Wanting to start a new phase of her life, Marta packs up her things in Portland, takes a bus to Seattle, and moves in with her friend, Ginger. But, Marta didn't anticipate that she'd also have to share an apartment with Ginger's brother. Having grown up in the foster care system the three of them have a history in common. But while Ginger and Josh seem content with their lives, Marta is determined to move up in the world--even if it means she needs to find a rich husband.
Joshua and Marta butt heads and can't seem to get along. But when Marta has trouble finding a job right away, he tells that her she can help him fix up and rent the apartments in the building they're living in. Marta agrees on a temporary basis--just until she finds a better job. Feelings for each other begin to develop--but neither is willing to admit to falling for the other person. When an opportunity arises that will give Marta what she thinks she wants, she has some important decisions to make.
The author did a good job of making Joshua both frustrating (just because he acts and thinks like a guy) and heroic in that he's very protective of the people he cares about. I know this is a romance and the focus needs to be on the hero and heroine, but one of the characters I'd like to have seen more of in the story is Miss Treymore, the older lady who lives in the apartment building. I really enjoyed her.
Shopping for a Groom by Kathleen Sprout is a light-hearted romantic comedy that also provides a subtle message. We may think we know what's best for us, but God may have other plans--and He actually knows what's best.
If you're looking for a fast read with some laughs and tender moments, I recommend Shopping for a Groom.