See Bride Run! by Charlotte Hughes
Reading Level: Adult Romance
Release Date: December 21, 2014
Pages: 211 pages
Reviewed By: Kate McMurry
As the daughter of a billionaire, 29-year-old Annie Hartford has been raised by her sexist father to be strictly ornamental. Her one contribution, as far as he's concerned, is to marry a man who can take over his financial empire when he retires. Unfortunately, Annie thinks the man her father has picked out is a cynical user, but her father doesn't care. He threatens Annie with a one-way ticket from riches to rags if she dumps her fiance. That's a hard choice to make, and Annie hesitates until minutes before walking down the aisle. Then she bolts in her father's limousine, barreling down the highway dressed in her wedding gown, veil and a diamond tiara, until the limo breaks down in the small town of Pinckney, Georgia.
Sam Ballard, a lawyer and owner of the Dixieland Cafe, is as amazed as the rest of the Pinckney population when Annie hits town. It soon becomes apparent to Sam that Annie is in dire straits, and he makes it possible for Annie to start a new life by employing her as a waitress in his cafe. Soon Annie is living in a garage apartment, wearing hand-me-down clothes, and using a loaner bicycle for transportation. It's a major culture shock, but there are some wonderful compensations as she makes friends in town, most especially with her handsome boss.
Both Annie and Sam have been burned by romance, and are leery of a new entanglement of the heart, but before very long, they find each other too hard to resist.
This is a lively, fun read, with two attractive, sympathetic romantic protagonists, and a host of quirky, small-town inhabitants to brighten up the story. If you enjoy romantic comedy, you will have a great time with this book.
I rate this story as follows:
Romance Plot: 4