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What's a young woman to do when an inadvertent family curse placed by her own grandmother ruins her dream wedding? Business Lawyer Vancy Salo has just experienced disaster. After planning for every contingency against the possibility of a Salo Wedding Curse on her family, the one thing she never thought of is her downfall... her groom-to-be ditched her at the altar!
Matt Wilde is a busy man, putting all his energy into making his landscaping business, Everything Wilde, a success. The last thing he needs is anything else to require his attention, but that's just what he gets. When the twin sons of Matt's underachieving twin brother, Mark, are literally dumped on his doorstep, he needs help and fast! How convenient that Vancy is desperate to escape the media hounds after the next big story of her cursed family and needs a place to hide out.
So Matt and Vancy strike up a partnership... She'll act as a nanny to the boys temporarily, hiding out at Matt's, and she'll call in a few favors from her fellow lawyers to ensure the security of Matt's newfound relationship with the boys, Chris and Rick. Neither one of them expected that a more long-term arrangement would come out of their emergency situation. Can Vancy break the Salo Family Curse after all?
Holly Jacobs has done it again! Everything but a Groom is a heart-warming and uproariously funny story. Who else could write a book about a young woman in a moment of despair making a comment that accidentally turns into a family curse and tell the story in such a light-hearted way? I've come to expect these sweet and funny anecdotes from a Holly Jacobs novel and she never disappoints.
Vancy is a logical, practical young woman who tackles everything in her life with the same attention to detail that has made her a successful attorney. Unfortunately for her, she learns the hard way that logic isn't the answer to everything and sometimes it's the heart that really makes the decisions. This becomes especially obvious in Vancy's handling two adorably precocious young boys. Even those of us who don't have children of our own were young once and can relate to Vancy's escapades with Rick and Chris. You will be laughing out loud at many times throughout the story. (Does anyone want to make some lava?) All of the events unfolding are so vivid in the imagination that you too will find yourself envisioning much of the adventure.
The relationship that develops between Matt and Vancy (and the boys) is sweet and true, and will leave you dreaming of your own happy-ever-after, be it one that has already happened or is yet to come. They both have their doubts and insecurities to overcome but soon realize the best way to do that is with each other.
Of course no Holly Jacobs story would be complete without a whole passel of zany family members and supporting players. Everything but a Groom fits the bill quite nicely. From curse-wielding Nana Vancy and company to Mark the irresponsible twin brother of Matt, and newly-made grandparents Don and Marcy Wilde to the story-obsessed media, everyone is enjoyable to encounter and adds their own dash of joie-de-vive to the story. So put your feet up, grab a cup of your favorite beverage, and prepare to indulge in a crowd-pleasing humorous story about love and romance and family life. You are in for a treat with Everything but a Groom!
© Kelley A. Hartsell, June 2007. All rights reserved.