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A Modern-Day Marriage of Convenience
March 27, 2011
Based on appearances, celebrity marriage counselor Kate Lawrence has it all. She has a successful career, and she is about to marry her fiance, Bryan, on the beautiful island of Nantucket. Hours before her highly publicized marriage ceremony and upcoming book release, her well-planned future comes to a shocking halt.
Without Bryan, Kate is faced with the the embarrassment of admitting that she has been left at the altar or secretly entering into a marriage of convenience with Lucas Wright, her landlord. Taking what appears to be the easiest route at the moment, Kate makes the spontaneous decision to marry Luke; and both Kate and Luke have a lot to learn about themselves, each other, and the consequences of their deceit.
While I have read quite a few marriage of convenience stories that have been set in the past, The Convenient Groom is the first modern day story that I have read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! The Convenient Groom takes it readers on an emotional, and often humorous, roller coaster ride as Kate mourns the loss of her future with Bryan, while establishing her life with Luke. Since Kate has a type-A personality and feels that Luke is her polar opposite, the scene is set for tension and humorous situations. Regardless of when the story takes place, a novel that is centered around a marriage of convenience is one of my favorite. In order for the scenario to work and pull me into its pages, it must be well-written. Denise Hunter successfully crafted a story that kept me turning the pages as Kate meets her in-laws and goes around town acting like a happy newlywed. But, there is often a fine line between pretending and reality. It is enjoyable to see the plot unfold as Kate, the marriage counselor, works through her own relationship.
I highly recommend The Convenient Groom, and I am looking forward to reading the other three books in Denise Hunter's Nantucket Love Story series (Surrender Bay, Seaside Letters, and Driftwood Lane.)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookSneeze (Thomas Nelson Publishers) through their book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
I choose this book because on the cover it says if you like Karen Kingsbury and Nicholas Sparks you will like Denise Hunter.
Now I have 3 favorite fiction authors...Denise Hunter is definitely in the same league with Karen and Nicholas.
Even though this was story that has been done more than once...the woman who marries a man out of necessity only to end up falling in love with him. BUT Denise takes this story and weaves in wonderful, lovable characters. She drew me in with her writing style, made me root for love and even made me tear up a couple of times.
A good read to pass a couple of hours just relaxing :)
I highly recommend this book...
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookSneeze.com for my honest review
Join Dr. Kate in Nantucket as her well planned and publicized wedding falls apart just 5 hours before it is scheduled to take place. Dr. Kate, marriage counselor, is dumped at the altar by her groom and on the same day her new book is released! Will it be a good thing or a bad thing that Lucas Wright has stepped up and offered to be a stand-in groom for Dr. Kate? Since the groom was kept a secret from the media and only a handful of people know the truth, Dr. Kate marries Lucas Wright. Lucas is the complete opposite of Dr. Kate and someone that Dr. Kate would advise a woman to steer clear of before feelings become involved. But can Dr. Kate follow her own advice?
The Convenient Groom is great read for those that like love stories. Denise Hunt makes the characters real and shows that God has a plan all along, if only we will ask for his guidance, rather than choosing our own way. I would recommend this book to anyone and look forward to reading the rest in this series.
Marriage counselor Kate Lawrence has her life all planned out, including her first book being released on her wedding day. Only she didn't plan on being dumped just hours before the well-publicized event. Well-publicized, that is, except for the name of her intended. Enter Lucas Wright, Kate's landlord. Secretly, but madly, in love with Kate, he offers to step in and be her groom. They agree to be married for a year. She's hoping to save her career. He's hoping she'll learn to love him.
While both main characters are portrayed as believers, the Christian aspect of this book was very subtle, perhaps too subtle. Kate entered into this marriage with no thought at all to whether God would have her do so. Lucas did consult God and found peace about the arrangement. Initially, I wasn't sure how I felt about this. It seems odd, in today's world, that God would say, "Go ahead. Marry this person you admire from afar. And do it in just a few hours." Having said that, our God is never changing. Look at Rebekah and Isaac.
Despite the Christian subtleties, the letter to the reader makes it clear that the story was intended to be allegorical in nature. And the Reading Group Guide questions point to the symbolism of the story.
All in all, this romantic tale of love and heartache was well-written and enjoyable, and in a small way personifies the way Christ loves us.
--A complimentary review copy of this book was provided by Thomas Nelson Publishers with no expectation of a positive review.
Denise Hunter's The Convenient Groom is a modern-day allegory much like the biblical book of Hosea: Lucas love for Kate is an allegory of Jesus' love for us. And much like the biblical book of Esther, there was no direct mention of God within the story itself. That might keep non-Christian readers from becoming offended but I can't say it will cause someone like me, a Christian who wants some inspiring, good meat in her fiction, to read anymore of Hunter's books.
I've been terribly spoiled life-changing, flawlessly written works of literature, books like those by Francine Rivers, George MacDonald, Louisa May Alcott, and C.S. Lewis. I'm inspired by women like Florence Nightingale who gave their all for God. Even when I'm doing something leisurely, I want it to be something important.
If this book included the story alone, I would have been incredibly disappointed. It's marketed as Christian fiction so that's what I was hoping for. Like I said before, there's no mention of God, prayer, or anything else within the story. There is a nice letter from the author at the end of the book about Jesus being the only perfect Man--no earthly man (even if he is practically perfect like Lucas) can ever fulfill the deepest desires of a woman's heart. Also at the end of the book is a "reading group guide" which is similar to the bible studies Francine Rivers uses at the end of her novels.
I like to be challenged and inspired to become a better Christian when I'm reading Christian fiction. This book has a basic, although allegorical, Christian message about God's love and won't turn off people who don't "like" Christian fiction. It would make a great gift for an unsaved, romance-reading friend--I'll be gifting mine away. I love a book that does more than entertain me, and this book didn't. If you're terribly picky about the fiction you read, don't pick this book up. If you're the kind of person who just wants good, clean entertainment, you won't be disappointed. And if you want a truly inspiring book with the same type of message check out Francine River's Redeeming Love.