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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  1,161 ratings  ·  110 reviews
The wedding dress was made many years ago, and it came with a promise:

The First Man You Meet…

Shelly Hansen was horrified when her great-aunt's wedding dress arrived—because, according to family legend, she was destined to marry the next man she met. So when she tripped on an escalator and fell into Mark Brady's arms, she told him—and herself—that
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 29th 2009 by Mira (first published April 1st 1992)
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Tammy Walton Grant
You know when you eat something really super sweet and it makes you want to spit, and spit and spit the yucky taste out of your mouth?



No more Debbie Macomber for me.

I can handle fluffy, happy, light or feel-good romances, but when you throw in saccharine sweet, cloying and silly writing, with no character development, a goofy story (where the most believable character is a magic wedding dress) and NO SEX I can't take it. The characters are bland, boring and forgettable, and the novellas were mu
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Ridley
Boring pair of whirlwind romances between unbelievable characters with unrealistic motivations. The magic wedding dress was one of the more believable elements in the book.

To be fair, I only bought it because Fictionwise was pretty much giving it away with a 100% rebate. I don't think Debbie Macomber is my kind of author. Far too chaste and precious for me.
AngieA
Feb 03, 2010 AngieA rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance fans
The Man You'll Marry is two previously published stories by Macomber. You can almost always tell exactly where she has added something to up date the story; some reference to technology that was not available when the stories were first published. I found that amusing, but it didn't detract from the stories at all.

The two stories revolve around a magic wedding dress that comes to Shelly Hanson from her great-aunt Milly. It is the dress made for Milly by a dress maker who felt the formal wear Mi
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Judine
This is one of the books that convinced me that Debbie Macomber is my new favorite author. I absolutely loved the premise, since it's a concept that makes magic work in a modern day setting. The book is comprised of two novellas; in novella one, Shelly receives her Aunt Milly's wedding dress. The catch? According to family legend, Aunt Milly married the first man she met after receiving the dress as a gift. The remainder of the story recounts Shelly's efforts to NOT follow family legend with som ...more
Jo Guasque
Okay. The modern day fairy tale I guess. This should be lined up with Cinderella. I mean there's magic involve which makes it suitable for girls who do believe in the power of love and magic. I must admit that I am one of those girls and so I did read it. I love the way that this book is less complicated than other books. It's straight to the point and doesn't involve too much plot which is well considered as a light read. I did finish this book in less than 24 hours simply because I refuse to p ...more
Rayni
Oct 06, 2012 Rayni rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Rayni by: Author recognition
Debbie Macomber is an author I cannot easily pass up. When I saw this book on the exchange rack at the local library, I picked it up. I had gone in to return an audio book & promised myself I wouldn't get another book, especially since I have 7 books I'm reading at once. It wasn't my fault either. I would never have looked at the exchange rack except my former boss was looking at it & I stopped to speak to him. Then I saw this book & knew it had to come home with me. It was leaping o ...more
Julie
Cute book. The premise is that Aunt Millie was given a wedding dress, and told that the first man she met after receiving the dress, would be the man she would marry. Her car promptly broke down, and she married the mechanic within 7 days. She has now passed the dress on to her great-niece, who is horrified to receive the legendary dress. On her way to meet a girlfriend for lunch, she falls backwards off of the escalator and into the arms of a man. She announces to him and the entire mall that s ...more
Cheri
This book was not bad, please don't take my 2-star rating as bad. Technically, 2 stars means "it's okay" according to GR.

Since it was two stories and a short book, I'm sure these stories were not meant to be super deep and insightful. They did have some swoon-worthy moments and some super sweet moments. They also had a bunch of repetitiveness, which was surprising considering the length of the book.

This is a perfect book to get you through a flight, laying on the beach, or if you commute by tr
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Melissa
Sweet story about a Romance and the problems that might arise from someone working too much, and the strain that puts on a Marriage...( and the special role that a Wedding Dress has in several different romances in the story )
Gina
Was a fast read. Didn't like as much as her series books, which are more involved in establishing relationships between the characters.
Becky
This is two stories in one book. The first, "The First Man You Meet" is the story of a wedding dress that Shelly Hansen's great aunt sent to her. According to the family history, the first man you meet after receiving the dress is the man you will marry. Shelly Hansen is not interested in getting married and very content in her career and her life. Even with her mother hounding her to marry and start a family. When she trips on an escalator and into the arms of Mark Brady, she chalks it up as on ...more
Tiffeny
There are actually two separate stories combined in this one book, so I feel that I should rate them separately. For the first story, The First Man You Meet, I only give it two stars. I really like some of Macomber's stuff, but some is just too silly for me, and this one falls into the latter category. I really loved the history of the wedding dress, and the idea that she was going to marry the first man she meets after recieving it was cute. I had high hopes for the story, but as I read, the ch ...more
Elizabeth Lloyd
I really wanted to like this book. I loved the premise -- family tradition, magic, destiny, a close friendship that spans multiple books -- to the point where I wish I'd thought of it myself. Unfortunately, I found that the "destined love at first sight" translated poorly into relationship development, which is my favorite part of romance. I couldn't really figure out why either of the couples ended up together, other than the magic of the dress, and that was less interesting that I'd hoped it w ...more
Eunice
Ugh... I kind of wish I would've stopped this book after the first story (or never read it at all). This book consists of two stories revolving a 'magical' wedding dress. The first story is about Shelly and Mark, two complete opposites who are destined to be together; the story was hysterical and romantic. It depicts how opposites attract and how we have no control when and who we fall in love with; the story-line was cute and the characters hilarious.
The second story is about Shelly's friend, J
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Debbie Heaton
In Macomber’s romance novel, Jill Morrison wants to wed but she isn’t interested in man who puts his career first. When she comes in contact with a wedding dress complete with a legend attached to it, she’s stumped. According to legend, the first man you meet when you receive the gown is the man you’ll wed. But the first man Jill encounters after receiving the dress is Jordan Wilcox, a man devoted to his career. Now Jill is forced to confront her feelings and desires while ignoring the so-called ...more
Melissa
I think Shelly's really funny and very dramatic. Mark seems stubborn and flirtatious. I like all their encounters they are sweet I didn't understand when he ended up with Shelly's phone number. I did think it was very fast developed relationship but from the start it was made clear it would be. The entire magic wedding dress was sort of corny but whatever I've read way worse. Shelly obsessed over it.
Jill and Jordan made me angry. The relationship was strange. I'm just cutting to the chase real p
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Cindy
The wedding dress

A good story about receiving a magic wedding dress and falling in love with the first man the woman meets after this. I enjoyed the story even with not a lot of depth.
Maggie Shanley
Ok story of two friends and a magical wedding dress. Reminds me of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants except the characters don't experience as much growth.
Urszula
It was, what it claimed to be - a romantic story with a little bit of magic in it. This book contained two different stories link together by the magical wedding dress. The first story was a nice romance, yet very predictable.

The second story was a little more complex. It reflected real life more closely. Love needs work. For real love to last two people need to give and compromise. I felt, that in this story Jordan had to do all the giving and all the compromising, because she was mot wiling to
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Shelly Ann Haselden
Don't buy a wedding dress, that has a curse on it! You
may end up married, or not!
Shelly
The story was incredibly predictable and a bit too far fetched for my liking.
Jami Dutcher
Read this book a long time ago...started sounding familiar right away
Cindy Christiansen
Macomber knows how to express characters' emotions. I liked the first story and characters best but found it too short. I didn't like the second story as well. As good as Macomber is at expressing character motivation, she didn't convince me that the heroine wasn't being manipulative. The magical dress worked for me in the first story, but not the second. It only seemed like a way to tie the two together and not done very well at that. I never felt any happiness from the second heroine, Jill, an ...more
kaoyler
I didn't listen to the CD but read the book, but since the book is yet to be listed, this is the cover of the book I read. It's an innocent piece of fluff, easily read in a night. It involves two friends and a "magic" wedding dress. Once you receive the dress you will marry the next man you meet. Not see, but meet. Neither woman is ready for a romance, but the dress casts a spell over them, and it isn't hard to guess what happens. It wasn't great literature but for an evening's entertainment it ...more
Sandy
This was my first Debbie Macomber book. I liked it enough that I will read more by her.
It was a nice story. Two stories actually. There was more to Jill's story than Shelly's. I liked Shelly in her own story, but in Jill's story I didn't like her so much anymore. She was too nosy and pushy. She reminded me of how her mother was in her own story.
Sort of a Jersey Girl-like ending. Which is my favorite ending to a movie ever! (The one with Jami Gertz and Dylan McDermott, NOT the one with Ben Afflec
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Susan
I enjoyed these light romance stories. They are not complex but fun, dealing with the magic of finding a husband. The second story deals with the very real problem of being married to the job and neglecting family and how that can have lasting repercussions. I really felt for the couple and wanted them to make the “right” choice to put their marriage first. Any physical aspects of the relationships are done very tactfully. Anyone who enjoys a good clean romance could read these stories.
Melissa
The Man You'll Marry is a book with two stories. The first one is about a woman, Shelly, who is a little bit of an artist type who gets a dress from her aunt that is supposed to be magical. She falls for the first man she meets who is also her polar opposite. The second story is about Shelly's friend who then gets the dress and falls for a businessman who works too hard. The ending is very weak in my opinion and both stories are of course predictable like almost all romances are.
Kelly
This book is the 2010 re-release of two stories written in 1992 titled The First Man You Meet and The Man You’ll Marry. Like all Debbie Macomber books, they are nice, pleasant easy romantic reads. These two stories revolve around two friends and a magic wedding dress. This book was a wonderful fairy tale, of finding your true love when you least expect it and opening your heart to the possibilities that opposites do attract. This is a must read for all Debie Macomber fans!
Stefanie
Ik lees niet echt graag kortverhalen omdat je dan de personages niet echt leert kennen. Hier volgen de verhalen echter op elkaar en krijg je de hoofdrolspelers toch wel redelijk uitgediept. Zelf ben ik wel voor magie enzo, dus een bruidsjurk met 'speciale krachten' is wel mijn ding. Beide verhalen zijn zeer entertainend al vind ik het eerste nogal dunnekes en vlug vlug gaan ... Leuk om bij weg te dromen en te genieten. Niet meer, niet minder. Leuke ontspanning, 4 sterren!
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