Marriage Made in Haven

Nina Barrett
Contemporary romance
Available from Musa Publishing
ISBN: 9781619371569
June 2012

We begin this story with our heroine, Maycie Quitman, trying to listen to her answering machine while making coffee. She isn't really doing either well as she and her roommate Joyce had been up until the wee hours at the art gallery where they work. The messages are all from the older brother, Gage Jordan, of her school friend Josh. She doesn't really understand his messages until she reads the paper seeing that Josh will be marrying his supermodel girlfriend next weekend. Sigh. Did I mention Maycie is the oldest daughter of a small town preacher? This will be a problem since she and Josh got married in Vegas five years before. I'm sure you all see the problem. It started with Josh having an argument with his Grandpa John, storming out and went to the local store and the two of them took off in his truck.

So in a nutshell, she and Josh went to Vegas, gambled, drank and apparently got married. She has the marriage license and everything. Now she has to get from Taos, New Mexico to her small town of Haven, Arizona to stop the wedding. Ok, so now enter older brother Gage, always trying to get together with Maycie, then Josh and his fiancé arrive and wedding plans practically explode all over Haven. Maycie is desperate to have a few minutes to speak with Josh alone, Jilayne (the fiancé) is a very sweet and likeable girl, and it seems the whole town is in the way of Maycie making things right. There is even a surprise paparazzi moment and the cover of one of those weekly gossip rags.

Ms. Barrett has given us quite a romantic yet suspenseful tale. You know, bride and groom trying to have a quiet wedding, church groups helping with the decorations and reception and a few ladies doing dress alterations for the bride and the maid of honor. I have to say, the reason I gave this a four is because I spent from the end of Chapter Three through Chapter Fourteen thinking a variety of things like ‘what the heck is wrong with you! Just tell him' or ‘Why the heck won't they just communicate with each other!' Alright, I admit, I was a little frustrated with the group of them. I loved the twists at the end, and yes, it was a happy ending. Since this is Ms. Barrett's debut novel, I'm interested to see what she creates next!

Overall rating:
Sensuality rating: Very sensual

Reviewer: Teresa T.
October 3, 2012

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