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Bride in Training by Gail Gaymer Martin

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Bride in Training by Gail Gaymer Martin

Reviewed by Vickie McDonough

"...a delightful contemporary read that is sure to tug at your heartstrings..."

Can a feisty terrier unite two lonely souls?

Martin Davis is a lonely businessman. His brother has just married and is enjoying the life of a newlywed, and Martin misses his companionship. Work doesn’t fulfill him like it used to, and coming home to an empty house is a drag. But when he decides to adopt a feisty terrier from a local shelter, he gets more than he bargained for.

Emily Ireland loves her job as a dog walker and working part-time for a local dog shelter, Time for Paws. She’s delighted to see little Nessie, a loveable Terrier, find a home, but worries that the stoic workaholic who adopted her won’t be able to handle the energetic dog or give her the love and attention she needs. Emily’s good friend married Martin Davis’s brother, and she knows all about Martin being a perfectionist with a hardnosed attitude. She soon gets a call for help, but is being around Martin Davis the best thing for her, especially since she hasn’t been able to get him out of her mind? She finally agrees to come to Martin’s home and teach him how to handle Nessie, but despite her efforts to remain unaffected, she is attracted to the handsome, lonely man.

An incident in Martin’s past makes him leery of women, and Emily’s secrets force her not to allow a man to get close to her. When they move from friendship into something more, will their pasts and vast differences destroy any hope for a future together?

Bride in Training is a charming book about a small dog who unites two lonely people. Martin struggles to become a kinder, more likeable person than he used to be. Emily is a character who tugs at your heart with her lack of family, insecurities, and feelings of self-doubt. I enjoyed watching these two grow and blossom, just like a rose opening up. They brought out the best in each other and encouraged the other to be a better person through their faith in God. Nessie is an adorable secondary character, but doesn’t steal the show. Readers of the other two books in this series will enjoy learning what’s happened to the characters in the previous books, but readers new to this series won’t be lost. For a delightful contemporary read that is sure to tug at your heartstrings, pick up a copy of Gail Gaymer Martin’s Bride in Training.

Vickie McDonough is an award-winning inspirational romance author. She has written four Heartsong novels and five novellas. Her stories have placed first in several prestigious contests, such as the ACFW Noble Theme, the Inspirational Readers Choice Contest, and the Texas Gold contest. She has also written books reviews for nearly five years and enjoys mentoring new writers. Vickie is a wife of thirty-one years, mother to four sons, and a new grandma. When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, gardening, watching movies, and traveling. Vickie loves hearing from her readers via e-mail.