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  • Posted October 31, 2011

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    A Well Written Classic Tale

    A Wedding Blunder in the Black Hills is a Christian fiction novel by Kim O'Brien. The story centers around Millie Hogan who dreams of a life on a reality television cooking show, and David Denvers the town dentist.

    Millie helps her mother run the Dosie Dough Cafe, her mother "helps" run Millie's love life. David's mother work at the front desk of his office, and David works at avoiding the advances of an amorous patient.

    Throw in some meddling aunts, a town where everyone knows everyone's business, and an almost-teenage-son and you get two people who need quick solutions. That solution? A fake relationship. This would get Millie's mother to stop setting up dates, and would get Cynthia to back off David. No one gets hurt. No one gets nagged. Everything goes according to plan, until they start to care. Now what?

    This was a good story. Classic two people have problems, they find a mutual solution, all goes according to plan, they begin to care... Nothing wrong with a classic plot line. It was well done. The last few chapters I found to be really well done. With a laugh thrown in at the end.

    I have trouble with cooks where the Christian aspect, or conversion of a main character is overdone. That was not the case with this book. I thought the christian aspects of the book were woven well with the rest of the story.

    Overall this is a good story, that I would recommend.

    (I was provided a free ebook preview copy from NetGalley for review purposes. I am under no obligation to provide a positive review.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2011

    A Wedding Blunder?

    Millie is that girl from high school that had all the boyfriends and wanted to be a celebrity. David is that guy that you never really remembered and if you did you remembered a dork.
    Fast forward about fifteen years. Millie still has a ton of boyfriends that she breaks up with within two months of a relationship, all while living and working with her mother, who keeps making her go on blind dates, while trying to make it to Hollywood.
    David, on the other hand, has out grown his dorkiness and is now a widower dentist with an almost teen son and a stalker that wants to be his girlfriend.
    So, when Millie loses a filling, she finds herself in David's chair plotting a solution to both of their problems, they'll "date". It's the perfect solution, Millie won't have to worry about any more blind dates and David can finally break free from his stalker. But when feelings start to change for both of them, will Millie run from David because of her past or will she finally let love in?
    This story isn't bad. But it's definitely not one of my favorites. Millie's character wasn't one of my favorites, which is never a good thing when you don't like the main girl. David's character was nice, though, and defied his family and all that was conventional to date Millie.
    There is one thing that I noticed about this story. Most authors paint a picture of the town their describing in such a way that makes people almost way to pack up everything and move to the town of the characters, Kim O'Brien, however, paints an honest picture of the Black Hills and, frankly, it seems freezing there. She describes the Black Hills winter and I know that it is too cold for this Arizonian girl.
    This book is Christian. You see a character or two turn their lives over to God and you see some of the more rules-than-faith Christians eat some humble pie, though they never admit it.
    The romance in this story epitomizes the Christian romance. Gentle, subtle, and clean. The type of romance tweens could even read without worrying about any content that they shouldn't read.
    This book was okay. But I won't be reading it again anytime soon. I don't know why I didn't like it very much. In fact, this book should be one of the ones that I was ecstatic over, but I'm not.
    The name of the book made absolutely no sense to me. The "wedding blunder" in the title wasn't until the end and no effect on the storyline. It's not a big thing but I think that the author or publisher should have picked a better title. One that made sense with the story.
    Overall, I like it, but I don't. Perfect for a tween or teen, even an adult who likes a quick summer read or likes their romances subtle and clean. I give it a three out of five.

    I was given this book by Barbour Books and Netgalley in exchange for my review. All opinions expressed are all my own.

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