The Counterfeit Bride by Nancy J. Parra (June 2011)

The trope of this romance — being stuck with a strange man and having to make the best of it, e.g. fall in love — is fun. Who doesn’t like fantasizing about getting stranded alone on a tropical island with the most gorgeous man alive? The setting isn’t a tropical island, it’s a small mining town out West in the late 1800s (for all of us that kind of have a thing for cowboys).  The getting stuck together part, while believable in its premise, strains credulity in its execution. There were a few other problems: the main character at times behaved like a pouty schoolgirl instead of savvy businesswoman; and a couple times I had to turn back a page and reread because it was as though the storyline suddenly galloped away and I was like, Whoa Nelly, did a couple of pages just not get printed? And the ending . . . I don’t buy it. But let’s let all of that go. We don’t read these romances for the perfect plotting and writing. We read them to escape. It succeeded on that level. It’s fewer than 200 pages, and I flew through it.  Oh, and for those who like their romance reads on the less sultry side, this fits the bill.

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About Cheryl McNeil
I am the User Services Librarian at the Orangeburg Library in Orangeburg, NY

3 Responses to The Counterfeit Bride by Nancy J. Parra (June 2011)

  1. Nancy says:

    Thank you for the nice review. Have a fabulous summer!

    • Thanks Nancy. Let us know when you come out with another book and I’ll buy it for the library 🙂

      • Nancy says:

        Hi Cheryl,
        Thanks for asking.
        I will have two debut mystery series out next year-
        Gluten for Punishment, a gluten-free bakery mystery series, Berkley books, May 2013
        and
        All Fudged UP, a Mackinac Island Fudge shop mystery series, Kensington books, 2013
        Cheers, Nancy

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