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Happy Ever After: Book Four in the Bride Quartet [Anglais] [Broché]

Nora Roberts
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2 novembre 2010
Dreams are realized in the eagerly-awaited fourth novel in 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 Malcomb Kavanaugh loves figuring out how things work, and Parker is no exception. Both know that moving from minor flirtation to major hook-up is a serious step. Parker's business risks have always paid off, but now she'll have to take the chance of a lifetime with her heart...

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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 sunny blond hair brutally short—a new look her friend already regretted. She hadn't changed out of her uniform from her position as dessert chef at an upscale local restaurant.

Her eyes, bright and blue, rolled as she poured her wine. "Who knew when I changed my schedule to make our Girl Night we'd get a last-minute lunch reservation for twenty? The kitchen was a madhouse all afternoon. Mrs. G's kitchen now…" She let out a huge groan as she dropped down to sit after hours on her feet. "It's an oasis of calm that smells like heaven. What's for dinner?"

"I didn't ask."

"Doesn't matter." Laurel waved it away. "But if Emma and Mac are late, I'm starting without them." She spotted the stack of packets. "What's all that?"

"Something that can't start without them. Laurel, do you want to go back to New York?"

Laurel eyed her over the rim of her glass. "Are you kicking me out?"

"I guess I want to know what you want. If you're satisfied with how things are. You moved back for me, after the accident, and—"

"I'm taking it a day at a time, and figure I'll figure it out. Right now, not having a plan's working for me. Okay?"

"Well…"

She broke off as Mac and Emma came out together, laughing.

Emma, she thought, so beautiful with her mass of hair curling madly, her dark, exotic eyes bright with fun. Mac, her bold red hair choppy in tufts, green eyes wickedly amused, lean and long in her jeans and black shirt.

"What's the joke?" Laurel demanded.

"Men." Mac set down the plates of brie en croute and spinach tartlets Mrs. Grady had shoved into her hands on the way through the kitchen. "The two of them who thought they could arm wrestle for Emma."

"It was kind of sweet," Emma insisted. "They were brothers and came into the shop for flowers for their mother's birthday. One thing led to the other."

"Guys come into the studio all the time." Mac popped a sugared red grape into her mouth from the bowl already on the table. "None of them ever arm wrestle each other for a date with me."

"Some things never change," Laurel said, raising her glass to Emma.

"Some things do," Parker spoke out. She had to start, had to move. "That's why I asked you all to come tonight."

Emma paused as she reached for the brie. "Is something wrong?"

"No. But I wanted to talk to you all, at once." Determined, Parker poured wine for Mac and Emma. "Let's sit down."

"Uh-oh," Mac warned.

"No uh-ohs," Parker insisted. "I want to say first, I love you all so much, and have forever. And will forever. We've shared so much, good and bad. And when things were at their worst, I knew you'd be there."

"We're all there for each other." Emma leaned over and laid a hand on Parker's. "That's what friends do."

"Yes, it is. I want you to know how much you mean to me, and want you to know that if any of you don't want to try what I'm about to propose, for any reason at all, it changes nothing between us."

She held up a hand before anyone could speak. "Let me start this way. Emma, you want your own florist business one day, right?"

"It's always been the dream. I mean I'm happy working in the shop, and the boss gives me a lot of leeway, but I hope, down the road, to have my own. But—"

"No buts yet. Mac, you've got too much talent, too much creativity to spend every day taking passport photos and posed kid shots."

"My talent knows no bounds," Mac said lightly, "but a girl's got to eat."

"You'd rather have your own photography studio."

"I'd rather have Justin Timberlake arm wrestling Ashton Kutcher for me, too—and it's just as likely."

"Laurel, you studied in New York and Paris with the aim of becoming a pastry chef."

"An international sensation of a pastry chef."

"And you've settled for working at the Willows."

She swallowed a bite of her spinach tart. "Well, hey—"

"Part of that settling was to be here for me after we lost Mom and Dad. I studied," Parker continued, "with the goal of starting my own business. I always had an idea of what it would be, but it seemed like a pipe dream. One I never shared with any of you. But over these last months, it's begun to feel more reachable, more right."

"For Christ's sake, Parker, what is it?" Laurel demanded.

"I want us to go into business together. The four of us, with each of us running our own end of it—according to our field of interest and expertise, while merging them together under one umbrella, so to speak."

"Go into business?" Emma echoed.

"You remember how we used to play Wedding Day? How we'd all take turns playing parts, and wearing costumes, planning the themes."

"I liked marrying Harold best." Mac smiled over the memory of the long-departed Brown family dog. "He was so handsome and loyal."

"We could do it for real, make a business out of Wedding Day."

"Providing costumes and cupcakes, and very patient dogs for little girls?" Laurel suggested.

"No, by providing a unique and amazing venue—this house, these grounds; spectacular cakes and pastries; heartbreaking bouquets and flowers; beautiful, creative photographs. And for my part—someone who'll oversee every detail to make a wedding, or other important event, the most perfect day of the clients' lives."

She barely took a breath. "I already have countless contacts through my parents. Caterers, wine merchants, limo services, salons—everything. And what I don't have, I'll get. A full-service wedding and event business, the four of us as equal partners."

"A wedding business." Emma's eyes went dreamy. "It sounds wonderful, but how could we—"

"I have a business model. I have figures and charts and answers to legal questions if you've got them. Del helped me work it out."

"He's okay with it?" Laurel asked. "Delaney's okay with you turning the estate, your home, into a business?"

"He's completely behind me on this. And his friend Jack's willing to help by redesigning the pool house into a photographer's studio, with living quarters above it, and the guest house into a flower shop with an apartment. We can turn the auxiliary kitchen here into your work space, Laurel."

"We'd live here, on the estate?"

"You'd have th...

Revue de presse

“Roberts, the reigning Queen of Romance, brings her Bride Quartet series to a splendidly satisfying conclusion…”



“Ms. Roberts has brought the wedding business and its attendant ups and downs alive so beautifully that I couldn’t help but be drawn in…delightful.”


“Charming…Roberts fills the pages with frothy fun, culminating in—of course—plenty of bridal fabulousness.”


“Funny, spicy, and enjoyable.”
--Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Poche .

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  • Broché: 368 pages
  • Editeur : Berkley Trade (2 novembre 2010)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0425236757
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425236758
  • Dimensions du produit: 20,9 x 14,5 x 2,5 cm
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 4.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
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C'est en février 1979, alors qu'elle est bloquée chez elle par une tempête de neige, que vient à Nora Roberts l'idée de prendre la plume. Le manuscrit est envoyé à plusieurs éditeurs, et autant de fois rejeté. Nora Roberts s'obstine.

Les romans suivants connaissent le même sort... jusqu'à la parution de son premier livre en 1981. Depuis lors, Nora Roberts a enchaîné succès sur succès et s'est imposée comme la figure de proue de la littérature féminine.
Trente ans plus tard, Nora continue d'écrire sans relâche. « Je suis terrifiée à l'idée que se tarisse mon désir d'écrire, alors je n'arrête jamais », déclare-t-elle. Nora Roberts a reçu de nombreuses récompenses et distinctions prestigieuses aux Etats‑Unis.

Elle est aujourd'hui une star mondiale incontestée du monde de l'édition.
Elle a vendu plus de 400 millions de livres dans le monde.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 dans la lignée des Nora Roberts 20 décembre 2010
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Une fin agréable à la série des Wedding Business. Une incursion intéressante dans le monde ahurissant du mariage tel qu'il est vu aux USA. Il n'y a pas vraiment de surprise dans ce dernier tome mais il se laisse lire avec plaisir
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good Girl Gone ..... Good 24 octobre 2010
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When I sat down to write this review, I spent time thinking about not only how I felt about this book but also tried to imagine how some other readers with different tastes might feel. Eventually it became clear to me that we are very likely to see two different types of reviews here, so I'll try to give them both. Pick one depending upon what type of reader you are.

Type 1 - Style fit for a fairytale and no holds barred romance. Sigh.
If you are an adoring fan of the first three novels in this series and have spent the past month staring at that 4th gorgeous bride cover and waiting, waiting, waiting for that day when Parker Brown puts down her Blackberry and lets the man of her dreams sweep her off her well pedicured Manolo Blahnik encased feet, then wait no longer because your day has come. Like a certain Disney movie, Princess Parker Brown (of the Connecticut Browns) finds herself a true diamond in the rough in Malcom. Underneath all that tiny little insignificant bit of grease and dust Malcolm might collect during the day is a man who is nice to his mom, cares about the literacy levels of his employees, and most importantly of all --- knows nothing says sorry like a new pair of high end designer shoes.

For you - Five Stars. Make that Six. Go buy the book and read it because you are gonna love it!!!!!

Type II - Enough Already! Do people really live like this? Bedroom closets with refrigerators?
For those who have grown perhaps a bit weary of the world where every cake Laurel produces is her most fabulous ever, every flower arrangement Emma designs is a tasteful reflection of two hearts beating in harmony, every bride is beautifully Vera Wang-ed from head to toe and there is never a wedding "disaster" that Parker can't solve in two paragraphs - well I'm sorry to say that not much changes. At Vows, even a Divorce Event is handled in a completely classy, beautiful, and dare I say "Holy Smokes Can You Imagine the Bill?!!" manner.

And what of Parker and Malcolm you ask?

Well "Bad Boy" Malcolm does ride a motorcycle, complete with an extra helmet on board for Parker. Safety first don't ya know! There is a small walk on the wild side where the dangerous make your heart thump man takes Parker on a date like she's never experienced before.....to a just shabby enough to be cozy family pizza parlor. (read that in a sarcastic tone). Then he falls right in line behind Carter, Del, and Jack toting chairs around Vows events and helping to hang greenery and just generally being there to comment upon the talent, intelligence and general fabulosity of the Vows foursome whenever they need a man around to do that.

So if you're hoping for the long, sleek "tale" of Parker's to get a little mussed up - or a tattoo to be inked across that blue blooded Ivy League educated derriere of hers as she takes a walk on the wild side.....ummmm, this probably isn't your book. I'd say probably 2.5 stars for you. Come on, those covers alone are pretty enough for 2 stars.

For me, I'm going to put it at three stars. Yeah, yeah, I admit that the nasty part of me was hoping for a fallen wedding cake or something. A problem. Imperfection. Just something different or some real conflict. I really feel like there was a chance here for Nora Roberts to shake things up a bit and have some fun with the Ivy League girl and the boy from the wrong side of the tracks. She didn't do that though. She played it safe and in the end I felt the book read like she wrote it with her eyes closed.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Nora Roberts can do no wrong in my world 3 novembre 2010
Par Nicole R - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I have a tradition, a completely girly and irrational tradition that I love and hope to continue for many years. On the day that a new Nora Roberts book comes out, I purchase it at my local bookstore, crack open a bottle of red wine, and read it cover-to-cover. I give myself permission to drink the WHOLE bottle of wine, cry freely at the over-the-top romantic parts, and disregard any work/social functions to stay up to the wee hours to make sure that the leading man and woman end up Happy Ever After!

Happy Ever After is the final member of the Bride Quartet: Parker Brown. Parker created Vows - a premier wedding business in the ultra-rich Greenwich - for her and her three best friends and continued to make their dream a reality by being the glue that held everything together. Efficient, supreme multi-tasker, level-headed, and organized beyond belief, Parker never saw herself falling for her mechanic, Mal Kavanaugh. But, as Mal proves to be much more than he appears on the surface, Parker finds that he may just be everything she has ever wanted but never planned for.

I am capable of understanding books with complex themes and subtexts and then dissect and discuss them on an intellectual level...I even enjoy books such as that on a fairly regular basis. However, my favorite genre of all time is contemporary romance (heavy on the contemporary, medium on the romance) and Nora Roberts is a goddess in my world. I realize NR novels are unrealistic, contrived, and fit a cookie-cutter mold....and I could care less. They are my guilty pleasure and I love every single word on every single page! :)

Let the countdown begin to July 7, 2011, when the next Nora Roberts novel is released!
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Expecting more passion ... disappointing 1 novembre 2010
Par P - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I liked the first 3 books and was hoping for a wonderful ending to this romance saga. With characters like Parker and Malcolm there was so much potential for drama and interesting dialogue. Should have been more passion and more intimate moments between Parker & Malcolm, get rid of the wedding details and other relatives - these become boring after a while and I skipped many of these pages on my Kindle. On the whole the book was OK but I waited all year for this book and it fell short for me - maybe my expectations were too high.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Love Nora! Almost didn't bother finishing this book. 8 mai 2011
Par Casie Reeves - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I am a big Nora Roberts fan. I've read many of her books, including her final book in the bridal quartet: Vision in White. I loved the first, liked the second, got through the third, and almost didn't even finish the fourth book in this series. They were all too similar: Strong, independent business woman isn't looking for a relationship when a gorgeous man falls in her lap. They fall quick, have a huge fight where they almost break up, they get back together and get engaged right after the man apologizes. I feel like a lot of her books have the same general plot: the strong woman fights falling in love and then they live happily ever after once she realizes she can't live without him. It's getting too sappy and fairy tale like. WAY TOO PREDICTABLE!!
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 So sad about this 5 novembre 2010
Par Variety IS the Spice of Life - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Let me state up front I LOVE Nora Roberts and JD Robb - and the first two books of this quartet were FABULOUS, The third - Meh! Not so much What a surprise that was, but I was certain Parker's would be the best ever. As I read it I became sad - because it just never warms up, it doesn't get there. Parker was not the fully rounded Parker I expected to see and know more of. Malcolm was ok - even fine - but not great - not Carter or Jack. He was lukewarm when you know this guy is HOT! what happened? Del's book was also not-quite-there. I feel cheated of the real stories for the last two, but especially this one!

Bottom line - this reads like one of the books you buy when away and you are desperate just have to have something - anything to read and you really don't expect too much. If it isn't good you don't feel cheated. But this is the last of a quartet that began with EVERYTHING - passion, fun, real people and it's just petered out to be so NOT what the first two were. Even the Mac/Carter wedding scenes didn't save it.
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