"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
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
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