” Some things in life are out of your control. You can make it a party or a tragedy. “Nora Roberts, Vision in White, p 319
I know that I’ve written about quite a few of my favorites already, however, this is another. I can’t seem to help it, I have a lot of favorites. With this series, instead of it including the usual three books, this one has four. With the Bride Quartet, you get sucked into the hectic lives of four friends who have taken playing wedding as little girls in their backyard to actually making a business of it. I really liked that, instead of adding the stories of all four woman into one book, she brought them to life in their own book as each had their own struggles they were going through. It made it so you get to know them each a lot better as well since they have their own stories.
In Vision in White, we start out with learning more about Mackensie “Mac” Elliot and that of the man she eventually falls in love with, Carter Maguire.
Mac was one that understands the stress of life and rolls with it. She not only has to deal with her part of the business as the photographer, but also that of her mother constantly coming to her looking for a handout and a shoulder to cry on as she leaves yet another man for one reason or another. Mac’s father apparently decided he didn’t want to tolerate her mother any more than Mac does as he went off and started a brand new family. Like most strong-willed people though, Mac believes that she can go on handling everything herself and the strain that comes with it. You feel the frustration but also the happiness that comes to Mac as if you are there with her, helping her cope with the troubles that her mother brings with her but also celebrating the happy times.
And one of those happy times is that in which she meets Carter Maguire. The two of them bring a balance to each other that everyone who has ever wanted to be in a relationship looks for what Mac and Carter have between each other. Mac is the more outgoing of the two, bringing the quirkiness to the relationship as Carter brings more stability, something that Mac has been looking for, for a very long time. Carter isn’t like most guys who would stand there and stare at the half-naked woman in front of them though but actually tried to flee from the room, embarrassed. It had me laughing so much from something so little as him running into a solid object but I was also thinking about how sweet it was at the same time. From the beginning, Carter is seeing stars, not only from conking his head at the site of her but because he couldn’t help but be attracted to her. Of course, Mac was a bit more reserved with how she would later feel about him as she was used to things falling apart when it comes to her personal life, so even though she finds him to be quite adorable, he is also stable and safe, someone that she believes she can use in her life at the moment. She thinks things between them would result in an easy, short-term fling between them but I was happy to find that it wasn’t like that at all.
I would love to find someone like Carter. He may be a bit shy around the edges, but when push comes to shove, he would be right there beside you, helping you keep things pulled together and taking care of business. Just as Carter helped take care of the situation with Mac’s mother always making Mac feel as if it was her responsibility to take care of her mother instead of it being the other way around.
About Vision in White
With bridal magazine covers to her credit, Mackensie “Mac” Elliot is most at home behind the camera—ready to capture the happy moments she never experienced while growing up. Her father replaced his first family with a second, and now her mother, moving on to yet another man, begs Mac for attention and money. Mac’s foundation is jostled again moments before an important planning meeting when she bumps into the bride-to-be’s brother…an encounter that has them both seeing stars.
Carter Maguire is definitely not her type: he’s stable, and he’s safe. He’s even an English teacher at their high school alma mater. There’s something about him that makes Mac think a casual fling is just what she needs to take her mind off dealing with bridezillas and screening her mother’s phone calls. But a casual fling can turn into something more when you least expect it. And with the help of her three best friends—and business partners—Mac must learn how to make her own happy memories…
A list of Nora Robert’s books can be found here – Book List – She even has a printable list that can be found here – Printable List – and a list of series/connected books can be found here – Series/Connected Book List