The summary: 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?
And here is Turophile's review:
Oh I loved, loved, loved this book.
I will confess that I grew up near where this book was set and that may have affected my view. The oft-mentioned Wausau is a rival town about 45 minutes away from my hometown. Contemporary romance set in Wisconsin is a rarity.
Setting aside my regional fervor, this book contained all the rights elements for a contemporary romance: humor, an independent heroine who doesn’t roll over for a hot man, and a sexy romance that builds throughout the book.
The book drew me in from the opening sentence: “The petite bride stood stock-still, her chapel-length beaded train sagging in the damp gutter while her white fingers clutched a a two-tiered wedding cake.”
Matilda was a pitch-perfect Australian navigating her way through midwestern culture and a crushing romantic blow. Her dreamy visions of finding and marrying her “grand love” were tempered by a pragmatic, independent, and funny personality.
I loved the fact that the hero was the blonde Nordic type. So many romantic heroes are tall and dark, but growing up I just wanted a blonde Norwegian boy. (Okay one disagreement with the book, the blonde Viking types are predominately in Minnesota, not Wisconsin. And the phrase “It’s been interesting.” So Minnesotan. And since I’m on a rant, what Wisconsin town is bookended with churches? Generally there’s a bar on every block, sometimes two and esp. in the small towns.)
At times, I did get annoyed by Matilda’s obsession with her grand vision of marrying her “grand love.” I wanted to shake her and shout, “You’re an independent, talented woman. Get over it.” Thankfully she does recognize there’s more to life than her “grand love” dream. She still finds a pretty special love, but she finds herself and builds up a successful business at the same time.
Funny, well-paced plus a well-done secondary romance. Go read this book. A-.