"A beautiful young woman finally sees her dream proposal painted on the water tower."
Reviewed by Kay Quintin
Posted November 25, 2012
Megan Mulcahy, nearly 30, is the last of the group of
friends in Apple Grove still single. The Apple Grove water
tower has proudly announced the painted proposal for each
couple, declaring their love. Megan has never had the
pleasure of her name appearing on the tower. Her long-time
boyfriend has moved away and keeps her on a hook with only
occasional visits and no offer of marriage on the tower.
Megan and her two sisters work in the family repair and
maintenance business. The new teacher, Daniel Eagan turns
the tide with his valiant rescue when Megan falls off the
fence railing and into his arms. Immediate bone jarring
attraction becomes evident with his impromptu sizzling kiss
and her forward return of an even hotter one.
Dan is besotted with the tiny energetic Meg, but is
still gun shy from his past experience with an ex- fiancÚ.
Avoiding his being hurt again, he tries to cool things with
Meg when it turns to the hottest mind tingling sex he has
ever had. The same is true with Meg after her experience
with the ex-boyfriend. Living in a town of 597 residents
makes it impossible to lead a private life. Their every
minute spreads through town via text messages in a matter of
seconds. Until Dan and Meg can come clean and share their
reasons for their reluctance at commitment, neither will
learn to completely trust the other. If they could only
manage to stay away from the hot sex or trust their constant
desire to love and trust each other. Helping her friend
Honey B. realize her own love life, Meg may also bring
things to fruition and realize her dream of her own name
written with love on the tower.
A WEDDING IN APPLE GROVER was truly a pleasure to read.
Meg is such a
lively and rambunctious female that she keeps readers
chuckling at all the antics she creates. Finally finding
love after years of waiting for a proposal, it comes to her
when least expected. The story is well written and easy to
read. The time just flew by and ended way too soon. Strap
in and be prepared to fall in love with the tiny town of
Apple Grove and its residents.
He's not so sure about small town life.
She can't imagine living anywhere else.
Welcome to Apple Grove, Ohio (population 597), where
everyone has your best interests at heart, even if they
can't agree on the best way to meddle. When the townsfolk
of Apple Grove need handiwork done, there's no job too
small for the Mulcahy sisters: Megan, Caitlin, and Grace.
Specializing in hard work and family loyalty, tomboy
Meg Mulcahy has left behind any girlhood dreams of romance.
Enter newcomer Daniel Eagan, looking to bury his own broken
heart and make a new start. He's surprised–and
delighted–by the winsome girl with the mighty tool
belt who shows up to fix his wiring.
But Dan's got a lot to learn about life in a small
town, and when Meg's past collides with her future, it may
take all 595 other residents of Apple Grove to keep this
romance from short–circuiting.
The sweet scent of wild roses filled the air as the late
morning sun warmed the blossoms spilling over the arbor.
Blackbirds trilled across the meadow as the bride walked
toward her husband–to–be, careful not to trip
on the long, white satin runner—the path reaching
from her past to her future.
Folding chairs fanned out on both sides of the
bride's backyard, enormous white tulle bows adorning every
other one. When she passed by Megan Mulcahy, the bride
reached for Meg's hand and squeezed it before continuing.
Tears filled Meg's eyes as Edie reached the end of the
satin walkway and turned so her father could lift the veil
covering Edie's face and press his lips to his daughter's
cheek before putting her hand in that of the man she would
Who would have thought Meg would be one of the last
of her friends still single? If her life had followed her
youthful plans, her name would have been the one up on
Apple Grove's water tower, Jimmy Van Orden would have been
the man doing the asking, and she wouldn't be sitting here
wondering how different her life could have been.
But life is full of twists and turns. Her mind
drifted toward the last time Jimmy had come home for a
couple of days. He'd wined and dined her and she'd been so
sure that he was going to ask her to marry him—this
time. But they'd had the discussion a long time ago; he
wanted out of Apple Grove, and she didn't want to live
anywhere else. After replaying that horrible argument
multiple times, they'd just let it drop and tried to enjoy
each other's company. She kept hoping that on one of his
trips back he would change his mind and see how wonderful
life here could be. When would she learn?
Reverend Smith's words rang out, "I now pronounce
you husband and wife." He paused to smile at the friends
and family gathered to celebrate, and then the couple. "You
may kiss the bride."
Bill Stanton tilted Edie's chin up and gently
pressed his lips to hers.
A collective sigh whispered through the crowd
witnessing the loving touch between the bride and groom.
Meg's stomach ached, but she fought not to show it; her
friend deserved all of the happiness she could get. This
was Edie's day, and Meg wouldn't do anything to ruin it for
"Did you ever see such a lovely bride?"
Megan smiled at Mrs. Winter. "It's been a long time
since we had a wedding in Apple Grove."
The older woman patted Meg's hand and
soothed, "Never you mind about that Van Orden boy, Meg. The
perfect man is waiting for you. Don't give up hope."
Meg laughed. "I haven't thought that way about
Jimmy in years." Liar. "I hear he's doing well playing for
As expected, Mrs. Winter tut–tutted and
patted Meg's hand again. "Your eyes say far more than you
Before Meg could contradict her, the woman moved
on to speak to the McCormack sisters.
"There now, Meg," her father's deep voice soothed
the ache in her belly. "It's time you forgot about
"I wasn't thinking about him," she insisted. A
rumble in the distance made her heart freeze in her breast.
She looked up at the lone cloud floating above her and then
over at Reverend Smith. The Lord didn't like it when Megan
lied. "OK," she admitted. "I might have been thinking about
Joseph Mulcahy pulled her close and kissed her
forehead. "He isn't the right man for you, even though I
should probably thank him."
"Whatever for?" Meg asked.
"He left, but you stayed and helped me keep the
family business going. I don't know that I could have done
it if you had married him and moved away."
"I love you, Pop."
"I love you back, Meggie." She loved the gruff
sound of his voice and leaned into him as he put his arm
around her. "Let's pay our respects to the newlyweds, then
go find your sisters and dig into the potluck buffet. I'm
hoping for some of Slim's barbecued ribs."
"You'll get sauce on your tie," she warned, smiling
up at him.
"That's OK." He grinned and pulled her toward the
receiving line. "I hate ties."
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