Feature book: Boomerang Bride
What is the craziest thing you have done for love? Matilda travelled around the world to meet the man she thought would fulfil her dreams. Instead of the man she had met online it was the knight who really saved her.
Matilda Geoffrey is a woman on a mission. She is to be married and she arrives in the town of Hobin, Wisconsin dressed in her Nana’s wedding dress, with her Nana’s wedding cake in her hands. She has left her home in Australia to marry a man she met online only to discover that it was all a scam and he has taken her money. Instead of crying, she uses her Australian backbone of steel and finds a way to earn money for her return to Australia.
Matilda has always had the romantic story of her much-beloved late Nana and her grandfather to sustain her over the years. She believes that anyone she falls in love with will leave her and so far she has been proved correct. In the town, her knight in shining armour is Marc Olsen who has reluctantly become involved with Matilda and her predicament. Matilda is able to find a way to be accepted by this small community and to eventually make her life in Hobin with her knight.
Marc Olsen is home from New York to visit his family for Thanksgiving. What he finds is Matilda in her wedding dress and a sister with breast cancer who is about to undergo surgery. He is beside himself and finds that Matilda is a solution to many of his problems. He doesn’t like to feel and hasn’t really been able to move on since he became the man of the family at a young age. Marc is holding himself away from his family and from Matilda until he finally realises what he has missed with his family and also with Matilda.
This story really shows hometown America and how people are trying to live and exist in these times. It shows the spirit and how they can flourish given the circumstances to propel them forward. I really like the secondary characters, Marc’s sister and her soon to be new husband. The story relating to breast cancer will touch many people but it is also about the triumph and that she was able to find her true love who just happened to be right under her nose.
What I really liked was the blending of the Australian expressions and way of life with the American. The book also explained what the different things were so will be a great go-to book for aspects of Australian life for the Americans.
reviewed by Heather
A review copy of this book was provided by the author. All ARRA members who leave a comment will go in the draw to win the book. The giveaway closes 24 October 2012.