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"Two wonderful comforts in one book!"

In this book, we have two stories. These are stories about the Bloomfield sisters, who grew up in Orchard Valley. The first story concerns Valerie, the eldest of the Bloomfield girls. When Valerie gets the call from Norah—her youngest sister—telling her that their father has had a heart attack, she immediately drops everything to go home. Even though she was supposed to be in a business meeting the next day, Valerie needs to be with her father. After all, he's the most important thing to her and they all knew after their mother died, her father fell into a depression. At least her boss, Rowdy Cassidy is understanding. When she finally gets to the hospital, Valerie can't believe just how bad her father looks. And her father's heart surgeon is so young, Valerie can't believe he's qualified to be her father's doctor and so asks Rowdy to find a heart specialist for her. Imagine her shock when the man Rowdy recommends is none other than Dr. Colby Winston, the very handsome doctor taking care of her father. It's pretty touch and go with her father and one night, it all catches up to Valerie and she ends up crying in Colby's arms. She's very attracted to the good doctor but knowing he's looking for a very domestic woman—which Valerie most definitely is not—Valerie knows there can be no future between them. Even though they both care for each other.

Will there be a chance for Valerie and Dr. Winston? Will her father survive the surgery? What kind of a near death experience will her father have?

Our second story deals with Stephanie, the middle sister. When Norah calls her, Steffie is frantic. There's just no way she can get home right now. She's been in a tiny little town in Italy and there's a transportation strike. Three years ago, Steffie ran away from Orchard Valley. Well, not so much Orchard Valley. It was more one man—Charles Tomaselli. Now Steffie will be forced to see Charles again. After all, Orchard Valley is not that big and she knows she will run into him sooner or later. When Steffie finally manages to get back home again—having to go through Tokyo of all places—her father has made it through the surgery and is rapidly recovering. Of course, her father claims it was the dream he had of his deceased wife that made him pull through and gave him a reason to live. For he knows all three of his daughters will marry, which man they marry and how many grandchildren he will get from each. And he's not above meddling to get what he thinks will happen.

How will the reunion go between Steffie and Charles? Why did he humiliate her three years ago? What lengths will her father go to in order to bring about a marriage between them?

Once again, Debbie Macomber comes through with two wonderful comfort reads in ORCHARD VALLEY GROOMS. Of course, I had to read ORCHARD VALLEY BRIDES first, so I knew how the stories would end. But that's okay. When I pick up a romance, I know how the story will end—with the hero and heroine together—it's how they get there that makes the story. Valerie becoming so noble with her selfless act in the first story. And Steffie loving a man for so long and knowing she will always love Charles, even after he laughed at her. Debbie Macomber is my comfort read and she comes through with the heartfelt sigh at the end of both of these stories. Well done, Debbie!

Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted September 27, 2010

SUMMARY

Valerie rushes home to Orchard Valley, Oregon, when her father, David, suffers a heart attack. She and her two younger sisters, Stephanie and Norah, are gathering at his side, praying he'll live, fearing he'll die…. At a time like this, falling in love is the last thing on Valerie's mind. And with Dr. Colby Winston, of all people! He's David's heart surgeon, a renowned specialist who enjoys small-town living, while Valerie is a high-powered businesswoman who prefers city life. They're complete opposites in every way. Yet David keeps insisting she and Colby are a perfect couple.

Meanwhile Stephanie has other worries besides her father's health. She'd fled Orchard Valley three years earlier after her humiliating rejection by local journalist Charles Tomaselli. Now she's home, and it's not long before they begin reliving past battles—and renewing old feelings. He was the reason she left. This time, will he give her a reason to stay? David seems to think so….

Does their father know something Valerie and Stephanie don't?

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Omnibus

 

Orchard Valley Grooms
(Orchard Valley Grooms: Omnibus)
by Debbie Macomber

MIRA Books
June 1, 2010
Available: June 1, 2010
ISBN #0778327981
EAN #9780778327981
384 pages
Paperback (reprint)
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Debbie Macomber

Orchard Valley Brides
The Shop on Blossom Street
Those Christmas Angels
The Snow Bride
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Changing Habits
Navy Wife
Angels Everywhere
The Christmas Basket
204 Rosewood Lane
Between Friends
Buffalo Valley
16 Lighthouse Road
Thursdays At Eight
Always Dakota
Ready For Love
Dakota Home
Dakota Born


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