Nuptials, gowns, and rings don’t register on Molly McCleary’s to-do list. However, to keep her fledgling photography business afloat, she’s up to her eyes in brides. Then she’s offered a dream shoot documenting the renovation of a local historic property. So tempting – except her client is her high school sweetheart who walked away with no explanation and without looking back.
Successful developer Adam Larson longs to redeem himself with the people in his hometown, Cupid’s Corner in New England. He impulsively buys a rundown farm that holds precious memories intending to restore the barn to its former glory and create a destination wedding venue. He needs a marketing edge – the talents of Molly, who is more beautiful, sassy and determined than he remembered.
As they spend time together, their inevitable past attraction kicks in and grows. Adam soon realizes Molly still holds his heart. Can he persuade her to give them a second chance at love?
Title: Picture Perfect Bride
Series: Cupid’s Corner #2
Author: Laurie LeClair
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: March 31, 2020
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Picture Perfect Bride continues the Cupid’s Corner series with an emotional second chance at love romance between two people who are so right for each other it hurts – and that is exactly what Adam did when he left town suddenly on a very important day, leaving Molly behind heartbroken and without any explanation. Now, years later, Adam is back in Cupid’s Corner to renovate a farm that meant so much to him in his youth. He’d love to make amends to Molly but his plan doesn’t include staying beyond seeing that she is set for life with a business she’d love. Funny how plans change when people actually talk to each other, isn’t it?
Although I did a binge read of both Dear Cupid and Picture Perfect Bride this past weekend, this one could stand on its own (if necessary) for what you’d need to know from the previous story is mentioned – but, in my opinion, they are both well worth the time and effort to enjoy this charming small town with a touch of Cupid’s magic and interesting characters.
There are reasons that the townsfolk often treat Molly like she is a fragile work of spun glass. She’s worked hard to get that image of her out of their heads, but small towns have long memories. She’s created a career for herself in a field she loves, and is, for the most part, happy with life. That is about to change when the love of her life, the man who hurt her beyond belief, returns to town with a project he’s asking her to be a part of. Molly would like nothing more than to say no – but, this is Adam, a man she still loves even with their past so how is she supposed to walk away from the chance to spend time with him again.
Their road to a happy ending isn’t without a few potholes along the way – but talking to each other, baring their hearts for real this time will make all the difference in the risks they’re taking on each other. I loved Molly and Adam, sure, I was frustrated at times for and with them both, but life isn’t always smooth sailing is it? If only, right? Watching this couple deal with their past, understand the whys of their separation, and falling back into a love that can last a lifetime was an emotional, enjoyable journey. I loved catching up with book friends as well. If you love a good solid romance with believable characters then Picture Perfect Bride should be on your reading radar.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from 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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