Matilda Geoffrey has risked it all for love, just as her Nana did when she left her own country to marry an American serviceman. Matilda has invested in her fiance’s business, left her home in the Australian Outback and moved to rural Wisconsin…only to discover she’s been jilted in the worst possible way.
Marc Olsen kicked the dust off his Wisconsin childhood and is a happy New Yorker who only visits for Thanksgiving. But when he arrives home and finds a sad-looking foreigner wandering through town in an antique wedding dress, he can’t walk on by. And when his little sister confides in him that she’s very ill and needs help, he feels the tentacles of his family pulling him back to the place he never wanted to be.
Two people who both feel the weight of family history and tradition…only Marc desperately wants to escape them while Matilda craves their comfort.
Boomerang Bride won this year’s RITA award for best contemporary romance, and I can totally see why. It’s got characters who are full of heart, a secondary romance that’s so good it nearly outshines the primary romance, and a small town populated by wonderfully normal characters – not people who are so quirky it kills the illusion that this place could actually exist.
Plus, Fiona Lowe makes Wisconsin in winter sound sexy. Seriously! No offense to Wisconsin because I’m sure it’s a very sexy place. But in winter? I never would’ve believed it. Fiona Lowe made me a believer.
I love stories that bring together characters from different countries – hell, it’s what I write – and Marc and Matilda are two strangers who bring out all of each other’s best and worst traits. Their back-and-forth as they navigate their cultural differences leads to some witty, fun verbal sparring.
Marc’s sister Lori also gets her own romance within the story. I’ve said before that I usually hate secondary romances. They have to be really special to keep my attention. Usually I feel they just distract me from the main event. But Lori’s story is definitely special. She’s recovering from a mastectomy and doubting that any man would ever find her attractive again. I cried when she and her small-town cop got their own happily-ever-after.
I loved this story and would highly recommend it!
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
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