9, 2015
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    I appreciated the story’s message that God has a plan and His timing is always right. I adore love stories with second chances. I thought it was charming that the author named her hero (Ashton) after a member in her daughter’s favorite boy band. (5 Seconds of Summer?) I just couldn’t love this book. It’s a sweet story but not one that I’d recommend to my friends.

    Written by Morning Glories and Moonflowers on July 9, 2015

  • I really liked Jenna and admired the changes she had made since being engaged to Ash. I loved that she put her faith first and depended on God to get her through. I was a little annoyed with Ash and his lack of faith in her. It was a fun romance that kept my interest throughout.

    Written by Veronica’s ‘Views on July 8, 2015


    This was a feel good chick lit book. I enjoyed reading it. Melissa McClone’s characters are simply and straight forward. It is a sweet piece of forgiveness, love, trust. I knew from the moment Jenna opened her door to Ash where the story was going but the path to forgiveness was enjoyable.

    Written by Karen’s Korner on July 8, 2015
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  • I love these short romance books. I like the length of them because I am able to consume them in a short amount of time and I usually end up getting an enjoyable story. This story met my expectations and gave me an enjoyable, yet quick romance to read.

    Written by Zac Weikal (www.zacweikal.com) on July 7, 2015


    I loved seeing the difference that good friends, a great church, and strong faith made in Jenna’s life. I liked her a lot, and she was interesting enough that I would have enjoyed reading about her life sans romance. The novella is written well, but I just couldn’t get behind the romance. However, while this novella wasn’t my cup of tea, I’m sure many romance lovers will really enjoy it.

    Written by Christian Chick’s Thoughts on July 7, 2015
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    Sometimes when an author writes a novella the reader is stuck with a story that feels shallow and empty, this is not this case in Melissa McClune’s latest work. Despite being constrained to the limits of a novella, McClune has crafted a beautiful story that is well rounded and does not feel as thought it’s lacking anything. Picture Perfect Love was a fun story to read, short in length but well developed and complete. I enjoy being able to read a complete story without having to devote weeks to finishing the book and this one definitely fits the bill. Available in digital and audio form only, it’s the perfect book to put on your e-reader or audio device for a beach vacation with your family this summer.

    Written by Little Blurbs on July 7, 2015
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    This was a cute story of a couple – Jenna and Ash- who broke up and find themselves back in each other’s lives. The need to decide if they can forgive, forget and heal from their past mistakes. It was short and sweet book that I thoroughly enjoyed. The theme of forgiveness was beautifully written and thought provoking for real life application. I’m looking forward to reading more books in this series.

    Written by A Rup Life on July 7, 2015
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    There’s a great balance of humor, romance, and unexpectedness. The perfect weekend read!

    Written by snidbits on July 7, 2015
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    Deb’s Dozen: No picture perfect love for Jenna who’s jilted on her wedding day

    After being rejected at the altar with her groom-to-be asking for the ring back, Jenna Harrison wants nothing to do with her ex-fiancé, Ashton Vance. To her unwelcome surprise, Ash unexpectedly appears on the doorstep of her home-based business, Picture Perfect Weddings, to apologize for his actions.

    Asking God for the grace and strength to listen, she hears him admit she hadn’t done what he accused her of doing, then incredulously hears him ask her to photograph his sister’s wedding! He, in turn, is appalled at the expense and hardship his callous action cost her. After they both get over the shock of the meeting, he offers to pay for the expenses of their wedding …

    Written by Positive Grace on July 5, 2015
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