by Cindy Flores Martinez
Lisa is about to marry the love of her life, but her world is shattered when she finds her fiancé, Jeff, in the arms of another woman. When he calls off the wedding, she’s heartbroken.
In a twist of fate, she meets Krzysztof Zielinski from Poland on Mail-Order-Grooms.Com. He needs to marry an American woman so that he can stay in America, and he’s willing to pay money for it. His reason for needing to stay is what tugs at Lisa’s heart and convinces her to say “I do” to him. After all, it’s going to be strictly a business deal.
Lisa races to the altar with Krzysztof, but things become complicated when she finds herself falling for him, and he’s not planning to stay in America forever. Will her heart break all over again?
★★★★☆ : Great! I liked this book!
This one is a cute story about Lisa, an American and Krzysztof, from Poland, who found love through books and photographs.
Lisa was supposed to get married but a week before her wedding, she caught her fiance in bed with another woman. Torn, hurt and devastated, she broke up with him and found solace in the arms of her best friend, Daphne.
Meanwhile, Daphne was looking into a mail-order-groom website and caught the photo of The Bookstore Guy. He’s the one Lisa had always been seeing whenever she went to the local bookstore as she looked for poetry books, magazines and wedding paraphernalias. A few email exchanges from the Bookstore Guy’s uncle, they discovered his nephew, Krzysztof, was actually looking for a wife and was willing to pay thousands of dollars just so he could still stay in the USA for a couple more years.
Lisa agreed and all hell broke loose during their wedding. A lot of things didn’t go as planned but so far, so good. She was ready to divorce him as soon as he got his green card, but somehow, being with Krzys seemed to have changed her decision. Her mind agreed, but did her heart, too?
This was quite an interesting read. For once, this is my first “green-card” romance story (and subsequently, I’m watching a local tele-novela about a woman who went to US and got married to an American boy so her visa could get extended).
Anyway, with Mail-Order Groom, Krzysztof was lucky to have Lisa for a wife. Theirs may have been a marriage of convenience, but deep inside, he’s got this secret he wouldn’t ever want to tell her. Lisa, on the other hand, was having a hard time convincing the people around her about her feelings for her new husband. It felt so wrong yet it also felt so right.
One thing I loved in the story was how Krzys and his family was able to share a thing or two about Poland. I learned a lot about their wedding traditions, family customs and some Polish words. The author really seemed to have done her research. It made me want to visit their country and stay there for a while.
Cindy Flores Martinez is a great romantic storyteller. She made me gasp and sigh and daydream. I admit I am quite hopeless romantic, and I happily allowed myself to delve into this fictional world, where romance is everywhere and I found it quite enjoyable. Thumbs up for Mail-Order Groom!
My name is Cindy Flores Martinez. I was born and raised in a suburb of Los Angeles. I have an MFA in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Screenwriting. I have been a screenwriting instructor, screenplay consultant, script reader, and screenplay collaborator.
My debut novel, Mail-Order Groom, started out as a screenplay and movie project. I spent years shopping it around Hollywood, New York, and other parts of the world and had two well-known actors, one of them Academy Award nominated, interested in portraying the lead character’s parents. After not finding the success I wanted, I officially canceled my film production company in November of 2009 and embarked on the journey of turning my screenplay into a novel.