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Jason Manning is content with his life as a bachelor, a slob and a sports fan. Then a precocious girl named Carrie Weston decides to play matchmaker, introducing him to her mother, Charlotte. To his relief, Charlotte is as averse to marriage as he is. But Jason's feelings start to change once he gets to know his Bride on the Loose. James Wilkens was almost a Manning groom—b Jason Manning is content with his life as a bachelor, a slob and a sports fan. Then a precocious girl named Carrie Weston decides to play matchmaker, introducing him to her mother, Charlotte. To his relief, Charlotte is as averse to marriage as he is. But Jason's feelings start to change once he gets to know his Bride on the Loose. James Wilkens was almost a Manning groom—because he almost married one of the Manning sisters. With that broken engagement behind him, he spends New Year's Eve in Las Vegas…where he meets Summer Lawton. She's just suffered a painful betrayal, and James promises her that in a year, she'll be over it. To prove his point, he makes a date to meet her in Vegas Same Time, Next Year. Except it turns out to be more than a date—it's a wedding!


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Jason Manning is content with his life as a bachelor, a slob and a sports fan. Then a precocious girl named Carrie Weston decides to play matchmaker, introducing him to her mother, Charlotte. To his relief, Charlotte is as averse to marriage as he is. But Jason's feelings start to change once he gets to know his Bride on the Loose. James Wilkens was almost a Manning groom—b Jason Manning is content with his life as a bachelor, a slob and a sports fan. Then a precocious girl named Carrie Weston decides to play matchmaker, introducing him to her mother, Charlotte. To his relief, Charlotte is as averse to marriage as he is. But Jason's feelings start to change once he gets to know his Bride on the Loose. James Wilkens was almost a Manning groom—because he almost married one of the Manning sisters. With that broken engagement behind him, he spends New Year's Eve in Las Vegas…where he meets Summer Lawton. She's just suffered a painful betrayal, and James promises her that in a year, she'll be over it. To prove his point, he makes a date to meet her in Vegas Same Time, Next Year. Except it turns out to be more than a date—it's a wedding!

30 review for The Manning Grooms

  1. 5 out of 5

    ♡Ann Matalines♡

    It is a retrieve to see Debbie Macomber in a different light. The knitting series talks about life while this one exceeds romance. Since this is my first book from the series, I grow closer to the manning family. I wish that I owned the complete series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Two books in one... Bride on the Loose Jason Manning is a confirmed bachelor until he meets Charlotte. They both fall quickly and then the trouble ensues... Same Time, Next Year Christy Manning broke James Wilkins heart five years ago, but he's moved on...Summer just got her heart broken and James knows just how to help her move on. Classic Macomber. I loved all in the series that I have read (I missed the first two about the Manning sisters). Both stories are quick reads (I read the whole book in l Two books in one... Bride on the Loose Jason Manning is a confirmed bachelor until he meets Charlotte. They both fall quickly and then the trouble ensues... Same Time, Next Year Christy Manning broke James Wilkins heart five years ago, but he's moved on...Summer just got her heart broken and James knows just how to help her move on. Classic Macomber. I loved all in the series that I have read (I missed the first two about the Manning sisters). Both stories are quick reads (I read the whole book in less than a day) with romantic stories. In each story, the characters are plagued with real troubles (sometimes to an extreme) and the other part of the couple helps them through the problem. In the end, love conquers all and everyone is happy! Yea! These are feel good stories that are sweet and romantic...I won't hesitate to keep reading Macomber's books.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cecelia

    Jason Manning is content with his life as a bachelor veterinarian. He is also the owner/superintendent of an apartment complex. Charlotte Weston lives in one of the apartments with her nosy daughter, Carrie. Carrie is determined to set her mom up with Jason - her mom has been single for a long time and it's time for her to date again. Jason is reluctant to pursue Charlotte. However, as he gets to know shy, pretty Charlotte, he finds himself intrigued. Charlotte is attracted to Jason, but, knows t Jason Manning is content with his life as a bachelor veterinarian. He is also the owner/superintendent of an apartment complex. Charlotte Weston lives in one of the apartments with her nosy daughter, Carrie. Carrie is determined to set her mom up with Jason - her mom has been single for a long time and it's time for her to date again. Jason is reluctant to pursue Charlotte. However, as he gets to know shy, pretty Charlotte, he finds himself intrigued. Charlotte is attracted to Jason, but, knows that there can be no romance between them. She harbors a deep secret - a secret which she believes may have contributed to her bitter divorce years ago. I liked the characters in this book. Jason was a great guy and he really stuck by Charlotte and he was a perfect gentleman. Charlotte was a sweet lady who'd had her heart broken - and her soul had been broken too, that's why she never dated after her divorce. So, have you ever found it hard to date after a bitter divorce? What happened? Were you able to start dating and find true love again? 2. Same Time, Next Year When James Wilkens literally runs into Summer Lawton in Vegas on New Year's Eve, she's in tears. Eager to help her, they share dinner. She tells of her fiancé's recent betrayal and James predicts that she will be over her pain in one year. They make a deal to meet in one year at the same place - just so that James can prove his point about getting over a lost love. James and Summer keep in touch during their year apart. When they meet again, their attraction kindles, but, would they make a good couple? Summer is much younger than James, and James is trying to get a political position. Would his potential voters accept his marriage to a much younger, attractive woman who is an actress at Disneyland? I loved this sweet, endearing story. It's not too deep, just simple and fun. So, have you ever fallen in love with someone via letters or via the internet? What happened when you met in person?

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    I really enjoyed the the first book of the two-part set. Ms. Macomber really delved into the emotions and psychology behind a fledgling relationship. Also, it was eerily similar to a relationship I had so I could relate to her on point story. The second novella, "Same Time, Next Year" was, in my opinion, a typical, syrupy romance story but still enjoyable. Like I said before, men should read these books to "keep in touch with their feminine side." I would give "Bride On....." five stars and "Sam I really enjoyed the the first book of the two-part set. Ms. Macomber really delved into the emotions and psychology behind a fledgling relationship. Also, it was eerily similar to a relationship I had so I could relate to her on point story. The second novella, "Same Time, Next Year" was, in my opinion, a typical, syrupy romance story but still enjoyable. Like I said before, men should read these books to "keep in touch with their feminine side." I would give "Bride On....." five stars and "Same Time....." three stars, thus four stars overall.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dee

    Two older books in one volume. Here are my two-haiku reviews: Bride on the Loose She is single mom Her marriage was terrible Can she love again? Nice character depth Series, but could stand alone End a bit sudden Same Time Next Year They meet in Vegas She's been dumped by fiance He writes her letters Very sweet story Almost fairytale romance With loving couple

  6. 4 out of 5

    Angela Holland

    I thought this book was good but not great. Check out my blog for more of this review. http://griperangsbookmarks.blogspot.com

  7. 4 out of 5

    Julianna

    Reviewed for THC Reviews *newest review for this anthology Bride on the Loose - Bride on the Loose is the third story in Debbie Macomber's Those Manning Men series, and I'd have to say it's probably my favorite in the series so far. Carefree bachelor, Jason Manning was the last of the Manning men still standing, but he's finally brought to his knees by a little thing called love, when a matchmaking teenager tries to fix him up with her mom in hopes that having a man in her life will make her mom Reviewed for THC Reviews *newest review for this anthology Bride on the Loose - Bride on the Loose is the third story in Debbie Macomber's Those Manning Men series, and I'd have to say it's probably my favorite in the series so far. Carefree bachelor, Jason Manning was the last of the Manning men still standing, but he's finally brought to his knees by a little thing called love, when a matchmaking teenager tries to fix him up with her mom in hopes that having a man in her life will make her mom more lenient about her dating. Jason wasn't too pleased about this and turned the girl down flat, until her machinations brought him and her mother together, leading them to discover they had some things in common. Unfortunately, his new lady love is quite skittish due to a terrible first marriage in which she was abused. This doesn't stop Jason from marrying her and finally giving his family their hoped-for big wedding to attend, but the occasion isn't quite the joyous one it should be when the bride gets cold feet. Jason has a breezy attitude and tends to be a pretty easy-going guy for the most part. He's a caring veterinarian who gets to save the day by rescuing and treating a badly injured dog that the heroine and her daughter found in the street. When he's not working, Jason is a sports nut who spends nearly all his free time either watching every sport imaginable on TV or playing softball on a team with his brothers. There was one point early in the story when I had misgivings about Jason, because he made a few off-handed comments that seemed rather chauvinistic and which gave me unpleasant memories of his sister's hero, Russ (The Cowboy's Lady). Even though I wasn't terribly amused, I think it was meant to be a humorous battle of the sexes conversation. Other than this incident and one on his wedding day when Jason got extremely ticked off at Charlotte when she told him lies out of fear, with the intention of stopping the wedding, Jason was a pretty good guy who was patient and gentle. Early on in their relationship, it was rather cute how he started falling in love with Charlotte and didn't even realize it at first. He's essentially the consummate bachelor who spends some time protesting his own feelings, but once he makes up his mind, he's pretty much unstoppable. At the end, when Charlotte finally fessed up about everything that happened in her first marriage, Jason was very kind and compassionate. Charlotte is a single mother who's been through a lot in her life. Her father walked out on her and her mother, and then her mother died when she was only a teenager. She ended up marrying young, and it was an awful marriage that caused her heartache and heartbreak in so many ways. The only good thing that came out of it was her daughter, Carrie, and now that she's divorced, the two of them are basically alone in the world. That doesn't stop Charlotte from longing for a family to call her own, but she was so traumatized by her first husband that she's avoided men like the plague until her daughter decides that her mom needs a man in her life and approaches Jason, who is their landlord, about filling the position. From the beginning, Charlotte is unperturbed by Jason's love of sports and him being a slob. She even held her own when Jason made his lame comments about women. She's also an excellent mother, who obviously adores children and would dearly love to have more. However, the abuse she suffered has made her extremely nervous around men and also something of a people pleaser, who has to learn to stand up for herself and that she's not the woman her husband led her to believe she was. Since Jason is the last Manning sibling to get married and the only one to have a big wedding, of course, the entire Manning clan is on hand. Still, it was primarily Paul and Leah (Stand-In Wife) and Rich and Jamie (Marriage of Inconvenience), who played the strongest roles, and it was nice to see them and their growing families. As far as I can tell, Debbie Macomber's characters never ever have sex outside of marriage, so it's always amusing to see what schemes she'll come up with next to get her couple hitched quickly before falling into bed (although the door is always closed on these scenes). This time, the well-meaning but overbearing Manning parents played a role in that. Despite how ridiculous some of these scenarios are, I somehow still manage to enjoy the story in the end. Overall, I really liked Bride on the Loose. I think the only thing that could have made it better is if it had been a bit longer to develop the characters and plot a little more fully. Because of the emotional nature of Charlotte's past, it isn't quite as light and breezy as some of the other stories in the series have been, but it was still a fairly easy read. Now I'm looking forward to finding out what's in store for Christy's ex-fiancé and family friend, James, in the final full-length novel of the series, Same Time, Next Year. Bride on the Loose was originally published as a stand-alone novel in the Silhouette Special Edition line, and was later reprinted in the single-author anthology The Manning Grooms along with the fourth book of the series. Star Rating: **** *Same Time, Next Year - Same Time, Next Year is the fourth and final full-length novel in Debbie Macomber's Those Manning Men series. As with pretty much all the books in the series, it's a sweet, light romance. Although thankfully, Ms. Macomber doesn't gloss over sexual attraction, there are no explicit elements, making it suitable for most romance readers. In this book, James, Christy Manning's ex-fiancé and the man she left in the dust, finally gets his HEA. While James isn't a Manning by blood, he's been a friend of the family for years and is basically an honorary Manning. The Manning parents definitely treat him like one of their own and welcome Summer into their lives as well, but of course, they each have their own parents too, so it makes for a large, warm, family-oriented story. James is a hard-working attorney who has just been appointed to serve out the term of a retiring Superior Court judge. At thirty-seven, he's the youngest person to be appointed to the bench in Seattle, and he has every intention of running for office in the fall in hopes of making his new job permanent. Most people seem to view James as something of a stodgy, stuffed shirt, which could kind of be seen in some of the previous books of the series. Although he does begin the book seeming rather reserved, he gets over that pretty quickly when Summer comes into his life. Once he realizes how much in love with her he is, he's transformed into a very loving and passionate man. I suppose it could be said that Summer simply brought out the best in him. Summer is a light and breezy character most of the time, but her emotions still occasionally get in the way of her making the best choices. She's an actress and singer who performs at Disneyland. She really enjoys her job, but when she falls for James, she's more than willing to give it up to stand by his side as he pursues his career. Much like with the other heroines in this series, her parents are well-meaning, but a bit overbearing, and she kind of allows them to run rough-shod over her, though not nearly as much as Christy did in her book. I'm glad that Summer stood up to her cheating ex-fiancé, although I did question her judgment just a little when she didn't tell James about her ex continuing to call her even after they were married. I also felt like she let James's campaign manager get to her way too easily. I kind of understood that she wanted to do what was best for her husband and his campaign, but the man was obviously an idiot. Ultimately, I felt like she was a bit naive and should have had an open, honest conversation with James about it before essentially running away. James and Summer are a cute and well-matched couple, but I have to admit the beginning of the story was a little slow for me. I just didn't really feel that building attraction like I wanted to. They met in Las Vegas on New Year's Eve right after Summer had discovered her fiancé's infidelity, and James consoled her. Having gone through a similar break-up himself, he understood her and assured her that she would feel much better within a year, which led to them making a 'date' to meet in Vegas again the next New Year's Eve. Throughout the coming year, they exchanged letters monthly, which I thought was a sweet gesture since few people actually write letters anymore. Supposedly a deep friendship built between them during that time, but we don't really get to see that happening. When they meet up again, Summer initially isn't even thinking of James in a romantic way, so the sudden attraction to one another and the quickie marriage felt like they were going from 0 to 100 within only a few days time. It might have been nice if they'd actually started experiencing romantic feelings for one another through their letter writing. Once they're married, though, the love and passion they feel for one another is very obvious. They can hardly stand being apart (honestly I don't think the long separation was all that necessary, but will grudgingly admit it added conflict and tension), and when they're together they can hardly keep their hands off each other.;-) I was so glad when James's dad finally put an end to their misery and brought Summer home to James. With all the family ties, there are secondary characters aplenty. James's dad was my favorite. He's been wanting James to marry and give him grandkids for a long time, so he's crazy about Summer. He very much treats her like the daughter he never had, and has lots of great fatherly advice to dispense to both James and Summer. He's very involved in their lives, without being overbearing like Summer's family and the Manning parents can sometimes be. Of course all the Mannings who reside in Seattle show up at some point in the story, and it was fun to see them and their growing families. Overall, Same Time, Next Year was a sweet story that I mostly enjoyed. Having read the entire Those Manning Men series now, plus The Manning Sisters duet, I know that Debbie Macomber sometimes uses soap-opera-style plotting that makes me want to groan, yet somehow it all works out in the end and I can't help feeling happy for the loving couple. Not to mention, her stories always express the all-important emotion I look for in a romance. There's one more wrap-up novella in this series, Silver Bells, that is supposed to reunite the entire Manning clan for Christmas while telling a new story. I have no idea who the main characters might be, but I'm looking forward to reading it this coming holiday season. Same Time, Next Year was originally published as a stand-alone novel in the Silhouette Special Edition line, and was later reprinted in the single-author anthology The Manning Grooms along with the third book of the series. Star Rating: ****

  8. 4 out of 5

    Janice

    I Read this on the kindle This is a 2 story book while the 1st one was a good one (Bride on the Loose) about Jason Manning the last unmarried Manning The 2nd book (Same Time Next year) was a really good one it is about James who was going to Marry Christie Manning but while engaged she married someone else 5 years later he meets Summer I think this one was the better of the 2 but both are good

  9. 4 out of 5

    Heather Bridson

    Another in a great series by a great romance author. I love both stories in this book! First is Jason's story of falling in love with someone hurt by a past relationship. The trials and issues that come with it and ending with a happy ending! The second is the story of the almost Manning groom, the family friend and supreme court judge who found love in Vegas, married in Vegas, and had twins. Great stories!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    Although I love Debbie Macomber, the Manning books were written in a very formal, stilted manner and very tedious to read. I became impatient waiting for all the secrets and lack of communication to come to an end! The best of the series was the book written about James Wilkens and he wasn't even a real Manning.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine Duran

    Debbie Macomber never fails me.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    The first story was pretty decent, but the second one was below her regular standards. It was still enjoyable, though. I'd give the first story a 4/5, and the second 2/5

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lesly

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Syrupy sweet romance. Too much like a Harlequin romance.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Carolanne wollin

    Why is it so hard for people to just communicate.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    same comments as I said for The Manning Brides. I wouldn't have bothered with this book but I had already bought it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn Brown

    Not much substance.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    The Manning Grooms is by Debbie Macomber. It is a combination of two books. It looks at the lives of two Manning men and their new wives. It is a really good bargain. Bride on the Loose is the story of Jason Manning and Charlotte Weston. Jason was the last remaining Manning sibling not married and Jason was perfectly comfortable with that. He had no intention of marrying because the women he dated had all tried to change him and his life. Then Carrie Weston came into his life. She came to his ve The Manning Grooms is by Debbie Macomber. It is a combination of two books. It looks at the lives of two Manning men and their new wives. It is a really good bargain. Bride on the Loose is the story of Jason Manning and Charlotte Weston. Jason was the last remaining Manning sibling not married and Jason was perfectly comfortable with that. He had no intention of marrying because the women he dated had all tried to change him and his life. Then Carrie Weston came into his life. She came to his veterinary office and asked him to take her mother on a date. She was even willing to pay him to do so. Jason explained to her that he wouldn’t take her up on the offer and she should leave her mother alone. Carrie, wasn’t through. She took the screw out of the kitchen faucet and when Charlotte turned it on, it spewed water everywhere. She called the apartment manager and he came to fix it. The apartment manager is Jason Manning. Sparks fly. Same Time, Next Year is the second book and is the story of James Wilkens and Summer Lawton. James is an honorary Manning groom. He was engaged to Christy Manning and she broke the engagement and married someone else. Despite this, he stayed close to the Manning family. He is a lawyer and now filling in for the superior court judge of King County. He was vacationing in Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve. Instead of staying in his room, he joined the throngs on Fremont Street to watch the fireworks. He stayed on the edge for a while then was gradually taken into the crowd. He watched a young lady trying to get out of the crowd and having no luck at doing do. He managed to work his way over to her and helped her get out. They sat on a bench in a little park and started talking. He wanted to make sure she was Ok since she was really pale. He learned she had just broken up with her boyfriend when she found him cheating on her. She wanted to surprise him in Las Vegas but she was the one who was surprised. James talked to her and shared his wisdom of breaking up with her. He promised her it would take a year before she was back to normal. They decided to meet at the same time, same bench, a year from now to see if he was right. Meanwhile, they kept in touch by one letter each month. Now they were back in Las Vegas to see if the other one kept that date. They did and sparks fly.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Cox

    Easy read for a holiday break. Two bachelors who meet their future wives and the trials and tribulations they go through.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

    Bride on the Loose: Jason Manning, middle Manning brother, confirmed bachelor, slob and sports fan. Charlotte Weston, prim and proper executive assistant and divorced mother of 9th grader, Carrie. What happens when Carrie offers to pay Jason to date her mom? While the sparks fly, so do Cupid’s arrows. Will Eric and Elizabeth manning finally get to organise the big fancy wedding they have so very much wanted to, but missed out on with two sons and two daughters? Same Time, Next Year: James Wilken Bride on the Loose: Jason Manning, middle Manning brother, confirmed bachelor, slob and sports fan. Charlotte Weston, prim and proper executive assistant and divorced mother of 9th grader, Carrie. What happens when Carrie offers to pay Jason to date her mom? While the sparks fly, so do Cupid’s arrows. Will Eric and Elizabeth manning finally get to organise the big fancy wedding they have so very much wanted to, but missed out on with two sons and two daughters? Same Time, Next Year: James Wilkens, almost a Manning groom, almost married Christie Manning. A year later, James is in Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve when he meets Summer Lawton, newly broken-hearted. He promises her she will be over it in a year, and they arrange to meet Same Time Next Year. Surprisingly for both of them, they end up married. But James is a Supreme Court Judge and budding politician, and Summer feels that her career as a singer/actress will adversely affect his future prospects. Elizabeth, Eric and several of the other Mannings make an appearance. Macomber leaves us feeling good, once again.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Beverley

    This is a book with two romances. Yet both are very predictable. In the first, we have Jason Manning a confirmed bachelor who falls in love, in a very short time, with the blonde down the hall. She is a divorced mother with a teenager. I'm not convinced that any teenager can be that sweet or that Jason didn't have a problem with having the teenager around. And what bride would make her mother-in-law do all the planning for her wedding? This seems like putting reality on hold big time. The second This is a book with two romances. Yet both are very predictable. In the first, we have Jason Manning a confirmed bachelor who falls in love, in a very short time, with the blonde down the hall. She is a divorced mother with a teenager. I'm not convinced that any teenager can be that sweet or that Jason didn't have a problem with having the teenager around. And what bride would make her mother-in-law do all the planning for her wedding? This seems like putting reality on hold big time. The second novel I liked more. At least here you have two people who meet by chance in a New Year's crowd. They both have been spurned by lovers. James Wilkens, a judge, comforts Summer Lawton, an actress, through letters during the next year. They meet the following New Year's and decide they love each other and marry hastily. Again, check reality at the door. Would a conservative court judge, like Wilkens, marry an actress, in Las Vegas? More to the point, would both their families love the idea and fly out for the wedding in 24 hours? A little too cute for my tastes.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Charity Yoder

    This, unlike many of Macomber's other books, didn't insanely piss me off. Instead, it tickled my happy spot. Surprisingly. Instead of two people getting married to get into each other's pants, they kind of genuinely wanted to be together. Let me set a couple of things of thins straight though. Both of these stories happened incredibly fast. Like a few weeks fast. One kiss was enough to make everyone wish there could only be more. Leading to more. Leading to marriage. I was about to kill the Mann This, unlike many of Macomber's other books, didn't insanely piss me off. Instead, it tickled my happy spot. Surprisingly. Instead of two people getting married to get into each other's pants, they kind of genuinely wanted to be together. Let me set a couple of things of thins straight though. Both of these stories happened incredibly fast. Like a few weeks fast. One kiss was enough to make everyone wish there could only be more. Leading to more. Leading to marriage. I was about to kill the Manning parents. They were rude. Understandably so. But that doesn't mean that they can just plan a wedding because hey, there was a freaking mention of it. The girl in question didn't know and yeesh. A few of the scenes were... questionable. Like, hey, they happened. But how they happened doesn't make sense. And this is one of those times when I doubt my late nigh/early morning reading skills let it happen. Anyways. Stories were cute if not a bit unrealistic. But there's worse out there. Way worse. So, not much complaining here.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    Out of the three Manning books this has been my favorite. Bride on the Loose is the story of Jason Manning and Charlotte Weston. Jason is content being a bachelor, a bit of a slob and a sports fan who lives in the building he owns. Charlotte is a divorcee who lives in the building with her teen daughter. She was emotionally damaged in her marriage, so it's the furthest thing from her mind. Her daughter, Carrie has other ideas for both of them. Same Time Next Year is lawyer James Wilkens (Christy M Out of the three Manning books this has been my favorite. Bride on the Loose is the story of Jason Manning and Charlotte Weston. Jason is content being a bachelor, a bit of a slob and a sports fan who lives in the building he owns. Charlotte is a divorcee who lives in the building with her teen daughter. She was emotionally damaged in her marriage, so it's the furthest thing from her mind. Her daughter, Carrie has other ideas for both of them. Same Time Next Year is lawyer James Wilkens (Christy Manning's ex) and a chance meeting with Summer Lawton in Vegas on New Year's Eve. She has just found out her fiancée has been cheating on her and James ends up consoling her and telling her that in a year she'll be over the hurt. They agree to meet in the same place in s year. During the year James writes her monthly to check on her progress. At first she ignores his letter, but starts writing him back. The letters become longer as they open up to each other.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jan Mcleod

    The first novel in this book is about the confirmed bachelor, Jason Manning. He becomes interested in Charlotte Weston, however, she has some serious emotional problems for an abusinve, egotistical first husband. Jason finds himself not wanting to let her go, though. His pushy, meddling mother really doesn't help matters between Jason and charlotte, but he decides he wants her and will do whatever necessary to establish a love relationshio with her. Characters are portrayed well, and story line The first novel in this book is about the confirmed bachelor, Jason Manning. He becomes interested in Charlotte Weston, however, she has some serious emotional problems for an abusinve, egotistical first husband. Jason finds himself not wanting to let her go, though. His pushy, meddling mother really doesn't help matters between Jason and charlotte, but he decides he wants her and will do whatever necessary to establish a love relationshio with her. Characters are portrayed well, and story line does a good job of delving into the damage people can do to one another and the healing that takes place. The second story is a delightful one about James Wilkens, the prim, proper, stuffed shirt who was engaged to Christy Manning. The story is about his changes in attitude and character when he meets the right woman, Summer Lawton. Both of them have had a good deal of pain from a broken relationship, but persevere and find the true meaning of love.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kim Hampton

    Another two great books in one from Debbie Macomber, who is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. In the first, Jason, the youngest Manning brother (and my favorite because he's a veterinarian) vows never to get married and give up his life of being a slob and sports fan. He meets his match when a meddling teenager decides to set him up with her mom! I won't tell you what happens, but I REALLY loved this story! In the second, James Wilkens (who almost married Manning sister Christy) meets Another two great books in one from Debbie Macomber, who is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. In the first, Jason, the youngest Manning brother (and my favorite because he's a veterinarian) vows never to get married and give up his life of being a slob and sports fan. He meets his match when a meddling teenager decides to set him up with her mom! I won't tell you what happens, but I REALLY loved this story! In the second, James Wilkens (who almost married Manning sister Christy) meets someone else who is also reeling from a broken heart. Can that one chance meeting in Vegas on New Year's Eve change BOTH of their lives forever? Read it and see! You won't be sorry. Debbie Macomber has several great series, I recommend you go to www.fantasticfiction.com and start at the beginning of them! I'm working my way down the list and I haven't been disappointed yet.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    'The Manning Grooms' follows the love story between Jason Manning (the lone, unmarried Manning sibling) and James Wilkens (referred to as an honorary Manning, a close friend of the family). Like its predecessors, the main story lines were predictable and the characters overwhelmingly wholesome (everyone gets married after kissing..and only kissing). A welcome surprise to the 3rd installment in the series was more interesting character development and somewhat fresher dialogue. Rich's story still 'The Manning Grooms' follows the love story between Jason Manning (the lone, unmarried Manning sibling) and James Wilkens (referred to as an honorary Manning, a close friend of the family). Like its predecessors, the main story lines were predictable and the characters overwhelmingly wholesome (everyone gets married after kissing..and only kissing). A welcome surprise to the 3rd installment in the series was more interesting character development and somewhat fresher dialogue. Rich's story still remains my favorite, but I really enjoyed the journey of Jason and James. Recommend: sure, a quick, easy, summer read

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlin Church

    Hands down one of my favorites by Debbie McComber, but who am I kidding, all her books are my favorite. Ha! I came across "The Manning Brides" in a thrift shop & decided to biy it. I LOVED it. & it was with that book, I found this one, & immediately wanted to find it & as luck would have it, I found it. In another thrift shop! Lol. I loved both stories, but the second one has to be my favorite, Its really neat to see James' life & how it unfolds & get more background on h Hands down one of my favorites by Debbie McComber, but who am I kidding, all her books are my favorite. Ha! I came across "The Manning Brides" in a thrift shop & decided to biy it. I LOVED it. & it was with that book, I found this one, & immediately wanted to find it & as luck would have it, I found it. In another thrift shop! Lol. I loved both stories, but the second one has to be my favorite, Its really neat to see James' life & how it unfolds & get more background on his life & change the focus from the Manning's for a bit. Debbie Mccomber is one of my favorites. I highly recommend this book!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Barbi

    This was a wonderful book! Both stories each had their own charm. In the first story, Jason and Charlotte were 2 people each set in their own ways who found each other. I really earned a lot of respect at the end of the story for Jason in the way that he handled Charlotte's news/recovery. In the 2nd story, it was neat to see James really open up and become more romantic towards Summer as the story went on. It really showed how much he loved her. His father, Walter, was a fun character as well.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Danielle

    This was the first Macomber book I've ever read. Honestly, I started it because my mom bought me a shit ton of books from a book sale. They then sat on my dresser for over a year, and I felt it was time to read one. This one, it seems, looked the least not interesting so I grabbed it. I started off thinking wow, could this chick be any more annoying? She's so needy. But I soon grew to love the characters. I was a bit sad when the first half of the book ended. However, when I finished the second This was the first Macomber book I've ever read. Honestly, I started it because my mom bought me a shit ton of books from a book sale. They then sat on my dresser for over a year, and I felt it was time to read one. This one, it seems, looked the least not interesting so I grabbed it. I started off thinking wow, could this chick be any more annoying? She's so needy. But I soon grew to love the characters. I was a bit sad when the first half of the book ended. However, when I finished the second half, I was quite happy with it. I will say, the second story was my favorite :)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    It was a very quick read. The Hero and heroine met, in a meet cute sort of way. She's very standoff sort of person, and you learn that she was in an abusive relationship previously. She has a precocious daughter, and is very protective. He owns the building she rents an apartment in. It is a light hearted, and sweet little read. It's perfect for someone who needs a light book to relax by as the fall rolls along.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Glenda L

    Two books by Debbie Macomber ... she has such a way with characters ... you think you know them. Bride on the Loose is about two people who are averse to marriage ... then they get to know each other and sparks fly. Same Time, Next Year is about two people who meet in Las Vegas on New Year's Eve. They have both been betrayed and decide to take a year to get over it ... when they meet again, they get married. Both are good relaxing, easy reads.

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