Marry Me on Main Street
Author: LuAnn McLane
As usual I enjoyed my time back in the picturesque Cricket Creek. Walking Main Street with its Christmas decorations and light covering of snow was the perfect way to spend my holiday.
The characters were fun and flirtatious, the setting perfection and the chemistry spot on. That being said i did have a few issues with Marry Me on Main Street. For starters: the title. I can’t tell you why I have issue with it without spoiling the novel, but if you read the book, I think you’ll understand the reason for my annoyance. You can’t just title a novel for the sake of alliteration.
Second, as in past novels, I felt like the secondary romance between John and Betsy got the short end of the stick. Yes, I did get told how things ended, but I got no details. The lead up is great, the banter between them fantastic, I was told both their back stories, but then BOOM! Big. Black. Hole. Nothing! I turned the page and it was Christmas and everything had been resolved. How? What was the process? Seriously! Give me details!!
Third, Danny and Susan. Oh how I adored them. They are sweet and funny, I laughed out loud in Barnes and Noble several times, and it got me lots of looks. But I couldn’t help myself; the humor caught me off guard and was so funny I had to laugh out loud. However, towards the end I felt like they lost steam. I understand that Danny was working through things with his family, but couldn’t I have been included in some of those conversations? Just like with John and Betsy, we got the “foreplay” but skipped the “climax.” (every pun intended) It’s like a magic wand was waved in various parts of the story and therefore no details were needed. This is very much unlike Ms. McLean, and I didn’t care for it at all. You’ve invested me in these people, their lives and their future so give me the details as they reach a resolution. Don’t assume I’ve read previous books and know that Danny’s family operates they way they do. Show me.
Despite the above issues, I did enjoy Marry Me on Main Street. It was a fun, flirty, lighthearted romance and the perfect way to spend a cold winter day. If you’ve never been to Cricket Creek this gives you enough insight that I think you’ll feel right at home, and if you’re a return visitor like I am, I’ve no doubt you’ll be happy to be back and they people of Cricket Creek will be happy to have you.
In her small shop on Main Street, Susan Quincy sells handmade gifts and repurposed items. But she can’t part with the beautiful rocking chair she bought at an estate sale when its maker turns out to be Danny Mayfield. Even years later, Susan still cringes over how her handsome, popular high school crush only asked her to prom out of pity—or so she thinks…
Danny doesn’t know why Susan has avoided him for years, especially after the electric kiss they shared the night of prom. So when he learns that she wants him to craft more rocking chairs to sell at her shop, Danny can’t resist the chance to work on his passion and charm shy, beautiful Susan again—and this time, make it last…
Release Date: December 6, 2016
Series: Cricket Creek #11
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format(s): paperback (304 pages), e-book
Book Source: Publisher/NetGalley
Reviews in the Series:
Whisper’s Edge by LuAnn McLane (Cricket Creek #4)
Moonlight Kiss by LuAnn McLane (Cricket Creek #5)
Wildflower Wedding by Luann McLane (Cricket Creek #6)
Sweet Harmony by LuAnn McLane (Cricket Creek #7)
Walking on Sunshine by LuAnn McLane (Cricket Creek #8)
Written in the Stars by LuAnn McLane (Cricket Creek #9)
Wish Upon a Wedding by LuAnn McLane (Cricket Creek #10)