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Monday, December 1, 2008

The Man Must Marry

The Man Must Marry by Janet Chapman
Publisher: Pocket Star Books (Simon & Schuster)
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Review by Hibiscus

Sam Sinclair's millionaire grandfather has left a will that gives the family shipping company to whichever grandson marries Willa Kent. Willa and Sam team up to find some loophole in the will, but as Sam crews Willa's yacht en route to Maine, his grandfather's offbeat scheme grows more and more appealing. Willa is smart, beautiful ... and has a wild streak that sends them both soaring. But Willa isn't about to let Sam into her heart until she knows his true motives. If the man is going to marry for money, he must fall in love with her first.

When Sam Sinclair's self-made millionaire grandfather sends Willa Kent, a woman none of the three Sinclair brothers have even heard of, as his proxy to an ultra-important meeting of the Sinclair shipping company, most people would think the old man had lost his marbles. But Sam knows his grandfather too well. For some reason, the wily old man has decided that one of his three grandsons should marry Willa, and this is his way of trying to force the issue....

So Willa and Sam team up on what seems like a wild-goose chase to find some loophole in Grandfather Sinclair's crazy notion. But as Sam crews Willa's yacht en route to Maine, he finds to his surprise that his grandfather's offbeat scheme is growing more attractive by the moment. Willa is smart, beautiful...and has a wild streak that sends them soaring together above the clouds.

But Willa isn't about to let Sam fly away with her heart until she knows his true motives. If the man wants to marry for money, then the woman in her says that first he must fall in love.

I found The Man Must Marry to be a delightful story of love and life, appearances and responsibility, guilt and death It's the story of Abraham Sinclair and his matchmaking even from the grave. Abraham runs away to Maine where he meets and convinces Willamina Kent to vote his shares in his company, Tidewater by proxy for him. Before she is able to decide on how to vote, Abraham dies and his will turns everything and everyone upside down.

I really liked Willa Kent. She was too soft-hearted for her own good. I saw this when she confessed to opening a casket company so the elderly people of Keelstone Cove, Maine would have something to do. It also showed when Willa pulled Sam out of the water and onto the RoseWind when he jumped out of the helicopter. Willa is like a fish out of water whenever she is out of her elements. I laughed when Ms. Chapman described her clothes as Willa got off the elevator in Maureen's suit. Willa is competent in her plant and on a boat she is a wild woman, even out sailing Sam. Willa cares for Sam but believes she is cursed in love and relationships. Her love for Sam helps free her to live her life.

Sam is the eldest Sinclair brother and he sees in Willa a remarkable woman even through her awkwardness. Within a matter of days, Sam falls in love and is more than happy to meet the terms of his grandfather's will. Sam's biggest problem is how to convince Willa that he wants her for herself. When he does a Willa by gaining weight and wearing flannel shirts, I couldn't stop laughing. Sam takes up where Abraham left off by being with both the Coffee Shop clutch and the workers in Willa's plant. With everyone's help, Sam shows Willa how much he loves her.

There are a plethora of characters in this book, each with their own unique quirks. Each character from Ben and Jesse to Jennifer and Emmett add to the storyline and dynamics of this hilarious romance. Ms. Chapman set the stage for a sequel with the middle brother, Benjamin Sinclair. I hope that Jesse and Jennifer will each get their own stories also. I look forward to reading more about Tidewater Corp. and Keelstone Cove, Maine.