by Kimberly Cates

May 2007
ISBN: 978-0-373-77189-9
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The Wedding Dress by Kimberly Cates is a contemporary romance that gives a historical lesson. Whether or not the history is true and accurate is something I donít know, but which I personally found to be a little hard to follow until I was well into the book. That fact Iím going to attribute to the fact that I donít personally care for historical romances, and especially Scottish ones, and not that Ms. Cates didnít write it well.

Emma McDaniel has gone to Scotland for hands on research. She is about to have the movie role of her dreams, but is she really ready to go away from the action adventure movie that has given her financial security to be a lead in a historical drama.

Jared Butler is an archeologist, and heís excavating the ruined castle of Lady Aislinn, and has been charged with giving Emma the knowledge and skills she will need to portray the Scottish legend.

There is chemistry between Emma and Jared from the beginning, but is it a mutual dislike or is it a mutual admiration. That remains to be seen, and as you progress through the story you sometimes wonder if they will ever find a happy ever after.

Emma should come off as a diva by her money and status as a bona fide Hollywood star. Jared should come off bookish and geeky by his chosen profession. However both come off as likeable and caring about others.

There are ups and downs in The Wedding Dress, but I suggest sticking with the book as in the end there are lessons to be learned that I think we can all benefit from.

Reviewed in August 2007 by Sandi.

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