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Return Engagement: A Novel Paperback – September 30, 2003
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Praise for Lynn Michaels
and Mother of the Bride
“Throw the rice and cut the cake! Mother of the Bride is a winner.”
“This humorous romantic comedy warms the heart with its zany yet believable characters and snappy dialogue. . . . Michael’s keen sense of comic timing and oddball characters never fail to entertain.”
From the Paperback edition.
From the Inside Flap
"Love is sweeter the second time around. . . .
Act One: Girl Leaves Boy
Lindsay West may have the face of a Hollywood starlet, but the demanding life of a teen celebrity never suited her. So nearly twenty years ago, she left her hit TV show and returned to her hometown of Belle Coeur, Missouri. Now Lindsay takes a role in a new play at a regional theater, unaware that she'll be sharing the stage with her former cast mate, one-time heartthrob Noah Patrick.
Act Two: Boy Tries to Win Back Girl
Noah Patrick took the gig at the Belle Coeur Theater hoping it would help revive his stalled career-but it was his heart that got the jumpstart. Playing opposite the beautiful and enigmatic Lindsay, he begins to understand that fame is fickle and fortune is fleeting but true love lasts. Growing up together on the set of the show that made them both stars, Noah didn't give Lindsay much thought. But now she has grown into someone impossible to forget.
Act Three: Anyone's Guess
Fighting off man-eating bears, Lindsay's quirky family, and a pretty serious case of pneumonia, Noah will do whatever it takes to prove that this former bad boy has turned into a man Lindsay can love . . . before the curtain falls!
"From the Paperback edition.
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Lindsay was a good mom and a good sister, too good! Which brings me to Lindsay's sister Jolie. This girl didn't even deserve to be called human! For 30 years it was her mission in life to make everyone around her miserable because her mother had left her when she was five and taken Lindsay to Hollywood. Yes, terrible but she punished and blamed everyone around her particularly Lindsay. Jolie didn't have one redeeming quality, she was manipultive, insulting and downright cruel! I found it unrealistic that her family hadn't hung her up by her toenails years before!
I was also a little confused as to why Lindsay still found the need to mourn her husband's death and not allow herself (or her son) to have a real life after 8 years. Especially since very little info was given about him.
But that aside I enjoyed this book as I ususally do with Lynn Michaels. The secondary characters were hysterical and I adored them.
I would definitely recommend it!
Noah, the hero, is the main reason I love it so much. He's incredibly hot (a requirement, of course!) but he's also sweetly endearing. He's insecure, he screwed up and he's just starting to get his life back on track. He's a recovering alcoholic who hit rock bottom. The author doesn't gloss over this, but treats it as the never-ending battle that the disease is. Unlike many books, no excuses are offered- no tragic past, no horrible life-altering event that sent him over the edge. He just plain got out of control. Gosh, now I just made it sound like a depressing book but it isn't! We meet him after he has cleaned himself up and is on the upswing. It's wonderful to watch him ride to the top again.
As with all Lynn Michaels books, this one has a colorful array of supporting characters and you'll be laughing out loud. It's one of those books that you just don't want to end. So, I do the next best thing... go back to the beginning and read it again!
Down on his luck after losing everything and ready to end it all, with the last 2 decades being a drunken blur, Noah has made a deal with the Devil herself in order to regain his life. Lindsey's mother Vivienne Varner is the consummate stage mother and agent. Like a mafia don, she makes Noah an offer he cannot refuse - appear in a reunion play along with his former co-star to generate publicity and help reclaim his career.
It is pretty obvious from Lindsey's reaction when he arrives at the theater that she was not aware. Scheming Jolie seems to be in cahoots with Vivienne, who is bankrolling the project. Jolie is still sore that mama Viv abandoned her when the bright lights of Hollywood beckoned Lindsey. Jolie has spent most of her life alienating her sister and her extended family as a result.
Initially standoffish at having to share the stage with Noah, Lindsey relents, and as the two get reacquainted and start rehearsing their lines, old feelings start to surface, as Noah's fuzzy memories of his drunken youth reveal things he is not sure are real, and Lindsey tries to keep her heart from breaking a second time. They work together to get even with Viv and Jolie for interfering in their lives.
"Return Engagement" is a charming second chance at love story. You pretty much see the plot revelation coming a mile away, but the ride getting there is so enjoyable. The secondary characters (and there are a lot of them) add such a richness and texture to the storyline. How could you not love a story with a character named "Sassy Pantz?"
Vivienne has a hidden agenda after years of playing the cold hearted bi*ch. She feels she owes Jolie who she ignored as untalented and wants to make it up to her by insuring her play and theater is a success. She feels she hurt Lindsay by pushing her into TV and she needs to help Noah regain his former self minus the booze because she needs to prove she is human. She also wants her beloved grandson to have two parents. Encouraged by the machinations of her relatives, Noah and Lindsay's RETURN ENGAGEMENT includes love, but the teen secret she hid from him makes a permanent relationship seem impossible.
Readers will enjoy this delightful contemporary romance that focuses on redemption and second chances. The story line engages the audience as the lead couple and Vivienne seek to fix relationships. Though the teen tale has been used too often and adds some tension, it is an unnecessary sidebar. Still Lynn Michaels provides her audience with a strong novel that centers on mending fences as much as it does on love.