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David and Millie both have big problems. A widowed dentist with an almost-teen son, he’s being stalked by an amorous patient. Millie’s mom keeps sending her on blind dates, even though the café owner has trust issues. So when a lost filling lands Millie in David’s office, the two of them find a solution—a faux 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?
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David and Millie both have big problems. A widowed dentist with an almost-teen son, he’s being stalked by an amorous patient. Millie’s mom keeps sending her on blind dates, even though the café owner has trust issues. So when a lost filling lands Millie in David’s office, the two of them find a solution—a faux 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?
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Ramblings of Two Readers - M. Banton

After realizing that A Wedding Blunder in the Black Hills is the classic story of a "faux relationship" that turns real, I knew that I had to give the novel a try. No matter how formulaic the plot, I usually love these type of storylines. While I anticipated that the main characters Millie and David would fall in love as they "un-dated" each other, I was pleasantly surprised by the depth that O'Brien wove into her novel. Millie harbors secrets from her past and struggles to trust others in relationships; and while David is a successful dentist, he does not know how to approach the problems that seem to be enveloping his eleven-year-old son. O'Brien did a wonderful job of addressing the concerns and challenges that many young teens and their parents face today; and I especially enjoyed the often comical input from David's housekeeper. Even more delightful was Millie's meddlesome, but fun-loving, mother and the encouragement that Millie often received from her "aunts". As a reader, I was drawn into Millie's and David's small-town lives in the the Black Hills of South Dakota as they encounter the ups and downs of everyday life, while trying to build a "faux" relationship.
Fresh Fiction - Viki Ferrell

Kim O'Brien gives us a delightful story that deals with letting others direct your life and shatter your dreams. It's a story about starting over and rebuilding a new life. Wisdom and inspiration is shared by many of the characters about having faith and trust in God. The story's ending is quite a surprise. Will Millie's dream be fulfilled after all? I laughed and cried through the book and really enjoyed the story. You should too! 
Once Upon a Romance - Connie

Ms. O’Brien isn’t an author I’m familiar with, but I certainly hope more stories crafted by her find their way to my bookshelf in the future. Her touch was light as far as scriptures and prayers (which this reader appreciates) but it inspires and makes you think. It reaffirms the fact that you are not alone in your struggles with your faith.

This particular offering will charm and warm the reader’s heart. Happy reading,

Tammy's Book Parlor

A Wedding Blunder In the Black Hills is a fun, light read about people who truly care.

A somewhat predictable read, this read is also brings out the "fun side" of life. David, a widowed man who is also the local dentist is plagued with patients who hope to become the next Mrs.

Millie is plagued with well intentioned relatives, especially her mom who keeps insisting she "attend" these blind dates.

Millie and David meet when Millie must have a tooth fixed and the funny thing is they get together to "solve" their plagued problems. Never realizing that sometimes an easy "fix" leads to more problems.

Then there''s Millie''s secret...will this help her understand her life or hinder her relationship with David?

Escapades, funny family and friend issues and romance!

A fun, light read that will make you laugh and just may increase you faith.

— Tammy Griffin

Ramblings of Two Readers
After realizing that A Wedding Blunder in the Black Hills is the classic story of a "faux relationship" that turns real, I knew that I had to give the novel a try. No matter how formulaic the plot, I usually love these type of storylines. While I anticipated that the main characters Millie and David would fall in love as they "un-dated" each other, I was pleasantly surprised by the depth that O'Brien wove into her novel. Millie harbors secrets from her past and struggles to trust others in relationships; and while David is a successful dentist, he does not know how to approach the problems that seem to be enveloping his eleven-year-old son. O'Brien did a wonderful job of addressing the concerns and challenges that many young teens and their parents face today; and I especially enjoyed the often comical input from David's housekeeper. Even more delightful was Millie's meddlesome, but fun-loving, mother and the encouragement that Millie often received from her "aunts". As a reader, I was drawn into Millie's and David's small-town lives in the the Black Hills of South Dakota as they encounter the ups and downs of everyday life, while trying to build a "faux" relationship.

— M. Banton

Fresh Fiction
Kim O'Brien gives us a delightful story that deals with letting others direct your life and shatter your dreams. It's a story about starting over and rebuilding a new life. Wisdom and inspiration is shared by many of the characters about having faith and trust in God. The story's ending is quite a surprise. Will Millie's dream be fulfilled after all? I laughed and cried through the book and really enjoyed the story. You should too!

 
— Viki Ferrell

Once Upon a Romance
Ms. O’Brien isn’t an author I’m familiar with, but I certainly hope more stories crafted by her find their way to my bookshelf in the future. Her touch was light as far as scriptures and prayers (which this reader appreciates) but it inspires and makes you think. It reaffirms the fact that you are not alone in your struggles with your faith.

This particular offering will charm and warm the reader’s heart. Happy reading,

— Connie

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616264918
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Kim O’Brien grew up in Bronxville, New York. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and a master’s degree in fine arts from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. She worked for many years as a writer, editor, and speechwriter for IBM. She is the author of eight romance novels and seven nonfiction children’s books. She’s happily married to Michael, has two fabulous daughters, Beth and Maggie. She is active in the Loft Church in The Woodlands, Texas. Kim loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her Facebook author’s page.

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  • Posted May 30, 2012

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    Fun, emotional, and inspirational. I really enjoyed Millie and E

    Fun, emotional, and inspirational. I really enjoyed Millie and Eva, her mom, they were great fun. The romance was sweet but not the focus of the story.

    Contrary to the cover design, this story is not one that pivots around winter or holidays.

    I’d definitely read this again!

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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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  • Posted August 22, 2011

    Very sweet, with a wonderful cast of characters.

    I didn't like the title either. It doesn't make sense to me.

    Millie Hogan has dreams of Hollywood super-stardom; despite the fact she's over 30, overweight and lives with her mother. She's also (somehow) managed to date the entire male population of the town, though she never lets it go beyond a couple of dates so she isn't ever vulnerable. She's a woman who hides behind the dream she keeps putting off, because she's too scared to take the risk.
    The mother is in denial about her diabetes, acts one way in front of everyone and another in private, and has a bunch of (very) wacky friends.
    David Denvers is a skinny dentist who had a crush on Millie in High School, but she turned him down. Since then he moved to California, married the perfect woman and had a son. After the wife's death he moved home and opened a dental practice. His pushy, interfering mother is his receptionist. There's also a tech-savvy old lady nanny in the mix too.
    Trying to escape a stalker his mother is certain is 'the one' for him; David and Millie concoct a scheme to fake a relationship so everyone will quit hassling them. Despite their intentions they grow from good friends to falling for each other.
    Naturally Millie is completely freaked out, and sabotages things. David is a little too understanding, which left room for what could have been more conflict, but it would have been the same tired relationship misunderstandings before the couple eventually make up and live happily ever after.
    Instead, the meddling characters dig up a secret from Millie's past that throws everyone for a loop. But it all comes good in the end, and Millie learns God hasn't been ignoring her, and faith like David's is just what she needs. We are left with a wedding dress mix-up that just might mean stardom for Millie after all.

    Provided by netgalley for review.

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  • Posted August 6, 2011

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    Good Read

    A Wedding Blunder in the Black Hills by Kim O'Brien ISBN 978-1-61626-491-8

    Deer Park, South Dakota is too far away from Hollywood to please Millie Hogan. She as a dream to get out of this place and make something of her life, if only she could leave her mom. At thirty-one years old Millie's mom constantly set her up on dates and hinted about grandchildren. The latest is to dater her mother's dentist, David Denvers. Men never stayed. Her grandfather and father had left wives.

    David, a widower and father of an eleven year old, has returned to Deer Park after his dad retired. David took over his dental practice and inherited his mom as a receptionist. His mom was determined to see him marry Cynthia now that she returned after her divorce. Cynthia was stalking him. He went on a ski date with Millie and Cynthia followed him all over there. Millie assumed the beautiful woman was his girlfriend and figured this would be their only date. And she had made her mom promise to not ever set her up again.

    David and Millie decided to undate. They would convince everyone they were dating so that Cynthia would stop stalking him and Eva, Millie's mom, would leave her alone.

    Meet Tank the English bulldog, Cynthia the stalker, Aris the cyberpatrol nanny, a school bully, the "aunts" who hang out in Eva's cafe and each has her own uniqueness. Great story.


    Book received from NetGalley for 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?
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    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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