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Orchard Valley Brides: Norah/Lone Star Lovin' (Orchard Valley #3-4)

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Norah Bloomfield is feeling a bit unneeded these days. Her father is recovering from his heart attack, and her sisters, Valerie and Stephanie, are busy planning their weddings. But then a cantankerous Texan named Rowdy Cassidy crashes his small plane in Orchard Valley. The same Rowdy Cassidy who'd been Valerie's boss...and who'd demanded she marry him. Now he's Norah's pat
ebook, 252 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Mira Books (first published July 27th 2010)
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Sep 17, 2010 Drebbles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
“Orchard Valley Brides”, a sequel to “Orchard Valley Grooms”, consists of two previously published books by Debbie Macomber: “Norah”, first published in 1992 and “Lone Star Lovin’” first published in 1993.


Norah Bloomfield’s sisters Valerie and Stephanie have found true love but Norah is still looking for Mr. Right. She certainly doesn’t think it will be Valerie’s ex-boss Rowdy Cassidy, whom she meets after he crashes his small plane in Orchard Valley. Rowdy is cantankerous, stubborn, and pr
Sep 12, 2014 Doris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: debbie-macomber
Having read Orchard Valley Grooms - the story on how the older two Bloomfield sisters found love - I simply had to find this book in order to find out the story of sister number three. And it involved a nice little twist ...
I have definitely come to love Debbie Macomber's writing and this book is no different. Her style is straight forward and her characters fleshed out to the nines - another author who's stories are often so involving and intriguing that I simply could not stop reading until I
Patricia Solla
Apr 03, 2011 Patricia Solla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
This is the second of two books written about three sisters and a friend. The middle sister who has always been the homebody remaining in Orchard Valley with their father while the other sisters have travelled away from home. She meets her man in the most unusual way and finds love makes home anywhere. The friend has moved from Orchard Valley to make a new start for herself in Texas. She finds herself new friends and a new love in a small town full of interesting characters.
May 14, 2014 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the first story. I would be a little hesitant to fall in love with Rowdy too. Especially since he seemed to like her sister so much.

I did not care too much for the one about Sherry. It seemed a little too far fetched for me. Plus I was in 4-H enough yrs to know that they do NOT have a project on getting your parents hitched. Not even as a self determined project. I did enjoy the character of Heather.
Though I have loved some of her books, I'm not a huge DM fan. She can be hit or miss for me. These are two short novels that were originally published in the early 90s.

I enjoyed both of them. Some of the notions were a little antiquated, but for the most part these novels are timeless.
Jan 12, 2017 Paige rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great feel good book
Andge (Down the Rabbit Hole)
I don't know why I thought it would get any better with the ridiculous antics that sometimes get between two people who are clearly crazy about each other. This novel did not really do any better, in my opinion, although I'm (oddly enough) considered a fan of Debbie Macomber (I know - don't say it - what generation am I in?)

In Norah, I was very excited to see how the last and youngest Bloomfield sister would do as all the eligible bachelors in town seemed to have been scooped up by her older sis
Ryann Murphy
Have you ever been strongly attracted to someone against your better judgment? That's exactly what happens to the both heroines in the stories that make up Debbie Macomber's Orchard Valley Brides, another of the Harlequin Big Summer Reads.

In Norah, the heroine is working one last shift as an ER nurse before her sister's wedding the following day when the lone survivor of a private plane crash is rushed in. His injuries are serious and things get complicated when Norah realizes the man was flying
Brandy *Ahviel*
Norah Bloomfield is feeling a bit unneeded these days. Her father is recovering from his heart attack, and her sisters, Valerie and Stephanie, are busy planning their weddings. But then a cantankerous Texan named Rowdy Cassidy who’d been Valerie’s boss…and who’d demanded she marry him. Now he’s Norah’s patient, and in all her nursing experience she’s never encountered a more difficult man. Or a more irresistible one! Except…is he still in love with her sister?

Okay when we first met Norah we had
Lin Stepp
Nov 11, 2015 Lin Stepp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two good short Debbie Macomber books tucked into one book. In NORAH a nurse falls in love with a difficult patient … and Macomber weaves an interesting story of how the two clash and eventually get together. I laughed a lot over the second book LONE STAR LOVIN' at the bumbling efforts of Cody Bailman to court Sherry Waterman, the new physician's assistant in a rural Texas town. Cody has no romantic skills and continually bumbles all efforts to show Sherry he's attracted. As he often says 'he doe ...more
I should have read Orchard Valley Grooms first, but neither book was marked as part of a series. I assumed they were companion novels not part of a series so I read them out of order. I had a problem with the male leads. In both stories they seemed to be the same character-a Texas cowboy who didn't know how to express himself and wanted to marry a woman because he felt he had no other choice. I'm all for the change of pace and not having every guy be the most romantic man in the world, but both ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
This book was a continuation of the first "Orchard Valley Grooms," and I read it due to wondering about the third Sister, Norah.

Norah's love story was very predictable and pleasant. I zoomed through it due to knowing what was going to happen. This is unusual for me with a Debbie Macomber book.

However, the second half of the book was a new story about a friend of Norah's, Sherry, which we were briefly acquainted with from Valerie's romance in the first book. Now, I really enjoyed Sherry's tale. F
Sep 09, 2010 Elaine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up at the grocery check-out since I had a 7 hour drive. It has two short stories in one book. I had enjoyed Macomber's Blossom Street series so I thought this book would be a good read for a long drive. Unfortunately, this book is not a good read. After reading just a few pages, one can see exactly how the story will end. There are no surprises and it was very boring. The author chose to stereotype the characters and write them as one dimensional. The only reason I finished th ...more
Oct 18, 2010 Stacey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Super quick and easy read. I do love reading Debbie Macomber books. They are very nice, feel good stories. I try to read one feel good story every 4 or 5 books, helps to clear the head with the other books - which also aren't very deep reads but do have more meat to them. Anyway, my point is that when I'm looking for this type of book, I find myself grabbing a Macomber book, and am never disappointed. Finished in two days. Couldn't put down, even though I already knew the standard formula: insta ...more
Virginia Markhart
Aug 25, 2010 Virginia Markhart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK, so I lied about not reading the sequel to Orchard Valley Grooms. This one was actually a lot better. The first bride was Valerie and Stepanie's sister Norah. It was a fun read. She made quick work of Valerie's former boss who flew in from Texas and left with her heart.

Second story was about Sherry, a friend of Norah's who moved from Orchard Valley Oregon to Texas. Really fun read. Cowboy fell for her at first sight and could not handle it. Funny how the whole town got involved in the romance

I found this conclusion of the three sisters a cute read. I enjoyed Norah and Rowdy's characters. I wasn't expecting the two of them getting together when I read the first book in the series.

Lone Star Lovin'

It started out where I was really enjoying the story. I still liked the story but it sort of fizzled toward the middle until the end.

Aug 19, 2012 Dusty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like the books DM writes. However, I notice a pattern, almost, in them. The main male character of them is usually someone difficult to get along with. And the women are usually 'good' women who fall fot these 'bad' men. I liked this book. It was an easy read. I didn't know it was part of a series. So at times, I was confused.
Joy Gerbode
Two good romance stories, about friends, which relates the stories to one another, make up this book. Both are simple romances, with all the usual ups and downs you expect. They are both very good stories, and a very enjoyable read, nothing spectacularly different to make them stand out from all the rest.
May 01, 2012 Millie marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

This title contains two books: "Norah" and "Lone Star Lovin' ". The first is not quite up to Macomber's usual standards. Too much of a pat romance format, though I did find the characters well drawn and individual. It was a relaxing read. Will add more after reading the second story still underway.

The second title was just very silly and a little boring.
Mar 18, 2011 Lauri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked Orchard Valley Grooms better, but this was good. Biggest complaint was that the second story was full of eccentric characters who seem to feel free to comment on the characters lives. Characters to give a "local color"/eccentric tend to be a pet peeve of mine.
Jun 03, 2013 Barbi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved Norah's story! There were a couple of times in her story that I was just wanted to smack Rowdy upside the head. That just made me like the story that much more. I had already previously read the other story but it is still a good one.
Feb 18, 2013 Joyce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great romantic stories - not my favorite but a nice switch from suspense! Easy reading and a little action included with a couple of turns and twists. Always know that they get together in the end but fun to read about the ride.
MsSmartiePants the candy...
A good light Summer read. Something pleasant to enjoy relaxing in the sun or just before bed. This is an idealized view of romance, without the graphic sex, written for modern times. Leaves you with a smile in your heart!
Apr 11, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I have to read one of Debbie Macomber's books every so often. They are very nice, feel good stories with clean romance. I need the light read to help to level out the deeper, more intense ones. I just love them even though I know basically what will happen, I enjoy the ride.
Isabell Lawless
I've read many of Macomber's books and this was, well... cute. Nothing special, didn't take long to read, and in all honestly I hope the next book in my reading pile provides me with more hotness, plot, and length. Still, good writing as usual.
Sep 13, 2011 Shelena rated it really liked it
Great book. Two sweet love stories in one book. I check it out from the library and one of those books you can't put down because you've got to find out what happens. I look forward to reading more of her books.
Oct 08, 2013 Megan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Cheesy romance...blah blah blah...predictable plots...blah blah blah...horrible dialogue...blah blah blah...worst romance novels ever. I seriously rolled my eyes about 500 times while listening to this. So glad it is over....
Aug 06, 2010 Amos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
of Walmart 8/6/2010, Planning to start reading tonight, after 9 pm 10/28/2010... finished first story "Norah" c 6 am 10/28\9/2010 started Lone Star c 7 pm 10/20/2010
comment that Texans will eat anything... tastebuds burnt out with chili peppers. pg 247... Hmm.
finis at 4 am 10/30/2010
Aug 29, 2010 Keri rated it did not like it
I was at my mom's and desperately in need of something to read. This was on her shelf....I only made it half way through.
Aug 05, 2011 Maggie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A delightfully easy summer read requiring turning the pages and just going with the stories. Unrealistic? But of course. Implausible? Again, but of course. Mindless fluff? OF COURSE! :-)
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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 990 weeks on the New York Times ...more
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