Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Romance Book Review: Debbie Macomber's Country Brides

Author: Debbie Macomber
Series Connection: A Little Bit of Country
ISBN: 978-0778323624
Genre: Contemporary Sweet Romance
Publisher: Mira

Purchase Link: Amazon

Originally a two book series from the early 1990s, Country Brides, puts both stories together in one book.

The first book tells the story of finding a home in a small Oregon community far from the city life. Deciding to take a road trip to get away from the city and think about her relationship with stockbroker Dan, Rorie heads to Seattle only to get sidetracked when her borrowed car breaks down on an off the path country road. There she meets young Skip who brings her home to his country ranch to enlist the help of his older brother Clay to fix her car.

Taking to the friendly community, Rorie spends a few days waiting for her car to get fixed quickly falling in love with the small town and Clay. Clay is quite taken with Rorie as well. The only problem is Clay isn't available. Everyone is waiting for him to finally propose to his longtime girlfriend Kate.

Of course there is a happy ending for Rorie and Clay, which brings us to book two, where poor Kate has to attend the love of her life, Clay's, wedding. Hoping to fool everyone in town that she's happy for her new friend Rorie is marrying Clay she intends to keep a smile on her face throughout the ceremony and reception. Her friend and the foreman of her father's ranch, Luke, is more than happy to help her out with that problem.

Kate has had her eyes so focus on Clay, she doesn't even realize that Luke is even interested in her. So when she leans on him at the wedding and has a little too much to drink and proposes to Luke, he jumps at the chance and when she tries to take back her proposal the next day he won't hear anything of the kind.

Luke seems to be convinced that Kate is really in love with him and has been all along, but couldn't see past her crush on Clay. Now Luke has to work hard to get Kate to realize that he's the man for her.

Keep in mind as you're reading this book that it was written in 1990. A simpler time without cell phones and apparently not Fed-X overnight either (although I don't think that's true it just cost a lot more back in the day.) Even so, the book is well written and tells a good story without a lot of the complications in life to get in the way.

If you're looking for a happy story with well liked, everyday people, here's a story for you.

Rorie Campbell has a pleasant, predictable life in San Francisco, where she's seeing a pleasant, predictable man. Then, one vacation, her car breaks down on an Oregon country road and horse rancher Clay Franklin comes to her rescue. Rorie soon discovers that a city girl can fall in love with a country man. But Clay has no right to return her feelings—because he's engaged to another woman.

Kate Logan is devastated when Clay Franklin, her former fiancé and the man she's always loved, marries Rorie Campbell instead. But at Clay's wedding—and after a glass of champagne too many— Kate proposes to her longtime friend, rancher Luke Rivers. Luke accepts her proposal—and refuses to renege on his promise. What's more, he insists that Kate doesn't love Clay—she loves him—.

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