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A Small-Town Bride
     

A Small-Town Bride

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by Hope Ramsay
 

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Amy Lyndon is tired of being the Poor Little Rich Girl of Shenandoah Falls. In her prominent family, she's the ordinary one - no Ivy League education and no powerful career. But when her father tries to marry her off, she knows it's finally time to stand up for herself, despite the consequences. Now that she's cut off from the family fortune, her first

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Amy Lyndon is tired of being the Poor Little Rich Girl of Shenandoah Falls. In her prominent family, she's the ordinary one - no Ivy League education and no powerful career. But when her father tries to marry her off, she knows it's finally time to stand up for herself, despite the consequences. Now that she's cut off from the family fortune, her first challenge is to fight her attraction to her handsome new boss.

When Amy shows up looking for work with his landscaping crew, Dusty McNeil thinks there's no way such a pampered princess will ever get her hands dirty. But as Amy proves him wrong and gets down to the nitty gritty, Dusty's admiration turns to like, then lust - and then love. But can a high-society woman like Amy ever fall for a man like him?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
02/27/2017
Ramsey (A Christmas Bride) charms in her second Chapel of Love contemporary, set in tiny Shenandoah Falls, Va. Wealthy Amy Lyndon spends her days shopping until her overbearing father kicks her out of the house for refusing to marry Grady, the rich hedge-fund manager he’s picked out as her groom. Rather than wed a man she doesn’t love, Amy opts to leave home and takes the only job she can find: joining the landscaping crew at a local wedding venue. Her new boss, Dusty McNeil, is the proverbial kid from the wrong side of the tracks made good, and he can’t see why a pampered rich woman would try or could succeed at a job so seemingly beneath her. As their mutual attraction grows, Dusty realizes that the woman he’s written off has a backbone of steel and a generous heart, but her father’s machinations may doom their romance before it’s even begun. Some of the story is a bit contrived (particularly Amy’s exile from the family mansion), but Ramsey wins readers’ hearts with likable characters, an engaging plot (and a hilarious subplot), and a well-deserved happy ending. Agent: Elaine P. English. (Apr.)
From the Publisher
"My favorite read of April 2017 is the sparkling gem A Small-Town Bride by Hope Ramsay. How Amy makes it on her own AND finds the man of her dreams is a fast-paced, occasionally poignant, always enjoyable story."—HeroesandHeartbreakers.com

"Ramsey charms in her second Chapel of Love contemporary...[and] wins readers' hearts with likable characters, an engaging plot (and a hilarious subplot), and a well-deserved happy ending."—Publishers Weekly

"Some desires cannot be denied, and the best of intentions evaporate in this fun, charming frolic of a story."—BookPage

"Last Chance captures the essence of Southern charm and quirkiness. I'm totally captivated!"—Sherryl Woods, New York Times bestselling author

"Witty, touching, and absolutely delightful - this story has heart!"—JoAnn Ross%2C New York Times bestselling author of The Homecoming on Welcome to Last Chance%26nbsp%3B

"Welcome to Last Chance is an impressive start to a charming new series, featuring quirky characters you won't soon forget."—Barbara Freethy%2C New York Times bestselling author of At Hidden Falls

"Last Chance, South Carolina, is a caring community filled with the promise of hope. Come for a visit!"—%26nbsp%3BLori Wilde%2C New York Times bestselling author of The Welcome Home Garden Club

"Ramsay strikes an excellent balance between tension and humor as she spins a fine yarn."—Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Welcome to Last Chance

"Top pick! I love the small town feeling of this series... I love that we get to come back time after time and visit with old friends—HarlequinJunkie.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455564842
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
03/28/2017
Series:
Chapel of Love Series , #2
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
93,273
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Hope Ramsay is a USA Today bestselling author of heartwarming contemporary romances. Her books have won critical acclaim and publishing awards. She is married to a good ol' Georgia boy who resembles every single one of her Southern heroes. She has two grown children and a couple of demanding lap cats. She lives in Virginia where, when she's not writing, she's knitting or playing her forty-year-old Martin guitar.

You can learn more at:
HopeRamsay.com
Twitter, @HopeRamsay
Facebook.com/Hope.Ramsay

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A Small-Town Bride 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Sweet and I loved this story too. So enjoyed reading about this huge crazy family. Wonderful sweet love story.
blonde_betty 9 months ago
Hope Ramsay has created some of my favorite small towns, Shenandoah Falls is no exception. The latest Chapel of Love novel, A Small-Town Bride, brings us back to that fun fictional setting. Continuing one of the threads of the last novel, Dusty McNeil is still fighting the city over building a park on his new land. Life gets infinitely more complicated when Amy Lyndon, daughter of the man who can buy or sell Dusty’s property many times over, shows up on his landscaping work crew. Amy is tired of everyone underestimating her, when her father gives her an ultimatum she does something no one expects, she learns to stand on her own two feet. At the same time Amy is coming into her own, Dusty is learning to let go of the bonds of the past. Together they find they are completely unstoppable. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.
etoile1996 10 months ago
in a small town bride, there is no reason that we should like amy lyndon. it's not a crime to be rich, but the level of entitled is appalling. and when a fight with her dad ends with him cutting her off because he's tired of supporting her it's hard to be upset on her behalf. until you realize, that he's only cutting her off because she isn't marrying the guy he's picked for her. and that's kind of gross. but amy lyndon is plucky and stubborn and smarter than she realizes. because soon enough she's got a job working the grounds at the local resort. even though her boss, dusty mcneil, thinks she's just another rich bimbo. but when he realizes that she's actually in a desperate situation and he sees how she works hard and finds ways to succeed at building a new life for herself outside of her family's sphere of influence, he can't help but change his mind about her. this is one of those small town romances where everyone knows everyone, and they all have an opinion about it. i'm a city girl at heart, and these kind of romances can feel so stifling to me. in real life i hate when everyone knows my business. so i often feel a lot of resentment on the characters' behalfs when there is a lot of small town busybody meddling. on the one hand, i can see how it can be charming. on the other hand, i'm totally horrified by how all these people feel like it's okay to stick their noses where they don't belong. but amy and dusty are used to it. and even as everyone in town warns them to stay away from each other, they can't. because he respects that she's trying to build a new life for herself. because that is what he has been trying to do for himself for years. and the fact that they have each other's backs, that they believe in one another when no one else gives them the benefit of the doubt is pretty special. watching these two figure it out in spite of the whole town's interference is uplifting. this is a sweet, feel good romance. **a small town bride will publish on march 28, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/grand central publishing (forever) in exchange for my honest review.
SusanGwis 10 months ago
This book was awesome. I love going to back to Shanandoah Falls with every new book. This book was a quick read that had me enthralled from page one. Amy & Dusty's story was a great read. I enjoy the cast of the recurring characters that you see in the books. It's almost like going back to spend time with old friends. Hope Ramsey does a fantastic job of keeping the characters fresh and exciting. I'm really looking forward to the next books in the series.
mamalovestoread22 10 months ago
Amy Lyndon is use to having the finer things in life, coming from a wealthy family it is to be expected, money is no object... as long as you do what is expected of you. First you do the Ivy League education, then take what you have learned and move on in the family business... but Amy chose a different path, one that didn't involve those things, and now it is coming back to bite her in the butt! Her father wants her to marry her upstanding boyfriend, one groomed very much like herself, one who can provide her with the finer things she has grown accustom to... the problem is Amy wants a marriage filled with love, and marrying Grady Carson will not give her that! So, her father decides to teach her a lesson in hopes of getting his way, and kicks her out of his home, without the aid of his money. Now she is forced to figure out how to make her own way, which takes her on an unexpected path... one that leads her to a very sexy, and oh so stubborn, landscaper! Dusty McNeil doesn't have a problem getting his hands dirty to get the job done, it's to be expected when your a landscaper, it's all in a days work in his world. So, when Miss Prim and Proper Amy Lyndon enters his earthy world asking for a job, he can't help but laugh, he can tell just from looking at her that her hands have never touched the ground. But she is adamant she can do the work that is expected with the position, and doesn't have an issue getting her hands dirty for a paycheck, so he reluctantly gives her a chance, and is pleasantly surprised when she jumps right in and gets to work! Little by little Miss Prim and Proper starts to shatter his first impressions of her, and soon starts to find a way into his heart...and Dusty has to admit that you can't judge a book by it's cover! This is my first read from this author and I have to say her charming little love story made quite the first impression, it had me smiling, and laughing, from start to finish. I love a good opposites attract story and this one found a way to stand tall amongst some of my favorites, the story line was packed with feisty banter, heartwarming emotion, and some good toe curling romance that left me blushing! I also enjoyed the small town romance feel the story gave off, and I look forward to revisiting the series and getting better acquainted with more of Ms. Ramsay's uniquely crafted characters. Highly recommend this one, it is sure to leave you with a happy heart!! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
ReadsWithGranddaughters 10 months ago
I really enjoyed this second book of this Shenandoah Falls series. What others perceive versus what is true is one of the prevalent themes throughout this story. Tearing each other apart is upfront and personal, and yet when a character explains how he or she actually feels, you are able to see beyond the gossip and either accept or disagree with the reasons for their own behavior due to the circumstances they have been dealt with. I truly appreciate the insight this author has. I cheered for the independent decisions and truthful relations that evolved with the main characters, Amy and Dusty. The characters that were set in their ways and without any chance of changing tried to shape everyone else’s lives. But some stand up to those dictates and eventually do what is best for themselves. I really liked this book and highly recommend it. [I received a complimentary copy of this book through the author and NetGalley.]
Lashea677 10 months ago
A women looking to find herself learns about the world and the heart on her trek of self - discovery. Amy has the perfect life. Her family is rich. Her needs are all taken care of, but she isn't happy. Her wake - up call comes in the form of a marriage of convenience proposition and an ultimatum, which sends her on a journey that changes her life and opens her heart. With Hope Ramsay and her Chapel of Love Series, there is never a lack for sentiment. Ms. Ramsay gives her readers stories of wisdom, courage and sweetness that deliver stories of hope. A Small - Town Bride's message is: "Only you can find what makes you happy."
Anonymous 5 months ago
Good read