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*Contains spoilers as well as the ending of all four books

When Marian Keyes, Maeve Binchy, Jane Greene and Jude Deveraux (all my favorite authors) churned out novels too lazily for my reading appetite, I started reading Nora Roberts.   And Im loving her.  I’ve read quite a few of her series’ and a few novels as well.  I’ve loved pretty much every one.  Due to my over active imagination, while I enjoyed her novels; High Noon and The Search, they also left me afraid of the dark.  Not that it takes much to get me afraid of the dark – a small ‘boo’ will suffice.  So while I do recommend those books, I decided to stay with the tamer stuff for a bit.

And with The Bride Quartet, I got more than my share of tame stuff.  This series has four books; Vision in White, Bed of Roses, Savor the Moment and Happy Ever After.  I was excited to read about fluffy, white, romantic, girly weddings as who doesnt love a good wedding, but well, I guess I over estimated how much fluff I can take.  All four books are equally boring and I would be hard pressed to decide which is the most boring.

Vision in White introduced us to Mackenzie Elliot and the rest of the Vows crew; Laurel McBane, Emma Grant and Parker Brown.  There is also a Mrs. Grady, the motherly housekeeper, who is reminiscent of Hannah Gruen (10 points if you figure out where she is from!) who has no major role other than to wander around and cook food.  She assigns washing dishes to the girls and does pretty much nothing else.  So this story delves into Mac’s sad life with her evil mother and how she overcomes that with LOVE and Carter Maguire.  Carter moves into Mac’s house on the estate and the two are engaged by the end of the book.

Bed of Roses has Emmaline Grant in the leading role who falls in love with Jack Cooke.  While Emma has no past issues to deal with, she has to overcome Jack’s commitment phobia.  LOVE conquers all, Jack moves into Emma’s house on the estate and the two are engaged by the end of the book.

Savor the Moment lines up Laurel McBane, the hard-nosed baker who has been in love with Delaney Grant (Parker’s brother) her whole life but needed to wait for her book to be released to delve into her feelings.  Laurel and Delaney dont want to hurt each other by admitting they are in LOVE.  Lucky for us, they admit it,  Delaney moves into Laurels wing on the estate and the two are engaged before the end of the book.

Parker Grant finally gets her turn in Happy Ever After.  She falls head over heels in love with rich mechanic, on the wrong side of the track, Malcolm Kavanaugh.   All is well when the track is buried, LOVE is felt and the two get engaged soon after.  It is not clear if Malcolm moves into the estate, but Mac and Carter get married in this book.

Mrs. Grady does not get her own book, though she did have a recurring role in Happy Ever After.  She was absent for most of Vision in White and had only guest appearances in the other two books.

I do not recommend this series, but I do recommend Nora Roberts as a writer.


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