Saturday, December 24, 2005

Bride Needs a Groom by Wendy Markham

Title: Bride Needs Groom

Author: Wendy Markham

Genre: Chick Lit

Summary: In order to inherit her grandfather's lottery winnings, Mia must be married before her grandfather's 85th birthday. Just like any modern woman, she finds one online. Except that on her way for their first face to face meeting (and their wedding day) she meets someone that is much more interesting. Afterall, it would be a marriage in name only. Now she just needs to convince him of it.

The Take-Away: Easy to read, somewhat entertaining. The whole marrying for inheritance works because Mia is sweet and I wanted good things for her. Until she comes home and has to face Grandpa Junie. Then all believability falls apart.

Ms Markham (a pen name, by the way) makes extensive use of flash back for both Mia and her emergency husband, Derrick. The scenes were meant to develop character, I think. It didn't work for me. They should have been tossed on the cutting room floor.

Recommendation: Ms Markham also writes murder mysteries. I'm betting that she does these better. I'd try one of those before I'd try another one of her chick lit novels.

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