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Once Upon a Bride

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Happily ever after…?

When Gabe Vitali escapes to a fresh start in Crystal Point, Australia, the former physician isn't looking for a storybook ending. For the first time he's living in the moment. His new five-year plan does not include serious relationships. But he doesn't anticipate his unavoidable next-door neighbor…and an undeniable attraction.

Bridal consultant Lauren
Paperback, 224 pages
Published August 19th 2014 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2014)
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Nas Dean
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
ONCE UPON A BRIDE by author Helen Lacey is a Harlequin Special Edition series release for September 2014.

Gabe Vitali escaped from his troubled past to a small town in Australia but was he ready for commitment?

Lauren Jakowski is ready for marriage. And she shares an attraction for Gabe, but would Gabe be the one to give her happy ever after? After all he is incapable of happy ever afters, isn’t he?

ONCE UPON A BRIDE is a heartwarming tale of two opposites falling for each other. I loved the drama
Jemi Fraser
Another winner by Helen Lacey! I enjoyed Lauren and Gabe. The first scene was fun and set the scene for all kinds of twists and turns throughout the story! Hoping to read more about some of the great secondary characters too!
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Helen Lacey has done it again! The characters from Crystal Point are back and this time we get to read all about how opposites attract! An amazing fall head over heals love story that will leave you with that wonderful "ah love" feeling and begging for more!
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Once Upon a Bride by Helen Lacey is an enjoyable read. I started reading the book this morning, and I am thankful that I read fast. I finished it tonight. It was too good to put down and thoroughly worth the time to read it.

The story is of Gabe Vitali and Lauren Jakowki. Gabe moves to Crystal Point, Australia to get away from his former life. Lauren is a bridal consultant who lost her first love to Cancer, and married on the rebound only to have that not be a pleasant experience. Fate comes into
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Helen Lacey's Once Upon a Bride is a funny, sweet and beautiful love story that leaves you with a warm feeling in your heart. Her penmanship is flawless (her choice of words brings out the emotions and surroundings involved with her characters with precision) Her characters seem so real as any human being that they jump out from the pages! Absolutely loved Gabe and Lauren! Highly Recommended.
Louise Cusack
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
This is my favorite Crystal Point book so far. The hero Gabe is SO sexy, and Helen Lacey is so good at writing sexual tension. It throbbed between this pair. I just adored Lauren as well, she was so wounded, so strong, so brave! Right up until the end I wasn't sure how they'd find their happily ever after, and when they did, I cried! This book is a keeper. You'll love it.
Harlequin Books
"Lacey’s excellent narrative eloquently brings the characters and Australian landscape to life. The couple’s fierce desire and powerful angst-filled banter is tangible, and the lovemaking is a delight" (RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 stars TOP PICK!).
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Once Upon a Bride is a beautiful, enriching and moving story set in Crystal Point in which the author, Helen Lacey weaves a brilliant tale.

At her brother’s wedding Lauren reminds her friends she is “celibate, not comatose” while discussing her sex life and their thoughts on the best looking man in town, Gabe Vitali. Lauren is mortified when she discovers Gabe overhears what she thinks of him and to make things worse she then falls into the pool. Things go from bad to worse when they become neig
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story it is heartwarming and a beautiful story of two people who have been through so much Gabe has moved from America to Crystal Point Australia and given up his job as a Doctor he has a lot of guilt to overcome and a five year plan before he will even consider falling in love but that is before he meets Lauren who runs a bridal shop Lauren too has been through a lot and has decided that when she marries it will not involve love or passion she has been there and does not want to go ...more
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Jan 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Love is Trust

Once Upon a Bride by Helen Lacey brings to life a struggle of true love. This romance, set in Australia, is jam-packed with secrets that thump with intense emotion. Gabe and Lauren must learn to trust one another with their pasts to be able to see a future together. Lacey keeps the struggle taut until the end. And she doesn’t cheapen the experience with easy answers to searing questions brought up in the text. If you’re looking for a romance pierced with true love, this story’s for
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Helen Lacey grew up reading Black Beauty, Anne of Green Gables and Little House on The Prairie. These childhood classics inspired her to write her first book when she was seven years old, a story about a girl and her horse. Although, it wasn’t until the age of eleven when she read her first Mills & Boon, that she knew wanted to write romances. Her parents’ love of travel meant she saw m

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