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The wedding dress was made many years ago, and it came with a promise: The first man you meet is the man you'll marry.

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--tha
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ebook, 400 pages
Published April 15th 2014 by Mira Books (first published 1992)
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Tara
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fast read and in typical Debbie Macomber fashion, PERFECT! Girl gets wedding dress with legend, meets Man. Man doesnt believe legend, neither does girl but they keep meeting (according to legend) and end up falling in love, even though girl fights it!!
Elena

1.5*

Ok, written in 1990 but mentions cell phones, dvds, laptops ?!? Did someone go back and just give this book a "face-lift"?!

Onto the plot and characters - The heroine is an idiot! Who tells a random guy she just met that she is not interested in marriage and not with him?!? Who asked you?!? She keeps making a fool of herself! Then the plot... what plot!? The whole novel consists of the hero and heroine "accidentally" bumping into each other !?! The mystical wedding dress is just a silly plot
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Gloria
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent book

I just love reading Debbie's books. She has a way of making you fall in love with the characters and becoming engrossed in their lives.
Esther A. Aston
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A romance

A fairy tale romance. Something to occupy the mind for a few hours. Easy reading. If true love only happened that way.
Sarah
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short and sweet, predictable in the same way many romance books are but magical just the same and just what I needed to break from a run of thriller novels back into lighter reading
Karen
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Just plain silly and stupid
Rhonda Mcanulty
Jul 25, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Predictable.
Brina
Oct 21, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Die Bücher von Debbie Macomber haben mich schon lange gereizt, allerdings war ich mir nie so ganz sicher, ob mir ihre Werke tatsächlich gefallen könnten. Um die Autorin anzutesten, habe ich mich vorsichtshalber zunächst nur für eine Kurzgeschichte entschieden. "Der erste beste Mann" stammt aus dem Buch "Wenn die Braut sich traut", in der drei Geschichten von drei unterschiedlichen Autorinnen erzählt werden.

Da ich bislang nicht wusste, wie ich den Schreibstil von Debbie Macomber einzuschätzen ha
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Lorraine Duran
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well who would be scared shitless when their great Aunt sends them a supposed magical wedding dress? I know I would be. But to matters worse Shelly meets the man the day after the wedding dress arrives and from then on Shelly's life is changed. Wen Shelly falls down the escalator there is Mark to be her savior and catches her. What Mark doesn't expect is a crazy woman who shouts to the whole mall that she does not want to get Married to any one. But their encounters don't end there Shelly contin ...more
Jordan
Jan 05, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Working at a library, I noticed that Debbie Macomber has a very large and popular section among women. I decided that this book would be a nice taste of what her writing style would be like without having to make a longer time commitment.

That being said, I'm so glad I only picked a tiny book by her to read. Macomber seems to have a childlike approach to her writing that I find obnoxious and simple. This was definitely one of my least favorite reads as it was full of superstition and a simpleton
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Brenda
Dec 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this book while finishing up a craft project. I found this was a fun romance to listen to. At first I thought the main female character took the "dress" to seriously. But the whole "believing in the dress" made for a good story. I enjoy this author's writing style. Overall this was an enjoyable story.
Catherine
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love Debbie Maccomber. Shelly Hansen was horrified when her great aunt's wedding dress arrived because according to family legend, she was destined to marry the first man she met. So when she tripped on an escalator and fell into Mark Brady's arms, she told him and herself that she wasn't interested in marriage. But then she started seeing him everywhere. Coincidence?
Michele
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just loved the protagonist--a klutzy, gutsy, says-what-she-thinks, endearing heroine that will have you chuckling at her antics as she fights falling in love, stumbling and bumbling and fumbling all the way. Not a long read, which is a nice break from longer novels.
Patricia Solla
May 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
Cutesy, easy reading. Love this author's romances. Creative idea for a romance. Kind of whirlwind but interesting just the same. At my age reading romance is all I want, when I was younger I would have been looking for a magic wedding dress.
Bernie
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The First Man You Meet is a cute short romance written by author Debbie Macomber.
Caitlyn
Cute but not highly plot or character drive. I think it shows I like novels more than short stories, but this should not be longer.
marjorie witte
Paula meets a new man

Paula please read this book. The first man you meet could have a good meaning for you even to you may not have an aunt to send you her wedding dress,

gayatri aditya
Easy reading

Lovely little book. Good for the beach. Funny and we'll written. Would recommend the book if you wanted something to read at the end of the day.
Virma
May 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute story- very short- but leaves you with warm feelings and a smile.
Medha Arora
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful read!!The story grows on you..you hope it just goes on and own. Beautifully scripted ! I plan to read more of Debbie's books..
Katie
Dec 28, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: deb
I read this novella in about an hour. It's typical Debbie Macomber, sans cowboys, but with less character development than usual.
FucKhsia
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Historia ligera nada profunda o trascendental buena para pasar el rato, quizás en la cola de un banco..!! Cuando le estaba agarrando como el gusto..... FIN o.O
Shelley
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A feel good quick read
Devina Dutta
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this book in about 2 hours max. The story was fun to read and although predictable, I loved the right mix of the characters and their backgrounds.
Kristen
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, ebooks
Cute story!
N.u.m.b S.S
عادة ما احب اقرأ روايات ال ٩٩ صفحة .. الفكرة بحد ذاتها تقتل حماسي من البداية .. لكن هذه الرواية كانت مختلفة .. كانت ممتعة جداً .. حبيت الفترة اللي قضيتها مع شخصياتها
PWRL
Mar 11, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-new
Large Print
Julie
May 07, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Super short, hoping that nobody is looking for a full novel here! I finished this story in less than 1 hour.
Heather
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Book!!!!!!!!!!1
April
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
watch out for magic wedding dresses.
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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 1,000 weeks on the New York Time ...more
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