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The Bride Blunder by Kelly Eileen Hake


Cover art: The Bride Blunder Reviewer: Trudy Smith
Title: The Bride Blunder - 3rd in the Prairie Promises series
Author: Kelly Eileen Hake
Publisher: Barbour
ISBN-13: 978-1-60260-177-2
Release Date: November 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Historical Romance
Year/Setting: 1859/Baltimore/Buttonwood, Nebraska Territory
Overall Rating: 3.75
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Kelly's Website/Blog: www.kellyeileenhake.com

Gavin Miller coming from Baltimore, has made a life for himself in Buttonwood. Itís time to marry and start a family and he knows just the woman he wants for his bride, Marguerite Chandler.

Marge and Daisy Chandler, cousins, both were named for their grandmother, Marguerite. French for Daisy, Marge can think of no other that represents the delicate flower than her cousin. Daisy is the one who has turned menís heads; she is also the one getting married. Marge is more than surprised when a proposal comes in the mail for her from Gavin Miller. He wants Marge to go to Buttonwood and become his bride? It has to be, since Daisy is engaged and Gavin received an invitation. Marge can hardly believe that sheís getting married too.

Gavin can hardly believe that the wrong Marguerite has stepped off the stage. He should have remembered that Daisyís cousin shared the same name. But now what can he do, he has brought her to Buttonwood to be his bride, he has to go through with it. That is, until Marge realizes that Gavinís proposal was meant for her cousin Ė he didnít receive the wedding invitation so he had no idea that Daisy was engaged.

What a mess! But Marge is settling into life in Buttonwood, though sheís heartbroken that Gavin didnít want her. Gavin is determined to follow through with his commitment to Marge. He is also finding that Marge is a pretty, gentle soul who is kind and thoughtful. Why didnít he see it back in Baltimore? Winning Margeís heart is his only recourse that is until Daisy shows up in Buttonwood.

It seems that the leadings we think are of God have a round-about way of getting to the real plan He has in store. Will Gavin truly want Marge and be able to convince her that God has brought them together? Will Marge be able to see that Gavin truly wants her and not Daisy? How will God straighten out this Bride Blunder?

The Bride Blunder is a cute, tender story of love and trust. Though the inspirational message has an occasional strong tone, it has a way of giving the reader thoughts to ponder, rather than being overly preachy.

Though sometimes each characterís thoughts seemed a bit long and hard to follow, the basis of each character is written with strong human emotions. Each has a role to play and have been given the right personality for the story.

I would suggest reading the first two books in the Prairie Promises series to give the reader some background. Iíve enjoyed each story of the folks from Buttonwood. Iím sure you will too.


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