A Small-Town Bride by Hope Ramsay

Amy Lyndon is tired of being the Poor Little Rich Girl of Shenandoah Falls. In her prominent family, she’s the ordinary one – no Ivy League education and no powerful career. But when her father tries to marry her off, she knows it’s finally time to stand up for herself, despite the consequences. Now that she’s cut off from the family fortune, her first challenge is to fight her attraction to her handsome new boss.

When Amy shows up looking for work with his landscaping crew, Dusty McNeil thinks there’s no way such a pampered princess will ever get her hands dirty. But as Amy proves him wrong and gets down to the nitty gritty, Dusty’s admiration turns to like, then lust – and then love. But can a high-society woman like Amy ever fall for a man like him?

Titles in the Chapel of Love series includes novels and shorter stories:  A Fairytale Bride – A Christmas Bride (1) – All I Want For Christmas – A Small-Town Bride (2) –  Here Comes The Bride (3)

Title:  A Small-Town Bride
Series:  Chapel of Love #2
Author:  Hope Ramsay
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  March 28, 2017
Publisher:  Grand Central Publishing – Forever
My Rating:  4 stars

Judging people is going to get you into a world of hurt – believing the judgement of other people about yourself is one hundred times worse.  These are things that Amy and Dusty know, but have to learn the lesson the hard way – usually the way to learn anything is by doing, experiencing it yourself.  These two are about to get an education.

In many ways Amy was the spoiled rich girl.  In other ways she was the odd one in her family, the one without the high level education, the one who others called dumb, stupid and odd.  She wants more than the loveless marriage that is being pushed at her.  She believes in love, and happy ever afters and possibilities beyond what she seems destined to experience.  In a moment of rebellion she ends up being cut off from the family she loves, the money she’s accustomed to, even the home where she lays her head.  With nothing but her stubbornness, her determination and yes, her hurt to drive her Amy does what no one expected… she survived, she made her own way and she found what she’d been looking for.

Dusty wasn’t expecting much at all from the spoiled princess who ended up working the grounds of the estate.  She’d never cut it here, and he could wait her out before ending her employment.  But a funny thing happened along the way to the unemployment line in Dusty’s mind – Amy worked, she learned, she grew and she blossomed into someone he never expected.  As his judgement slowly grew into something much more, Dusty began taking a good long look at his own life and began making changes of his own.

I enjoyed A Small-Town Bride very much.  Not only do Amy and Dusty work well together as a couple, they give us a good life lesson in how not to judge others without knowing what we’re talking about.  This romance has bits of happy and sad mixed in with the growing of both Amy and Dusty from what they were to what they could become.  As always, Hope Ramsay gives us a realistic romance with likable characters, and a whole slew of secondary characters to enjoy.  I don’t look for things to learn from the romances that I read, but sometimes I’m reminded, gently, that what you see isn’t always the entire story – and to hold off judgement until you know the facts.  I liked this couple, and I believe you will, too.  Definitely recommend this story, and the entire series.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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