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The Man Must Marry Mass Market Paperback – October 28, 2008
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A read again book. Loved the characters. Can't wait to revisit them when Ben and Jessie find their lives. A trip to Main is on the works.Published 2 months ago by Orin G. Shippee
I love Janet's writing, her characters, and the way she still uses Romance when so many authors are all about action and adventure.Published 6 months ago by RachelwasaMarks
Janet Chapman never let's you down! The book is a great buy.Published 8 months ago by Terri L Renninger
I really enjoy reading Janet Chapman books. I wouldn't go so far as to say this series was as good as her highlanders series, it was still an enjoyable read.Published 10 months ago by T, Sinnott