The Stand-in Bridegroom forms the third part of Marilyn Baron's angel trilogy of short stories. Having been wowed by 'Follow an Angel' and 'A Choir of Angels' in the past, I knew to expect something great from this excellent author third time out. And this story didn't let me down. Like Baron's other work, it delivers a great premise, excellent dialogue, memorable characters, and enough emotion to fill the audience at a real wedding. But this author's real skill is in keeping the audience hooked, and in developing plausible twists and turns which astound.
Consider this set-up. The scene is the Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas, and: "The wedding celebration of Patra Grace Collins and Douglas Luke Grainger was about to get under way. The groomsmen escorted the parents and grandparents to the white silk-draped pews up front. Flower girls scattered fresh white rose petals on the walkway. Then her attendants began their slow stroll down the aisle to Pachelbel's Canon in D Major." Could hardly get more romantic, could it? Well, there's a problem. The groom, Doug, isn't there, and, in his place is his identical twin brother Dexr.
This story is full of the usual Marilyn Baron wit. It's also high on narrative tension. I won't spoil the appearance of the angel, or the ending, but rest assured, this is a brilliant, well-rounded story which will tug on the heart-strings and jog that funny bone