Review: Left at the Altar by Margaret Brownley

Left at the Altar by Margaret Brownley
Series:  A Match Made in Heaven (# 1)
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Pages: 384
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review

 

 

Welcome to Two-Time Texas:
Where tempers burn hot
Love runs deep
And a single marriage can unite a feuding town
…or tear it apart for good

In the wild and untamed West, time is set by the local jeweler…but Two-Time Texas has two: two feuding jewelers and two wildly conflicting time zones. Meg Lockwood’s marriage was supposed to unite the families and finally bring peace. But when she’s left at the altar by her no-good fiancé, Meg’s dreams of dragging her quarrelsome neighbors into a ceasefire are dashed.

No wedding bells? No one-time town.

Hired to defend the groom against a breach of promise lawsuit, Grant Garrison quickly realizes that the only thing worse than small-town trouble is falling for the jilted bride. But there’s something about Meg’s sweet smile and determined grit that draws him in…even as the whole crazy town seems set on keeping them apart.

Who knew being Left at the Altar could be such sweet, clean, madcap fun?

 

Review:  Left at the Altar was not at all what I was expecting but my interest was held from the first page to the last.  It is set in the 1880’s in a small town in Texas called Two-Time.  I learned how the town got its name and the all that happens as a result of it.  There were feuds and secrets and lots of twist and turns along with a sweet romance that kept getting off course due to not only a lack of communication but also not saying what the character really felt – no matter which character was involved!

Meg is left at the altar by her fiance when he decides he’d rather see the world than settle down and she becomes known as the jilted bride.  She and Tommy have been best friends forever and how they even got to the altar thinking they were right for each other was  heartbreaking.  A lawsuit ensues against Tommy and his family as a result of the breach of promise to be wed no matter how much Meg is against it.  Her father is acting on her behalf or so he says. Tommy’s lawyer is from Boston but relocated to Two-Time before finding out his sister died in childbirth and doesn’t know what he wants to do next.  Grant runs into Meg on her disastrous day but it was like lightning struck – they were immediately attracted to each other – and leaves them both running scared.

There are frequent disagreements between the townspeople and the jail gets a significant bit of use.  There are neighborly moments especially when a disaster strikes the town but also tears, anger, fear, anguish, bitterness, helplessness, family and friends, some eccentric characters, laughter, happiness, some sweet kisses and a happily ever after in the offing which was not expected in the least.  Meg and her sisters, Josie and Amanda are as different as night and day but they always come together and are there for each other when one of them needs help and have a good relationship.  There were a lot of comedic moments thrown in between all the sorrow and strife.  I had laugh at loud moments as well as a few tears shed while reading!  There was nice closure and I’m glad to see that this is the first book in the series since there’s definitely more story to tell!

Brownley is a new to me author and I look forward to reading many more of her books.

Favorite Quote:  “Oh, I love her all right.  I’ve loved her ever since I was five and she was three, and I saw her runnin’ down the street stark naked.”

 

joanne