Always a Wedding Planner, Never a Bride
If you enjoyed the movie The Wedding Planner with Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey, you'll receive a real kick out of Stand-In Groom by Kaye Dacus.
Anne Hawthorne resides in Bonneterre, Louisiana, a fictionally "real" town with many different equally "real" characters. An excellent wedding planner, Anne has everything she needs--except, not surprisingly, her own groom.
Through her cousin, she meets handsome Englishman George Laurence, and feels an immediate attraction. But the overnight, he shows up at her office along with fiancee in tow. Allow conflict begin.
George feels much the same way about Anne. (He's actually just posing as the groom for his employer, but has signed a contract of confidentiality.) His deception eats away at him. Just how do he remain true to his heart, his Faith and his employer all at once? And how will Anne ever forgive him when she learns of his deceit?
Here are some of the things I enjoyed with this book:
The Character of Anne Hawthorne - She is calm, cool, collected and arranged on the outside--a rock brides in distress. But contained in the, she longs for a groom of her, a godly man who won't benefit from her like the last man in her own life.
The Character of George Laurence - I love the way he talks! (What's there about a British accent which is so appealing?) Obviously, the writer does a great job of bringing this Brit alive on the page.
The Conflict - It oozes from between every line. How can the characters ever extract themselves because of this mess?
Tight Writing - Kaye Dacus understands how to make every number of words. (Maybe if I sleep along with her book under my pillow, that ability will rub off on me. Oh, whether or not it were only that easy!)
The Strong Spiritual Thread - This story shows us two characters whorrrre honestly seeking to follow God's direction within their lives.
The Setting - This writer does a wonderful job of turning Bonneterre in a character in the book. The hometown feel gushes over you as you see Anne relate with friends that live in and around Bonneterre.
Sacrifice - Don't you just adore love stories where main character is really a sacrifice in order show her man how much she loves him? I can't spoil it for yourself, but be prepared.
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This is a fantastic romantic comedy which you don't want to miss. I feel so privileged to acquire read Stand-In Groom by Kaye Dacus. It is not only a great story, but an awesome study of how to jot down!