(Blogger’s Note: I am behind with my June posts, so you’ll be getting 3 posts today to catch up. I apologise for the wait)
Title: Vision in White (Book 1 of the Bride Quartet)
Author: Nora Roberts
Publication: April 28th 2009
Edition/Format: Paperback (Larger size, regular print)
Bookit 2009 # 8
Nora Roberts seems to be one of the bigger names in romance novels, and I’ve read several of her novels. In fact, I have read this book before, but it was years ago around the time of its initial publication (I believe I got in after book 3 was printed but I can’t remember exactly). She is a prolific writer, and one of my favorites of the romance genre. She does however fall into the formula issue when it comes to genre writers as prolific as she is. She often writes book series featuring a group of friends and or siblings who all find love in the subsequent books. This series is no exception.
The Bride Quartet focuses on a group of friends who run Vows, a wedding consultation and venue buisness. The first book focuses on Mackensie (Mac), the photographer of the group (hence the the ‘vision’ in the title). She has a difficult relationship with her parents,in particular her narcissistic mother who manipulates her daughter a lot. At the time of the story Mac is slowly growing the courage to finally cut her mother out of her life (to a point) but still has many hold-ups in regards to love, relationships, and expectations of herself.
Another trope that Nora Roberts likes to use is the childhood love reignited one. The male lead of this story is Carter, who had a crush on Mac when they were in elementary school, and having met her again falls for her once more. He has some heartbreak in his past as well, but it kind of takes a backseat in the story, and is really only touched upon in regards to Mac’s own issues. Which makes sense to a point: Mac is the feature character.
The story takes place over 3 months (January to March) and I feel some of the angst/drama elements were a bit too quickly resolved to fit into that time frame. Macs issues with commitment and expecting things to last seemed to be fixed fairly quickly to give us the Happy Ending we all expect in this genre. Given the time since I last read the series, I am wondering if perhaps some of these issues will show up as a background detail in a later book to fix the artificial convenience in the first book.
This book isn’t a hard hitting story, its light, fluffy and fits into the romance genre as one would expect. I enjoyed the story, even if parts seemed a bit too contrived/fixed. I’m giving the story a B. I can suggest this book for a rainy afternoon or any time you just want a happy ending.
Now onwards to book two: Bed of Roses.