What a sweet friends to lovers except its a clean readso friends to spouse lol romance Adorable and I lover every sentence and interaction D Certainly recommend Leah Bowen has nightmares of her father s death over 10 years ago and wants to return to NYC where they lived before moving to Idaho She feels the land was responsible for his death She puts an ad in the NY Times looking for a husband in NYC At the post office to collect her responses she finds her friend Jake collecting the same ind of letters and they determine to help each other make a selection When one of Leah s prospects comes to Idaho to meet her and brings his sister the two are faced with deciding what it is they really want A warm hearted inspirational historical This weekend I had a little downtime so I thought I would curl up with a good book I picked Groom Wanted by Debra Ullrick What a terrific book It was so good I read it cover to cover in two days I fell in love with Jake in the first few pages He was the epitome of hero for me and Leah had the ualities that I would love to possess She was How to Read the American City Close Up kind hearted and full of love and laughter while still showing her human side The book opens with them already being best friends which remained evident throughout the entire book It brought back memories of some of the friendships I had with great guys in high school as well as to appreciate all the my This is my first book by Debra Ullrick and it certainly won t be the last I loved her writing style her humor and the storyline Jake was a character I loved from the start very down to earth honest andind even though he had some personal struggles to deal with I loved Leah also and enjoyed seeing her mature in her faith and her priorities The way in which Leah must learn about society and expectations is at times painful and at other times hilarious I have not read the first two books in this series but I plan to do so now I really enjoyed this book Sometimes we don t see whats in front if us or whats best for us We want prince charming and he not real Sometimes the best person for us is the one we already consider a friend makes you laugh and nows when you need cheering up makes the best person to be your husband That s what I like about uis book Plus it makes you see who is not the person always hiding who they are and so little in mind to make feel small when you re not I really like Debra Ullrick She writes a story that immerses the reader I felt for the characters and the storyline was goodI loved some of the descriptionshe looked like a peacock in a goat show or that man was phonier than a fifteen cent piece I love theseI do uestion the description of one of Jake s mail order bride applicants She is 5 foot 9 and 145 pounds She is considered stocky and strong as an ox What the whaat Seriously 5 9 145 lbs STOCKY I m 5 2 and 135 lbs and am yes marginally stocky But if I grew 7 inches and yet only gained 10 pounds I think people would agree that I was painfully thin By the way did people even weigh themselves back then Ok I digressBeing married to an Englishman I also thought the description of Leah s possible love interest wa. It's a perfect plan best friends Leah Bowen and Jake Lure will each advertise for mail order spouses in the papers and then Jake will help select Leah's future husband while Leah picks Jake's bride to be Surely the ad.
Or incorporated each of the character s fears into the plot and how they were resolved with faith and honesty but not in an unrealistic manner The author didn t use faith or love as a cure all and I found that refreshing Those things offer hope but don t always cure the ills in this lifeMy favorite novel in the series is still the second book The Unlikely Wife but this was a good story as well especially if you enjoyed the characters from previous books and wanted to see them again At the same time this could be read as a stand alone It s definitely a sweet read with a lot of spiritual depth and healing conversationinsight so it goes deeper than surface level and I appreciated that Groom Wanted was so good I felt like the story had a lot to it and wasn t boring at all I liked the Mr Darcy aspect and how Leah was looking for someone like him since he reminded her of her late fatherThe romance was very nice I loved Jake and how he was so protective of Leah especially when Fitzgerald came into the picture I also loved Leah s brothersAll in all I loved Groom Wanted and definitely recommend it to fans of historical romance It s great and I will be reading of the seriesI received a complimentary ebook copy of this book for my honest review As always all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own Forever friendsWonderful story of a disillusioned woman and a down to earth man who are best of friends Read as love grows when a pompous man tries to set them apart Title GROOM WANTEDAuthor Debra UllrickPublisher Love Inspired HistoricalsAugust 2012ISBN 978 0373829293Genre Inspirationalhistorical romanceLeah Bowen doesn t want to marry a rancher She wants to marry a man like her dad a man like Mr Darcy in a novel she read So she advertises for a mail order groom She doesn t tell her family because she nows how they ll react But she s convinced that ranching illed her father and she wants nothing to do with it Jake Lure figures he has bad luck with women He offered to marry one girl but found out she loved another and then he offered Leah a marriage of convenience and she rejected him So he advertises for a mail order bride But he asks his best friend Leah to help him pick out his new bride Jake gets responses than Leah does but that s okay because one man fits her Mr Darcy reuirements But as Jake and Leah get closer to the altar will they realize that the best match for them has been the one who s been there all alongGROOM WANTED has a really cute premise I haven t read too many books where a woman advertises for a groom to take her out east Usually the reverse is true so that was fun And being best friends Leah and Jake had a fun relationship that made me laugh at times Add in a mischievous goat named Meanie and you have the makings for a really cute historical romance Readers will love this fun book great for a beach read or a vacation take along I read my copy poolside There is a little sexual tension but it is understated as per this publishers guidelines Don t miss GROOM WANTED for a different sort of mail order romance Recommended Discussion uestions are included at the end of the book 575 280 pages. S dreams will soon come true But the closer they each get to the altar the less appealing marrying a stranger becomes Is it too late to turn back or to turn around and find the happiness they truly seek together at la.
S extremely stereotyped and very much an American view of the English For example no one says theyre having a spot of tea I seriously doubt they ever did but I may be wrong on that I m nit picking here but it bugged me a little while I was reading it Also did you now every Englishman wears a top hat and has crooked teeth Just sayinIn this book I felt that the first two chapters were clumsy sorry with a lot of telling and not enough showing It seemed silly and I actually put it down and read a couple other books before picking it up again But I m glad I did go back to it because it really was excellent once I got into it and once I recognized the characters and was like Hey Kitty the Pig is back Oh let me look at thisFor those who are reading Debra Ullrick for the first time I need to mention that this is the third in a series They are stand alone but you might want to read them in order so you can follow the characters as they grow up Her other two are The Unlikely Wife and The Unexpected Bride The Unlikely Wife is my favorite but they are both very goodSome may be surprised that with all my complaints I still gave it 4 stars Well I felt that even with its flaws I really enjoyed it so to me that s worth 4 starsBottom line It s good if you don t think so JUST KEEP READINGThere is no sex no cussing and the only violence is a description of how her father died when a tree fell on him It is mentioned than once and might disturb some sensitive readersUPDATE Ok it was just bugging me and I had to look it up When were scales invented for weighing people Here s what I foundThe first coin operated scale was brought to the US from Germany in 1885 A few years later in 1889 the National Scale Company manufactured the first coin operated scale in the USIt was huge weighing than 200 pounds but it was one of the first automatic vending machines Drop in a penny and you got to see your weightSoooooo since this story takes place in 1886 only one year after A SCALE was brought from Germany it is unlikely that someone off the street would have been able to weigh themselves This wasn t an option until 1889Just a point Groom Wanted was a sweet story about two good friends who would never consider marriage to each otherat least not at first I enjoyed many of the nuances of the story like the heroine writing to Mr Darcy in her diary and telling Jake she wanted to marry a man like Mr Darcy That fit the story so well I loved how Jake simply had to read the book to find out what the appeal of the man was He had a lot of wisdom when he said it was just fiction But that s an asideI also enjoyed the little uirks that Leah possessed like calling her sister Abbynormal and her teasing nature So cute And the many near isses the hero and heroine shared were nice enough to fluster the reader at times I wanted them to discover that they really did love each other The author had a good balance though between the conflict and the internal struggle of the characters The conflict didn t feel contrived at allThe man who responded to Leah s ad couldn t have been obnoxious but that made the story entertaining to read I liked how the auth. S will find them what they seek a wife who'll appreciate Jake's shy charm and a groom who'll take Leah away from the Idaho Territory she detests When the responses to the postings pour in it seems all Leah's and Jake'.