by Ann Roth

June 2006
ISBN: 0-373-75124-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Harlequin
Mass Market Paperback

Cinnamon Smith thought she had it all planned out. When a relationship goes bad with the wrong type of man she looses everything that she thinks is important to her. She knows the best place for her to go is to her best friend and stay at her Bed and Breakfast in Cranberry, Oregon. She will have the time that she needs to rethink her wants and her needs. Also what type of man she wants to share her life with and if he is even out there. She is hoping to start looking for the new perfect job.

Nick Mahoney is one of the locals from Cranberry who helps people out with things that need to be fixed. He does not have a job that he can punch a clock but everyone knows if something needs to be fixed, Nick is their man. He shares a home with his sister and her daughter. Nick is also hiding a secret and there are few that he would trust with this information. He does his best to keep it that way, no matter what the cost may be.

There is an attraction between Nick and Cinnamon but they both are fighting it. Cinnamon feels that Nick is not her type of man. There is no future for them for he does not even have a job. The town of Cranberry is known for just that, cranberries. The factory uses cranberries to produce juice and other things. The problem is that it is run down and there is a need for someone to make it profitable and that is just what Cinnamon is good at. She takes the job and even goes as far as to give Nick the paper work he could fill out to patent some of the ideas he has made for the factory. Nick is not happy about her butting into his personal business but does the paper work anyway.

There are many things that need to be worked out. What is Nick hiding? Does Cinnamon realize she can have it all in the town of Cranberry? Will she leave before she finds out? Will Nick tell her what he is hiding? Will it be as bad as Nick feels it is?

The Man She’ll Marry made me laugh out loud and feel for the characters who thought they knew their own heart. I enjoyed how the writer was able to let you feel the small town atmosphere. This is a keeper for me and I hope to read other books by Ann Roth.

Reviewed in July 2006 by Theresa.

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