by Kelly Wallace, contemporary (2008)
Liquid Silver Books, $5.50, ISBN 978-1-59578-465-0
While Kelly Wallace's Looking For Mr. Right is a familiar story, it is a very enjoyable take on a familiar tale.
Our librarian heroine Candy Garland, as she puts it in her own words, has been looking for a husband since she was eighteen but she has to find one within the next three weeks when this story opens. You see, when 82-year old Mason Stoneworth, the wealthiest man in California, died, he left everything he owned at that point to Candy, his only companion (a platonic one, of course) during his final days. But she will only get all that only if she has a husband within the next three weeks. The Stoneworth lawyer Brandon Right is obligated to help Candy, especially when the three Stoneworth kins hoping to get their grubby paws on the money are clearly unworthy jerks. Now, I'm sure we all know of an easy solution to Candy's dilemma, but those two will take a little longer to come to the same conclusion, naturally.
This is one novella that is best enjoyed without thinking too much about the plot. Otherwise, goodness, this one is a treasure trove of sorts if you want to nitpick the hell out of the story. The way I see it, though, with this story being as short as it is, it is pointless to view it as anything more than feel-good fluff. And that is exactly what this story is.
Candy is a fun heroine who is not the typical stereotype of a librarian heroine. Instead of being a frigid kook, she's all about grabbing life with both hands and her rather kooky outlook only makes her more adorable. Brandon is the typical lawyer with a wild streak that he hides underneath his well-pressed suits, a fun one that complements Candy very well. Their fling is fun, fast, and fluffy.
If Looking For Mr. Right aims to entertain, then I'd say that it has done its job very well indeed.
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