Lynnette Austin has made her mark on contemporary romance and the imprint is solid. Her Magnolia Brides series is guaranteed to capture the attention of any true romantic. Lynnette Austin made a lasting impression with the first book and continues that noteworthy goal with PICTURE PERFECT WEDDING, number three of the series. The continuity of each story is impressive and flawless. Each book smoothly continues the tale of the rebirth of a small town thanks to the ingenuity of wonderful strong gutsy women and the men who step forward and lend their skills, love and support in all ways. And finally to the town folk who refuse to let their town die.
Small town America! I love it / hate it but Lynnette Austin proudly showcases the fortitude of the people of Misty Bottoms.
Tansy Calhoun and Beck Elliot have history. They are teenage sweethearts with dreams and plans. But in a blink of an eye all went south. Tansy made a mistake, a moment of weakness. She has a lapse in judgement initiated by great loss and sorrow. Away from her support people Tansy fell into a trap when her emotions ruled her better instincts. Hey it happens.
Now pregnant Tansy seems doomed to drown herself in a pool of blame and bad choices. The only thing of value to salvage after an ill-fated marriage was her four year old daughter Gracie. And now Tansy is back in Misty Bottoms newly divorced with little to build a new life. All she wanted from her ex-husband was her freedom and Gracie.
Coming back to Misty Bottoms meant facing friends and the most frightening prospect of running into Beck Elliot, the only man she ever really loved. He is the man she literally left behind. Beck should have moved on by now, but he never found that someone to fill the void left by Tansy’s betrayal. One moment they were in love, engaged to be married, and then poof. Beck occasionally spied Tansy and Gracie visiting town but never expected they would move back.
Tansy was going to rebuild her life. She decides to start by creating a business based on her love and talent for baking amazing cakes and desserts. It seemed only natural to join forces with friends already making a name for themselves in the wedding business. One friend was the planner with a renovated mansion. The other was a flower whiz. Now Tansy can come on board. There will be three friends working together to make the dreams of brides come true.
Now if only Tansy can get her own life in order. She needs to make peace with Beck. That’s definitely a challenge. But at the end of the day Tansy can’t help but feel like she’d like more from this extraordinary man with a generous heart. But first she has to let herself believe she deserves a second chance.
In PICTURE PERFECT WEDDING Lynnette Austin once again illustrates her talent for detail. Austin brings us on an adventure of sorts as we watch the creative process in making a splendid wedding. You can almost taste the confectionary masterpieces. In all the Magnolia Brides stories Lynnette Austin use of detail is entertainment at its best. Weddings are a vision and Austin is a visionary. Love is definitely in the air in PICTURE PERFECT WEDDING and it’s not just the brides and grooms that are experiencing it. The stars of the Magnolia Brides aren’t really just the brides but all those with a hand in rebuilding this wonderful town. Some very eccentric folks will make you smile and believe in second chances.
Third in the heartfelt and charming Magnolia Brides series from Lynnette Austin
One mistake can change everything...forever
Beck Elliot and Tansy Calhoun were inseparable-until Tansy left Misty Bottoms, Georgia, promising to come back after she finished school. Beck stayed behind to save the family business, dreaming of the day when Tansy would return. Instead, his trust and his heart were broken when she inexplicably married another man and bore his child.
Five years later, Tansy comes home, a sadder and wiser woman. Despite his anger, Beck finds it hard to avoid her and her adorable little daughter-especially with all the busybodies of Misty Bottoms going out of their way to throw him and Tansy together, hoping a lingering spark will reignite their enduring flame...
Praise for The Best Laid Wedding Plans:
"Entertaining...the push and pull of emotion feels real." -RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
"All about small towns, community, and sweet and sexy romance." -Booklist
"A sweet escape into the wonderful world of brides, weddings, and extra-special locations." -Fresh Fiction