What could have been a simple tale of a down-on-her-luck bride from Down Under is anything but fluffy. Author Fiona Lowe adeptly demonstrates how sometimes when a door is shut in your face, a window opens to let in the breeze. Neither Matilda or Marc want to be stuck in small town Wisconsin but their circumstances force them to re-evaluate their lives and ideals. Particularly important to the story are the lead characters’ interactions with Marc’s family, especially as they handle misfortune. Lowe’s depiction of a family coping with a loved one’s cancer diagnosis is respectful and honest. With the perfect mixture of romance, sadness and Australian/American wise-cracking, Boomerang Bride is one of the best romance novels this reviewer has read in a long time.
Australian bride-to-be Matilda Geoffrey only wanted to surprise Barry, the fiance she met and fell in love with online. After all, the couple was planning to be married shortly. But the surprise is on Matilda when her trip to meet Barry ends up with her stranded in the middle of Hobin, Wisconsin, wearing an ancient wedding dress, with mascara-smudged tears running down her face. Marc Olsen left Hobin, Wisconsin when he was twenty-two without a second glance — and only ever sets foot in town with a departure date already scheduled. But while in Hobin for his annual family visit, he sees Matilda wild-eyed, clad in an outrageous outfit and looking like a lost puppy. Although he gave up on taking care of women a long time ago, hearing how she's been conned by Barry rouses all of his protective instincts. Flung together, will this unlikely pair be able let go of their fears and hold on to the love that is beginning to blossom between them? (CARINA PRESS, August 2011, dl., $5.99)
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