Review: By Proxy by Katy Regnery

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

By Proxy
by Katy Regnery

Stubbornly small-town Jenny Lindstrom has misgivings when she promises to stand proxy in her best friend’s wedding—misgivings that are fulfilled when tall, handsome Sam Kelley walks into the courthouse an hour late. In order to keep her promise, an afternoon favor turns into a weekend of startling but undeniable attraction, threatening the well-ordered world that keeps her heart at arm’s length from any more pain.

Sam’s plan is to fly to Livingston, Montana, take vows for his favorite cousin, and return to Chicago as quickly as possible. But his plan is turned upside-down when he must spend a weekend with Jenny in Gardiner in order to keep his word. He doesn’t want to fall for the prim, proper schoolteacher whose small-town life seems to him like selling out, but the more time he spends with her, the harder it is to say good-bye.

When city and country come together for Christmas, the unexpected gift is true love

Fall's Review

Proxy:  a person authorized to act for another 

This is Katy's debut novel and the first in The Heart of Montana series. I was provided this novel in exchange for an honest review. In South Carolina we don't see a lot of snow or even true "cold" temperatures. However being a Northern girl who transplanted herself in the south I can appreciate the cool air and wonders of winter.

By Proxy was a light hearted story. If you want something that has love, witty banter, sexy characters and not much angst then this is the story for you. Sam is a playboy who has an established life in Chicago. When his cousin who is away fighting in Afghanistan asks him to stand proxy in his wedding, Sam does not think twice before saying yes. Jenny is a guarded soul. She gave up her dreams to care for her sick mother and lost herself in the process. When her best friend Ingrid asks her to stand proxy at her wedding, she says yes, although the thought of saying vows to someone she does not love does not sit well with her.

When Jenny literally crashes into Sam, she is knocked off her feet in more ways then one. When circumstances force them to spend the weekend together they will learn that you can not judge a book by its cover. Maybe even learning that the lives they lead may not be the ones that truly make them happy. Can you find your soulmate in one weekend?

“The heart wants what the heart wants. Beyond common sense. Beyond higher reason.” 

Although not my typical read I found that once the story got rolling I enjoyed the sweet story of Sam and Jenny. For her first novel I would say that Katy Regnery is heading down the right path! I give By Proxy by Katy Regnery 3.5 glasses of white zin.

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