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Marrying Mr. English: The English Brothers #0.5 (The Blueberry Lane Series - The English Brothers) Kindle Edition
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The first part of the story (the one published in the anthology) is how Tom and Eleanora met and got married. The story was NOT what I was expecting though I already knew that though Tom comes from money, Eleanora doesn't. They meet when Tom is on his "Honeymoon" though he didn't actually get married. On his grandfather's demands he was suppose to marry a woman until he turns 32 so he could inherit 15 million dollars. He had it all planned with a women he knew quite well, yet when the big day arrived (4 days before he turns 32..) she bailed, leaving Tom frustrated but in a way resigned. Playing his grandfather's game was tiring as it is. Then he meets Eleanora, a simply yet intelligent and sassy waitress.
Though they come from a different backgrounds, there is something between them from their first interaction. Eleanora intrigues Tom, she is not like any of the girls back home, she has a back bone and ambitions though she will have to work very hard to achieve them. Eleanora is surprised to realize Tom isn't just a rich guy trying to get in her pants, he is actually a good guy, sweet and caring who respects her in a way no one ever had.
When Tom shares the situation he is in with Eleanora she proposes THEY marry. Getting 1 million dollars to be shortly married to Tom is VERY appealing considering how much she wants to finish college and have her own small business, probably a book store. Tom finds he dreams honest and decides he wants to marry her and help her achieve her goals.
Yet what they didn't really expect is for them to start falling in love. They are in a very strange and difficult position both afraid to show their heart and lose the person they are starting to care for. But they truly have to test their resolve when Tom's grandfather meets Eleanora for the first time and tells Tom if he stays married to her he will be disowned. Deciding he truly wants to give a chance to the love he just found with Eleanora and being sick and tired of his grandfather's act they leave together and try to make ends meet which is VERY difficult considering his grandfather's pull makes it impossible for Tom to find a job in banking. Turning to a position in his former high school as the English teacher and Eleanora also finding a part time job they are struggling to make a life together, one built on their honest feelings for one another.
In the end, it works out in a beautiful sensitive way. We KNOW Tom is the manager of "English and Son" working with his 5 grown kids :) But it takes a while for them to get there, demanding they make sacrifices and test their commitment to one another time and again.
I loved that we got the ideas behind each of their children's names and also loved the way the story was wrapped with Eleanora sitting with her actual/soon to be daughters-in-law telling them her and Tom's story. It truly felt the best possible way to end this series with everyone together.
Tags: Contemporary Romance
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In a breakfast all day diner in the mountains of Vail, Colorado, a waitress lobbed a blistering take down to an entitled man ought for her body. Tom was impressed, not only by her wit, but also the grace of her. It would be easy to take what the wealthy visitors to Vail offered. But not her.
Eleanor Watters' cousin Evie roped her into a double date with two of the towns visitors. Van is like all the others, just looking for a quick roll in the hay before he returns to his privileged life. But Tom English met her challenge, citing The Swiss family Robinson as his favorite book and quoting Elizabeth Barrett Browning back to her. When he makes the silly offer of a temporary marriage in exchange for one million dollars, she'd be a fool to pass it up. But she won't give him her heart.
This is the last of the English brothers series but is truly the first. That being said, save it for last. So much is explained in this novel which sets the scene for all the others. But it is so tender and compelling, it really is quite the gift to read in in hindsight. I think it's my favorite of the whole series!
Tom and Elenora's journey kept me so captivated the whole way through. I laughed, I cried, I rejoiced with them, and there were more times than not, that my heart just melted. They couldn't have been more perfect for one another. I also have to applaud Tom for digging in his heels and doing the right thing, when it would have been much easier on him to just give in to his grandfathers demands.
BTW- I thought the character of Evie was so quirky & outrageous. I'm so glad that we finally found out what had happened to her at the end of the story. Speaking of the end of the story....I was so happy that I was totally blubbering like a baby by the time it finished. But those were very happy tears.
Trust fund playboy Tom English was supposed to marry by his 32nd birthday, or his grandpa will disinherit him. Tom had a fiancee lined up, only to see her elope with her ski instructor three days before his marriage. With one week to go, seems Tom will forgo his millions. Enter Eleanora Watters, a smart, sassy, but broke waitress. Ellie has zero designs on Tom English. He's 10 years older, probably bedded tons of socialites, and a fling with Tom English would only lead to a broken heart, something Ellie doesn't need. But when Ellie's cousin set them up on a blind date and they bonded over books, Ellie agreed to help Tom, and Tom agreed to help Ellie realize her dreams of owning bookstores and a small house. After a whirlwind marriage in Vegas Tom and Ellie went home to present the fait accompli... Only to be tossed out by the grandpa who saw through their scheme. But Tom refused to back down, for he had fallen for Ellie, and now, the two will have to live as a couple, on a limited salary, on their own, when he was blackballed from the financial industry. Forced to take a teacher's position and barely making do, Tom is determined to make something of himself...
While you know how things will turn out (it's not really a spoiler, is it?) the fun was how it got there.
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So i gave it a 5 Stars.