Taylor Shepherd is organising a wedding in a cowboy town. Her black cashmere sweater is a contrast with plaid shirts and jeans, and the men aren't the city guys she's used to either. Then there's the bitter cold, pot roasts and timewarp decor. Rural Alberta is a long way from her home in Vancouver. However, this wedding is for family, so she'll put her best efforts into it, and then relax for A CADENCE CREEK CHRISTMAS.
The first couple of chapters introduce characters and settings, with a lot of detail - a company has shipped the wrong colour tulle and forgotten the candles. I did wonder whether this wedding was a celebration of love or of one-off decor. Taylor is determined to see it's perfect, though country people seem more relaxed. Rhys Bullock, a horseman in the groom's party, is politely keen to follow the city lady around, being helpful. At first she finds this annoying, but he is related to the best cook in town, and he's not bad-looking.
Taylor's father asks her when she's going to put that business degree to good use. Her business is actually thriving, each party bringing in what she terms a boatload of cash, and she shouldn't have to justify her choices to someone who considers her work trivial. Perhaps this is what drives her so hard to be a perfectionist. Rhys is competent and hard-working, and he knows that some men feel intimidated by smart women. He just isn't one of them, and he admires Taylor. But after Christmas she'll be leaving, so is there any point in pursuing a closer acquaintance?
Donna Alward has written a restful story, with amusing contrasts and larger-than-life characters for us to enjoy. I did find the start slow, with several pages of chatter in a men's outfitters before moving on to internal debates about wedding decorations, none of which interested me. However in a Canadian winter people are not going to go out for trail rides so we have to see them meeting in some other way. Taylor is a lady who embarked on self-discovery when she left Cadence Creek, and who comes home to find herself all over again - and a romance.