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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Marrying The Invisible Man by Rachel Michaels

Marrying The Invisible Man by Rachel Michaels
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (46 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Edelweiss

Katie Bartlett’s mother is driving her crazy, and she'll do whatever it takes to get her wedding-obsessed mother off her back. Thanks to a joking comment from her best friend, David, Katie decides she to have a fake wedding, to a fake groom--the Invisible Man.

David Williams has been Katie’s best friend since kindergarten. He knows Katie doesn’t see him as anything more, but the further she gets into planning her wedding to another man—albeit a fictional one—the worse he feels.

With the wedding underway will Katie finally realize the Invisible Man is David?

Katie is annoyed. In fact, she’s so annoyed with her mother for nagging her toward marriage that she plans a fake wedding as a joke, but also as a way of striking back and making a statement. This is typical Katie, who has built a solid reputation for pulling zany stunts and adventures.

Her partner in these excursions is David, the friend she has known since kindergarten. For two decades he has been someone she could count on, someone who is always there. His constancy is so reliable that it is like a force of nature, so invisibly sure that Katie has long since taken it for granted. Just as invisible is the love he has long felt for her but always hidden for fear it would not be returned.

Planning a wedding that is pure theater starts out with everything copasetic—yet another of Katie’s energetic escapades—but it soon starts disturbing the equilibrium between them. A bit of competition for David’s attention is the catalyst that puts the process in motion.

For the most part, this is a lighthearted tale, written in prose that’s simple and smooth flowing. The story is even faster moving for being dominated by dialogue of high quality. This one is easily doable and a pleasure to do in one sitting.

But what makes this an interesting, thoughtful read is Katie. She is an intriguing and unusual character. For one thing, there’s this irony to her makeup in that she is just as strong willed and, well…dominating as the mother she is trying to put in her place. This provides fuel for wondering what David sees in her. And this is the puzzle that gives the story a suspense feature without which it would be entirely predictable.

Marrying The Invisible Man is freighted with ironies that give it spice. For this reviewer, it was a worthwhile study in the forces that attract people to that one love of a lifetime.