Amy Lyndon is tired of being the Poor Little Rich Girl of Shenandoah Falls. In her prominent family, she's the ordinary one - no Ivy League education and no powerful career. But when her father tries to marry her off, she knows it's finally time to stand up for herself, despite the consequences. Now that she's cut off from the family fortune, her first challenge is to fight her attraction to her handsome new boss.
When Amy shows up looking for work with his landscaping crew, Dusty McNeil thinks there's no way such a pampered princess will ever get her hands dirty. But as Amy proves him wrong and gets down to the nitty gritty, Dusty's admiration turns to like, then lust - and then love. But can a high-society woman like Amy ever fall for a man like him?
Ramsey (A Christmas Bride) charms in her second Chapel of Love contemporary, set in tiny Shenandoah Falls, Va. Wealthy Amy Lyndon spends her days shopping until her overbearing father kicks her out of the house for refusing to marry Grady, the rich hedge-fund manager he's picked out as her groom. Rather than wed a man she doesn't love, Amy opts to leave home and takes the only job she can find: joining the landscaping crew at a local wedding venue. Her new boss, Dusty McNeil, is the proverbial kid from the wrong side of the tracks made good, and he can't see why a pampered rich woman would try or could succeed at a job so seemingly beneath her. As their mutual attraction grows, Dusty realizes that the woman he's written off has a backbone of steel and a generous heart, but her father's machinations may doom their romance before it's even begun. Some of the story is a bit contrived (particularly Amy's exile from the family mansion), but Ramsey wins readers' hearts with likable characters, an engaging plot (and a hilarious subplot), and a well-deserved happy ending.
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I really enjoyed this second book of this Shenandoah Falls series. What others perceive versus what is true is one of the prevalent themes throughout this story. Tearing each other apart is upfront and personal, and yet when a character explains how he or she actually feels, you are able to see beyond the gossip and either accept or disagree with the reasons for their own behavior due to the circumstances they have been dealt with. I truly appreciate the insight this author has. I cheered for the independent decisions and truthful relations that evolved with the main characters, Amy and Dusty. The characters that were set in their ways and without any chance of changing tried to shape everyone else’s lives. But some stand up to those dictates and eventually do what is best for themselves. I really liked this book and highly recommend it. [I received a complimentary copy of this book through the author and NetGalley.]
Hope Ramsay has created some of my favorite small towns, Shenandoah Falls is no exception. The latest Chapel of Love novel, A Small-Town Bride, brings us back to that fun fictional setting. Continuing one of the threads of the last novel, Dusty McNeil is still fighting the city over building a park on his new land. Life gets infinitely more complicated when Amy Lyndon, daughter of the man who can buy or sell Dusty’s property many times over, shows up on his landscaping work crew. Amy is tired of everyone underestimating her, when her father gives her an ultimatum she does something no one expects, she learns to stand on her own two feet. At the same time Amy is coming into her own, Dusty is learning to let go of the bonds of the past. Together they find they are completely unstoppable.
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