Three Brides, No Groom

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Three women meet at their fifteen-year class reunion…and discover that their lives have taken unexpected directions.

Back in their college days, Gretchen Wise had been engaged to a top law student. Carol Furness, head cheerleader, had said yes to the school's football hero. And Maddie Cobain was the girl who'd fallen for a professor.

Now the three of them gather around a popular fountain on the college grounds. This fountain was where lovers ...

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Overview

Three women meet at their fifteen-year class reunion…and discover that their lives have taken unexpected directions.

Back in their college days, Gretchen Wise had been engaged to a top law student. Carol Furness, head cheerleader, had said yes to the school's football hero. And Maddie Cobain was the girl who'd fallen for a professor.

Now the three of them gather around a popular fountain on the college grounds. This fountain was where lovers met, where promises were made…and broken. So it's fitting that Gretchen, Carol and Maddie sit here to share their stories of betrayal and, yes, revenge. Stories of finding new love…

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Macomber has a gift for evoking the emotions that are at the heart of the genre's popularity, and her breezy style keeps the pages turning." – Publishers Weekly

"Exudes Macomber's classic warmth and gentle humor..." --Library Journal

"Debbie Macomber is one of the most reliable, versatile romance authors around."

-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Debbie Macomber writes characters who are as warm and funny as your best friends."

-New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs

"Debbie Macomber is...a bona fide superstar." -Publishers Weekly

"Macomber is a master storyteller; any one of these characters could have been a stereotype in less talented hands. Instead, these women and their stories are completely absorbing."

-RT Book Reviews on The Shop on Blossom Street

"Macomber's latest...glows with genuine goodness and great emotional warmth."
--John Charles, Chicago Tribune on Hannah's List

"Debbie Macomber tells women's stories in a way no one else does."
--BookPage

"Told with Macomber's customary authority and skill, this story will engage many with its well-rounded characters and flashes of humor." – RT Book Reviews on The Unexpected Husband

"Macomber's assured storytelling and affirming narrative is as welcoming as your favorite easy chair."

-Publishers Weekly on Twenty Wishes

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Three college classmates meet at their 15th reunion to discover that their lives have taken unexpected twists. Upon graduation, each planned to marry, but was betrayed by the man she trusted. Each in turn relates the story of her heartbreak, her recovery and how she foundand may have losttrue love with another man. The clich-ridden prose never rises above the serviceable, and the characters are fundamentally archetypes, from the bad boy on a motorcycle to the computer nerd who whips off his metaphorical glasses and becomes a hunk is it purely by chance that he's named Clark?. Still, popular romance writer Macomber This Matter of Marriage has a gift for evoking the emotions that are at the heart of the genre's popularity, and her breezy style keeps the pages turning to the predictable, but still satisfying, happy ending. Author tour. Oct.
Library Journal
Three former sorority sisters meet at a class reunion after 15 years and discover that none of them has married her college fianc as expectedand each has a delicious story of revenge and unexpected love to tell. Essentially a trilogy of loosely linked short stories, this work exudes Macomber's classic warmth and gentle humor. This collection will appeal to Macomber's many fans and to anyone who has ever endured the emotional rigorsand terrorsof a school reunion. Macomber (This Matter of Marriage, Mira, 1997) lives in Port Orchard, Wash.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778313540
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 6/26/2012
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 317,372
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Debbie Macomber
Debbie Macomber, the author of Hannah’s List, 1022 Evergreen Place, Summer on Blossom Street, 92 Pacific Boulevard, and Twenty Wishes, is a leading voice in women’s fiction. Three of her novels have scored the #1 slot on the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. Debbie Macomber's Mrs. Miracle was Hallmark Channel's top-watched movie for 2009. Winner of the 2005 Quill Award for Best Romance, the prolific author has more than 140 million copies of her books in print worldwide.

Biography

Publishing did not come easy to self-described "creative speller" Debbie Macomber. When Macomber decided to follow her dreams of becoming a bestselling novelist, she had a lot of obstacles in her path. For starters, Macomber is dyslexic. On top of this, she had only a high school degree, four young children at home, and absolutely no connections in the publishing world. If there's one thing you can say about Debbie Macomber, however, it is that she does not give up. She rented a typewriter and started writing, determined to break into the world of romance fiction.

The years went on and the rejection letters piled up. Her family was living on a shoestring budget, and Debbie was beginning to think that her dreams of being a novelist might never be fulfilled. She began writing for magazines to earn some extra money, and she eventually saved up enough to attend a romance writer's conference with three hundred other aspiring novelists. The organizers of the conference picked ten manuscripts to review in a group critique session. Debbie was thrilled to learn that her manuscript would be one of the novels discussed.

Her excitement quickly faded when an editor from Harlequin tore her manuscript to pieces in front of the crowded room, evoking peals of laughter from the assembled writers. Afterwards, Macomber approached the editor and asked her what she could do to improve her novel. "Throw it away," the editor suggested.

Many writers would have given up right then and there, but not Macomber. The deeply religious Macomber took a lesson from Job and gathered strength from adversity. She returned home and mailed one last manuscript to Silhouette, a publisher of romance novels. "It cost $10 to mail it off," Macomber told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 2000. "My husband was out of work at this time, in Alaska, trying to find a job. The children and I were living on his $250-a-week unemployment, and I can't tell you what $10 was to us at that time."

It turned out to be the best $10 Macomber ever spent. In 1984, Silhouette published her novel, Heartsong. (Incidentally, although Heartsong was Macomber's first sale, she actually published another book, Starlight, before Heartsong went to print.) Heartsong went on to become the first romance novel to ever be reviewed in Publishers Weekly, and Macomber was finally on her way.

Today, Macomber is one of the most widely read authors in America. A regular on the New York Times bestseller charts, she is best known for her Cedar Cove novels, a heartwarming story sequence set in a small town in Washington state, and for her Knitting Books series, featuring a group of women who patronize a Seattle yarn store. In addition, her backlist of early romances, including several contemporary Westerns, has been reissued with great success.

Macomber has made a successful transition from conventional romance to the somewhat more flexible genre known as "women's fiction." "I was at a point in my life where I found it difficult to identify with a 25-year-old heroine," Macomber said in an interview with ContemporaryRomanceWriters.com. "I found that I wanted to write more about the friendships women share with each other." To judge from her avid, ever-increasing fan base, Debbie's readers heartily approve.

Good To Know

Some outtakes from our interview with Macomber:

"I'm dyslexic, although they didn't have a word for it when I was in grade school. The teachers said I had 'word blindness.' I've always been a creative speller and never achieved good grades in school. I graduated from high school but didn't have the opportunity to attend college, so I did what young women my age did at the time -- I married. I was a teenager, and Wayne and I (now married nearly 37 years) had four children in five years."

"I'm a yarnaholic. That means I have more yarn stashed away than any one person could possibly use in three or four lifetimes. There's something inspiring about yarn that makes me feel I could never have enough. Often I'll go into my yarn room (yes, room!) and just hold skeins of yarn and dream about projects. It's a comforting thing to do."

"My office walls are covered with autographs of famous writers -- it's what my children call my ‘dead author wall.' I have signatures from Mark Twain, Earnest Hemingway, Jack London, Harriett Beecher Stowe, Pearl Buck, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, to name a few."

"I'm morning person, and rip into the day with a half-mile swim (FYI: a half mile is a whole lot farther in the water than it is on land) at the local pool before I head into the office, arriving before eight. It takes me until nine or ten to read through all of the guest book entries from my web site and the mail before I go upstairs to the turret where I do my writing. Yes, I write in a turret -- is that romantic, or what? I started blogging last September and really enjoy sharing bits and pieces of my life with my readers. Once I'm home for the day, I cook dinner, trying out new recipes. Along with cooking, I also enjoy eating, especially when the meal is accompanied by a glass of good wine. Wayne and I take particular pleasure in sampling eastern Washington State wines (since we were both born and raised in that part of the state).

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    1. Hometown:
      Port Orchard, Washington
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 22, 1948
    2. Place of Birth:
      Yakima, Washington
    1. Education:
      Graduated from high school in 1966; attended community college
    2. Website:

Read an Excerpt

This was supposed to be one of the happiest days of Gretchen's life. The day was memorable, all right, but it would be forever marked as a day of pain and betrayal. Emotion clawed at her throat, and she battled tears. She wanted her mother, but her parents had already left the campus. They'd driven up to Seattle from San Francisco to attend her college graduation and were taking a few extra days to visit Victoria, British Columbia, before returning home and making the final arrangements for her wedding to Roger, and she didn't want to bother them on their brief vacation.

Except Gretchen was beginning to doubt that there would be a wedding.

She stood at the far end of the sweeping veranda of her sorority house, out of view of her friends. Most were excitedly loading up their cars with another year's accumulation of treasures. She could hear their tearful farewells, their promises to keep in touch. Promises.

She held her stomach and raised her chin in an effort to forestall the brewing emotion. Her long blond hair cascaded down the middle of her back. Roger loved her hair long, enjoyed playing with it, brushing it, burying his face in it.

"Sweetpea?" The sound of Roger's contrite voice came from behind her.

She'd always hated his pet name for her, but no amount of protest could persuade him to come up with another.

Standing directly behind her, he cupped her shoulders and nuzzled her neck. "Let's talk about this, all right?"

"Talk?" Gretchen asked with a short abrupt laugh. As far as she was concerned they had nothing to discuss.

"You've got to know Didi doesn't mean anything to me." Now his hands were in her hair, lifting the thick tresses to his face. He wove his fingers into it and brushed his lips across her crown.

Gretchen's eyes slammed shut at the sharp pain.

"It was stupid," Roger continued. "I want to throw up every time I think about how incredibly stupid I was. My only excuse is that I was drunk."

"You cheated on me with another woman, and I'm supposed to forget it ever happened because you were drunk?"

His hands returned to her shoulders and squeezed. "Didi's always had the hots for me. You said so yourself, remember? wasn't thinking straight. I was with the guys, celebrating, drinking, and the next thing I knew, Didi was coming on to me. She wouldn't take no for an answer. Ask anyone.

She was all over me and…you know how those fraternity parties can get."

Gretchen's stomach clenched. "Don't tell me any more. I don't want to hear it."

"But I have to tell you. I need to. This is going to stand between us unless you know it all. You've got to believe me, Gretchen, I'm as sick about what happened as you are."

She said nothing, too numb to argue.

"Didi knows we're engaged, but that didn't stop her. I told her again and again that it was you I loved, but she wouldn't listen. The next thing I knew she'd stuck her hands inside my clothes."

"In front of everyone?" Gretchen cried in disbelief.

He hesitated, and when he spoke, his voice was barely audible. "We…we were in a closet."

"A closet?" Gretchen nearly choked on the word.

"She was feeling me up, and, Sweetpea, I'm so very sorry, but I'm only human. I was…excited, and then she had her mouth on me and was saying things like she bet my uptown girl never did anything like this for me and—"

"I don't want to hear any more," Gretchen said again, more forcefully this time.

"But it's true," Roger whispered. "You insisted on waiting until we were married to make love, and I've respected your wishes. But I don't think you appreciate what sexual frustration can do to a guy."

"In other words this is all my fault."

"No, no. If anyone's to blame, it's Didi. When I woke up this morning, I was sick to my stomach, knowing what I'd done. I couldn't be sorrier. Say you'll forgive me. I'm begging you, Sweetpea. We can't let someone like Didi come between us. If you do something foolish, you'll be doing exactly what she wants. The only reason she came on to me was to hurt you."

"And you let her."

He paused. "Let's put this behind us, all right? Mom's looking forward to you spending the next few days with her. All she can talk about is the wedding plans, and that's exactly what you need to help take your mind off my unfortunate slip."

So that was how he thought of infidelity, as an unfortunate slip.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2000

    Three Brides, No Grooms = 1 Great Book

    this is her best book i have ever read. i bought it and i didn't -couldn't- put it down until the next morning. what a book! i cried, i laughed and my heart truely warmed to the characters. i recommend this books whole heartedly.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    Very good book. I loved the characters. The cover. one of the be

    Very good book. I loved the characters. The cover. one of the better summer reads I enjoyed

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2004

    BEST BOOK I EVER READ!

    I read this book about a year and a half ago and came across it today. It is so good. I reread it today in like 4 hours. It is so worth it.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    Must read

    Great book! I loved the ending. This book really celebrates the beauty of findimg true love. It has made me want to read more books by this author.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    Highly recommend ANY of Debbie Macomber's books!!

    To be truthful, I haven't read this book yet, but I haven't purchased any of Debbie Macomber's books that I didn't like...she is a wonderful writer!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2012

    LOVED this book! I haven't read in quite a while, so it was nice

    LOVED this book! I haven't read in quite a while, so it was nice to start back with such a great read. I had to make myself put the book down!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2012

    DEBBIE MACOMBER THE BEST AUTHOR

    I ALWAYS PURCHASE THOSE EBOOBS BY DEBBIE MACOMBER. I ALWAYS ENJOY READING.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    hgh

    Hey whats up with you Jeannettel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

    Loved it!

    This is the best Debbie Macomber book I've read. I've read several of her books, but this is my favorite so far. I love the way she told the different love stories of each bride. Three brides that lose their grooms, but still have a wonderful and happy ending. This is a must if you are a hopeless romantic or a Macomber fan. Now I want to read everything of Debbie's I can get my hand on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    If you love Debbie Macomber books, you'll love this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2012

    Excellent book. Hoping there is a sequel.

    Excellent book. Hoping there is a sequel.

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  • Posted July 30, 2012

    Great Read

    I enjoyed this book very much. Debbie Macomber is my favorite author. It is entertaining from start to finish.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2012

    Anonymous

    This is a great summer read. She is a great story teller and came through with a terrific ending!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2012

    I loved this book

    A "page turner". I thought I knew how it was going to end, but as I kept reading, I was having doubts. But in the end, I was right-great ending! Loved this book!

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  • Posted July 24, 2012

    Highly recommended

    It was quite a good book, kept my interest wanted to know more. would
    love to see more about the characters who kept me reading and excited on
    what they were doing. Loved to see how real these characters were.
    Great writing. Love her books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2012

    haven't read this book, but love Debbie Macomber

    I would recommend you read any of this author's books. She has a way of painting pictures with words. I'm a hopeless romantic myself. The books that she writes are full of faith, love, and humor. You really care about the characters in her books. I usually laugh til I cry.

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  • Posted July 14, 2012

    Great Stories that are revelant today

    Enjoyed each "brides" story and the ending was fantastic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2012

    MA TETI July 5, 2012

    This book is only 196 pages and only about Gretchen. When I bought this book, it didn't say anything about being in installments. What happens to Carol and Maddie. THIS BOOK WAS NOT CHEAP.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2012

    Rippleshadow

    "Goodnight!" Rippleshadow meowed. Mistpaw was already stumbling sleepily towards the apprentices' den. "G'night" the apprentice murmured sleepily.

    0 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2012

    Jewlshine

    Sorry. I have too leave. If anyones still here, youll have to pick a new deputy. Sorry. Dont try to make me stay. Bye! I love you all!

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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