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From Publishers Weekly

This humorous romantic comedy warms the heart with its zany yet believable characters and snappy dialogue. When Cydney Parrish's 19-year-old niece, Bebe - whom she has raised for the last 15 years while her globe-trotting sister took Pulitzer Prize-winning photos - gets engaged to the nephew of famous mystery writer and social recluse Angus Monroe, Cydney drives herself over the edge organizing the hasty nuptials and helping Angus overcome his aversion to the union. The only stable member of an eccentric family, Cydney, an aspiring mystery writer herself, has long idolized Angus, but she doesn't let her feelings stop her from putting him in his place when he implies that Bebe is a gold-digging flake. Angus considers his 21-year-old nephew too immature to marry, but in the process of trying to upset the wedding plans, he finds himself first in the hospital, and then, when the wedding party decamps to his home, injured on a regular basis. In the midst of the mayhem, Angus falls headlong in lust with Cydney, but their opposing views on the wedding keep them at odds. At times, Angus and Cydney's romance plays second fiddle to the wedding hijinks, but Michaels's (Nightwing) keen sense of comic timing and oddball characters never fail to entertain.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Few things will pull writer Angus Munroe out of his seclusion in Crooked Possum, MO, but when his nephew announces that he is going to marry the granddaughter of the mystery writer who snubbed Angus years earlier, he heads for Kansas City to stop the wedding. What he finds, however, in addition to a beautiful bride-to-be who puts him in the hospital with a broken nose, is her elfin, intelligent Aunt Cydney, a woman who is not about to let anyone interfere with her niece's happiness. A smart, dependable heroine amid a family of bright eccentrics, a ruggedly gorgeous hero determined to guard his nephew's interests, and an abundance of intriguing, quirky characters will keep readers entertained. Michaels (Nightwing) is the best-selling writer of a number of humorous romances and lives in Independence, MO.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Ivy Books (May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804119600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804119603
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,232,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lynn Michaels, a three-time nominee for the Romance Writers of America's RITA award, is the author of sixteen books and one novella. Her 2002 release "Mother of the Bride" won the Best Contemporary Romance award from Romantic Times Magazine. She lives in Independence, Missouri with her husband, their two sons, and three cats she calls the Little Queens. To email Lynn, visit her website www.lynnmichaels.us or write to Lynn at P.O. Box 1775, Independence, MO 64055.

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I adore this book!!!! Gus is a great hero with a lot of layers. He lost most of his family and more or less became a recluse, and you can almost see him coming out of his cacoon as the book progresses. And you can't help but love Cydney, the heroine. She's not ordinary, but she grew up in a family of overachievers so she doesn't see herself as extraordinary. They are a delightful couple and make a wonderful read. Like all of Lynn Michael's books, this one is full of warm humor, colorful characters and zingers that will have you laughing out loud.

Gus and Cydney reappear in both Honeymoon Suite and Return Engagement. I love when an author does that, lets us have a peek at their happy ever after!
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I read a lot of chick lit books and absolutely loved this one. The main characters were wonderfully likeable and funny and the chemistry between Gus and Cydney was great. It was one of those books that I truly didn't want to end. I've got all the other Lynn Michaels books on order now!
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The story: Aspiring writer Cydney Parrish has raised her niece while trying not-so-hard to realized her dreams of being published . Her famous-author father, Martha Stewart mother, and high-profile photographer sister have reached intimidating levels of success, and none has been very supportive of Cydney's talents. Then Cydney's niece, Bebe, becomes engaged to the nephew of reclusive mystery writer Angus Monroe, a man Cydney secretly worships. Angus shows up, calling Bebe a gold-digger, and Cydney decides to do all she can to give Bebe the perfect wedding. Angus determines to sabotage the wedding, and offers his beautiful house, located in a tiny town that's nearly impossible to find, as the locale. Tensions run high as Cyndney tries to hide her attraction to Angus while dealing with her prima donna relatives and her emotional and immature niece.
Strong points: The story includes funny moments and pithy dialogue mixed with strong romantic tension. Lovely interaction between Cydney and her niece gives it a feel-good quality. Cydney and Angus both have humorous conversations with their consciences, adding an extra layer to their points-of-view. An eclectic cast of secondary characters and plots adds depth.
Weaknesses: Convoluted sentence structure and repetitive actions make the book drag in places. Cydney's doormat, poor-me attitude gets old quickly, although some may admire her as an underdog, "ugly duckling turns swan" type heroine. The series of mishaps Angus suffers also grows old, and comes off as rather overdone and slapstick, not credible. Cydney's mother's subplot also weakens the tale, as she appears fickle instead of star-crossed.
Overall: The story offers a lot to entertain the reader, but could have been better. Overall it was disappointing, but shows potential.
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Lynne Michaels knows how to write about families that are less than nromal and how to write about love. Her characters are the type you can't help but love even with the idea if they were your own relatives you'd go crazy. Sydney may be battling a little bit of everything what with her sister, her mother and a man who's more than a little attracted to her, but she does it with style which means in her very own unique way.
We need more authors like her to give us enjoyable books!
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Enjoyed the drawn out story that had the same things happening to the characters unnecessarily over and over, but the worst part were the grammatical errors and umpteen hyphenated words that simply are wrong and just aggrevating. Seems as though this final was not proof read at all! Don't blame Lynn for all the errors, and they are numerous, because she is a really good author.
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Everything about Mother of the Bride warmed my heart and made me laugh. I know families like this, and have vicariously lived and sweat blood with them as they've bolted in and out of my world over the years.
The characters throughout the book were cleanly drawn and not to be forgotten for one second. Cydney Parrish, an aspiring writer, is raising her 'damn the torpedos' neice, Bebe, because her real mother, Cydney's sister, is busy being famous.
Cydney finds Bebe and her fiance, Aldo Monroe, making love. To her dismay, Cydney learns that Aldo is the nephew of the tantalizing Angus Monroe, the best selling author she's been dreaming about for years. Although they've never actually met, she's half in love with him and half hates him because of the rivalry between Angus and her own father/author, Fletchter Parrish.
When Cydney and Angus meet and cross swords, sexual tension sparks and never lets up throughout the book. Angus Monroe's home in Crooked Possum, where Aldo and Bebe decide to get married, is redolent in clime and lore and holds court to the Hell's a-poppin' doings of everyone present.
Bebe's real mother arrives and wreaks even more havoc with the already crazy mix of mischiefs and mishaps that run rampant on every page. By the time Fletchter Parrish enters stage left, the wedding and the participants are locked in off-the-chart chaos.
Where it goes from there, I will leave it to you to read. But read it you must for the all-out fun and lasting warm fuzzies that you will find at every turn.
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