Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: Bride in Training
Author: Gail Gaymer Martin
Publisher: Steeple Hill/Love Inspired
Release Date: July 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Romance
Year/Setting: Present day, Michigan
Overall Rating: 3.75
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Gail's Website/Blog: www.gailmartin.com
Martin Davis is lonely. After his wife left him, he devoted himself to his company and swore off relationships. When he decides to try getting a dog (again), he goes to his sister-in-law’s business, Time for Paws, to look for a dog to adopt. Emily Ireland is on duty when he arrives at the shelter. Even though he’s trying to change his ways, Martin comes across as rude. Emily shows him a terrier that would be perfect for him, but chooses to leave out one small tidbit of information when he purchases the dog.
Emily thought it would be funny for the well-known jerk to have a dog that has a bit of a struggle when outdoors. Martin may be trying to reform, but Emily isn’t ready to forgive and forget. The joke is on Emily when Martin needs a dog trainer and Emily is the only one available. Emily doesn’t want to spend time around Martin—even though her skin tingles when they touch.
Emily intrigues Martin because she doesn’t give in to every demand he makes. She helps smooth the rough edges that he’s been trying to lose and doesn’t even realize she does it. As they train Nessie the dog, Martin discovers that he wants to know all there is to know about Emily. He starts to wonder if he might be able to open his heart up for love again.
Will learning about Emily’s past end the present hopes and dreams they have? Will Martin ever accept what Emily is hiding and consider her as his bride?
It was nice to be back at Time for Paws and catch up with previous characters, but a new reader would be able to come into this book and have no problem with catching up on the back story. Martin is working hard to reform his arrogant ways of the past. He knows that he is unlovable and plans to live life as a single man. Emily has secrets that she hides from everyone. She even tries hiding these things from herself. When the past starts to crash in around her, I wasn’t certain if she would run or stay and fight for the man she’s falling in love with.
I found the story to be a fast read with an interesting storyline and fascinating characters. I felt this book was a bit stilted in parts—especially in the beginning—and it felt predictable. I was surprised by some of the revelations that came out at the end. Fans of Gail Gaymer Martin and dog lovers everywhere will enjoy Martin and Emily’s story.
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