Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Stand-In Groom
Author: Kaye Dacus
Release Date: January 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Inspirational Romance
Year/Setting: Present day/Bonneterre Louisiana
Overall Rating: 3.5
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Kaye's Website: kayedacus.com
Her heart was broken years ago. Since then, Anne Hawthorne has kept men at a distance, personally that is, while she’s built a successful business as a wedding planner. Yet when she meets George Laurence her heart beats a little faster. Has God answered her prayers?
George’s job as a personal assistant demands discretion and total confidentiality. It also demands a bit of subterfuge, which he is against and completely uncomfortable with. However, if he wants to stay in the States on his work visa, he must fill the shoes, so to speak, of his employer. He must pretend to be the groom. For a time, anyway.
When his attraction to Anne intensifies his aversion to his charade and makes him feel as if he’s compromising his faith as well as letting Anne down, George finds a legal way to tell Anne the truth. At least in part.
George lied to her, he played with her emotions. Anne had a right to be hurt and angry didn’t she? But her feelings for him are stronger than the hurt. They can get past this; they can build a relationship. Forgiveness and trust is the key.
Yet there are more secrets to be revealed, a past to face, feelings to explore. Can a blossoming relationship stand through those storms? Prayer and time will tell if she’s emotionally able to move forward with her life, and build a life with George…Her wounds from years ago are still fresh; she hasn’t been able to forgive the man who jilted her. She doesn’t know if she wants to forgive him or even if she can.
Ms. Dacus has penned a thought-provoking tale. Forgiveness and trust. How can we trust if we can’t forgive? How can we forgive if we can’t trust? How can our lives be richly blessed if we’re hindered by the past? How can we get out of the quagmire of bitterness and hurt? Throughout Anne and George’s journey we see how prayer and reflection can work, even if we’re a bit obstinate through it all.
To be completely honest, at times I felt as if Anne and George were too good to be true, their faith and behavior (but shouldn’t we strive to be too good to be true?). Yet they did have their all too real moments of struggle and confusion. In the end the balance of both sides worked.
With its moments of pain and happiness Stand-In Groom is a pleasurable read.
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