Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Vision in White (Bride Quartet #1) by Nora Roberts

Vision in White (Bride Quartet, #1)SUMMARY (from Goodreads): With bridal magazine covers to her credit, Mackensie “Mac” Elliot is most at home behind the camera – ready to capture the happy moments she never experienced while growing up. Her father replaced his first family with a second, and now her mother, moving on to yet another man, begs Mac for attention and money. Mac’s foundation is jostled again moments before an important wedding planning meeting when she bumps into the bride-to-be’s brother…an encounter that has them both seeing stars.

Carter Maguire is definitely not her type: he’s stable, and he’s safe. He’s even an English teacher at their high school alma mater. There’s something about him that makes Mac think a casual fling is just what she needs to take her mind off dealing with bride-zillas and screening her mother’s phone calls. But a casual fling can turn into something more when you least expect it. And with the help of her three best friends – and business partners – Mac must learn how to make her own happy memories…


Vision in White is the first in a series of four books about four friends co-owning a wedding planning company called Wows. It is a typical Roberts’ romance – compelling, heart-warming and funny.

Mackensie comes from an unstable family, so she believes everything has an expiration date, nothing lasts. That is why she has trouble forming relationships and trusting people, apart from her three friends. With her friends’ help she learns to break up with the pattern she subconsciously took from her mother and finds her way toward happiness. Nora Roberts is an excellent portraitist of this kind of personal growth and she does not disappoint in Vision in White.

Carter is not a typical romance hero. He is a teacher, a kind and unexciting man. At least that is the first impression. In the course of the story we find out that he is not all stay-calm-and-quiet: he is tough and he stands up for himself as well as for people he loves. I liked how he and Mackensie seem the exact opposite, but as the plot unravels, they slowly discover things they have in common, which helps them both as individuals and as a couple.

Although Vision in White is a predictable read, it is far from boring. Mackensie and Carter quickly become the characters you care about and it is delightful to watch how their lives work out.

RECOMMENDATION: Vision in White is a sweet, heart-felt romance which makes you feel good. It is a fast and relaxing read. 

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