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on Aug. 06, 2012 :
This book was such a sweet love story. I actually have a soft spot for stories that involve marriages of convenience – normally they are historical romances, but this contemporary romance was spot on.
Jonah is a sexy, British man (who has been knighted by the Queen) in need of a bride, so that he can inherit his childhood home back in England. At first Jonah seemed to be the kind of man that was only concerned for himself, since this wedding arrangement would be one of necessity and not love. There was just something about him that I knew would come shining through by the end of the book. I mean, he created wonderful haven's for orphaned children, there must be some soft spot in that heart of his.
Maggie is a hard working young woman who just so happens to be a soon-to-be single mom. She is stubborn and cautious, since the father of her baby took off after hearing of the pregnancy. Maggie has a hard time letting people in and finds Jonahs marriage proposal to fit just what she needs at this time in her life – a contract that will help them both.
It came as no surprise that I started pining away that this couple would really fall in love with each other, regardless of their contractual marriage. I kept hoping and wishing one of them would just speak up and tell the other about their feelings, but they were both so darn stubborn. All of the tiny moments they share here and there were so sweet, like the scene where he attempts to teach her to play the piano – she truly wants to learn, they laugh and enjoy each others company, but doubt pushes them apart as they start to have feelings for one another. Such a heart tugging book.
The one person in this book that truly added depth to Jonah's character was his maid, Mary. She helped raise him as a child and though she still works for him, she acts like a grandmother or mother figure to him. There is a quote from Mary that made my heart swell:
“Do you think it was your mom who asked me to bring you baked cookies while you were away at boarding school? Do you think all my scolding and patching up your knees was because...” Mary let her voice trail off and shook her head. “I don't know why, but I missed you. Trouble and all. I worry over you and I want you to be happy. And you don't have a drop of my blood flowing through your veins.”
I will say that the last section of the book had me in tears because it was so beautiful. Such a lovely story of two people falling in love against the odds.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Feb. 01, 2012 :
Do you have a sweet tooth when it comes to romance? If you do, this is definitely the book for you. I absolutely loved this book. It was a light, fluffy, fun read that made me think of Hallmark movies. As the story progressed I wanted it to be a Hallmark movie! I could see myself chillin' on the couch watchin' it.
Because it is a perfect fairy tale.
The plot is adorable. A pregnant single mother is proposed to by a wealthy aristocrat who needs a wife for a year to keep the family home.
Now can you see why this story is perfect Hallmark Movie fodder? Seriously! Someone should be begging Lisa for the rights to this story.
There was really no serious conflict in this story. The characters just had to decide they really loved both each other and the baby that Maggie was carrying. I loved that it was the baby that really brought everyone together and that even though both Maggie and Jonah suffered from having imperfect families, it was the love of family and family tradition that brought them together.
I recommend this book to anyone that loves sweet romance, like the Harlequin Romance imprint or the Christian Love Inspired imprint. This is a great cozy romance to pass a few hours with. It should leave you smiling too, when you've read the last page.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Oct. 15, 2011 :
I enjoy all books by this author. They are heartrending but also funny.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)