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bride has planned a storybook wedding in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, her
groom is late and isnít answering his phone. Should she cancel the
wedding, disappoint her guests, and devastate her mother? Not when the
groomís twin brother agrees to stand in as the bridegroom.
Praise for "The
Review by AJ Kirby, Leeds, UK "Perfect
Girl and the Incredible Hunk, a Marriage Made in Angel Heaven:
Stand-in Bridegroom forms the third part of Marilyn Baronís
angel trilogy of short stories. Having been wowed by ĎFollow an
Angelí and ĎA Choir of Angelsí in the past, I knew to expect
something great from this excellent author third time out. And this
story didnít let me down. Like Baronís other work, it delivers a
great premise, excellent dialogue, memorable characters, and enough
emotion to fill the audience at a real wedding. But this authorís real
skill is in keeping the audience hooked, and in developing plausible
twists and turns which astound.
Consider this set-up. The scene is the Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas,
and: ďThe wedding celebration of Patra Grace Collins and Douglas Luke
Grainger was about to get under way. The groomsmen escorted the parents
and grandparents to the white silk-draped pews up front. Flower girls
scattered fresh white rose petals on the walkway. Then her attendants
began their slow stroll down the aisle to Pachelbel's Canon in D
Major.Ē Could hardly get more romantic, could it? Well,
thereís a problem. The groom, Doug, isnít there, and, in his place
is his identical twin brother Dex.
This story is full of the usual Marilyn Baron wit. Itís also
high on narrative tension. I wonít spoil the appearance of the angel,
or the ending, but rest assured, this is a brilliant, well-rounded story
which will tug on the heart-strings and jog that funny bone.
by Dean Giles, London, author of "Alien
Apocalypse - The Storm" and "Ghost
in the Machine"
Patraís husband-to-be is delayed the day before their wedding, it soon
becomes apparent heís not going to make it in time for the ceremony.
Patra makes a rash decision together with the groomís twin brother: he
must take his brotherís place at the altar. Marilyn Baron easily
portrays Patraís multilayered character; her fears and happiness come
to the surface in this terrific short story. The ending is strong and
emotionally fulfilling. I highly recommend this story along with
Marilynís previous two standalone installments in the series: A
Choir of Angels and Follow an Angel.
Review by Maxine
Davis, first reviewed for Petit
Fours and Hot Tamales Blog
Short Story by Marilyn Baron
Press (Copyright 2011)
A bride has planned a storybook
wedding in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, her groom is late and isnít
answering his phone. Should she cancel the wedding, disappoint her
guests, and devastate her mother? Not when the groomís twin brother
agrees to stand in as the bridegroom.
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And that is when things start
to get really get exciting. Marilyn
Baron has a wonderful voice and an imagination that works overtime.
This is her third in her popular angel stories published by TWB
Press. I highly recommend
this to anyone that loves a good romance thrown in the middle of a
little paranormal activity.
This, and Baronís other short stories can be
purchased at TWB
by Craig Jones, Cardiff, Wales. Author of "What happened to Rhodri" and the
Gem vampire series
My first introduction to Marilyn Baronís work was when I read her short story, ĎA Choir of Angels,í a really funny supernatural story of family love and a never-say-die attitude. I was hooked immediately on her entertaining narrative style and her latest release through TWB Press, 'The Stand-In Bridegroom,' once again demonstrates her strength for giving truly romantic fiction a subtle and unforgettable twist.
Patra's wedding day is going to be the biggest day of her life. Not just hers, but the biggest day of her motherís life too. Nothing can go wrong. But it does. Her husband-to-be, Doug, has vanished. Luckily for her, his twin brother,
Dex, is conveniently there to fill his shoes. As Baron weaves the tale in her unique manner, it is very easy to lose oneself in the romance of the story, so believable are the main players, but all the while there is a distinct taste of something not quite right. Secrets are being kept and the truth is bubbling to the surface as this story starts to boil over.
I'm not going to ruin the ending, but trust when I say that my mouth fell open when the finale played out. Baron has a wicked skill of leading you down not just one but several false paths before smacking you in the face with a 'killer' ending. 'The Stand-In Bridegroom' starts well and ends better... and once again Marilyn Baron simply does not let you down. Who would have thought that cross-over supernatural romance could be this good?