Accountant Claire Hollingsworth has always played by the rules, squelching her own dreams to please her father, work for her family’s publishing business and play the perfect hostess for her ambitious fiancé. But when she learns he’s been cheating weeks before their wedding, Claire breaks the engagement and heads to Marietta, Montana, to reconnect with her sisters and with herself. Armed with a to-do list of adventures, she’s determined to break a few rules.
Théodore Deschamps is ready to start a new chapter. He left his successful career as a Hollywood stuntman to open a lodge on Copper Mountain, where he spent summers as a child. He loves nothing more than a challenge, and the strawberry blonde who literally falls into his arms promises to be his biggest one yet.
What starts out as ticking off items on her list quickly becomes much more intense. But Claire has to return to reality in two weeks, and she’s not sure how, or if, she can say goodbye.
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Title: To Rescue The Runaway Bride
Series: The Hollingsworth Sisters #3
Author: Kelsey McKnight
Genre: Modern Western Romance, Contemporary Romance
Published: April 27, 2021
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4.5 stars
It’s a guaranteed smile for me every time I get the chance to return to one of my favorite fictional towns, Marietta, Montana for To Rescue The Runaway Bride, the third title in The Hollingsworth Sisters series. I’ve had such a wonderful time with The Hollingsworth Sisters series, and it’s a bittersweet moment to read the final story. Yet, in Marietta… never say never to running into old friends one day in another series or story down the road.
Claire has always set a high standard for herself, in many ways she’s a people pleaser by taking on a career that supports her family’s business, being the perfect hostess, daughter, and eventually fiancée. All the while there was another Claire within who longed to break out but held back knowing that she filled a particular role within her parents and the business’s lives. Her “perfect” world came tumbling down when her nasty piece of work fiancé takes her out to a special dinner at an important in their lives together restaurant to casually inform her that it seems he’s gotten his secretary pregnant but don’t worry he’ll give the inconveniently pregnant sidepiece money, sign away parental rights, and they’ll never have to think about it again. Say What? Oh, no, not going to happen, buddy. Claire ends the engagement and heads to Marietta, Montana to be with her sisters, take stock of her life, and make decisions. She never thought that she’d find the just right for her man on this trip or that she’ll be making life-changing decisions because falling in love and being loved is more important than anything else in the world. If the ex-fiancé and her parents will just leave her alone to enjoy this newly discovered happiness.
Theo has lived an interesting and intense life as a stuntman. Yet it’s time to leave that life behind and open the doors to a new resort full of possibilities. The last thing he expected was to meet the lovely and intriguing Claire casually in town… or to end up later rescuing her when she injured herself on a hike. One storm, plus a few minor injuries, added to being a bit stranded for a while leads to the beginning of a fun, casual relationship where Theo has to chance to cross off items on Claire’s bucket list for this trip. Neither expected that time spent together would take those sparks of interest and turn them into flames. Or to have that jerk of an ex-fiancé do everything in his power to sabotage their happiness and future.
To Rescue The Runaway Bride was the perfect ending to all the adventures in finding love for these sisters. I liked Claire and Theo individually and they shine as a couple. We’ll run into a few familiar faces (this after all does take place in Marietta) and watch as the final sister finds her happiness far from where she started, with a man she never imagined existed for her. I had such fun here and it is a bittersweet moment when the time comes to say goodbye. If you love a romance with believable, realistic characters, a touch of intrigue, lots of laughs and smiles… and a happily ever after ending that is near perfect then you need to check out The Hollingsworth Sisters series, right now.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher, Tule Publishing. 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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