Review: A Small Town Bride by Hope Ramsay

Review: A Small Town Bride by Hope RamsayA Small Town Bride by Hope Ramsay

Series: #2 Chapel of Love
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Forever on March 28, 2017
Pages: 337
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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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?

The Delight

Poor little rich girl loses it all and then comes into her own to find out there is more to life than money with an irascible, commit-o-phobe angler-loving landscaper. Light and easy for a comfy coze.

A Small Town Bride is the second installment in the Chapel of Love series working well in order or as a standalone highlighting the small town antics of the wealthy Lyndons, the quirky wedding situations at the Inn, and a few unlikely romances.

Review

Amy Lyndon really was a spoilt and sheltered rich girl, but she was also to be pitied because she was dirt poor when it came to her kinfolks, particularly her dad and brothers, treating her like she was a ditzy simpleton only good for blowing through the money.  And she was, but then getting kicked out and forced to shift for herself and really think for herself was the making of her.

I’m always a fan when an author portrays characters who grow and comes into their own.  In this case, Amy wasn’t the only one.  Rusty, the hero had to do his own amount of soul-searching, too, which included his dawning respect and interest in Amy and need to live down his family’s bad reputation in town.

This isn’t a deep story and the Lyndon family antics could be over the top. There was also a side story with Amy’s cousin Daniel that really had me bemused.  But, it was fun and light.  Not really challenging, but just such a story to offer an engaging distraction.

All in all, this was cute one and I’m looking forward to the next installment to see who finds love and just how the zany and snobby antics of the Lyndons will crop up next.  This book is for those who want something light and easy, yet slightly spicy in their contemporary romances.

I rec’d this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges

Romance Roundabout #77 CR
Literary Pickers #72 class difference
New Release #40
Books N Tunes #17 Anne Murray’s Can I Have This Dance

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • This seems pretty adorable. I love that cover.

    • It was. I had a good time with this pair as they figured things out.

  • I love this sort of romance. There are a lot of stories where someone gets cut off from the family money and they have to make it on their own. I like that sort of story.

    • Yes, it was fun to see her get her feet under her and make good.

  • This sounds cute and is the type of read I can devour in a single afternoon.

    • It was a lovely cutie! It did read pretty fast.

  • well I think it be worse if she did not correct her ways, so that in itself is fun 😀

    • Yes, my reaction would have been utterly different if she and Rusty didn’t change.

  • Aww, this one sounds like a very cute romance read. Isn’t the cover looks so sweet?

    • It was very cute, Vanessa. And the cover matches the tone of the writing.

  • I have seen a couple of reviews for this one and I do like the sound of it. I will keep it in mind the next time I am looking for a light entertaining read.

    • Yes, this has been an enjoyable new series by her. Her Last Chance series was good for light cozy romance, but these are turning out great, too.

  • It’s true that it’s nice to have characters who evolve I like that a lot too

    • Yes, at first, they were not very nice people and then they really started trying to be better. It was great to see them go so far and find love together.

  • Debbie Haupt

    I really want to read the review Sophia Rose but its up next on my editorial review list so I’ll come back and check it out next week!

    • Oh cool, Debbie!

      I’m the same way. I won’t read reviews on books I have for review. Yes, we’ll have to exchange book thoughts when your review goes up.

  • They really did both change quite a bit. I enjoyed their journey. What I loved most about this one was the writing and how Ramsay managed to sway me to them even after a really REALLY rough start with them both. I was pretty impressed 🙂

    • Yeah, this one sparkled after I had some early dark clouds over it. Now I’m eager to see whose next. 🙂