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Almost a Bride (Wyoming Wildflowers Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Patricia McLinn
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Book Description

Wyoming Wildflowers Series
Prequel -- Wyoming Wildflowers: The Beginning (A Novella)
Almost a Bride (Indian Paintbrush)*
Match Made in Wyoming (Fireweed)*
My Heart Remembers (Bur Marigold)*
***Get the Wyoming Wildflowers Boxed Set (3 Books in 1) for 20% discount off individual prices***

"A don't-miss treat!" -- Rendezvous
ALMOST A BRIDE
Wyoming Wildflowers -- Book 1 -- Indian Paintbrush

Dave Currick was everything Matty Brennan wanted for as along as she could remember. Right up until he broke her heart six years ago. Now that she's returned to Wyoming for good, what she wants more than anything is to save her family's ranch. Even if that means swallowing her pride and asking Dave to marry her.

Matty's up to something - Dave knows that much. Just as he knows that Matty needs help, so of course he'll provide it, just as he has all her life. Doing what's best for Matty is second nature. Even when it comes to marrying her in name only. Although he can't resist one hot-blooded kiss after the I-dos.

Maybe - just maybe - his Matty will become more to him than Almost a Bride.

Wildflowers have to be strong and resilient to bloom amid the rugged beauty of Wyoming - and so do the women.


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... these powerful characters and their emotional intensity keep the pages turning. --Wordweaving

This is a 'don't miss' treat. --Rendezvous

Finalist --GDRW Booksellers Best Award

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  • File Size: 437 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004FV58Z2
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73 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Especially good romance May 5, 2012
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I thought that ALMOST A BRIDE was an exceptionally good romantic story. Not only was the book very well-written and well-edited, the conflict between Dave and Matty was totally believable. Matty's attributes were many, but nowhere was it claimed that she was unusually beautiful (except in Dave's eyes, of course), so it was much easier for me to identify with her. The same is true for Dave; his looks played little or no part in Matty's long-standing love.

Not only Dave and Matty were three-dimensional; the other characters in the story had well-developed personalities, too. The imagery was wonderful and it was very easy for me to immerse myself in the book. The writing style was smooth and flowed easily from beginning to end. Even though this book is the first in a trilogy, it did not have a cliff-hanger ending, thank goodness. (I absolutely hate cliff-hangers!)

I would happily recommend ALMOST A BRIDE to anyone who wants to settle in and enjoy a great love story.
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74 of 78 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deep emotion and loop holes -- Recommended May 30, 2001
By C. Penn
Format:Paperback
Dire financial and legal problems lead Matty Breenan to a desperate solution. Determined to save the Flying W ranch following the death of her great-uncle, Matty proposes marriage to Dave Currick. Never mind he broke her heart six years ago when he unexpectedly ended their affair. If he agrees, marriage to Dave, in a round about fashion, qualifies Matty for a grant that has the potential of saving the ranch.
In the three weeks since she returned to Wyoming, Matty has pointedly avoided him; now, she's suddenly proposing. Dave has no idea why Matty wants to marry him except that in some inexplicable way her reason ties to her effort to save the Flying W. Dave's convinced she won't follow through, but, if playing along lets him back in Matty's life, then he's game. So game that he finds himself married. When he learns she didn't need him, but his address, Dave's anything but thrilled. Nevertheless, he's also determined to see Matty's efforts to save her ranch succeed, whatever he must do.
Patricia McLinn finds an innovative motive for a marriage of convenience in ALMOST A BRIDE. With her characteristic flair, these powerful characters and their emotional intensity keep the pages turning. Indeed, the mix of miscommunication, deep emotion and loopholes creates a delightful read. Recommended.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Light Read June 11, 2012
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I just started reading yesterday morning and I finished today. It was a wonderful page turner. Good charters and decent plot. Very well written. I am not much for reviews but if you want a light weekend read I highly recommend this book.
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67 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Patricia McLinn pens a page-turning story! July 29, 2001
Format:Paperback
Matty Brennan would do anything to save the family spread...even marry the man who broke her heart six years ago. Of course, it's a marriage in name only, and of course it has nothing to do with any lingering feelings for her childhood flame. Dave Currick has no idea why it's so important that he marry Matty in name only, but he says yes because he'd do just about anything for Matty.
A marriage of convenience that's not overly convenient as it forces Matty and Dave to confront feelings from the past even as they look toward the future. The question is, what will that future hold for their marriage?
Patricia McLinn is a talented storyteller whose easy writing style and compelling plot will sweep you away.
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55 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful, wacky, sexy couple ... April 12, 2011
Format:Paperback
One of the (many) reasons I like reviewing romance novels is that I don't have to worry about spoiling the ending. We all know what the ending will be--must be or it wouldn't be a romance. Indeed, we know that Almost a Bride will end with impulsive Matty Brennan marrying steady Dave Currick. In fact, I knew that after reading the first 35 words--and I knew, to boot, that Matty would wind up saving her beloved Flying W Ranch.

Right now, I have to say I loved the story, lest my opening paragraph loses readers. That paragraph is true, but it might make Patricia McLinn's novel sound ... But, no, anything but that. You see, what counts in a romance is the journey, not the destination. And what a journey this was, with surprising twists and turns in every chapter!

I love twists--which is fortunate, because Almost a Bride almost turned me into a Bavarian pretzel. To begin with, Matty and Dave get married to begin with--in Chapter 2, three days after meeting for the first time in six years.

Well, that's not exactly true--it's a half twist. Dave marries Mattie, but Mattie isn't really married to Dave. She won't really marry him because he loves her too much?

So maybe Dave needs a knock on the head so he won't love Mattie excessively. There's nothing sure in Almost a Bride until almost the end. You never know.

But in the end, she might marry her husband for real. Her husband? You know, that guy she has the irresistible hots for.

There's much more to tell about this wonderful, wacky, sexy couple, but I'm not giving any more away. I will tell you that on every other page, these two lovable people put each other through the romance wringer and turn the crank. So, if you love to laugh; love to cry; or love to laugh and cry at the same time, then you'll definitely want to read Almost a Bride.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Complicated May 4, 2012
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Matty Brennan and Dave Currick are childhood sweethearts. But as they entered early adulthood, they broke up though both of them blamed the other for breaking his/her heart. So, an early question in the story is "who was the heartbreaker?" which of course was answered by the end of the story.

***POSSIBLE SPOILERS***
The concept and/or the basis of the plot is what made "Almost a Bride" an outstanding romance novel. There really is no "bad guy" or "villain" in the story. In fact, the heroes are also the anti-heroes. That concept is hard to achieve in literary fiction. And it is harder to achieve in a romance novel because of the expected HEA. Hence, the author, Patricia McLinn had to put the angst on a romantic slant instead of the philosophical slant. In short, think of Hamlet's soliloquy "to be or not to be" as a sonnet. Hard to imagine, right? Harder to write, if you ask me.

Great story, great editing and great concept. Five stars all the way.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost a bride
The title did seem strange but as the story progressed it became very clear where the author was going to end. Good reading.
Published 13 hours ago by Bruce W Rogers
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Was ok reading, somewhat too ":talkative" about details.
Published 4 days ago by Janis G.
2.0 out of 5 stars Forgettable.
Not to my liking. My opinion, of course.
Published 6 days ago by My Three Cents
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Sweetly romantic.
Published 6 days ago by Melanie Murr
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
ok book
Published 7 days ago by Beth Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars an enjoyable read for summer vacation.
I enjoyed this love story. It flowed and was very believable. Each character was developed and I also enjoyed the side characters setting them up for their own stories. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Kristin Spence
4.0 out of 5 stars a good read
I almost gave this book a 5 star rating because I enjoyed it a lot. There were a few characters that the reader should have gotten to know better but all in all, it was a good... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Denny R
3.0 out of 5 stars A quick, predictable read.
I'd have to say this is just an okay story. The conflict was good for modern-day women: the guy wanted to take care of everything without talking issues over first. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Kim Bussey
3.0 out of 5 stars I liked the story overall
I liked the story overall, although I wish there had been more detail about the character's background and life circumstance. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Kimberly
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
rubbish
Published 19 days ago by A Lucas
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More About the Author

I'm most proud that my readers say my books blend "laughter and tears" with characters who "live and breathe." Those elements, along with a dash of humor, unite my 30+ romance, women's fiction, and mystery titles. I'm especially grateful to my readers for multiple visits to the USA Today list in 2013.

I had a great childhood, though I ran away from home - heading for Hollywood. Alas, Dairy Queen came before the train station, depleting my capital and preventing my becoming the only Oscar-winning screenwriter under 10. Instead, I received BA & MSJ degrees at Northwestern, then became a sportswriter. That training in dialogue, character, motivation, conflict shows in Winter Olympic-set romance THE GAMES, "a gold-medal winner."

Journalism took me from Rockford, Ill., to Charlotte, N.C., then 20+ years editing at the Washington Post. Journalism shows up in my mystery series, "Caught Dead in Wyoming," starting with SIGN OFF and LEFT HANGING. Elizabeth Margaret Danniher's high-flying TV news reporter career crash-lands in tiny KWMT in Sherman, Wyoming. As she tries to find her way in a new life, she is drawn into mysteries...and into the lives of 2 very different men.

I'm now in Northern Kentucky, writing full-time. You'll find me at www.PatriciaMcLinn.com, and hanging around social media, especially Twitter and Facebook - feel free to tell me to get back to writing.


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