Steph is a widow, Nick has had a broken engagement. Her Border Collie, Fred, is enchanted with her neighbors pedigreed Bouvier. Trying to calm Fred down and get him away from the chain link fence separating their two yards, Steph meets Nick. Their attraction is instant but neither of them admits it to anyone. She has no intention of dating, neither has Nick; theyre both wary after the outcome of their past relationships. Steph asks Nick to be her date for a wedding she must attend and he agrees. Each of them hide their emotions for one another. This is a delightful story of two bruised hearts discovering where they belong. Martins characters come across as real people in the real world. The story is believable and well told.
Groom in Training by Gail Gaymer Martin has three very strong elements going for it. First of all, it is a very cute story, although it is more than just a love story. It is a story about healing. Both Nick and Steph have dealt with a lot of pain and sadness in their lives and have never really dealt with their pain. With each others help, and Gods help, they are able to move on and able to love again. The dogs add an extra layer of happiness and cuteness to the story.The second strong point this book has is the Christian message. I was amazed by the authors skill with blending practical Biblical lessons into the story. Readers can learn a lot about healing, forgiveness, and Gods unconditional love for us. Letting go of pain can be so difficult and by using Nick and Steph, the author shows us how we can heal by trusting God.The third element of this story that stood out was the authors talent for creating a beautiful setting. I was struck by the lovely settings of this story from Stephs yard with all her flowers, to the park where Nick and Steph has their picnic. This is a good time of year for this book to come out because it is so cold outside and this story takes place in the spring and summer. I could actually feel the warmth and see the beauty of summer on the pages of this book.Overall, Groom in Training is a wonderful book. It has everything going for it and readers will be delighted with each and every page. I know I was. This book warmed by heart and lifted my spirit.
Groom in Training is a very sweet story of Steph getting passed her husbands untimely death and Nick's break up with his fiance. Steph shortly learns that when God starts to work in your life it is best to let the Lord work. In doing that she is able to learn to love again...the Lord and her neighbor Nick.This is a very sweet and at moments very poignant story.