by Ann Kline

February 2004
ISBN: 0-505-52581-X
Reviewer Graphic Button Lovespell
Mass Market Paperback

Seth Hadley is the kind of guy that would lend money to his good-for-nothing cousin, Woody Monroe, only to make sure that the groom-to-be splashes out on a honeymoon deserving of his intended bride, Dinah Lee. When Woody runs out on his wedding and disappears with the borrowed money, Seth is also the kind of guy to go looking for him, to get back his money and to provide Dinah with the chance of some choice words.

Dinah likes babies and helping any unsuspecting male or female. She doesnít like Seth. She is allergic to him. Sneezes and twitches are only some of the minor complaints she is saddled with whenever she is near him. Itís the butterflies in her tummy that really worry her. After all, he is a wild kinda guy. Someone to curl her toes, not someone to set up house with. And still she gets in his car and joins him on a cross-country trip chasing after her ex-fiancť. And collects a lovesick kid, a good-luck charm, a sheriff with his pet rooster and bald Cajun twins along the way.

The Ride to Dinahís Wedding is not a bad story, itís entertaining enough. Itís just so predictable. Too sweet. Too nice. The characters and their adventures have too much of a Sunday-morning-cartoon-feel to them. Itís just not really my style. Itís solid writing, just not very exciting. Not written in the kind of voice that fires up my imagination and tickles my funny bone.

The Ride to Dinahís Wedding is Ann Klineís debut release. Curious and eager to discover a new romance voice I decided to give it a try. I donít regret it, even when it turned out to be a story not to my taste Ė I need more of an edge to it and prefer to have a deeper understanding of my characters and their motivations. Ann Klineís first book with Dorchester is amusing. If you donít expect more, then The Ride to Dinahís Wedding is a story, which will appeal to readers looking for a lighthearted, sugary sweet romance.

Reviewed in February 2004 by Kris Alice.

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