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Bride for a Day–escape to Oklahoma

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Bride for a Day

by Carolyn Brown

What a sweet romance! Carolyn Brown’s Bride for a Day is a simple, but pleasing story. Cassie has had a rough life. After her mother died, she lived a dirt poor existence with her mother’s friend. When she passed away too, Cassie was left in the hands of the friend’s husband, and he is not a nice man. Sexual trafficking is the dangerous threat, but nothing graphic is discussed. When Cassie runs away, Ted, a handsome stranger in a café, pretends very convincingly to local law enforcement that she is his fiancé.

Ted’s family embraces Cassie wholeheartedly because that’s just the kind of people they are and because Cassie is gradually bringing Ted back to life again. He had never come to grips with the death of his twin brother when they were in high school.

Because this is a romance, you can imagine that what started out as a rescue mission might well turn into a friendship where sparks fly. I really enjoyed the characters. Although wealthy, Ted’s family is down to earth and supportive of each other. Even though it is clear that the setting is a small town with a quick as lightning rumor mill, the author does not dwell on that aspect. Instead, she uses it as an opportunity to demonstrate that Cassie is a strong young lady. There are some fun and surprising plot twists and a very satisfying ending. It is a quick read with lots of smiles along the way.

I would like to extend my thanks to Netgalley and to Sourcebooks (Casablanca) for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5

Category: Romance, Women’s Fiction

Publication: March 29, 2022—Sourcebooks (Casablanca)

Memorable Lines:

Maria had told her that first day that breakfast was the time to set the mood for the whole day—yellow brightened the table, good food satisfied the appetite, and a loving family made the heart smile.

Ted had been dreaming of taking Cassie dancing after his boot came off and the cast on his arm, but right now he couldn’t two-step any faster than an armadillo could fly.

Evidently, she was in one of her Jesus moods, as her granny used to call them. Granny said that Cassie didn’t know what she wanted, wouldn’t want it if she got it, and Jesus himself couldn’t live with her.


  1. WendyW says:

    What a. nice review, Linda. I’m so glad you enjoyed this.

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  2. Gretchen says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed this one. It sounds like a sweet read. I especially like the first quote you shared – I agree, it’s best to set the mood early in the day.

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    • lghiggins says:

      Ted’s family is the kind everyone would like to have. They join together (parents and adult children) every morning for breakfast as a response to the death of Ted’s twin brother.


  3. Nancy says:

    This sounds like a fun read… perfect for the beach! Thank you for the review.
    Happy Friday!

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  4. I’m so glad you liked this C Brown one better than Bluebonnet Battle, it sounds sweet with a happy ending!

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  5. Carla says:

    This sounds like a very uplifting story, Linda. I’m glad it is more of what we have come to expect from Carolyn Brown. Lovely review.

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