Sunday, March 27, 2011
Book Review: The Convenient Groom
The Convenient Groom (A Nantucket Love Story)
By Denise Hunter
Thomas Nelson, 2011
English, 320 pgs
She wrote the book--literally--on finding the right mate. But does she really understand what love's about?
Five hours before her Nantucket beach wedding--and on the eve of her big book launch--celebrity marriage counselor Kate Lawrence has everything in place.
Everything, that is, but the groom. She might not have a career, either, when her nationwide audience finds out their marriage guru has been left at the altar.
Enter Lucas Wright, who offers to stand in for the missing husband-to-be and marry her. Kate's desperate enough to agree--although she's sure this Mr. Wright is completely wrong for her. Can they pull it off? And why would Lucas marry her in the first place?
With her life spinning out of control, Kate wonders what good her carefully laid plans are if they only lead to chaos. Could it be that "Dr. Kate" doesn't know the first thing about love? When she seeks God's will instead of her won, Kate finally discovers true and lasting love.
What first got my attention is that there is a quote on the cover from Colleen Coble, who has become an author I truly enjoy, stating "if you love Karen Kingsbury or Nicholas Sparks, this is an author you'll love". It had me there...
The book is a quick read. I read it in one day. There isn't really anything surprising in the plot and you can kinda guess what's going to happen. But it was still a good read and the characters are sweetly flawed. I have a feeling I know who the next Nantucket Love Story will focus on and I hope I'm right because it would be a fun story!
The plot of jilted-bride-needs-stand-in-groom isn't anything new and it really makes for great tension between characters. I also like that it switches point of view between Lucas and Kate and that you get to "read the thoughts" of each character. That made it more fun to see what they were going through separately and together.
I received a copy of the book in exchange for a review. No additional compensation has been received and I was not required to write a positive review.