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Shopping For A Groom (Brides of Seattle Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Kathleen Sprout
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Marta had always heard that it's as easy to fall in love with a rich man as a poor man. That philosphy worked for her. Having grown up poor in a series of foster homes, she set out to create a life of comfort and respect. And what better way, but to snag a rich husband. However, Marta didn't count on her best friend's brother to throw up roadblocks to her well crafted plan. Despite this, she met a man who could fulfill her dreams and it appeared her goal was in sight. When she discovered that God had His own plans for her, she had to make a hard choice. Could she choose between riches of the heart and the riches she'd been seeking?

Product Details

  • File Size: 272 KB
  • Print Length: 163 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 098339640X
  • Publisher: Proverb Press (March 10, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004RPS4TS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,378 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Romantic Comedy May 20, 2011
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.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A quick read with some great laugh-out-loud moments! April 22, 2011
This was a cute and funny book about a gal with a definite plan for her life and is determined to follow it through. It is when trying to get on her feet and begin pursuing her dreams that the hijinks ensue. As a reader it was fun to root for all three main characters. Read this book to find out if her plans line up with God's perfect plan for her!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shopping for a Groom March 29, 2011
Shopping For a GroomWow, what a great short story! Marta (aka. Martha) takes a bus trip from Portland to Seattle. Looses her baggage leaving her with one change of clothes. Having paid a month's rent to move in with her childhood best friend Ginny, she finds out that the apartment is really owned Josh Ginny's older brother.

Marta's dream is to land a rich husband, but her plans quickly run amok as God leads her to see the error of her plans. Great comic touches all along the tale, and quite a hard time for two young people to find out they actually love and respect each other. Oh, and don't forget the madcap neighbors. A page turner and a book you will not want to put down until the end.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Shopping for a good book September 2, 2011
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I feel like 99 cent books need their own star scale. Considering this book is so cheap and almost every cheap book I've read has been awful, then sure, this book would get 4 stars on that scale. But just judging it as a normal book I have to give it two stars.

I won't rehash the plot since many others have. But I will say the plot idea was a good one but wasn't executed that well. The story wasn't captivating by any means. I actually started reading it at night to put me to sleep. I can normally read a book like this in a few hours but this took me weeks to finish. And I only finished it because I always have to get to the end of a book I've started just to see if there's a great ending to redeem a rough start. The ending was not fabulous. But I guess at least it was happy.

The author did a good job of giving the leading couple time to get to know each other. And their feelings for each other are believable. (I hate when a couple falls madly in love in one day. That's so cheesy!)

But that was about the nicest thing I can say about this book. All in all it was boring. I never got these laugh out loud moments that other readers did. Just a pretty blah book that I'll forget quickly.

Oh- and just for anyone who wants to know: the level of religious comments in the book would be the lowest I've ever read in a Christian chick-lit book. A couple in the beginning and one in the end and that's it.
(I don't let that be a part of how I judge a book at all, I just want to include that for anyone who's wondering.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure what to say July 19, 2013
By Brianne
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The ending was great. Getting there....not so much. I loved Ginny. You can't help but to live her. But Marta seemed like a big snob the whole way through. I understand wanting to better yourself when growing up sucked, but she didn't have to be so ugly and ruthless about it. The author tried to show her good side, and I did see it. But there wasn't enough of it to counteract her selfish snobbish behavior. And I didn't like him either.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smile and enjoy March 23, 2011
Shopping For A Groom by Kathleen Sprout
I found this book to be a refreshing, and comical account of a trio of characters. They all grew up poor and in foster homes. This background played out in different ways for the 3 individuals. Marta was determined to marry into wealth and respect. Ginger was happy to live with her strong, devoted brother, Josh. When Marta came to live with them temporarily the reader wonders how this will all play out.
I recommend Shopping For A Groom for those who are looking for a good, shorter story to make them smile and enjoy a good read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute book!
This is a very cute book; lots of humor! I'm hoping this author will soon bring out another in her Seattle Brides series.
Published 2 months ago by Linda C. Gunnells
4.0 out of 5 stars An Amusing Story
It was a very amusing little book. I enjoyed it. Christian too.
Published 4 months ago by Evelyn Richesin
5.0 out of 5 stars Shopping for a groom
Shopping for a groom is a 5 because it has a balanced mixture of intrigue, romance and laughs. It is a feel good story with a happy ending. And I love the Seattle setting.
Published 15 months ago by Leslie Jefferson
3.0 out of 5 stars A likable story...
Shopping for a Groom by Kathleen Sprout is a likable story, with likable characters. The storyline was a little far fetched but engaging. Read more
Published 15 months ago by NG
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Christian romance
I enjoyed this book immensely. It was a quick read but had a wonderful message about what really matters in life. Recommended if you have a free weekend to relax and read!
Published 16 months ago by S. Bridges
1.0 out of 5 stars Not great
Writer made too many bad things happen. Too much drama before getting to the point. At the end, it was all thrown together. Would not recommend.
Published 17 months ago by Hh
4.0 out of 5 stars Clean and Ok
I liked that the story was clean and there was a little bit of struggle for the characters to work through. It is more geared toward young adults. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Christopher V Lott
1.0 out of 5 stars A fun, cute read!
Clean and quick. A very cute love story- I enjoyed the simple writing style and story line the author used
Published 17 months ago by CBarton
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting stuff!
Pretty good read, although it ended rather abruptly. The characters are funny, and the interplay between them was great. Nice.
Published 17 months ago by Kris
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read
A sweet uncomplicated story and a good, clean read. Lots of girls dream about finding a rich husband but the real, hardworking men who love you unconditionally are a million times... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

Kathleen Sprout has enjoyed a variety of activities in her lifetime . . . raising children, enjoying grandchildren, volunteering at her church, raising llamas, building dollhouses, playing the piano, and spending years in wildlife enforcement. During all this, her love for books never waned. From the time she was old enough to check books out of the local bookmobile, she's been a voracious reader. Just like many authors before her, she vowed as a child that she would write a book someday. And now she has written several. Her choice of genre is Christian fiction. She loves to show her characters growing and changing during their faith discoveries. Her characters may be a little quirky or flawed, but their journey is very similar to yours and mine.

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