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Almost a Bride

(Turtleback Beach #1)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  14 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Can he love her…

And keep her safe?

No one in Turtleback Beach knows that veterinarian Grayson Zale is in the witness protection program—not even the woman who left him at the altar. When a joint inheritance brings Mandi Rivers back to their small seaside town, Gray can’t deny that their connection is as strong as ever. But his mysterious past remains between them; can h
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Harlequin Heartwarming Larger Print
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Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
“…he held her face in his hands, then kissed her like there was no tomorrow, but with the promise of forever.”

I love Rula Sinara’s books so I’ve been excited about her new Turtleback Beach series since I first heard about it. Unfortunately, I haven’t had a chance to read book 1 until now, but I can assure you it was well worth the wait!

Second chance romances always have a swoonilicious amount of barely-suppressed feelings and emotional-tension-heavy sparks, and Almost a Bride is no exception. Gr
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Grayson and Mandi are meant for each other and even made it to the altar, but Mandi had second thoughts and jilted Gray there. Ouch!!

A few years later a sad occasion reunites them. Gray is deeply committed to his veterinary practice on the quaint island of Turtleback Beach in the outer banks of NC, while Mandi is set to start her new advertising career in NYC. Both are still fighting their feelings for one another, but Mandi is reluctant to get involved with a reticent, guarded man who doesn’t s
Karen (BaronessBookTrove)
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Prism Book Tours. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Almost a Bride by Rula Sinara is a sweet romantic book about trying to bring two people that are in love together.
Will Mandi ever trust Gray without him not telling her about his past?
Grayson Zale
Grayson Zale is the primary male love interest, and he is the local veterinarian. He is all about saving the marine wildlife that visits Turtleback Beach. 
Aug 01, 2020 rated it liked it

Moving back to Turtleback Beach, North Carolina, Mandy is fighting her attraction to once loved Grayson Zale. The more they are together the more the attraction is pretty clear. This is a fun story to follow. The character are real and enjoyable, for the most part. I love that there was a mysterious side to this story as well, throwing a nice twist to the story and made it more enjoyable for me. I love a good mystery! Overall I enjoyed this book except for one thing that
Ruth Hill
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

This is a clean, contemporary romance with nothing offensive in it. In keeping with these kinds of heartwarming romances, I was expecting a sedate, typical romance, and for the most part, that is what I got. In fact, I was planning on giving this a 4-star rating. That is, until the last one-fourth of the book!

What I appreciated so much about this book is that
Suzie Waltner
Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Who doesn’t love a second chance romance? Rula Sinara introduces readers to the cozy Outer Banks town of Turtleback Beach and many of its residents (two legged and four legged) in Almost a Bride.

As Mandi is set on returning to a brand new job in New York, Gray is determined to convince her to stay. But the reason she left is still a problem as he cannot disclose his past. And Mandi’s dad doesn’t make the task any easier.

While this is a fairly mellow paced book for the most part, there’s some ni
Hallie Szott
May 02, 2020 marked it as reviewed
With Almost a Bride and Caught by the Sheriff, Rula Sinara takes readers to Turtleback Beach, North Carolina, and the trip proves to be a delight. It is no surprise that romance has great potential to spark in this small town, yet secrets and second chances do their best to complicate matters. As the characters—Grayson Zale and Mandi Rivers in Almost a Bride, Carlos Ryker and Faye Donovan in Caught by the Sheriff—sort through the complications before them, the stories develop with great heart. S ...more
Toth Jo-Ann
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
This is a new series for Rula. I am looking forward to the journey this series will provide. I got to be part of her previous series Kenya mid way thru and loved it. Having read this one I can't wait for the second one. Meeting Grayson Zale was fascinating. He had a strength of character forged by fire. His character had many layers that you got to know more as the story progresses. There are important secrets he cannot reveal to anyone. Meeting Mandi Rivers was great. Rula gave her a depth of c ...more
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, contemporary
Almost a Bride is a sweet second chance romance. Things move relatively slowly for much of the book--the hero/heroine POV only occasionally interrupted by that of the antagonist, which was a bit jarring--until the last 15% or so, when things suddenly shifted into extremely high gear. At that point the book veered toward a romantic suspense (it definitely isn't a true RS, but Gray *is* in the witness protection program, so use your imagination here... ;) ) and suddenly everything shifted into hig ...more
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Almost a Bride is the first book in the new Turtleback Beach series and the first book I have read from this author. I really enjoyed getting to know all the locals of Turtleback Beach. The book had a great plot and was fast-paced. It had the “can’t put down” combination with wonderful characters that made me fall in love with it.
Turtleback Beach was a small town with a lot of warm, caring people that helped each other out like they were family. Mandi Rivers had returned to Turtleback Beach whe
Darlene Fredette
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The beautiful cover makes you pick up this book. But there’s more! Well-developed characters, a picture-perfect setting, family drama, intense action, a heartwarming romance, and turtles – this book has it all! I enjoyed this story from the first page. I liked everything about it. There is a great cast of characters, each unique and has their own story to tell. The beach setting was visual and inviting. The family drama is mixed with Mandi’s controlling father and the secrets of her grandmother’ ...more
Aminata Coote
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved this story. Grayson was a strong, honest character who told the truth and was forced to erase his entire life because of it.

Mandi was a great foil for him. Her desire to learn more about his past led to a lot of conflict between the two.

The tension between the two, their obvious affection for each other, and the hint of a mystery made for an easy read. I loved meeting these characters and the story of their lives together. I also enjoyed the small community of Turtleback Beach and under
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After a childhood enriched with exotic travels and adventures (both in books and real life), USA Today and Nationally Bestselling author Rula Sinara is now settled in rural Virginia with her husband, three kids and crazy but endearing pets. When she's not writing, she's busy attracting wildlife to her yard, watching romantic movies (despite male protests) or researching trees on her garden wish li ...more

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