DEBBY MAYNE has published more than 30 books and novellas, 400 print short stories and articles, more than 1,000 web articles, and a slew of devotions for women. She has also worked as managing editor of a national health magazine, product information writer for HSN, a creative writing instructor for Long Ridge Writers Group, and a copy editor and proofreader for several book publishers. For the past eight years, she has judged the Writers Digest Annual Competition, Short-Short Contest, and Self-Published Book Competition. Three of Debby’s books have been top ten favorites by the Heartsong Presents book club. One of Debby's romance novels earned 4-1/2 stars from Romantic Times and was awarded a "Top Pick" in the Inspirational category.
If The Dress Fitsby Debby Mayne
Cindi no longer believes in happily-ever-after. Cindi is helping brides living her dream - owning a bridal boutique and helping brides es choose dresses for their unforgettable day. But her world crumbles when her parents announce their intentions to divorce. Bitter and disillusioned about marriage, Cindi decides to throw in the towel and sell her business. When
Cindi no longer believes in happily-ever-after. Cindi is helping brides living her dream - owning a bridal boutique and helping brides es choose dresses for their unforgettable day. But her world crumbles when her parents announce their intentions to divorce. Bitter and disillusioned about marriage, Cindi decides to throw in the towel and sell her business. When Cindi's lost love from high school reappears as the potential buyer, her jaded heart warns her to stay away. Jeremy Hayden is a changed man. Now a successful entrepreneur and business flipper, he jumps at the chance to own Cindi's store - and her heart. Can he prove to Cindi he cares about more than just the business? And can she forgive him for breaking her heart so many years ago? As n Cindi and Jeremy face their unresolved past and troublesome present, can they overcome the odds to make a lasting commitment?
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Cindi owns a bridal boutique in Atlanta, and wants to sell it because her parents are splitting up and she no longer wants to help plan weddings that just won't last. The boy who broke her heart in high school, Jeremy, is back in town and wants to buy it. The story relies on the soap opera technique that just repeats the same thing over and over. The author doesn't dig into the characters, but creates shallow puppets who bounce around with a smile on their face and perky, shallow remarks. While the story takes place in a city that is full of heritage and history, absolutely nothing about the town is shared with the reader except for a light mention of Peachtree street. Gee, that nails the location down, doesn't it? If you want a light, shallow read that won't challenge your beliefs or teach you anything at all, this is just the book for you. If, however, you want characters that actually live, breathe and feel, and are well motivated and complex, a much better bet is Stars Shine After Dark by Paula Hrbacek.
What drew me to this book was the beautiful cover. Cindi owns a bridal shop and loves helping brides make their perfect day come true. Sadly, as her own parents are divorcing she grows disillusioned with love and she decides to sell. A prospective customer comes along and is interested, is it really Cindi's high school boyfriend? What exactly is he interested in? Can Cindi trust his motives? **** (4 stars) for being a fun romance that makes you sigh...