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by Debbie Macomber (Goodreads Author)
Rorie Campbell has a pleasant, predictable life in San Francisco, where she's seeing a pleasant, predictable man. Then, one vacation, her car breaks down on an Oregon country road and horse rancher Clay Franklin comes to her rescue. Rorie soon discovers that a city girl can fall in love with a country man. But Clay has no right to return her feelings--because he's engaged ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 192 pages
Published November 1st 2003 by Center Point
(first published June 1st 1990)
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Country Bride is the second book in the Country Brides series by popular American author, Debbie Macomber. When Clay Franklin breaks off his long-standing engagement to Kate Logan to marry Rorie Campbell, Kate is understandably devastated. But someone is there to support her: Luke Rivers is the manager of her father’s ranch, and has been her good friend for a long time. After some bubbly at the wedding, Kate suggests that Luke should marry her, and he readily agrees: after all, he has been in ...more
This is clearly a book aimed at women but whether it hits the spot with women of today is another matter. Set in small town America,it could just as well have been set 100 years ago for the values it seems to portray, or is it just that, as a male reader, I look at things differently. Whether women like being told how they feel and what they should do b their male counterparts is another matter entirely (surely). This is really a short story and is very easy to read and holds the reader (hence ...more
In Macomber’s romance novel, Kate Logan is devastated when the man she loves breaks their engagement and marries Rorie Campbell. Drowning her sorrows in champagne, she vigorously throws herself at Luke Rivers and proposes—to him! Once sober, Kate is horrified at her actions and sheepishly insists Luke disregard her request. To her surprise, he refuses to break their “engagement” and insists that she loves him. What follows is a dance that neither can walk away from.
As always, Macomber has spun a ...more
As always, Macomber has spun a ...more
Debbie Macomber is a well-known writer of clean romance novels; I have read and enjoyed many of her books. Country Bride is a good (if simplistic) story, but it is filled with cliches and skimpy on details that would have made the story more realistic. This book would not have rated three stars except for the author's ability to take a "barely-there" plot and stretch it into a reasonably interesting story.
I listened to this audio book after having seen a few Debbie Macomber Christmas movies. This was a cute but predictable story that had a little less substance than I expected from my previous experiences with Macomber. Pleasant to listen to while driving.
Probably one of my least favorite Macomber books. Kate, was a moron. I didn't like her. Luke was a bit pushy. If she really didn't like him he would have been walking the line of a crazy person. Entertaining story, but found it really hard to get into the story when you don't like the characters.
Kate Logan, a school teacher, is going through alot of changes in her life causing emotional stress. She watched the love of her life, her ex-fiance Clay, marry another woman. Right after that her father, Devin, announces his engagement and that he will be selling the family ranch, The Circle L. Luke Rivers has been the ranch foreman for the past 10 years. He becomes Kate's best friend, being there for support through all the emotional stress of Kate and Clay's broken engagement. During Clay's ...more
Jun 08, 2012 Jacqueline rated it liked it · review of another edition
Fairly sweet romance. He was pretty convinced she loved him and would eventually marry him. I liked his determination to have her at all costs. I didn't like though that he didn't seem to really be hearing what she was telling him. I guess though that was the way this character was. He was so determined to marry her that he couldn't see that maybe he just needed to step back for a moment and let her stand on her own feet for a while just to prove to herself that she could. Also she kept ...more
This was a light, fun read … perfect during the Christmas holidays. The story begins as Kate Logan's familiar life is crumbling around her. Her fiancé is marrying someone else; her dad is getting married, too, and selling the ranch she loves. She is fighting a major pity-party … and on a whim, while a little tipsy, asks Luke River, her father's ranch manager, to marry her. … Humiliated the next day, she learns he's taken her seriously, wants to marry her, and argues that he think she really ...more
What a strange storyline!
A woman from a small town claims to be in love with a man while being friends and even introducing said girlfriend to this man she loves? After the wedding, which she attends while repetitively thinking about how much she loves the groom, she seeks out her newly-married friend (post-honeymoon) for a chat?
In my opinion, even if the character is, as she claims, genuinely happy for the couple, it would be inappropriate for her to c ...more
Kate is trying to get over the fact that her former fiance is now getting married to someone else. Luke her dad's forman on their ranch and long time friend has been helping her through the hard days. At the wedding Luke is by her side and as they dance outside together she finds how comfortable, at home and safe she feels in his arms. They also discover that they are attracted to each other. Kate tells him that night that they need to get married. The next day she realizes how foolish she was. ...more
I read this in 1 sitting - fast easy read and very engaging! It had been so long since Id had a chance to sit down w a book, I wanted one that was light and clean and easy to read and this fit the bill! Was all of it realistic? No. But it was a cute story. I would have preferred a different pet name for Kate than "Princess" though.
I think this is the book that finally convinced me that I really do not enjoy Macomber's writing, despite her popularity and prolific book writing. Sometimes I can get into the story and just ignore it, but gosh darn was the writing in this book awful. I didn't empathize with any of the characters, and all of the writing just fell truly flat.
This book was not quite up to the standards that I have come to know from Ms Macomber. The ending was known for sure after the first chapter and basically the same things occurred over and over. But there was a lot of good humor in it, and I did enjoy reading the book.
Jan 01, 2015 Tara rated it liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Friends and anyone else wanting a cute simple book
Very cute story. Was very well written. I greatly enjoyed it was simple and easy to read. Just what I wanted on my vacation. A simple romance novel that was not too long and easy. I loved it for that reason.
Some might consider this a 'romance' story but I didn't like how he bullied her into the marriage. If he had backed off and 'courted' her with love and affection I could have liked it better. She did eventually realize her feelings for him but his pushing and badgering turned me off.
This is the first Debbie Macomb book that I did not enjoy at all. The female lead is so annoying! The entire plot line was predictable and not in a good way. I did not enjoy the hero calling her princess the entire time and wanting to "take care of her". No. It did not work for me at all.
Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 950 weeks on the New York Times ...moreMore about Debbie Macomber...