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Vision In White
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Vision In White
Bride Quartet, Book 1

#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts presents a novel of love, friendship, and family in Book One in the Bride Quartet.
Wedding photographer Mackensie "Mac" Elliot is most at home behind the camera, but her focus is shattered moments before an important wedding rehearsal when she bumps into the bride-to-be's brother...an encounter that has them both seeing stars.
A stable, safe English teacher, Carter Maguire is definitely not Mac's type. But a casual fling might be just what she needs to take her mind off bridezillas. Of course, casual flings can turn into something more when you least expect it. And Mac will have to turn to her three best friends—and business partners—to see her way to her own happy ending.
Don't miss the other books in the Bride Quartet
Bed of Roses
Savor the Moment
Happy Ever After


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#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts presents a novel of love, friendship, and family in Book One in the Bride Quartet.
Wedding photographer Mackensie "Mac" Elliot is most at home behind the camera, but her focus is shattered moments before an important wedding rehearsal when she bumps into the bride-to-be's brother...an encounter that has them both seeing stars.
A stable, safe English teacher, Carter Maguire is definitely not Mac's type. But a casual fling might be just what she needs to take her mind off bridezillas. Of course, casual flings can turn into something more when you least expect it. And Mac will have to turn to her three best friends—and business partners—to see her way to her own happy ending.
Don't miss the other books in the Bride Quartet
Bed of Roses
Savor the Moment
Happy Ever After


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    By the time she was eight, Mackensie Elliot had beenmarried fourteen times. She'd married each of her three bestfriends—as both bride and groom—her best friend's brother(under his protest), two dogs, three cats, and a rabbit.She'd served at countless other weddings as maid of honor,bridesmaid, groomsman, best man, and officiant.Though the dissolutions were invariably amicable, none ofthe marriages lasted beyond an afternoon. The transitory aspectof marriage came as no surprise to Mac, as her own parentsboasted two each—so far.

    Wedding Day wasn't her favorite game, but she kind of likedbeing the priest or the reverend or the justice of the peace. Or,after attending her father's second wife's nephew's bar mitzvah,the rabbi.

    Plus, she enjoyed the cupcakes or fancy cookies and fizzylemonade always served at the reception.

    It was Parker's favorite game, and Wedding Day always took place on the Brown Estate, with its expansive gardens, prettygroves, and silvery pond. In the cold Connecticut winters, theceremony might take place in front of one of the roaring firesinside the big house.

    They had simple weddings and elaborate affairs. Royal weddings,star- crossed elopements, circus themes, and pirate ships.All ideas were seriously considered and voted upon, and notheme or costume too outrageous.

    Still, with fourteen marriages under her belt, Mac grew a bitweary of Wedding Day.

    Until she experienced her seminal moment.

    For her eighth birthday Mackensie's charming and mostlyabsent father sent her a Nikon camera. She'd never expressedany interest in photography, and initially pushed it away withthe other odd gifts he'd given or sent since the divorce. ButMac's mother told her mother, and Grandma muttered and complainedabout "feckless, useless Geoffrey Elliot" and the inappropriategift of an adult camera for a young girl who'd be betteroff with a Barbie doll.

    As she habitually disagreed with her grandmother on principle,Mac's interest in the camera piqued. To annoy Grandma—who was visiting for the summer instead of being in herretirement community in Scottsdale, where Mac strongly believedshe belonged—Mac hauled the Nikon around with her.She toyed with it, experimented. She took pictures of her room,of her feet, of her friends. Shots that were blurry and dark, orfuzzy and washed out. With her lack of success, and her mother'simpending divorce from her stepfather, Mac's interest in theNikon began to wane. Even years later she couldn't say whatprompted her to bring it along to Parker's that pretty summerafternoon for Wedding Day.

    Every detail of the traditional garden wedding had beenplanned. Emmaline as the bride and Laurel as groom would exchangetheir vows beneath the rose arbor. Emma would wear the lace veil and train Parker's mother had made out of an oldtablecloth, while Harold, Parker's aging and affable goldenretriever walked her down the garden path to give her away.A selection of Barbies, Kens, and Cabbage Patch Kids, alongwith a variety of stuffed animals lined the path as guests.

    "It's a very private ceremony," Parker relayed as she fussedwith Emma's veil. "With a small patio reception to follow.Now, where's the best man?"

    Laurel, her knee recently skinned, shoved through a trio ofhydrangeas. "He ran away, and went up a tree after a squirrel.I can't get him to come down."

    Parker rolled her eyes. "I'll get him. You're not supposed tosee the bride before the wedding. It's bad luck. Mac, you need tofix Emma's veil and get her bouquet. Laurel and I'll get Mr. Fish out of the tree.""I'd rather go swimming," Mac said as she gave Emma's veilan absent...
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    March 23, 2009
    The frighteningly prolific Roberts (see also Black Hills
    , reviewed on page 42) kicks off a frothy series about four friends who form an all-inclusive wedding service called Vows. Mackensie “Mac” Elliot loves capturing happy and playful moments with her camera, but her own life is all about work—until she meets English teacher Carter Maguire. He’s escorting his bride-to-be sister to a meeting with the Vows team and recognizes Mac as the girl he crushed out on in high school. Funny sparks fly: he’s a geeky guy who quotes Shakespeare, she’s a trendy workaholic who loves shoes. He’s crazy about her, which makes him verbally clumsy and, to Mac, charming, though she’s saddled with a needy mother, an absent father and difficulties with both that make falling in love complicated. Roberts pulls off a nice switch in making the woman afraid of saying “I do,” and her gentle humor and likable cast will immediately endear this series to readers.

  • Library Journal

    April 15, 2009
    Enthralled by weddings since childhood, best friends Mackensie, Parker, Emmaline, and Laurel get a chance to live out their dreams when Parker inherits her family's Connecticut estate and suggests they go into business as wedding planners, with each woman taking over a special aspect of the event. Passionate about collecting happy moments on film ever since she was given a camera for her eighth birthday, Mac is the photographer, happily staying in the background and focusing on her work. Marriage is not on her radar, but when brainy, surprisingly perceptive Carter Maguire accidentally barges into her life, she knows everything is about to changeif only she will let it. A conflicted heroine and a hero with hidden depths slowly work their way toward commitment (and marriage) in this tender, funny, spicy romance that is the first installment in the author's "The Bride Quartet" series. Roberts ("The Pagan Stone") lives in Keedysville, MD.

    Copyright 2009 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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