Hey everyone! I'm pleased to bring you this review of Shelley Shepard Gray's newest novel, A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn. This is the 3rd in her Pinecraft series. A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn features Emma Keim, a widowed mother of 3 little girls who is plagued by her in laws and family who think she needs to stay focused on her deceased husband without moving on with her life. Also featured is Jay Hilty, widower and father of 3 boys who are nearly grown, teen, and young aged. Jay has recently moved to Pinecraft to try and escape from the life he had with his wife, who died young.
The story begins with Frankie, the lovable family dog belonging to Emma and her girls. Frankie loves pizza, and Jay Hilty had just ordered a large one for his boys. Frankie found it, ate way too much, and passed out from excessive pizza intake! Emma and her girls go on a search to find Frankie, and this is how they all meet. The story progresses onward to a love story that involves Emma, Frankie, and their friends in a very Brady Bunch like story line (Here's a story, of a lovely lady, who was raising up three very lovely girls....etc.) But as a twist, Jay's older son has also fallen for the niece of the Inn keeper, where they are staying. So it is a race to see who will win in love first, father....or son!
I really enjoyed this book. At first I thought the Brady Bunch overtone of Emma being a widow with three daughters and Jay being a widower with three sons, and of course the ornery family dog, was a bit cheesy. But the more I read the more I liked this fun and cute aspect. I also enjoyed and appreciated Emma's calm and cool response to her family concerning her own life, and the dynamics of Jay and his boys with their relationship. All want to move forward, but no one really knows how. No one wants to disrespect their passed loved ones, but they can't stay dormant forever, either. Also, I feel it important to note that I did not feel as if I had to read the first two books to fully enjoy this one. While I do want to read the first two, this one was good enough to stand alone. I was not left with a sense of confusion or anything like that.
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