The Reluctant Bride, by Fiona McGier, was a story about a weak woman who lived her life seeking the approval of her parents without regard for the feelings of others, until the day of her wedding.
Pamela is an educated young woman who owns her own business, but has always relied on the support, both financial and emotional, of her parents. Raised by her mother to be upwardly mobile, she spent her life not making waves and keeping her true wishes secret. On her wedding day, to a man chosen by her parents, she finally decides she has had enough when her groom is standing at the altar during the ceremony talking to his boss on his blue tooth. Finally at the end of her rope she flees to the home of the only man she has ever loved, Eric.
The remainder of the story is pretty cliché. Except when Pamela’s ex-fiancé shows his true measure and how far he will go to get his promotion. This part of the story is unexpected and a little disturbing. I believe contemporary stories, such as this, need to keep their facts realistic. While most the story is believable, there are a few spots that are not. Such as, there is a maximum amount of money you can take out of an ATM machine per day. Yet, Pamela is supposedly able to withdraw enough money to pay cash for a hotel room and rent a car, all with no identification, and still has money remaining.
I was happy that in the end, not only does Pamela become true to herself, but also that her father stood by her and Eric and only wished them happiness. I recommend this story to anyone looking for a cute quick read.
-Reviewed by Selina