Sunday, November 24, 2013

Book Review: "By Proxy" by Katy Regnery

By Proxy (Heart of Montana, #1)

(Hear of Montana #1)

When a favor brings a city boy and a country mouse together at Christmas, you can be sure that sparks will fly!


Stubbornly small-town Jenny Lindstrom has misgivings when she promises to stand proxy in her best friend’s wedding—misgivings that are fulfilled when tall, handsome Sam Kelley walks into the courthouse an hour late. In order to keep her promise, an afternoon favor turns into a weekend of startling but undeniable attraction, threatening the well-ordered world that keeps her heart at arm’s length from any more pain.


Sam’s plan is to fly to Livingston, Montana, take vows for his favorite cousin, and return to Chicago as quickly as possible. But his plan is turned upside-down when he must spend a weekend with Jenny in Gardiner to keep his word. He doesn’t want to fall for the prim, proper schoolteacher whose small-town life seems to him like selling out, but the more time he spends with her, the harder it is to say good-bye.

When city and country come together for Christmas, the unexpected gift is true love.

5 Stars

Light, sweet, and beautifully romantic. By Proxy is the perfect read for the Holidays! It made me want to curl up on my couch with a warm blanket, surround myself with a bunch of soft pillows, and drink hot chocolate while reading. And I did! Well, minus the hot cocoa since I'm a bit lazy and once I started reading this book, I didn't want to stop. I found myself smiling throughout the entire story line. My heart was happy. To me, this is what a true romance novel with a touch of sexy looks like. 

"...a double proxy marriage actually existed. It sounded like the implausible plot of a bad movie: two people who couldn't be at the same place at the same time could be married legally if they designated two other people -- proxies -- to take their vows for them. (...) Apparently it was a completely legitimate, little-known legal loophole that exists only in Montana, almost exclusively utilized by servicemen and women -- like Kristian and his fiancĂ© Ingrid -- deployed in two different parts of the world." 

Jenny was the type of girl that always put everyone's needs before hers. She loved her family dearly, so when her mother passed away, she moved back home to be with her brothers and father. She created a new life for herself there and she was with her family, so what more could a small-town, country girl want, right? Wrong. Jenny was also the type of girl that kept her promises. When Ingrid, who was working in a Military hospital in Germany, asked her to be her proxy, Jenny didn't think twice about it. It was her best friend, after all, who was asking. 

Sam, a very handsome, hard working finance big-shot and city boy, loved his cousin like a brother. When Kristian, a soldier deployed in Afghanistan, asked him to be his proxy, Sam booked a flight and made plans to go to Montana. Chicago was Sam's life -- the parties, expensive suits, and rubbing elbows with big time millionaires. But a trip to a small town, to take vows for his cousin, was not a problem for Sam. He would do just about anything for Kristian.

The courthouse -- what brought a city boy and a country girl together, in more ways than one. Jenny and Sam got off on the wrong foot. They both expected someone else (physically) and simply put, they misjudged each other. But that quickly changed. What they thought was a one-day favor, turned into an entire weekend. 

"The heart wants what the heart wants. Beyond common sense. Beyond higher reason. Beyond all material and emotional considerations that should make the heart give up its longing."

Throughout the weekend, feelings emerged. What started off as a crush turned into something more. Two completely different worlds coming together. Two very stubborn people that needed to work through their own little issues, started opening up to the possibility of love

The way Katy Regnery wrote this story line, which flowed flawlessly, allowed me as a reader to feel everything these characters felt. The setting description was amazing, too! I felt like I was literally there in Gardiner, Montana, walking alongside Sam and Jenny... falling in love during the best time of the year. Christmas time. The secondary characters, Jenny's protective brothers, were very well developed and I'm honestly looking forward to reading their books.

I swear, this book was beautifully written. Like I mentioned earlier, my heart was happy, it really was. I had a permanent smile on my face from beginning to end. If you're looking for a heartwarming romance, "By Proxy" is the book for you!

***A copy of "By Proxy" was provided by Author in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!



About the Author:
Katy Regnery

KATY REGNERY, winner of several regional RWA contests, has always loved telling a good story and credits her mother with making funny, heartwarming tales come alive throughout her childhood. A lifelong devotee of all romance writing from Edwardian to present-day, it was just a matter of time before Katy tried her hand at writing a love story of her own. 

As it turned out, one love story turned into a series of five Heart of Montana romances, following the love lives of the Yellowstone-based Lindstrom siblings. In addition to small-town contemporary romance, Katy is presently writing a paranormal romance that takes place in northern New England and the forests north of Quebec.

Speaking of forests, Katy lives in the relative-wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut where her writing room looks out at the woods and her husband, two young children and two dogs create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories of all are the messy and unexpected ones.

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