"Here's to betting on every girls dream of walking down the aisle."
Reviewed by Sandra Wurman
Posted November 3, 2015
Every girl dreams of her wedding and for some romantics
planning for someone else's big day is just as rewarding
and certainly lucrative. No doubt about it, weddings are big
business. In THE BEST LAID WEDDING PLANS, Lynnette Austin is
about following a dream and conquering even the most
dramatic roadblock to attain your goal. THE BEST LAID
WEDDING PLANS is the first book in a new series Magnolia
Brides. Candidly, I was so happy to learn that this was to
be a series. As usual Lynnette Austin captured the essence
of a small town with amazing characters and quick, witty
THE BEST LAID WEDDING PLANS is about second chances. The
town of Misty Bottoms desperately needs a boost in the
economic department -- its second chance. If Jenni
Beth Beaumont's idea of turning her home, Magnolia House,
into a wedding destination doesn't pan out its failure will
have a ripple effect throughout the entire town. Jenni
Beth enlists the aid of two of her best friends, who also
have a vested interest in the outcome of this very
Jenni Beth and her parents are still reeling from the death
of her brother Wes. His choice to join the military came
with risks. The Beaumont's were hoping for the best --
instead the family received word of his passing. Wes's good
friend, Cole Bryson, feels compelled to help in any way he
can. Looking out for Jenni Beth comes almost second nature
-- it's his attraction to her that causes him to keep a
Hey, who said it's better to be comfortable? No one in
love, for sure. Cole doesn't really think he is in love with
his friend's sister but there is no denying an attraction.
Jenni Beth has had an on again, off again crush for Cole.
Learning to trust Cole and lean on him was definitely going
to forge a new relationship between the two. But the most
important thing was knowing that Cole supported Jenni
Beth's idea of the wedding planning business as a means to
revamp the Beaumont's financial, as well as mental, well-
Once again we are treated to a story that revolves around a
strong, determined, enterprising young woman in this newest
book by Lynnette Austin. THE BEST LAID WEDDING PLANS
doesn't skirt around the idea that resurrecting a business
in a town on the decline is a major undertaking. But
Lynnette Austin wisely employs an amazing cast of
characters -- neighbors -- town folk that support the idea
and infuse the effort with mass amounts of encouragement,
hard work, love, tenacity and pride. THE BEST LAID WEDDING
PLANS by Lynnette Austin is an engaging work by a very
talented author who knows her stuff.
With love in their hearts and crafting the perfect
on their minds, the possibilities are endless for the
of Lynette Austin's new Magnolia Brides series.
SOME DREAMS ARE WORTH WHATEVER IT TAKES
Jenni Beth Beaumont left her broken heart behind when she
took her dream job in Savannah. But after her brother's
death, Jenni Beth returns home to help mend her parents'
hearts as well as restore their beautiful but crumbling
antebellum mansion. New dreams take shape as Jenni Beth
to work replacing floors and fixing pipes to convert the
family homestead into the perfect wedding destination.
However, some folks in their small Southern town are
determined to see her fail.
Cole Bryson was once the love of Jenni Beth's life, but
charming architectural salvager has plans of his own for
Beaumont family home. As the two butt heads,
old turmoil is brought to the surface and Cole and Jenni
Beth will have to work through some painful memories and
tough realities before they can set their pasts aside and
have a second chance at their own happily ever after.
Excerpt“To have and to hold, from this day forward...” Jenni Beth
Beaumont whispered the age-old vows.
Tiny white lights transformed Savannah’s Chateau Rouge’s
into a magical fairyland. The heavily beaded bridal gown
shimmered in their reflected light.
Unfortunately, Jenni Beth was not wearing the gown.
But oh, how she wanted this. Not the wedding itself. No.
wanted to be the driving force behind making a bride’s
day the most special of her life. Instead of organizing
here at Chateau Rouge, she wanted her own wedding planner
Tonight’s bride fairly radiated. The groom, Jenni Beth’s
cousin, looked so handsome in his dress uniform. He’d just
week come off a tour of duty in the Middle East.
Pain, instant and excruciating, washed over her. Her
had been even more handsome in his dress uniform the day
graduated from Officer’s Candidate School, then again the
he’d deployed in his camos. The day she’d kissed him
last time she’d seen him alive. Her throat constricted.
She exhaled, forced herself to shake it off. Not tonight.
was a celebration of love. The beginning of a new family.
dreams come true.
As the evening wore on, Jenni Beth relaxed.
A familiar voice whispered in her ear. “Dance with me.”
Cole Bryson. She hadn’t seen his name on the guest list.
Shivers raced down her spine, and her heart stuttered. It
been too long, not long enough. “No.”
She wouldn’t turn around, wouldn’t meet those mesmerizing
His hands settled on her bare arms, and she nearly jumped.
work-roughened hands moved over her skin, her stomach
little dance of its own.
“I’m working, Cole.”
“Nothin’ needs done right now. Come on, sugar.”
Knowing she shouldn’t, she turned to face him. Mistake. She
always had found him irresistible, and that hadn’t changed.
perfected that slow Southern drawl, had the sound of a true
gentleman. But the twinkle in his eyes gave him away.
the bad boy tucked not far below the surface.
Dressed in a dark suit and tie, the man looked like every
dream. On the surface, smooth and debonair. But beneath lay
He took her hand, and, God forgive her, she followed him,
kneed onto the portable dance floor, telling herself she
want to, that she only did it to keep peace. Knowing she
A full moon shone overhead and candlelight flickered. When
drew her into his arms and pulled her close, she sighed.
held hers, the other settled south of her waist.
“You smell good, Jenni Beth. You always do.”
His voice, low and husky, sent goosebumps racing up and
arms. Despite herself, she rested her head against his
seduced by the strong, steady beat of his heart, the
could make everything and anything all right.
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