A Wedding Blunder in the Black Hills   -     By: Kim O'Brien
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David and Millie both have big problems. A widowed dentist with an almost-teen son, he's being stalked by an amorous patient. Millie's mom keeps sending her on blind dates, even though the cafi owner has trust issues. So when a lost filling lands Millie in David's office, the two of them find a solution-a faux relationship. No one gets hurt and no one gets nagged. It's a great plan-until they really start to care. Now what will they do?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Barbour Publishing
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 X 1.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1616264918
ISBN-13: 9781616264918
Availability: In Stock

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David and Millie both have big problems. A widowed dentist with an almost-teen son, he’s being stalked by an amorous patient. Millie’s mom keeps sending her on blind dates, even though the café owner has trust issues. So when a lost filling lands Millie in David’s office, the two of them find a solution—a faux relationship. No one gets hurt and no one gets nagged. It’s a great plan—until they really start to care. Now what will they do?

Author Bio

Kim O’Brien grew up in Bronxville, New York. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and a master’s degree in fine arts from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. She worked for many years as a writer, editor, and speechwriter for IBM.  She is the author of eight romance novels and seven nonfiction children’s books. She’s happily married to Michael, has two fabulous daughters, Beth and Maggie. She is active in the Loft Church in The Woodlands, Texas.  Kim loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her Facebook author’s page.

Editorial Reviews

After realizing that A Wedding Blunder in the Black Hills is the classic story of a "faux relationship" that turns real, I knew that I had to give the novel a try.  No matter how formulaic the plot, I usually love these type of storylines. While I anticipated that the main characters Millie and David would fall in love as they "un-dated" each other,  I was pleasantly surprised by the depth that O'Brien wove into her novel.  Millie  harbors secrets from her past and struggles to trust others in relationships; and while David is a successful dentist, he does not know how to approach the problems that seem to be enveloping his eleven-year-old son.  O'Brien did a wonderful job of addressing the concerns and challenges that many young teens and their parents face today; and I especially enjoyed the often comical input from David's housekeeper.  Even more delightful was Millie's meddlesome, but fun-loving, mother and the encouragement that Millie often received from her "aunts".  As a reader, I was drawn into Millie's and David's small-town lives in the the Black Hills of South Dakota as they encounter the ups and downs of everyday life, while trying to build a "faux" relationship. 


Kim O'Brien gives us a delightful story that deals with letting others direct your life and shatter your dreams. It's a story about starting over and rebuilding a new life. Wisdom and inspiration is shared by many of the characters about having faith and trust in God. The story's ending is quite a surprise. Will Millie's dream be fulfilled after all? I laughed and cried through the book and really enjoyed the story. You should too!
 
Ms. O’Brien isn’t an author I’m familiar with, but I certainly hope more stories crafted by her find their way to my bookshelf in the future. Her touch was light as far as scriptures and prayers (which this reader appreciates) but it inspires and makes you think. It reaffirms the fact that you are not alone in your struggles with your faith.

This particular offering will charm and warm the reader’s heart. Happy reading,

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  1. half pint
    Nebraska
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Enjoyed immensely
    January 18, 2014
    half pint
    Nebraska
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Not usually the type of book I prefer. My preference is historical fiction, but this sounded interesting. I wasn't disappointed. Was a cute story even though I knew how it probably would end. I finished it in a couple sittings
  2. Sher
    Knox, IN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Easy following storyline.
    November 26, 2013
    Sher
    Knox, IN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This was a very easy flowing book with some very comical moments and with some lessons learned. Would recommend this to anyone.
  3. Robin Wallace
    Florida
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A fun group of characters
    June 20, 2012
    Robin Wallace
    Florida
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    A Wedding Blunder in the Black Hills

    Kim O'Brien

    It Was a Relationship of Convenience. . .Until It Became a Romance Millie Hogan and David Denvers both have big problems in small town Deer Park, South Dakota. Millie—a waitress with designs on Hollywood—has a mother who keeps setting her up on disastrous blind dates, even though Millie's never met a man she could trust. David—a widowed dentist with an almost-teenaged son and opinionated parents—is being stalked by an amorous former patient. So when a lost filling lands Millie in David's office, the two of them cook up a plan—a fake relationship. No one gets hurt, and no one gets nagged. It's a great plan—until they really start to care. Now what will they do? Turns out, it probably doesn't matter: when Millie learns a shocking family secret she wonders if she's really wife material. Maybe it's best to stick with the plan and head for Hollywood. And since David's folks think Millie's all wrong for him, well. . .he realizes he may have to let her go. Isn't that what you do when you love someone?

    This was a fun story that was predictable at times although it had some unexpected events. The characters were like people you would meet anywhere. They spiritual aspects were slow to start and the increased as the story continues. Although relationships that are unevenly yoked do not always go this way. It was nice to see that conversion and spiritual growth of the female lead. Millie's mother was fun and probable the best character in the story. The changing age difference was a little difficult to follow, due to the less than believable timeline built into the story at the start.

    I would like to thank Net Galley and Barbour Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
  4. Its About Time Mamaw
    Cleveland, Texas
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Trials and Tribulations can we endure
    October 4, 2011
    Its About Time Mamaw
    Cleveland, Texas
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for A Wedding Blunder in the Black Hills - eBook.
    I wasn't expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did. We never know what good can come from life's trials and tribulations. Never under estimate the power of prayer and God's timing in answering our prayers.

    The main characters were pretty normal in my book considering their past. It was funny one minute and serious the next. I liked that the author touched on child bullying since it is such an issue for some children. The one thing in the book that confused me was a group of elderly friends. I did not see a need for that many women to be up in Millie's business or the need for such detailed description of these individuals unless there is to be more books involving this group of friends. It is great to have a support system but I just thought it was a little much. Also the ending seemed to have a little cliff hanger leaving this story open for another book possibly. It was a very good read. I would definitely recommend it.
  5. Iola
    New Zealand
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    A fun, lighthearted read
    September 7, 2011
    Iola
    New Zealand
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    A good romance novel is a delicate balance between the predictable happy-ever-after, with a few surprises thrown in to keep us guessing, and enough humour to keep it moving without making me cringe. This novel had all three.

    Millie is a 31-year-old waitress who works in her mothers' diner in Deer Park, South Dakota. She wants to leave town, go to LA and get in a commercial, a reality show, a daytime soap, so that one day her father (who left when she was a child) will see her and regret leaving. She has dated most of the men in town, but has a deep-seated belief that they will leave just like her father did, so she always breaks up with them first. Unfortunately, her mother had just arranged a blind date for her with the new dentist in town...

    David grew up in Deer Park, and has recently returned from California to take over his fathers' dental practice. He has an 11-year-old son, Bart, and their housekeeper/nanny, Aris. His wife, Lisa, also a dentist, died five years ago, leaving David to rely on God and his church family. But now his mother - who is also his dental practice receptionist - is trying to get him together with Cynthia. David is not interested, partly because Cynthia is practically stalking him.

    When a caramel toffee and a loose filling bring David and Millie together, they agree to 'faux date', to get their mothers' away from them, and hopefully to get Cynthia to back off. But there are unintended consequences as Millie gets to know David better and discovers she actually likes him and his son. Yet her insecurities won't let her actually believe or trust David, despite their growing attraction...

    It all sounds great, but there were several things which I found really annoying - the title (there is no wedding until the epilogue), Millie's acting dream (if you want to act, join the local drama society, take drama lessons... do something!), David's age (he is supposed to be 32, which means he was married with a baby at 21, and has somehow managed to graduate from dental college and had enough money when the baby was born to hire a full-time nanny?). And finally, the final chapter and the epilogue. I don't want to add a spoiler, but in my opinion the final chapter and epilogue were just too perfect, to the point where it actually took away from where the story had finished.

    Overall, this was a fun read, and by half-way through I was really wanting Millie and David to get over the fake dating idea and go for it, although the other part of me could see that David's faith meant that was never really going to let that happen unless Millie was a Christian too.

    This ebook was provided by NetGalley and Barbour Publishing for review.
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