A Wedding Blunder in the Black Hills, by Kim O’Brien

book coverIt was a relationship of convenience…

Until it became a romance

Millie Hogan and David Denvers both have big problems in small town Deer Park, South Dakota. Millie – a waitress with designs on Hollywood – has a mother who keeps setting her up on disastrous blind dates, even though Millie’s never met a man she could trust. David – a widowed dentist with an almost-teenage son and opinionated parents – is being stalked by an amorous former patient. So when a lost filling lands Millie in David’s office, the two of them cook up a plan – a fake relationship. No one gets hurt, and no one gets nagged. It’s a great plan – until they really start to care. Now what will they do?

Turns out, it probably doesn’t matter: when Millie learns a shocking family secret she wonders if she’s really wife material. Maybe it’s best to stick with the plan and head for Hollywood. And since David’s folks think Millie’s all wrong for him, well… he realizes he may have to let her go. Isn’t that what you do when you love someone?

Well-meaning moms want their children to be happily married – although not necessarily to each other – so they set up their children on dates. Said children rebel against this and set up their own plan that has them pretend to date, just so their moms will quit the match-making. But a platonic relationship starts turning into something more. Okay, it’s a familiar cliché, but Kim O’Brien goes beyond to create a story about faith, acceptance, forgiveness, redemption and how we’re not to blame for the sins of others. And it all takes place with a backdrop of the town’s annual box sled races which Millie’s mother once won many years previously.

It is a cute read even though the pretense could be seen as lying, one woman snoops into another’s background, and there is a brief description of bullying. Nor did I care for Millie’s ambition of wanting to be on a reality show; although that could be due to my personal dislike of such shows. I was also bewildered that the actual ‘wedding blunder’ of the book’s title only happens at the end. Overall, however, if you’re looking to pass a couple of hours reading, then this book is an appealing way to do so.

Publisher:  Barbour Publishing

Page Count: 320

Publication Date: 1 September 2011

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