Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Review: Summer Brides Anthology

Summer Brides Anthology
by Susan Mallery, Sherryl Woods, and Susan Wiggs

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Harlequin
Cost: $4.79

What I Liked:
I loved every one of these stories. It's obvious that these women are fantastic writers. This was another one of my intended-to-read-a-few-pages experiences, only worse, becuase I would start one novella intending to read a few pages, then start the next intending to just see what the story was like, then start the third thinking I would just check it out. Yeah, that worked out into me spending the afternoon reading about brides, weddings, and love stories. But it was a great afternoon.

As I said, all three were really well-written, well-plotted, tight, and interesting. And satisfying, of course. But I definitely had a favorite.

The last of the stories, Sister of the Bride by Susan Mallery was, in my opinion, the best. And it's saying something to be the best of three greats. But I really connected with this heroine. Loved the hero, of course, but I almost always love the hero. It's when I really love the heroine that I stand up and take notice in a book. Susan Mallery's voice is intoxicating. I could actually feel myself getting sucked in to her storytelling. I was actually disappointed when the story ended, because it was too quick. I could easily have followed this story for an entire novel. Fantastic.

All-in-all, I would rec any of these books. Great summer (or fall... or anytime) reads.

Book Blurb:
Three happily-ever-afters from three of your favorite authors
The Borrowed Bride by Susan Wiggs
During her own bridal shower, Isabel Wharton is whisked away by past love Dan Black Horse to his retreat in the Cascade range. But returning to her Native roots, and Dan's loving arms, is harder than she ever imagined.

A Bridge to Dreams by Sherryl Woods
With her vacation plans foiled, Karyn Chambers realizes that her long-awaited escape must give way to staying at home in San Francisco. Little does she know her Prince Charming is right in her own backyard.
Sister of the Bride by Susan Mallery
When Katie McCormick finds out that her sister is marrying her ex, she finally agrees to a setup for the big day. To her surprise, Jackson is a catch. But when wedding catastrophe ensues, will their sparks fizzle or ignite into flames?

~Review by Rebecca Lynn

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