Title: The Bride Next Door (Texas Grooms #2)
Author: Winnie Griggs
Publisher: Harlequin Love Inspired Historical
Everett Fulton longs to return to the big city. He was a reporter in Philadelphia, but was fired from his job due to Everett’s reporting on a fictitious story that had devastating consequences as Everett didn’t perform due diligence in confirming his sources information. Everett is now in Turnabout, Texas, publishing a small town gazette twice a week. His stories are much more mundane in his eyes and he has put out the word in some of the bigger cities that he is interested in employment as a reporter. Everett is a stickler for propriety and neatness. He never lets his guard down and doesn’t like to talk about his childhood. His new next door neighbor, Daisy Johnson, sometimes tries his patient and sometimes irritates him, but the more time he spends in her company, the more his attraction for her grows. She has a strong faith that he misses when they are apart. She is definitely not the type of wife he would have pictured himself with, but maybe she is just the wife he needs, even though he doesn’t know it.
Daisy Johnson dreams of opening up a restaurant in Turnabout and making the town her permanent home. She wants a husband and a family as well. Everett Fulton is surely not the man God has in mind for her. They could not be more opposite. She is an optimist and he is a pessimist, though he would call himself a realist. Daisy works hard to make her dream of a restaurant come true. She saves her money, does multiple jobs to earn that money and does so with a cheerful disposition. Somehow she begins to imagine a future with Everett in it, but knows his relationship with God is not where it should be.
I loved Daisy’s character. She prayed so honestly and earnestly in all situations. She lived her faith every day and always tried to see the positive in all people and situations. She had a generous and caring heart and thought of others before herself. These are traits we can all strive to weave into our own lives. I also liked how Everett finally learned to put the needs of others ahead of his own dreams and how honoring God and building a relationship with Him would bear fruit. This is a gentle romance that can be read in a day. The third book in the series, A Family for Christmas, will be reviewed here shortly.
My rating is 4 stars.