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Debbie Macomber has made quite a name for herself world wide as the author of fascinating and wholesome romance novels. If you like Debbie Macomber books, you will enjoy reading Orchard Valley Brides. It takes a couple of thick-skinned Texas men to win the hearts of these Orchard Valley ladies, but with a little persistence and a big batch of patience, Norah Bloomfield and Sherry Waterman find just the men they’ve been searching for to turn them into Orchard Valley Brides.
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About the Author
Debbie Macomber, author of the popular Cedar Cove series, is a romance novelist who started writing for Silhouette Books in 1982. She gained popularity the world over by creating fascinating, complex characters that lure the reader into their small town stories. Macomber’s works consistently appear on bestseller lists and she has received various awards, including the Quill Award for 44 Cranberry Point, a novel from her Cedar Cove series. Books by Debbie Macomber also include the new release Hannah’s List and Mrs. Miracle which was adapted to film and aired on the Hallmark Channel.
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Summary of Orchard Valley Brides
In the first part of this anthology, Norah Bloomfield, the youngest sister of Valerie and Stephanie Bloomfield, has witnessed the love that seemingly blossomed overnight between her sisters and their future husbands. Now Norah is feeling left behind and forgotten. But when a demanding and frustrating cowboy from Texas by the name of Rowdy Cassidy, who happens to be Valerie’s former boss, is brought into her ER after a plane crash, Norah has more than her hands full. He’s cantankerous, he’s impatient, and every time Norah walks away from him, he’s always on her mind. However he feels for her, Norah is unwilling to compromise her reasons for possibly moving to Texas. Rowdy has to figure out love isn’t a business deal, and as often as Norah buts heads with Rowdy, she can’t fight what she feels in her heart.
The second half of the anthology, Lone Star Lovin’, concerns Sherry Waterman, Norah’s former coworker and friend from Orchard Valley. It’s been a few years since the Bloomfield sisters married, and after weighing her options back in Oregon, Sherry has decided to take life by the horns and accepted a job as a physician’s assistant in Pepper, Texas, a small town much like Orchard Valley. But from the moment Sherry sets foot in Pepper, the whole town seems to have plans for her and local handsome rancher, Cody Bailman. Still, Sherry can’t find love if love isn’t willing to reach out to her, no matter how sweet Cody’s kisses might be and no matter how many tips she gets from Cody’s twelve year-old daughter, Heather, who thinks Sherry would make a perfect step-mom.
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This Reader’s Opinion
Books by Debbie Macomber are always a pleasure to read. I suppose I was hoping for a bit of mystery, as was the case with Macomber’s Orchard Valley Grooms, but I was somewhat disappointed this time. Although as far as heroes are concerned, Rowdy Cassidy is one of the most memorable. Macomber successfully captured the worst part of a stubborn streak in Cassidy’s character, which only added to his believability. Fortunately, the heroines were just as stubborn about a relationship built on love and nothing less. It’s the emotion behind the romance that counts the most. Norah’s heart would not be bought and Sherry Waterman just would not settle for anything but love. Thank goodness Debbie Macomber created strong female characters to inspire women to stand up for their hopes and dreams of finding a good man.
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If you like Debbie Macomber books, you’ll enjoy Orchard Valley Brides, the second part to her anthology Orchard Valley Grooms. It’s always a great idea to find an escape in the pages of a sweet romance novel.
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Macomber, Debbie. Orchard Valley Grooms. New York: MIRA Books, 2010.
Debbie Macomber’s Home Page: http://www.debbiemacomber.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=page&pageID=1