Title: THE SNOW BRIDE
Author: Debbie Macomber
Format: Hardcover, 240 Pages
Published: Mira (September 30, 2003)
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Rating: 3 out of 5 Wine Glasses
Practical Jenna Campbell has done something impractical. She's met a man on the Internet and now, a month before Christmas, she's going to Alaska to marry him. Dalton Gray seems to be everything she wants in a husband -- sensitive, gallant, romantic....
On the flight to Fairbanks, she has the misfortune to sit beside Reid Jamison, who obviously isn't sensitive, gallant or romantic. However, he's not impressed with her plan to marry Dalton, a man he detests (for good reason, as Jenna later finds out). So Reid takes it upon himself to change her destination -- and her marriage plans.
Which is why Jenna ends up at Reid's cabin in tiny Snowbound, Alaska. It's currently a one-woman town (and the other woman's out of town). That leaves Reid, a bunch of eccentric old men, a few grizzly bears -- and Jenna. Kidnapped! And then there's a blizzard. The two of them alone, stranded in Snowbound...
"You do this often?" she asked.
"Drink or hijack women?"
THE SNOW BRIDE by Debbie Macomber is a quick, enjoyable read. I liked both the lead characters and the colorful supporting cast. The Alaskan setting is actually what drew me to this story; It was magnificent and I loved making a brief, piece-of-cake trip there via this book. The falling in love part was entertaining - but happened so quickly that I could have missed it, if I'd blinked. There's a scene with a bear that is quite funny if you take it with a grain of salt. AND, of course, there was the snow, snow, snow... I'm an admitted sucker for snowy reads.
This is the story of Jenna Walsh and Reed Kenner - two seeming opposites. Their snarky banter was great and I snickered throughout this book at their humorous interactions. She was Ms. Perfect and he was Mr. rugged Alaska man. They were actually perfect together.
Following please find a few of my favorite quotes from this entertaining read:
By the time they arrived, the snow was coming down fast....
"It's beautiful," she said, pausing outside the door. She thrust out her hands and let the snow land on her palms.
"Yes, yes..." Reid seemed in a mighty big hurry to get her inside.
"How long did you say the storm would last?" she asked, thinking it would be so beautiful. The snow -- not being trapped with Reid Jamison.
Reid hesitated. "Longer than either of us is going to like," he muttered, looking miserable.
Jenna was afraid of that.
“She'd taken ten years off his life, frightening him the way she had, and now he'd easily subtracted another ten by kissing her. If he spent much more time with Jenna Campbell, he'd be dead inside a week.”
"Pete's a good guy."
"He just slept with my mother!"
"I didn't say he was perfect."
This is the first book I've ever read by Debbie Maccomber. You know, I don't enjoy snow in real life, but I love reading about it. Go figure. I hope to check out some of this author's other books soon. I'm glad I read THE SNOW BRIDE and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys fast and fluffy contemporary romances in snowy settings.