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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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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!
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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She comes from a very poor existence, no family, just her one cousin that works in the same diner. She has nothing but dreams. She wants to go to college, earn some money and then open her own business. She works hard but the money she earns is never enough. They come to an agreement and hop on a plane for Vegas to marry. The old grandfather is not happy with his choice of a wife and then it all hits the fan. He insist they divorce and he will give him 6 months to find a proper bride. He refuses, tells the grandfather where to stick it and the two of them leave his house. This story tells the love story of these two as they come to love each other and give up lots to learn some life lessons.
The characters develop as he learns to live the life of most regular folks. Not much money pulls them closer together as they struggle to make ends meet and he learns what it is like to not have family and money. During all of this their love grows stronger. when he is down, she pulls him up. When she has doubts, he reassures her.
In the middle of the story they advance almost 35 years as she is telling the story to her children. Then we go back and finish the story brining it up to date. A very neat concept and a very good story. I really enjoyed it and I definitely recommend it. At first, I thought it was just going to be another rich guy marries poor girl, etc. Being set in the 80's gave the story a whole different look. It was sort of weird reading about how much it cost to live and how far a sum had to stretch. The pregnancy kit was something I didn't even remember. But they have come a long way!! Again, a very good story. Sex was about a 4 out of 5. I don't like the idea of calling a book "clean" or "dirty" since I don't see sex as dirty. So, I just go on a scale of 0 to 5. It was so necessary to this story since it is a big part of life between two loving people. But if that offends you, then you will miss a good story.
I was not paid for this review. I am not an author nor do I know one. I am not kin to this writer. I am a reader and this is my opinion, nothing more, nothing less. 7/16/17.