Once upon a Bride by Helen Lacey

image_width.phpOnce upon a bride by Helen Lacey is a story set in Crystal Point, Australia.

The blurb:

Bridal consultant Lauren Jakowski wants marriage, but she’s just sworn off love and sex! To avoid getting burned again, she’s looking for safe, comfortable and forever-after…. which is opposite of what her delectable new neighbour, Gabe Vitali, wants! Too bad Lauren isn’t going to give up on her fairy tale just yet….

The story:

Lauen Jakowski, owned the most successful bridal store in Bellandale. She has a tragic history, losing her love, Tom, to cancer, three weeks before her wedding and her marriage to James, two years later, ended in a divorce. She believes in happily ever after and would settle for compatibility when she marries. Her mother is always looking for a son-in-law. Mary-Jane and Cassie are her best friends.

Gabe Vitali has moved to Crystal Point from America, where he worked as a doctor, and manages the Crystal Point Surf Club and Community Centre. He is friends with Lauren’s brother Cameron. He has a five year plan before he commits himself.

Lauren has made a vow of celibacy when her marriage to James ended. She tells this to her friends at her brother’s wedding and her neighbour, Gabe, hears it all. This is how the story begins.

He is single. She is single.

She is awesome. He is gorgeous.

She likes him. He clearly likes her.

They’re friends. Neighbours.

Sounds perfect. But it isn’t.

They both want different things.

This is all that I would tell you and not spill the beans any further.

My take:

I loved the way the characters develop. The author has chosen very different names for the characters and that also makes them very likable. She has described the feelings of both the characters and the best part of the book was that the characters share their feelings with each other. I loved it when Lauren calls her mother, Matka, Polish for mother.

This is the first Helen Lacey book for me and am looking forward to reading more from her.

A thoroughly enjoyable read. Highly recommended.

Book Source: Bought

Publisher: Harlequin India

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