by Katy Regnery
Published by Boroughs Publishing Group on 09/24/2013
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
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A HOLIDAY SURPRISEStubbornly small-town Jenny Lindstrom has misgivings when she promises to stand proxy in her best friend’s wedding—misgivings that are fulfilled when tall, handsome Sam Kelley walks into the courthouse an hour late. In order to keep her promise, an afternoon favor turns into a weekend of startling but undeniable attraction, threatening the well-ordered world that keeps her heart at arm’s length from any more pain.Sam’s plan is to fly to Livingston, Montana, take vows for his favorite cousin, and return to Chicago as quickly as possible. But his plan is turned upside-down when he must spend a weekend with Jenny in Gardiner in order to keep his word. He doesn’t want to fall for the prim, proper schoolteacher whose small-town life seems to him like selling out, but the more time he spends with her, the harder it is to say good-bye.When city and country come together for Christmas, the unexpected gift is true love.
I have to admit I am a hopeless romantic, so I loved this book! By Proxy is the first book of the Heartof Montana series by Katy Regnery. I was approached by Katy for a review and I have to be honest I was very nervous. I’m a new blogger so I was really surprised to receive her email, but the synopsis intrigued me. The story about 2 strangers coming together to be proxies for a wedding is original (and to be honest I had no idea this can be done!).
But what I really loved about this book is the characters. Jenny Lindstrom is devoted to her family and her job as a school teacher. She is the only female in her family, but even though she has been surrounded by males her entire life she feels uncomfortable with men. I identified with Jenny right away because I felt the same way, even though my older brother’s friends were constantly around. When Jenny is waiting to take the vows she looks at her life and realizes that she may never find her true love. At that moment my heart ached for Jenny, and I just had to finish this book to make sure she had a happy ending! And then we meet Sam Kelley, the handsome hot shot from Chicago. Sam appears to be a big city partying playboy, but deep down he’s the small-town boy. After spending some time with Jenny, Sam realizes his life in Chicago maybe flashy but it’s lonely. They may come from different worlds but they both need and want the same thing – to be truly happy and to be loved. From the moment they meet there is an attraction, which they try to deny. But soon Jenny and Sam can’t fight it, but there is the fact that Sam will have to go back to Chicago. I loved that Sam wasn’t a cocky and aggressive suitor. He took Jenny’s feelings into consideration, which I thought was sweet and charming!
By Proxy is a sweet romance and I highly recommend this book! This series is set in a small town filled with fun and lovable characters. I can’t wait for the next book in the series, especially for Nils (Jenny’s brother) and Maggie’s story. Fans of Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold series or Marie Force’s McCarthys of Gansett Island series should definitely check out this series. And if you aren’t a fan you should still check out By Proxy! Take a break from stories of the fast paced cities and visit a series with a small town setting. The close friendships and sense of community will make you wish you lived there!