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Left at the Altar (A Match Made in Texas) Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 2016
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Welcome to Two-Time Texas:
Where tempers burn hot
Love runs deep
And a single marriage can unite a feuding town
...or tear it apart for good
In the wild and untamed West,time is set by the local jeweler...but Two-Time Texas has two: two feuding jewelers and two wildly conflicting time zones. Meg Lockwood's marriage was supposed to unite the families and finally bring peace. But when she's left at the altar by her no-good fiancé, Meg's dreams of dragging her quarrelsome neighbors into a ceasefire are dashed.
No wedding bells? No one-time town.
Hired to defend the groom against a breach of promise lawsuit, Grant Garrison quickly realizes that the only thing worse than small-town trouble is falling for the jilted bride. But there's something about Meg's sweet smile and determined grit that draws him in...even as the whole crazy town seems set on keeping them apart.
Who knew being Left at the Altar could be such sweet,clean, madcap fun?
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Left at the Altar amused me. Yes - the love affair between the h, Meg, and the H, Grant, is wildly unrealistic, but, for some reason, that didn't worry me. Maybe because Brownley got me to like them?
Left at the Altar is also spoofy and full of caricatures that may offend some Texans. I laughed out loud at some of the idiocies. And acknowledged that Brownley balanced the "craziness" by showing the townspeople's courage and generosity after the disaster towards the end of the story. Moreover, Brownley's tale is given more grunt by the inclusion of some great and complex characterisations, as well as more witty, non-slapstick humour and even a few touches of pathos.
The author also offers another layer to the sweet love story that I found interesting. I not only learned, for the first time, that "Texas" meant "friend" in the local indigenous Indian language, I became aware (also for the first time) of the history of idiosyncratic time-keeping in 19th century US. (I already knew about the predilection for inhabitants in the US to "sue" the pants off one another, but this theme in the story provided another attraction.)
It's hard to rate this story. It's well written. It's funny. It's sad. It has a sweet HEA. Nevertheless, it ain't five star. It's a three and a half, rounded up.
Enjoy this romantic comedy of sorts, as a bizarre love triangle snares the heart of an eastern bred attorney, Grant Garrison, as he attempts to settle a breach-of-promise lawsuit between Meg Lockwood and Tommy Farrell, only to discover that his own intentions have been compromised by a lovely set of turquoise eyes and a hope chest full of lacy unmentionables.
It's a good thing that Meg has sisters, because it appears that Margaret Brownley has more tales to tell in her engaging (pun intended) "A Match Made in Texas" series.
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I received a free copy for an honest review ;) I really enjoyed reading this book. I recommend this book is a good reading with very colorful characters.