Matilda Geoffrey risked it all for love. She left Australia to be with Barry - the man who had swept her off her virtual feet. Now, wearing a wedding dress, she's alone on Main Street in small-town Wisconsin, and things aren't working out exactly as planned.…
In town for his annual family visit, Marc Olsen had never seen a bride quite like Matilda - staring into a storefront window, holding a tottering wedding cake, and looking desperately in need of a groom. He may not have any warm feelings for his hometown, but meeting Matilda just as she discovers she's been scammed by her online "fiancé" stirs something in him.
Matilda is not the kind of woman Marc imagined himself with, and Marc is anything but the romantic hero that Matilda has always dreamed of. But as unlikely circumstances throw them together, can they let go of their misconceptions and risk their hearts for love?
What would have made Boomerang Bride better?
The absence of the heroine
What was most disappointing about Fiona Lowe’s story?
I absolutely could not stand the female character. She gets conned out of all of her money and instead of being angry at the person who conned her, she is hateful and awful to the person who is trying to help her because she is embarrassed she was conned. And another thing, the sister wouldn't tell anyone she has cancer because she doesn't want to burden them, but she is okay asking her brother to step away from his career in another city AND she is okay burdening her son with not only his mom having cancer, but he can't speak to anyone about it. How selfish can she be?
What about Tess Masters’s performance did you like?
Narration was fine.
What character would you cut from Boomerang Bride?
The main female character. I could not have disliked her more.
Any additional comments?
Save yourself from listening to this story.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I thoroughly enjoyed this story from the first moment that Marc spies the forlorn-looking Aussie bride alone on the street of his home town to the last word in the Epilogue, which garnered a satisfied sigh. The series of events that weave Marc and Matilda's lives together seemed as organic to the story as snow is to their Wisconsin winter, making it feel as if it's a true story being recounted for my enjoyment. The story has some reasonable sex scenes which add a bit of spice. Tess Masters narration was really good especially the Australian ascent.
While Boomerang Bride is very much a romance, it's also a portrait of familial love's twists and turns which results in the desperate and euphoric moments that make life interesting. Fiona Lowe is a gifted writer whose portrayal of those moments make this a book you'll remember long after you've read the final word.
9 of 14 people found this review helpful
What made the experience of listening to Boomerang Bride the most enjoyable?
A fun and sometimes very funny romance tha gave me the kind of escapism I was looking for.
Which scene was your favorite?
Couldn't pick just one. Several make me smile even now as I think about them.
Any additional comments?
I've been trying to branch out and try some authors I'm not familiar with. This is one where I can say I have found an author I will look for again.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
On the surface, this was a lighthearted romance. As unbelievable plot line with a few too many contrived conveniences as I have come to expect from most stories in this genre, but the characters were quirky and endearing, they faced real problems and real trauma and yet stayed true to the idea of romance. The main characters were by and large likeable. She was a little too good-natured and naive and he was a little shallow and failed to see the obvious. But both were sympathetic and many of the secondary characters were even more so.
The undertones - that dealt with coming to grips with loss, letting go of long held harmful habits and dialog, the role playing that takes place in family dynamics - were dealt with well. They gave the plot meat, but didn't overwhelm the warmth of the romance.
Overall this was a very likeable book.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Delightful story that had me smiling and laughing out loud. I was so emotionally attached, at one point, uncharacteristically, I shed a few tears with the main character.
The narrator did a great job; the Australian accent was believable.
Well written. However this Wisconsinite has to let you know that Manitowoc and Brat we're pronounced incorrectly. Also it was hard to tell where this place is ... Wausau and Manitowoc are hours apart. But the storyline was heartwarming and so something I could imagine happening in my fine state. Including a young man wanting to escape a small town life, only to realize that it was a great place to raise kids, especially in the summer. Since Spotted Cow is a WI favorite beer, I have to ask if there really is a Spotted Cow bar in eastern WI? I will definitely be reading (or listening to) more books by Fiona Lowe in the near future!
This audible book was a marvelous find - like finding the best piece in a box of chocolates. The writing style was elegant, but very funny at times. The characters had substance and were so well developed that one beings to care about them quickly. Tess Masters gave a fantastic narration. Her Aussie accent was just strong enough without being overblown. Her rate of speech and voice tone was perfect. This is one of the best romance novels that I've listened to in some time. - on par with Molly Harper.
Considering this book was in the romance package it was ok. The story was a bit over the top but was quite entertaining.
This is a delightful contemporary romance which aren't so easy to find in my opinion. The character's are well drawn and the story is deeper than most. The reader is excellent. Highly recommended to romancelovers.
Who is writing these 4 and 5 star reviews? Seriously! You’ve got to be really careful since a lot of the Romance Package books are pretty awful, THiS, being one of them! Slow, no character building and don’t get me started on the narration. I didn’t finish it and I’m so glad it was free, although I would have returned it if it wasn’t. Skip this one, romance lovers. Go read SEP’s Chicago Stars Series or Carr’s Virgin River Series. Don’t waste your time on this one.