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Happy Ever After

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Happy Ever After

Bride Quartet, Book 4
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Dreams are realized in the final novel in #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts's Bride Quartet.
As the public face of Vows wedding planning company, Parker Brown has an uncanny knack for fulfilling every bride's vision. She just can't see where her own life is headed. Mechanic Malcom Kavanaugh loves figuring out how things work, and Parker Brown—with her endless legs—is no exception. But as a good friend of Parker's brother, he knows that moving from minor flirtation to major hook-up is a serious step.
No man has rattled Parker in a long time, but the motorcycle-riding, raven-haired Mal seems to have a knack for it. His passionate kisses always catch her off guard, much like her growing feelings for him. Parker's business risks have always paid off, but now she'll have to take the chance of a lifetime with her heart...

Don't miss the other books in the Bride Quartet
Vision in White
Bed of Roses
Savor the Moment


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Dreams are realized in the final novel in #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts's Bride Quartet.
As the public face of Vows wedding planning company, Parker Brown has an uncanny knack for fulfilling every bride's vision. She just can't see where her own life is headed. Mechanic Malcom Kavanaugh loves figuring out how things work, and Parker Brown—with her endless legs—is no exception. But as a good friend of Parker's brother, he knows that moving from minor flirtation to major hook-up is a serious step.
No man has rattled Parker in a long time, but the motorcycle-riding, raven-haired Mal seems to have a knack for it. His passionate kisses always catch her off guard, much like her growing feelings for him. Parker's business risks have always paid off, but now she'll have to take the chance of a lifetime with her heart...

Don't miss the other books in the Bride Quartet
Vision in White
Bed of Roses
Savor the Moment


From the Paperback edition.
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  • From the book PROLOGUE

    Grief came in waves, hard and choppy, buffeting and breaking the heart. Other days the waves were slow and swamping, threatening to drown the soul.

    People—good, caring people—claimed time would heal. Parker hoped they were right, but as she stood on her bedroom terrace in the late-summer sun, months after the sudden, shocking deaths of her parents, those capricious waves continued to roll.

    She had so much, she reminded herself. Her brother—and she didn't know if she'd have survived this grieving time without Del—had been a rock to cling to in that wide, wide ocean of shock and sorrow. Her friends Mac, Emma, Laurel, a part of her life, a part of her, since childhood. They'd been the glue mending and holding all the shattered pieces of her world. She had the constant, unshakable support of their longtime housekeeper, Mrs. Grady, her island of comfort.

    She had her home. The beauty and elegance of the Brown Estate seemed deeper, sharper to her somehow, knowing she wouldn't see her parents strolling through the gardens. She'd never again run downstairs and find her mother laughing in the kitchen with Mrs. G, or hear her father wheeling a deal in his home office.

    Instead of learning to ride those waves, she'd felt herself being swept deeper and deeper down into the dark.

    Time, she'd determined, needed to be used and pushed and moved.

    She thought—hoped—she'd found a way, not only to use that time, but to celebrate what her parents had given her, to unite those gifts with family and friendships.

    To be productive, she mused as the first spicy scents of coming autumn stirred the air. The Browns worked. They built and they produced and they never, never sat back to laze on accomplishments.

    Her parents would have expected her to do no less than those who'd come before her.

    Her friends might think she'd lost her mind, but she'd researched, calculated, and outlined a solid business plan, a sturdy model. And with Del's help, a fair and reasonable legal contract.

    Time to swim, she told herself.

    She simply wouldn't sink.

    She walked back into the bedroom, picked up the four thick packets she'd set on her dresser. One for each of them for the meeting—though she hadn't told her friends they were coming to a meeting.

    She paused, took a moment to tie back her glossy brown hair in a tail, then simply stared into her own eyes, willing a spark to light in the deep blue.

    She could make this work. No, no, they could make this work.

    She just had to convince them first.

    Downstairs, she found Mrs. Grady putting the finishing touches on the meal.

    The sturdy woman turned from the stove, gave her a wink. "Ready?"

    "Prepared anyway. I'm nervous. Is it silly to be nervous? They're my closest friends in the world."

    "It's a big step you're looking to take, a big one you'll ask them to take. You'd be foolish if you weren't a bit nervous." She stepped over, took Parker's face in her hands. "My money's on you. Go on out. I've gone a little fancy, so you'll have hors d'oeuvres and wine on the terrace. My girls are all grown up."

    She wanted to be, but God, there was a child inside her who wanted her mom and dad, the comfort, the love, the security.

    Outside, she set the packets on a table, then crossed over to take the wine out of its cooler, pour herself a glass.

    Then simply stood, holding the glass, looking out in the softening light over the gardens to the pretty little pond and the reflection of the willows mirrored on its surface.

    "God! Do I want some of that."

    Laurel bolted out, her...

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    September 6, 2010
    Bridal expert Parker "Legs" Brown meets her perfect match in Roberts's delicious ode to weddings and happy endings, the charming conclusion of the Bride Quartet (after Savor the Moment) about four childhood friends who as adults form a Connecticut wedding planning company. In the palatial Brown estate, a multitude of marriages have been celebrated while each wedding planner in turn has found her heart's desire. Cupid's target for Parker is her brother Del's friend Malcolm Kavanaugh, a former stuntman turned mechanic. Harley-riding Mal is a rough-and-tumble hunk who captures Parker's heart with twinkling eyes and steamy moves that melt her cool reserve. Romance veteran Roberts fills the pages with frothy fun, culminating in—of course—plenty of bridal fabulousness.

  • Library Journal

    October 15, 2010

    Superorganized wedding planner Parker Brown knows exactly the kind of man she will eventually marry--and it certainly isn't a mechanic with a bad-boy smile. But when sexy Mal Kavanaugh zooms to her rescue after she is run off the road, her carefully imagined future does an about-face and evolves along completely unexpected lines. Naturally, readers know exactly where this unlikely romance is going--even if Parker doesn't--and will not be surprised when Parker and Mal overcome their fears and differences and finally commit. Although complete in itself, this final installment in Roberts's "Bride Quartet" includes a number of important continuing characters, and readers may want to follow the books in order (Vision in White; Bed of Roses; Savor the Moment). VERDICT Funny, spicy, and enjoyable, this novel ties up a few loose ends, gives the villains their due and the heroes and heroines their happy endings, and adds another solid miniseries to Roberts's (The Search) already impressive list. Roberts lives in Keedysville, MD.

    Copyright 2010 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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