The Wedding Plan (Veils And Vows Book 3)By: Jean Oram
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Love? It’s not in the plan.
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Luke and Emma need each other, but not for a clandestine rendezvous like they have in the past. No, Emma needs an experienced business partner to help launch her new product line, and—thanks to a recent personal scandal—Luke is the only one who will take her calls. All she has to do is convince this CEO to abandon his post and move to the small mountain town of Blueberry Springs.
Luke knows Emma’s plan is perfect—as long as she agrees to marry him. Not only will their professional partnership earn his company some much-needed publicity, but most importantly, their marriage will help him fulfill his grandparents’ last wishes so he can protect their legacy from being squandered by the next in line.
They've promised their past mistakes won't impact their secret wedding plan.
They’ve promised not to kiss…not to fall in love.
The problem is, both Luke and Emma harbor enough secrets to destroy even the best laid wedding plans. Will these two lose everything when the truth rises to the surface? Or will they overcome their past so they can claim their future?
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Thank you to my fans who can’t get enough of Blueberry Springs and my real-life feeling characters. You’re the reason I write!
Thank you as well to Donna W., Mrs. X., and Tessa S. who are subjected to the convoluted, full-of-gaps mess called a first draft and try to see through the mud to pick out the gems. And thank you to Margaret C., Rachel B., Erin D. and Emily K. who see the almost-there versions and help me polish it into what my readers fall in love with today.
A Note from the Author
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Writing Luke and Emma was a fun challenge. I’m not wealthy, and I’m quite confident I will never find myself in a position where I have to manage a two-point-five emergency fund like Luke does. I’ve also never had to work with a debutante coach like Emma did.
And because Emma grew up privileged, I received advice from an editor to create her as an unfeeling snob. (Insert here: Jean’s scrunched nose of distaste.) That wasn’t what I wanted and I was fairly certain my readers didn’t either. I wanted to spend time with a heroine who was so much more than her upbringing and, oddly enough, I think what helped me give Emma’s character a nudge toward grace was coaching my son’s soccer team.
On the last day of the season I had been poking about online to see what a debutante coach might teach her students and was struck by the list. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always had an image of what debutante training might look like—thanks to TV and movies—and my guess is that you likely have a similar image of impossibly snobby girls walking around while balancing a book on their heads as an exercise to improve posture.
So what struck me when I found this training list was how unassuming it truly was. Many of the listed items were things my parents had tried to instil in me such as good table manners, rules of introduction, and being punctual. But most of all was this: Appreciation and thank you notes.
Bestill my heart. I read this piece the same day I walked off the soccer pitch after nine weeks of coaching 15 five and six-year-olds. It had been a fun and challenging season with lots of laughs and growth. However, I couldn’t help but be disappointed when after the last session, not one parent thanked any of us moms for coaching their kids in the heat, the wind, the cold, the…everything, two times a week.
We didn’t even get a single goodbye.
It’s true I’m a strong believer in showing appreciation—I still send handwritten thank you cards after Christmas—but I’m even more of a believer after walking off that field laden with equipment and feeling taken for granted. I don’t expect much as coaching is its own reward, but it still surprised me. (Especially since the kids didn’t want soccer to end.)
So, I suppose what I’m getting at is that maybe debutantes are on to something, because after all, who would say no to a little more grace and appreciation?
And so, in the end, I tried to make Emma as down-to-earth as felt right, her attitude slowly becoming more relaxed as the story progressed, and as she and Luke coaxed the best from each other. (True love at its finest!)