by Karin Beery
Published by Guiding Light Women's Fiction
Publication Date October 22, 2019
Genres: Clean Romance
Setting: Michigan, Florida Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 35-60
Written for: Adults
She moved to a new town to marry her fiancé. Instead, she’s burying him.
Ashley Johnson moved to northern Michigan to finally meet her fiancé face-to-face, but she arrived in time to attend his funeral. With no home back in Ohio, she decides to stay in what would have been their house, except his cousin Russ lives there too, and Russ has never heard of Ashley. To complicate matters, her fiancé accidentally willed her the family farm house. Eager to please everyone and desperate to disappoint no one, she proposes a marriage of convenience that could solve her and Russ’ problems, if they can get past her aunt, his sisters, and an ex-girlfriend.
I would like to thank Celebrate Lit for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
At first, it isn’t obvious how much Ashley makes decisions based on what she thinks will please those around her. After all, she is setting off on her own to marry a man she has never met in person, despite what her elderly aunt and uncle think. However, as the story progresses, it becomes obvious that she struggles with fears of having people displeased with her. She was so sweet, always wanting to help. Even if it meant waking up at the crack of dawn to make breakfast. Although that may not have worked out just as she intended!
Russ was an interesting hero; especially being close to forty and never married. He was very kind and so dedicated to his work. And even though he had sisters, he was rather clueless about women. Still, his sweet care of Ashley, even before he realized he cared for her, showed more of his character.
While the outcome was as expected, the story took enough unexpected twists to keep it interesting.
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Why would two contemporary American’s agree to a marriage of convenience?
That’s what I asked myself when I sat down to write Practically Married. I love reading historical books about mail order brides and other arranged marriages, but I wanted to see if I could make that historical theme more modern (and still be believable).
That’s how Ashley and Russ came to be, and—after several revisions—I think I did it! It takes two to get married, but this is really Ashley’s story—it’s her past that inspires her future, and it’s up to her to decide where that inspiration with lead her.
The story couldn’t just be about their relationship, though. I’ve always thought it would be fun to have a big brother, so I gave Russ little sisters. And nieces and nephews. And a pie-baking mom who doesn’t like his beard (which may have been inspired my mother-in-law, who tried desperately to get my husband to shave his beard before our wedding). I also threw in some real buildings and places in northern Michigan (even though Boyne Falls is fictional). And it’s possible that some of my character names came directly from friends and other local inspirations. Practically Married isn’t only set in northern Michigan, it’s inspired by it.
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