Monday, May 26, 2014

Destination Wedding by Deanna Lynn Sletten (4.5 stars)

About Destination Wedding
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Life is full of surprises…

Claire Martin's life is perfect, or at least she tells herself it is. She owns a successful clothing boutique, has a steady, dependable boyfriend, and a beautiful grown daughter who is about to be married. Sure, Claire's husband of twenty years left her for a younger woman four years ago, but that is all in the past. Now, Claire is looking forward to her daughter's Bahama wedding and spending a week in paradise. The only thing Claire dreads is her ex-husband and his wife will also be on the island. Claire is determined to make the best of it, though. What Claire doesn't realize is ignoring her ex-husband for the week is going to be impossible.

James Martin's life is a mess. His wife of less than four years has made him the most miserable man on earth and now they are in the middle of a messy divorce. He's happy that he can forget her for a week as he goes off to the Bahamas to attend his lovely daughter's wedding. Jim is embarrassed to admit to his daughter and his ex-wife, Claire, that he made the biggest mistake of his life when he left her for another woman, so he makes up a story as to why his new wife didn't come along. When he and Claire are unexpectedly forced upon each other, Jim soon realizes what he's lost and he begins to wonder if he can find a way back into Claire's heart.

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Claire Martin is looking forward to her beloved daughter's destination wedding, except for seeing her former husband who left her for a younger woman. She's determined not to let it faze her. After all, Claire's made the most of her life since; she's a successful business woman and has a dependable man in her life.

What she doesn't know is that James, the love of her life and father of her child, is miserable and regrets his rash decision to leave. When fate throws Claire and James together in an intimate setting during their daughter's wedding, old sparks ignite. But can they overcome the past hurt?

Deanna Lynn Sletten is masterful when it comes to creating rich, memorable characters. Claire took the lemons life handed her and turned them into lemonade; she didn't just crumble when her husband left. She clawed her way back to a life and found success. Unfortunately, she kept a wall around her heart because of it and chose the boring, but dependable, mate the second time around. 

James is man enough to admit he made a mistake. I wanted to hate him, much like Claire wanted to, but I couldn't. That's a tribute to the author's ability to make you care, even when the characters are flawed.

Plus, I loved the setting--who doesn't want to fall in love at a destination wedding, especially to the man you're meant to be with? Finally, it was nice to read a character-driven romance with two mature people who could see love through more than rose-colored, or crazy passion-colored, glasses.

I highly recommend Destination Wedding, especially if you are a reader who wants to emotionally connect to characters. A great summer read!

Rating: 4.5 stars

I've become a real fan of Deanna Lynn Sletten's work. Take a moment and check out my reviews for two of her other books: Summer of the Loon and Maggie's Turn.

About the Author

Deanna Lynn Sletten writes women’s fiction and romance novels that dig deeply into the lives of the characters, giving the reader an in-depth look into their hearts and souls. She has also written one middle-grade novel that takes you on the adventure of a lifetime.

Deanna’s romance novel, Memories, was a semifinalist in The Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Books of 2012. Her novel, Sara’s Promise, was a semifinalist in The Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Books of 2013 and a finalist in the 2013 National Indie Excellence Book Awards.

Deanna is married and has two grown children. When not writing, she enjoys walking the wooded trails around her northern Minnesota home with her beautiful Australian Shepherd or relaxing in the boat on the lake in the summer.

Visit Deanna at her website at Or, you can connect via Twitter and Facebook.

Note: I received a complimentary copy for review purposes. A positive review was not requested or guaranteed; the opinions expressed are my own.