About the book~
She wrote the book–literally–on finding the right mate. But does she really understand what love’s about?
Five hours before her Nantucket beach wedding–and on the eve of her big book launch–celebrity marriage counselor Kate Lawrence has everything in place.
Everything, that is, but the groom. She might not have a career, either, when her nationwide audience finds out their marriage guru has been left at the altar.
Enter Lucas Wright, who offers to stand in for the missing husband-to-be and marry her. Kate’s desperate enough to agree–although she’s sure this Mr. Wright is completely wrong for her. Can they pull it off? And why would Lucas marry her in the first place?
With her life spinning out of control, Kate wonders what good her carefully laid plans are if they only lead to chaos. Could it be that “Dr. Kate” doesn’t know the first thing about love? When she seeks God’s will instead of her own, Kate finally discovers true and lasting love.
Sharing my thoughts~
Jilted by her fiance, Bryan, just a handful of hours before their wedding, Kate’s pain and internal turmoil literally seeps off the pages. How could this happen? She was a marriage consultant, supposedly an expert on the topic, and her book was launching along with her wedding. Lucas, a carpenter, had loved Kate since the day she rented the space above his shop. Since the groom’s identity had been kept a secret, all tied up with the book’s marketing plan, Lucas volunteers to step in. Kate agrees to his plan, but only for a year. Lucas is in it for the forever.
Yep. Major conflict ensues when organization to the nth degree marries laid back Lucas. But Lucas sets out to show list-making Kate that life happens between the pages.
I enjoyed the excerpts from Dr. Kate’s book that plugged the beginning of every chapter, little nuggets that enticed me to keep reading. Not that I ever once thought about putting down the book, but just to give me an idea of what deliciousness I would find in the next chapter. Totally cool!
Best of all, I appreciated how this story, without words or preaching, represents Christ and His love for us. Carpenter Lucas (don’t you just love that??) loved Kate. Before she ever knew of his love, he stepped in with a plan, to marry her, hoping that he would eventually woo her with his love and his actions. For me, this was an irresistible love story straight from the Word. Rich with symbolism, I can’t think of a more appropriate story to read at Easter. Scoop it up! You’ll be so glad you did.