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Charlene Dugan has decided to get married and has sent everyone around her into a spin. The party is out of control, the groom is spending all his time with the wedding consultant and the bride has cold feet. Not exactly what she had in mind!
Paperback, 377 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Mira Books (first published January 1st 2001)
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Kim
Sep 12, 2012 Kim rated it liked it
I prefer Virgin River.
Angel Waggoner
Jun 06, 2016 Angel Waggoner rated it liked it
An enjoyable read, but watch out for the high maintenance, whiny women. The story is good and would be better if half of the internalizing and reminiscing were removed.
Luisa
May 16, 2016 Luisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant and sedate

Only a gifted author like this one can take this group of characters, make a hodge podge of situations and sort it all out to everyone's satisfaction and enjoyment. This book is about three generations of strong women; Lois the grandmother, a very strong, independent woman who is starting to give signs of dementia. Since she is the pillar of strength against which her daughter and granddaughter lean against, their foundation is shaken and makes them take a hard look at their
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Sugandha Garg
Jan 10, 2016 Sugandha Garg rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, robyn-carr
an easy read. I read it in like 6 days but one can easily finish it in 2. This novel showcases the tangled relationships in a typical American family. only thing that i couldn't understand was the title reference to the story. there are no wedding preps, except for the huff marriage proposal by the protagonist. After they make an official announcement the marriage takes a back seat. Charlene gets so very occupied with her family and work that she forgets about her upcoming wedding completely onl ...more
Cheri
Jun 05, 2014 Cheri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was a point in this book that I was afraid. Afraid that I wouldn't be able to find any redeeming qualities in the heroine, Charlene. And believe me, it was somewhat hard to do. It's not that she is a terrible person, but she is so oblivious to what her actions do to those around her that I wanted to shake her!

Then there is Charlene's daughter, Stephanie. Her I just wanted to smack. Luckily, the reader gets to see Stephanie's transformation and can even almost forgive her attitude by the en
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Tasha
Nov 07, 2015 Tasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love Maze

There are many different love themes here and all of the story lines are very well done. The generational curse of love gone wrong is explored as is the love between mother/daughter and grandmother/granddaughter. Other relationships blossomed while the main characters found themselves having to decide if a marriage of comfort is what they wanted to pursue. When the wedding planner brings up much more than invitations and color swatches, the couple has some decisions to make. An ex-husba
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Sharon Thomason
Jul 03, 2014 Sharon Thomason rated it liked it
I listened to this on Audible.com and thoroughly enjoyed it. While it's not what you might call "great literature," it's an engaging story that touches on a lot of issues.....becoming the caretaker for a parent who's experiencing signs of dementia, finding yourself facing the possibility of being alone for the rest of your life, deciding whether to marry for love or companionship, losing yourself in your career, and deciding whether a relationship can work despite a huge age difference. The nove ...more
Kelly Moran
Oct 15, 2012 Kelly Moran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-reviews
After her divorce, Charlene Dugan vowed never to marry again. Twenty-five years later, she finds herself asking her man the big question. After all, Dennis is mature and their relationship is comforting and steady. Her daughter, Stephanie, is at a crossroads, her mother's mental health is fading, her career is crazy-busy, and she's spending more time with her irritating ex, Jake, than anyone else. Who wouldn't want to take the plunge? Except things on the surface aren't always what they appear, ...more
Becky
Mar 23, 2013 Becky rated it it was amazing
Charlene Dugan is an important family attorney who sees troubled relationships every day. She, herself, has been divorced for over 25 years and has been seeing someone, Dennis, for about 5 years. It is a comfortable relationship where they both live in their own homes and see each other two to three times a week. Her daughter Stephanie who is a school teacher is in a live-in relationship and engaged to Grant who is studying for the police academy. Charlene's mother Lois is having some mental dif ...more
Faye
Aug 03, 2013 Faye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book a lot. The story involves Charlene, an hard working attorney, and a perfectionist. Her mother Lois, a retired librarian.
Her daughter Stephanie, a junior high teacher, spoiled, dependent and whiny. There relationships with the men in their lives are interesting and are viewed differently by each other.
Charlene had a father that was rarely in the home. She attended his funeral when she was pregnant. He was shot by the husband of the man he was in bed with. Charlene never faced
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Emily Higgins
Oct 25, 2014 Emily Higgins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: family-drama
Lawyer Charlene Dugan had been dating Dennis for 5 years. One traumatic day, Charlene asked Dennis if he still wanted to marry her. Then a series of family crises, mainly involving Charlene's mother's health kept Charlene and Dennis from making further plans or even seeing one another.. A month later, Charlene and Dennis finally confront their true feelings about one another. Delightful story.
Marcia  Haskell
Oct 14, 2012 Marcia Haskell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"After her divorce, Charlene Dugan vowed never to get married again—a promise she has kept for twenty-five years. Until the fateful day she finds herself uttering the well-known phrase—"Let's get married!"Almost immediately, Charlene's seemingly perfect life begins unraveling at the seams. Daughter Stephanie's own relationship is about to disintegrate, and she might be just a teensy-weensy bit jealous of her mom. And Charlene seems to be spending more time with her ex-husband than with her fianc ...more
Kerrie Howard
May 18, 2016 Kerrie Howard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great read by Robyn Carr. Her novels are comforting to me, fun reads about people with real life issues with happy endings. Yes, real life doesn't always have a happy ending - that's exactly why I want happy endings in the books I read. I'm a simplistic soul. :-)
I've never been disappointed in Robyn's books from the very first one I read which was The House On Olive Street.
Virginia Markhart
Feb 13, 2016 Virginia Markhart rated it liked it
A non-Virgin River Robyn Carr book.. This was a good one. Single mother, attorney, has a lot going on with her adult daughter and aging mother. She still has a relationship with her ex even though they have been divorced for 22 years. She gets engaged and then that relationship quickly goes south. Very interesting and realistic.
Pam Koenig
Jul 05, 2015 Pam Koenig rated it really liked it
Light romance

A good story of growing old, growing up, new and old romances,and finding out that love just happens. Sometimes love is fresh and new and other times it's like an old comfortable friend. Senior moments happen whether we're ready for them or not, how we deal with them is what's important.
Marsha
Sep 26, 2015 Marsha rated it it was amazing
I always enjoy Robyn CArr's books. That being said, this one was almost too intense for me. The Alzheimers/dementia storyline nearly was too much for me to relive. Both my parents suffered from this terrible disease, and Ms. Carr writes to the heart. I enjoyed the whole story.
Kristen
Nov 06, 2013 Kristen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2013
Before Robyn Carr hit it big with the Virgin River contemporary romance series, you'll enjoy this stand-alone romance novel. We'll see how one family comes together in this early classic novel. We'll see them from their point of view. Charlene Dugan's just gotten engaged to become remarried and to do it right. This divorced and single mother of one has a full plate on her hands in this story. We'll watch how she'll deal with her mother's memory problems, her wedding plans with Dennis slowly unra ...more
Shelley Vanbrunt
Oct 22, 2015 Shelley Vanbrunt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
what I loved and hated about this book was Charlene. I thought I had dealt with all my father issues until I read this book. I love that this author continues to write characters I am able to relate to but hate that I cried more than I probably should have.
Jewett
May 10, 2016 Jewett rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
A romance with interesting twists. I especiallly liked the part of the book dealing with Lois. I understand her problems and the difficulties they present for everyone.
Melanie Ytuarte
Entertaining, but not her best work...

I love all Robyn Carr's books, but this one d uhh font grab me the way others do. I didn't find myself wanting more...
Tiffany
Aug 02, 2012 Tiffany rated it liked it
I didn't realize that this book was a re-release until after I bought it. Turns out this is one of Robyn Carr's first books. I found the book to be enjoyable enough and it definitely had the makings of a Robyn Carr book...but it was lacking the polish she has developed over the years. The story itself was very busy...there were at least 4 or 5 separate storylines happening concurrently, which got a bit distracting. It was almost like she squeezed every idea she had for a book into one. It's stil ...more
Mary
May 29, 2016 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I have read several Robyn Carr books and must say this has been my least favorite. The story felt rather disjointed with all the different plot lines, the amount of characters and thier own stories and issues. Though it wasn't bad it was just a little too "busy" for me.
Donna
Sep 09, 2014 Donna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Would have gotten higher stars if the exposition hadn't taken so long. Didn't get interesting until approximately page 50.
Melissa
Sep 10, 2014 Melissa rated it it was ok
2.5 stars, cute story about an older bride and groom who can't decide if they want to get married.
Tina Payne
Jul 17, 2014 Tina Payne rated it liked it
I loved the book! The main characters were so intriguing & I just wanted MORE! Great story!
Ginny Atwell
Jun 06, 2016 Ginny Atwell rated it really liked it
Quick, light & a good read. A nice book to read after some heart wrenching books I've read recently.
Jennifer Brown-flavin
Jul 27, 2016 Jennifer Brown-flavin rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. Not my favorite Carr book but it was a good read.
Debra McEathron
May 20, 2016 Debra McEathron rated it liked it
This story was about 3 generations of women coping with their fears, aging, love and gaining maturity. The story line was okay and moved along a lttle slow. I have liked her other stories better.
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