Matilda Geoffrey risked it all for love. She left Australia to be with Barry - the man who had swept her off her virtual feet. Now, wearing a wedding dress, she's alone on Main Street in small-town Wisconsin, and things aren't working out exactly as planned.…
In town for his annual family visit, Marc Olsen had never seen a bride quite like Matilda - staring into a storefront window, holding a tottering wedding cake, and looking desperately in need of a groom. He may not have any warm feelings for his hometown, but meeting Matilda just as she discovers she's been scammed by her online "fiancé" stirs something in him.
Matilda is not the kind of woman Marc imagined himself with, and Marc is anything but the romantic hero that Matilda has always dreamed of. But as unlikely circumstances throw them together, can they let go of their misconceptions and risk their hearts for love?
©2011 Fiona Lowe (P)2012 Audible, Inc
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
I thoroughly enjoyed this story from the first moment that Marc spies the forlorn-looking Aussie bride alone on the street of his home town to the last word in the Epilogue, which garnered a satisfied sigh. The series of events that weave Marc and Matilda's lives together seemed as organic to the story as snow is to their Wisconsin winter, making it feel as if it's a true story being recounted for my enjoyment. The story has some reasonable sex scenes which add a bit of spice. Tess Masters narration was really good especially the Australian ascent.
While Boomerang Bride is very much a romance, it's also a portrait of familial love's twists and turns which results in the desperate and euphoric moments that make life interesting. Fiona Lowe is a gifted writer whose portrayal of those moments make this a book you'll remember long after you've read the final word.
On the surface, this was a lighthearted romance. As unbelievable plot line with a few too many contrived conveniences as I have come to expect from most stories in this genre, but the characters were quirky and endearing, they faced real problems and real trauma and yet stayed true to the idea of romance. The main characters were by and large likeable. She was a little too good-natured and naive and he was a little shallow and failed to see the obvious. But both were sympathetic and many of the secondary characters were even more so.
The undertones - that dealt with coming to grips with loss, letting go of long held harmful habits and dialog, the role playing that takes place in family dynamics - were dealt with well. They gave the plot meat, but didn't overwhelm the warmth of the romance.
Overall this was a very likeable book.
mainly read romances and books for a book club that take me all over the map.
A fun and sometimes very funny romance tha gave me the kind of escapism I was looking for.
Couldn't pick just one. Several make me smile even now as I think about them.
I've been trying to branch out and try some authors I'm not familiar with. This is one where I can say I have found an author I will look for again.
Better things to do but this is more fun.
Listened to this book and loved the narrator - she slid between voices and accents seamlessly and not once did I get distracted by her voice.
The story was a great, fun read - an immigrant bride gets the shaft and she happens to meet a commitment phobic, Nordic looking guy who she immediately tags as "Blondie". Blondie is home for a holiday visit (giving their romance some additional tension in terms of knowing it will come to an end).
The two have good chemistry, the rest of the subplots add quite a bit to the story - overall, it was a lovely read. I'm willing to read more by this author and listen to more narrated by Tess Masters.
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