Saturday, October 15, 2011

A Wedding Blunder in the Black Hills by Kim O’Brien

Synopsis :

It Was a Relationship of Convenience. . .Until It Became a Romance

Millie Hogan and David Denvers both have big problems in small town Deer Park, South Dakota. Millie—a waitress with designs on Hollywood—has a mother who keeps setting her up on disastrous blind dates, even though Millie’s never met a man she could trust. David—a widowed dentist with an almost-teenaged son and opinionated parents—is being stalked by an amorous former patient.

When a lost filling lands Millie in David’s office, the two of them cook up a plan—a fake relationship. No one gets hurt, and no one gets nagged. It’s a great plan—until they really start to care. Now what will they do? Turns out, it probably doesn’t matter: when Millie learns a shocking family secret she wonders if she’s really wife material. Maybe it’s best to stick with the plan and head for Hollywood. And since David’s folks think Millie’s all wrong for him, well. . .he realizes he may have to let her go. Isn’t that what you do when you love someone?

This is a rather delightful read. It is pretty predictable how this story would end for this type of book but the process towards that expected ending was rather quaint and delightful.

Millie reminded me of the pretty girl that every other girl hated in high school whereas David could have been the dork that admires Millie from afar. But high school is over and now David is the persona of success and stability and Millie, while still pretty, is now at the other spectrum of popularity.

They are both lovely characters and singles whose families and friends are forever trying to hook them up on dates would appreciate what these two are going through. I love the ‘aunties’ as well as the other supporting characters in this book. A wonderful read if you are looking for something relaxing and enjoyable.

One takeaway lesson for me from this book is to view the offer of gifts from our family or friends differently. Never ever reject gifts from your loved ones as the gifts are signs of their love and by rejecting these gifts, you are rejecting the message behind the gifts.  Even thought you dont like what was given, be it clothes or even food, by rejecting them, you are rejecting their love unconciously.
I have no idea why the title is A Wedding Blunder in the Black Hills. Could it just referring to the ending? Perhaps a different title would be more appropriate. Anyway, this book was released by Barbour Publishing last month.

I review this for NetGalley.com.

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