The One That I Want (Mirabelle Harbor, Book 2)

The One That I Want (Mirabelle Harbor, Book 2)

by Marilyn Brant

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BN ID: 2940150992863
Publisher: Twelfth Night Publishing
Publication date: 07/26/2015
Series: Mirabelle Harbor , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 262
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Marilyn Brant is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of contemporary women’s fiction, romantic comedy & mystery. She was named the Author of the Year (2013) by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English. She loves all things Jane Austen, has a passion for Sherlock Holmes, is a travel addict and a music junkie, and lives on chocolate and gelato.
Visit her website: www.marilynbrant.com

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The One That I Want (Mirabelle Harbor, Book 2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
dhaupt More than 1 year ago
Marilyn Brant’s new Mirabelle Harbor romance is an engrossing page-turner, a mix of lighthearted humor, drama and tragedy rthat packs a powerful punch in a little over 200 pages. Julia, and her wonderful cast of co-stars are all shining examples of Marilyn’s extraordinary character development and I love that her stars have a little age on them. But the most impressive detail is how she expertly portrays the family and friendship dynamics and realistic relationship highs and lows. Brava! Not only did Julia Meriwether Crane lose her husband and best friend in a tragic accident 9 months ago, but her traumatized, grieving 10-year-old daughter Analise lost her daddy too. Moving on is definitely easier said than done but Julia’s determined to give her child some new memories – starting with sending her to summer camp. How she’ll cope without her for a month remains to be seen. If that's not enough Julia’s well meaning BFF thinks she needs to jump back into the dating pool, which she’s so not ready for. Then a pair of beaus from her past and the movie star idol that owned her teenaged heart all start showing more than a passing interest and suddenly her life is a bad soap-opera.
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Sad, cute and funny, this is a light if a bit predictable read. I loved that Dane is the heartthrob Julia fantasized about in high school. Of course, he is not exactly what she pictured he would be like at first, but as they spend time together he lets her see the real person behind the public persona. Julia's daughter Analise is adorable and Dane is also great with her. There are plenty of other characters that I want to see get their HEAs! 3.5 stars! I received an ARC for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
bhillson83 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed The One That I want by Marilyn Brant. It was a very sweet story about a widow Julia Crane and overcoming the tragic loss of her husband way too soon. Dealing with a ten year old daughter going through grief, a friend invites her to a singles night out – where one night changes her life. In a beautiful story about love, loss and friendship, Brant does a great job in creating a character with whom her audience can identify with – even if they haven’t had a personal loss such as Julia. I loved the storyline and how Brant used three men who impacted Julia’s life beside her husband, which created a great story in itself. The dynamics between Julia and her different suitors showed the life of a single mom back in the dating scene again, and how scary it can actually be. I really found myself wrapped up in the book as it was such a wonderful storyline and I wanted to find out who she actually ends up with. The One That I Want is a great read and I would definitely recommend anyone to purchase it and add it to you To-Be-Read-Shelf. You need to find out who is the Man that Julia ends up with. Great read!
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
A sweet romance with a great message about having the courage to move on with your life without forgetting the past... I really liked both Julia and Dane--they are a fantastic couple, and I was rooting for them even when they had the rockiest of rocky starts. It was so easy to identify with Julia here--who hasn't had a teenage celebrity crush (or two, or three) and dreamed what it would be like "if only..." So...a totally realistic story? Maybe not. A feel-good read? Absolutely. Honestly, though, the part that stretched credibility for me here wasn't so much the Julia dating a celebrity part as the fact that just over six months after the death of her husband Julia suddenly has 1) her high school boyfriend back in town and interested, 2) her college boyfriend emailing and texting her, AND 3) her teenage celebrity crush showing an interest as well. The other two guys, especially given the way they'll be vilified later on, just didn't feel necessary to the story, though. There's definitely enough tension, drama, and conflict just with Dane and Julia alone--her recent widowhood and need to protect her daughter and help her heal, his celebrity status and inherent distrust of people alone give them plenty to deal with. It felt like the other two guys could have been dropped from the cast of characters, and we still would have had a compelling story here. Still, it was an enjoyable read with a warm and fuzzy HEA. Just what I needed after a long work week. The One That I Want is the second book in the series, but worked just fine as a standalone. What we see of the Michealsen family here (Sharlene Michealsen is Julia's best friend) will definitely have me coming back for more of this series. I may have already one-clicked the beginning novella, Take a Chance on Me ... ;) Rating: 4 stars / B+ I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
csingh More than 1 year ago
I love stories featuring love a second time around. It doesn't necessarily have to be with someone they've known before, but there's something infinitely more special about going into a relationship with past lessons and coming out stronger because of them. Julia isn't 100% ready to throw herself back into life, but knows she has to in order to help set the precedent for her daughter Analise. Both of them are struggling with grief after the sudden loss of Adam, Julia's husband and Analise's father. My heart broke for both Julia and Analise. Most of us can relate to the shock of losing someone we love unexpectedly. Grieving is a process that takes time. I understood Julia's hesitance to be social and go out, while also grasping how important it was that she do it. I adored Analise. She might only be ten years old but she's a shrewd judge of character and an unexpected font of wisdom. I hated seeing her hurt but I enjoyed seeing her grow too as a result. I liked Julia. She's down to Earth, sincere, and a wonderful mother. I really liked how she put Analise first at a time when her feelings and emotions were conflicted (even if she was also protecting her own heart at the time too). I loved seeing Julia deal with her friends/support group. They were really there for her in every sense of the way. I really enjoyed the story. I liked following Julia on her journey to opening up again and even finding a new love. I really liked how I really didn't know who/if she was going to find a new love until over half way into the book. I liked analyzing her interactions with the men from her life who had unexpectedly popped up again. There were only a few points where I felt the story could've been stronger. One dealt with a potential suitor. I wasn't sure when he became a contender for her affections in earnest. They had good chemistry, but I didn't really feel the sparks between them in the beginning. I also would've loved to see those who caused trouble for Julia, Analise, and her potential lover get their just desserts. I also would've liked to know more about a secret that was revealed to Julia and the effects of them on a potential relationship. Overall, I really enjoyed the story. The characters are well written and easy to relate to. The story captured my attention from the first page and held it throughout. There were thrills, laughter, and some tears. I enjoyed seeing characters from the first book of the series making brief cameos and I may have an idea about whom the next book will feature. Marilyn Brant did a wonderful job at capturing all of the emotions of her characters and transporting me to Mirabelle Harbor. I loved visiting and can't wait to go back!
In_The_Binding More than 1 year ago
Although Marilyn Brant has been around for a bit, I’m a new follower of her. Especially after reading The One That I Want. The story was intriguing from the start. I’m a sucker for stories that involve children. Weird? Probably. I just love seeing the growth of the MC as well as the growth of said children. It takes a great author to pull it off. There is nothing more irritating than a child that constantly talks in ‘baby talk’ because that is how an author perceives kids. But Marilyn totally pulled it off. I absolutely adored Julia’s daughter. I also love love love an author that pulls off character development. You may be thinking ‘don’t all authors do that?’ but let me tell you– not all of them do. Julia and her daughter are still grieving and heartbroken after Julia’s husband dies in a horrible car accident. You really feel Julia’s struggle at trying to get over it, as well as push her daughter to experience the world. As a parent, I really felt Julia. When her friend Sharlene pushes her to get out in the world and start dating again, she’s faced with the choice between men who could be all sorts of right for her–or all sorts of wrong. Marilyn brought a different type of story out from the ‘grieving widow’ story, and introduced me to a fairytale. That impossible story that you just sigh over and want to keep reading, because you wish you could have that sort of situation unravel in your life. Yep. Marilyn did it. I will definitely be a faithful follower of Marilyn from now on, and I hope to get the opportunity to read more of her books!
RunningShoeGirl More than 1 year ago
Marilyn Brant never fails to deliver a really great story. This is book 2 in a new series and I am looking forward to the rest of them. This one covers a romance that almost didn't happen with some bumps and shots that were created by other people. One of the things about her books is that I usually can pick out one or two people in them that I think I know. Those people that we all have in our lives. I loved the way the female lead put her daughter first and then tried to figure out the best way to "have it all".
Gina_Rose1 More than 1 year ago
The One That I Want follows Julia Crane a widow and her daughter Analisa. I have never read a book that gripped my emotions like this before, Marilyn did such a beautiful job walking us through this mother & daughters stage's of grief, they weren't healed in a few pages, You felt their pain, they became people you were reading about, not characters in a book! Julia's best friend Sharlene keeps inviting her out with her Singles group, not to be mean but just to get her out of the house around people again. On one of these outings Julia sees her old highschool boyfriend and they agree to go out for coffee, slowly Julia realizes it's ok to move on. Julia and Sharlene and the rest of the group go see a play and Dane Tyler, an Actor whom Julia had a crush on through her highschool days is the star of the play, So what are the odds of having that happen??? What happens next is whirlwind of highs & lows, Julia realizes people change and not for the better, its ok to let go of her wedding rings, trust her daughters judgement, and most important, trust her heart and it's ok to love again. This is an amazing love story of 2 people who after being hurt slowly find it's ok to trust and it's ok to believe in love and each other.