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Boomerang Bride [Kindle Edition]

Fiona Lowe
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Book Description

Matilda Geoffrey had risked it all for love.

She'd left Australia to be with Barry—the man who had swept her off her virtual feet. Now, wearing a wedding dress, she's alone on Main Street in small-town Wisconsin, and things aren't working out exactly as planned….

In town for his annual family visit, Marc Olsen had never seen a bride quite like Matilda—staring into a storefront window, holding a tottering wedding cake and looking desperately in need of a groom. He doesn't have many warm feelings for his hometown, but meeting Matilda just as she discovers she's been scammed by her online "fiancé" stirs something in him.

Matilda is not the kind of woman Marc imagined himself with, and Marc is anything but the romantic hero that Matilda has always dreamed of. But as unlikely circumstances throw them together, can they let go of their misconceptions and risk their hearts for love?

93,000 words

"Boomerang Bride is one of the best romance novels this reviewer has read in a long time. Top Pick."
-RT Book Reviews

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This book won the 2012 Rita award for Best Contemporary Romance.
"I loved this story line and it was interesting to learn how one's past controls how you think and act for many of the characters." 5* Amazon Reviewer
 "I really enjoyed this book. It is very funny, witty, touching. You will laugh. A must read. Could not put it down!!!!!"Amazon Reviewer

"This book was a very good read, and I would recommend it to others. The author is really good and should be commended." 5*

From the Author

Dear Reader,
I'm so excited to introduce you to Boomerang Bride! This story grew out of a collision of ideas sparked by moments in time starting with me riding a ski-lift on my own. As I gazed out at the Australian snow gums and the pristine snow, an image of a bride holding a wedding cake and staring into a shop window pinged into my mind. I had no clue why and the image wouldn't budge.
Two days later, I heard a TV snippet about a conman scamming a European heiress and I got an email from a man in Nigeria telling me I had won the lottery.
Three weeks after that I heard the song, Bridal Train by The Waifs; the story of their grandmother who married a US sailor during WW2. At the end of the war, the US navy commissioned a train to collect all the Australian war brides from around the country and gathered them all in Sydney before they set sail for the US. It got me thinking...what if you'd grown up hearing the great romantic adventure-cum-love story of your grandmother and your mother had her own as well. Stories like that become family folk law and set up an expectation.
Suddenly I had a reason for my heroine, Matilda, to be standing in an ancient wedding dress, holding a cake and staring into an empty shop window ready for her great adventure. Of course absolutely nothing goes to plan!
I've lived in Wisconsin and every cross-cultural confusion that happens to Matilda, happened to me! Although Australians and Americans speak English, it often feels like we're speaking a different language which leads to some very funny misunderstandings.
I hope you enjoy Boomerang Bride. If you'd like to hear the song, Bridal Train and see photos of the real towns that inspired Hobin, then head over to my website at fionalowe.com. I love hearing from my readers and you can contact me at fiona@fionalowe.com or hang out with me on Facebook (fionaloweromanceauthor) and Twitter.
Happy Reading!
Love Fiona x

Product Details

  • File Size: 561 KB
  • Print Length: 345 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 037300205X
  • Publisher: Carina Press; Revised edition (December 18, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A22UWK4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,504 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boomerang Bride August 8, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
BOOMERANG BRIDE is a Carina Press release by author Fiona Lowe.

Matilda Geoffrey arrives at a small US town in a bride's dress carrying a wedding cake. She wanted to surprise her fiancé, whom she met online in a chat room.

Marc Olsen finds her standing in front of an empty shop and decides to help her. Then he finds out she's been scammed by her virtual fiancé.

He takes her in and offers her a job. Is it out of kindness of his heart? Or is it because something stirs in him even though Matilda is not the kind of woman Marc usually dates?

He has left the small town as soon as possible to escape the confines of familial responsibilities. After all, he was thrown into it at an early age by his father's death. He's back from New York just for the holidays but find himself sucked deeper in the responsibilities of a sick sister and her angry teenage son.

I loved the "Aussie" to "American" translations in this book. At times it resonated with me and at other times it was hilarious!

Author Fiona Lowe came up with an emotionally satisfying, sweet and witty story. It has great characters and is full of sizzling sexual tension. Yet the warmth and sensitivity she showed while touching on the subject of breast cancer and a woman's loss of self-confidence in herself after the mastectomy, was heart-touching.

Her hero, Marc, with his "Viking" good looks was delicious. The heroine, Tildy, who at first appeared scatter-brained, turned out to be an intensely emotional, tender with her big heart and quest for a perfect family. Tildy, surprisingly, was with perfect business sense and started her own business. This was inspiring, after she was scammed out of her money.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Australia versus small-town Wisconsin February 16, 2013
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Heroine flies to Wisconsin from Australia with her grandmother's wedding dress on in order to surprise her fiance. Her big surprise turns into a big shock as her fiance's supposed home is actually an empty store & that's where architect Hero meets her. Being conned by her fiance leaves her virtually penniless & homeless in a small Wisconsin town, where she musters up the courage to find a job & a place to stay ASAP. Hero is oustounded by her quick recovery & tries to help her. But heroine ends up helping him more with the various crises in his family's life. Their attraction soon turns into a secret affair with both knowing that it ends as soon as Hero goes back to New York after the Christmas holiday. How do they reconcile their commitment differences?

Not too bad. It had a slow half, romance-wise. First half of the book was mostly about Australian heroine's acculturation to the small-town Wisconsin way of life. Although interesting at times (especially the language differences), the first half read more like chick-lit than romance. There was so much "We Australians, do this" while "You Americans, do that" conversations that I got bored at times. The romance during the first half was slow to develop & more peripheral. I took many breaks & even fell asleep a couple times during this part of the book. Thankfully, the second half got better. There was more drama & more sex. The characters came alive & the story more centered on the romances (There was a secondary romance between Hero's sister & the town's cop). By the end, my emotions were drawn & I even got a little teary-eyed during the breakup & reconciliation of the main characters. I thought that Hero's change of heart was too sudden but not totally unbelievable. Heroine & her inner strength & positive outlook pulled the romance & the overall book together.

Moderately recommended.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fiona Lowe Always Delivers December 11, 2012
Format:Paperback
I am a huge fan of Fiona Lowe's Mills & Boons Medical Romances and her first venture into single title has every element I've come to expect from her books, with some added touches that make the story utterly compelling.

Tildy is a feisty heroine who has been tricked by her online fiancé to travel from her home in Australia to the unknown land of Wisconsin, USA. She arrives complete with a wedding dress and wedding cake and her knight in shining armor comes in the form of Marc, the yummy hero we completely fall in love and lust with. There are oh so many reasons they should never be together, and yet Ms Lowe successfully takes us through their journey and we also meet some wonderful secondary characters, whose stories are heart-wrenching and heart-warming, and yet they never overshadow the wonderful romance between Tildy and Marc, they just enhance it. And just when everything seems hopeless... well you'll have to buy the book and read it for yourself.

A great emotional journey with wonderful characters and, as always, a perfectly crafted storyline. It is indeed magical.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hated This Heroine March 29, 2013
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I was intrigued by the book description--a young woman from the other side of the world chasing her dream of love to America and ending up in a relationship with a virtual stranger. I love romance novels where we see the entire relationship of the characters, from the meeting to getting to know each other, and learning to not just love (or lust) after each other, but to actually like each other. And while the jilted bride theme has been done many times before, the internet aspect of this story was something of a new twist and I was interested in where the author would go with it. Unfortunately, she created a heroine that I didn't just dislike, but whom I sort of despised for just how daft and gullible she was.

Matilda has travelled from Australia to the little town of Hobin, Wisconsin so that she can surprise her fiance. From the book description, I thought Matilda would end up just not getting along with Barry, but it turns out, that there really is no Barry. In fact, she's been totally conned into "investing" money in his business, opening a joint account, and getting engaged. And these factors, which I guess are supposed to make us feel sorry for Matilda, instead make me question her intelligence.

Normally, I have quite a difficult time starting a book and not finishing it; no matter how bad it is, I keep hoping that it will get better. I find that compulsion even stronger when I've received a free copy and have agreed to review it. But I just couldn't bring myself to go on with this. I can normally polish off a book in one or two days, but it has honestly taken me three weeks to get this far into the book. And "this far" is through Chapter Two. I can't force myself to read anymore when there hasn't been anything thus far to make me care about this character, much less whether she gets a happily ever after.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Predictable and cute
Our main character has a few brains but tends to lose them when in love. The story is entertaining yet predictable but worth a read to pass a few hours by. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Chh
5.0 out of 5 stars has enough poignant moments to satisfy the most discerning emotion...
Boomerang Bride, a charming and witty contemporary romance, has enough poignant moments to satisfy the most discerning emotion junkie. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Maureen Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Reading.
I really enjoyed reading this book and have enjoyed so far all the books I have ready by Fiona Lowe
Published 6 months ago by Norah Engle
3.0 out of 5 stars The hero was a total turnoff
I wanted to like this book as the premise was cute. I DID like some of it. The secondary romance between the hero's sister and the deputy sheriff was the highlight of the book for... Read more
Published 6 months ago by SFC
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed It
Like all good-light hearted romance novels, this one has attraction, conflict and happy-ever-after. The formula isn't unique, but the story was cute, the sex part of the story but... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Robbi
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
Boring main romance. Unlikable hero. Mary Sue heroine. Great secondary romance and couple. Alas, their story was too short to save the book.
Published 9 months ago by Raynell Derdan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book - I love both the plot and subplot
This was a really fun book with an absolutely enthralling beginning. I loved the main plot and the sub plot. The heroine was sterling and real.
Published 9 months ago by Joy E. Hancock
5.0 out of 5 stars cute!
This was a fun, easy read, and the characters were wonderfully written. You identify with all of them, and the small town setting is so realistic, it's almost like a character... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Sarah
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I loved the concept of the bride coming all the way to the USA expecting to have a wedding. The wedding is a bust but she gets so involved in her rescuers problems that her life... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Atkins79
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
Terrific,,,,, loved everything about it. Sweet story of a man and his family. Really liked the Aussie and her way she didn't let Barry get the best of her.
Published 10 months ago by Barbara Burda
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More About the Author

Multi published, RITA & RuBY award winning author, Fiona Lowe is internationally published with Berkley/Penguin, Carina Press & Harlequin Mills & Boon. She writes contemporary romances featuring small towns with big hearts. Her new 2015 series, Medicine River, kicks off on January 6 with Montana Actually followed by Truly Madly Montana on July 7th.
She loves creating characters you could meet on the street and enjoys putting them in unique situations where they eventually fall in love. Fiona currently lives in Australia, which is a lot warmer than Wisconsin, and she attempts to juggle her writing career with her own real life hero, a rambling garden with 80 rose bushes while raising two heroes in the making. Writing wise, she divides her time between writing single title contemporary romance and medical romances.


Fiona loves to hear from her readers and you can contact her at fiona@fionalowe.com. She also hangs out at http://www.fionalowe.com
http://www.facebook.com/FionaLoweRomanceAuthor
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