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The Man Must Marry Mass Market Paperback – October 28, 2008

4.4 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Sinclair Brothers Series

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"Janet Chapman melds great characterization, sparkling humor, and spicy adventure into a perfect blend." -- Romantic Times

About the Author

A native of rural central Maine, Janet Chapman lives there in a cozy log cabin on a lake with her husband.  Three cats and a stray young bull moose keep them company.  The author of the hugely popular Highlander time-travel series, she also writes contemporary romances.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star; 1st Pocket Star Books Pbk. Ed edition (October 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141650530X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416505303
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Natalie S VINE VOICE on October 15, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sam Sinclair and his two brothers don't know what to think. Abram, Sam's eighty-five year old grandfather, has been missing for weeks. Unable to track the wily man down, Sam is surprised and admittedly curious when he is told a proxy is coming in his grandfather's place to vote for a new CEO at a Tidewater International board meeting. Sam isn't all that worried, after all, he can pretty much hold his own with anyone. However, this is where Sam's thinking gets completely discombobulated. It seems that Abram has sent a woman as his proxy and not just any woman. He has sent Willamina Kent in all her glory; torn stockings and all.

Willamina Kent guards her heart diligently. When Abram asks her to go to a board meeting in his stead, she knows what the old man is doing and while she is scared to death and ridiculously clumsy at times, she honors his wishes. Coming face to face with Abram's grandson Sam makes her heart beat faster but Willa refuses to allow it to interfere with what she has promised her friend. No matter what Sam says or what he makes her feel.

Sam and Willa work diligently at trying to find a loophole in his grandfather's will. While Sam isn't against following his grandsire's wishes, Willa refuses to even think about settling down with him. When an accident happens and Willa receives surprising information, she knows that the time for a decision is now. Her fear of rejection is immense and it will take a small miracle to get Willa to admit what her heart has been telling her all along.

In THE MAN MUST MARRY, Sam and Willa are like oil and water - at first. By the time the book ends they are more like a delicately blended dressing. Sam makes my heart race at his first sighting of Willa.
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STORY BRIEF:
Abram built a shipping empire. He is dying and went to a small coastal town in Maine to spend his last days. He met Willa who owns a casket making company. He wants Willa to marry one of his grandsons, for her benefit and for their benefit. His three grandsons lost their parents at an early age and were raised by Abram. The three grandsons are confirmed bachelors. Abram retired and gave Willa his proxy to vote to choose one of them as his successor. Willa traveled to and attended the board meeting in New York City as a favor to Abram. For some reason, Sam (one of the grandsons) is nearby to see and help her survive accidents such as getting her purse caught in the elevator door, getting locked out of her hotel room, etc. Willa is suffering guilt over some things in her life. She doesn't live a normal life due to guilt, and she's a bit whiny.

REVIEWER'S OPINION:
This was a pleasant romance novel, but there was nothing new or different enough to make it stand out from the rest. I think Sam fell in love with Willa too soon and too easily. He dated a number of women over the years for no more than a few months each. I didn't understand how he "fell in love at first sight" with a dowdy, unsophisticated, accident prone woman. I would have preferred watching things happen between them for awhile before he fell in love.

Minor irritation (publisher's fault): Sam has hair on his chest. The guy on the cover does not.

DATA:
Story length: 340 pages. Swearing language: moderate to strong. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: 2. Total number of sex scene pages: 9. Setting: current day New York City, Keelstone Cove, Maine, and sailing in the Atlantic. Copyright: 2008. Genre: contemporary romance.
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I was unsure if I was going to like this book. The only reason I picked it up because I love Janet Chapman. But I was so wrong. I could not seem to book the book down. I tried to force myself to read it slower, knowing that it would be a day or so before I would find time to go out and get something else to read. But I still finished it early. Another great book, Janet!!
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I love Janet Chapman, she makes you feel like you are there. She has make me feel as if I am visiting the places she writes about. Which of course I never have, but keep writing, and I will keep reading.
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I can never put down a Janet Chapman novel. I find myself totally enraptured in the storyline and just can't stop reading till I get to the always-satisfying end. Any of Janet's books are fantastic, but the ones that touch on time travel and magic are fantastic. Try one - you'll like it!
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By Denise O. on November 24, 2012
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I love the tension in these books - characters come alive and the story keeps you focussed!! You feel like you know the main characters and I love the fun that goes on when there are brothers involved - the ribbing and teasing makes you laugh and the tension between the two lovers gets you. Great book!
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By A Customer on November 4, 2008
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If first appearances mean anything, Willamina "Willa" Kent needs to be shot. Her first moment at Tidewater International in front of the shareholders including the grandsons of her beloved mentor millionaire Abram Sinclair is a disaster. To add tension she has Bram's critical proxy to vote on who replaces the shipping magnate as CEO.

However before she can vote, they learn Bram died. His will leaves his share of stock with Willa on the condition she marry one of his grandchildren, Sam Ben or Jesse. Sam and Willa travel on her yacht to Maine seeking a way out of the iron clad will. As they fall in love, she doubts he truly cares while he mist find a way to persuade her she means more to him than his now superseded ambitions of replacing Bram as the CEO.

Willa and the late Bram make this a fun contemporary romance as she is a courageous clumsy person and grandpa as he has done when he lived manipulates his grandchildren as a matchmaker from the grave. The rivalry between Sam and Ben is deep adding a realistic element to the fine story line and enabling a non family member to make a strong bid for the CEO position. Readers will enjoy the first Sinclair sibling story and look forward to a return to Maine for Ben's tale.

Harriet Klausner
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