Review Time: An August Bride by Debra Clopton

An August Bride by Debra CloptonKelsey Wilcox has watched her family lose the ranch she loved.  Her cowboy fiancé left her standing at the altar.  Kelsey knows heartache, embarrassment, and failure.  She’s worked hard to rebuild her life, pouring her heart and soul into her beach-side bistro.   Weddings are not on Kelsey’s agenda, but when her best friend Tiffany asks her to be a bridesmaid she can’t turn her down.  She is determined to endure the wedding fanfare for her friend’s sake even as she dreads the memories of her own failed wedding.  A near drowning incident on the beach throws Kelsey into the arms of Brent Corbin, a groomsman at the wedding.  He is immediately enchanted by Kelsey, but she makes it clear that she doesn’t like cowboys and isn’t interested in getting to know him.  But Brent isn’t one to give up easily, and with the help of some meddlesome matchmakers he’s determined to change her mind and her heart about cowboys.

I will have to say that even though I’m not a huge fan of cowboys and western literature I fell in love with Brent, who is gracious and kind even when Kelsey is losing her composure. Summer Brides (Not to mention his Texas drawl is enough to make a girl swoon.)  The elderly matchmakers are a hoot with their mischief.   And this contemporary cowboy romance offered a satisfying ‘happily ever after.’

This story by Debra Clopton is part of the Summer Brides novella collection.