by Linda Francis Lee

October 2003
ISBN: 0-8041-1997-X
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Vivienne Stansfield was interested in buying a fixer-upper for her first house, with her soon-to-be husband, Grady. But things didnít go as planned and she is now being shown the house by the president of the company, Maxwell Landry. Vivi, to her friends, has some feelings towards Max that she should not be feeling, especially since she is to be married in a few months. Vivienne is suppose to be the spoiled little princess that everyone thinks she is, but Vivi has a heart of gold and loves to help people in need.

Vivi is having a bad day and her day only gets worse; well her next few days actually, when she finds out that all of the money she thought she had, is now gone. Her family is not there for her and has never really been, but she still relies on them to an extent. It seems she is abandoned for the pleasure of her parents and has been left alone more than she can count in all her twenty-six years.

Max is not sure about hiring Vivienne to be the nanny to his two younger sisters, but he hires her anyway. She needs a job and he sort of offered one to her. Max is controlled, maybe too controlled. He holds his temper, emotions and his problems to himself and doesnít let anyone in. Vivienne enters Maxís world and chaos ensues not only for his family life but his professional one as well.

Max has had feelings for Vivienne since he was ten years old and that is what has kept him going on these years and made him part of the man he is today. Max has been the father and mother to most of his siblings; about seven in all and that includes his youngest two that he is still caring for. But he doesnít know how to show his feelings to his family, as he has locked them away a long time ago.

The attraction between Max and Vivienne is there from the moment she walks into his office. They both have to overcome their past before they can move forward. The Wedding Diaries is a fast-paced read that will keep your attention from the moment you read the first page. The antics of the two younger Landryís are something to see, from the way they treat each other and the people around them. Ms. Lee has given us another great story and an emotional one at that. With the twist and turns that comes with raising teenagers to having to deal with going from a wealthy heiress to being broke. It shows that with a little work, all can be accomplished if you believe in yourself.

Reviewed in November 2003 by Pam.

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