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Vision in White
by Nora Roberts
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Berkley, 2009 (2009)
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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Roberts brings her legion of fans the first in a new quartet of stories that showcase four friends who have taken their childhood wedding fantasies from make believe to a thriving wedding business. At Vows, Mackenzie, Emma, Laurel and Parker promise to take care of even the tiniest detail of their clients' ceremonies while bride and groom simply have to show up and enjoy their wedding day.

Commitment shy Mackenzie Elliot might be a genius when it comes to photographing the many moods of the bride and groom's special day, but finding her own Prince Charming is the furthest thing from her mind. When Professor Carter Maguire literally slams into her life during an appointment Mac couldn't be more surprised by her immediate attraction. She doesn't do commitment, in fact, that word scares her to death. Besides she's much to busy with her work at Vows, not to mention avoiding any personal contact with her cloying and immature mother.

Carter on the other hand, is alternately humiliated and entranced by their initial encounter. Yes, he'd made a clumsy ass of himself in front of the woman he's had a crush on since grade school. But the fact that Mac hadn't patted him on the head and sent him on his way is promising. Determined to win her over and act on their mutual attraction, nice guy Carter begins his slow and steady pursuit of the woman he vows he's going to marry.

Roberts is rather heavy handed with Carter's nerd factor and Mac tends to overstate some of her inadequacies and her commitment phobia to an annoying degree. The opposites attract plotline is also a well used one in Roberts' repertoire. However, her gift for zippy dialogue, setting and tone, and injecting nice slices of humour (most notably when Carter consults one of his colleagues for dating tips) shine through - all of which help to make Vision in White another enjoyable read. And brides-to-be will find themselves drawn to the gorgeous cover which looks like it belongs on a glossy, high-end bridal magazine.

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