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Almost a Bride, a western romance (Wyoming Wildflowers Book 1) Kindle Edition

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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: 2298 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Craig Place Books (January 5, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 5, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004FV58Z2
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I write because people heal. And those are the people who fascinate me.

They heal from pinpricks and catastrophes. They heal seamlessly or with scars, hidden or visible. They heal in as many ways as there are things to heal from, then multiplied by the number of individuals there are in this world.

As a journalist, I witnessed moments of "injury" and frequently found myself asking "How does someone get past that?" - whether "that" was pinprick or catastrophe. That question is also at the heart of my stories. What my characters are healing from frequently falls into the realm of wounds most of us carry. That makes the healing no less fascinating and no less admirable than if a character has troubles few of us will ever encounter. (I am piling on with one character right now, and it's starting to make me feel a little guilty.)

I find people often heal from doses of humor, honesty, and being pushed into situations they've been trying to avoid. Since few people will push themselves into situations they've been avoiding (wg), the characters need friends, family, and community willing to push. So my stories have a lot of those elements.
That's why I'm most pleased that my readers say my books blend "laughter and tears" with characters who "live and breathe." I don't have the most focused writing career - contemporary romance, mystery, women's fiction, historical romance, nonfiction - but those elements unite my 30+ titles.

Some say my stories have happy endings. I like to think of each story as being the process of the main characters getting themselves to a point where they can have a happy beginning. Because they've done a lot of healing.

If you enjoy stories about characters learning, growing, and healing, with some humor, sometimes some mystery, and frequently romance, I hope you'll try my books.

For more on what's coming up with my writing, you can sign up for my newsletter at my website:
http://www.PatriciaMcLinn.com

And if you truly want to know about my childhood, education, and journalism career, click on "Meet Patricia" at the website.

Enjoy your reading!

Patricia

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127 of 129 people found the following review helpful By Dafna Yee on 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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96 of 100 people found the following review helpful By C. Penn on May 30, 2001
Format: Mass Market 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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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By J on 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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71 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Holly F on July 29, 2001
Format: Mass Market 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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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Sheiglagh on 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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64 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Gerald M. Weinberg on April 12, 2011
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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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