Review: The MacGregor Brides by Nora Roberts

Review: The MacGregor Brides by Nora RobertsThe MacGregor Brides by Nora Roberts
Series: The MacGregors #6
Published by Silhouette on 1997
Genres: Adult, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Humor, Romance
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought


The MacGregor clan's patriarch is powerful, rich and determined to see his three career-minded granddaughters married. So he hand-picked three unsuspecting candidates as worthy consorts...Now all he has to do is set his plans in motion.

In this captivating story, Nora Roberts introduces us to the next generation of one of her most popular and celebrated families, as cousins Laura, Gwendolyn and Julia discover what their parents already know -- that their busybody grandfathers has an unerring instinct for love.

I first read The MacGregor Brides by Nora Roberts when I was in college and discovered the Romance genre.  I’ve since read this book too many times to count.  In fact, if you saw how beat up my copy was, you’d totally understand.  There is something about The MacGregor Brides that just puts me in the holiday spirit and makes me feel very warm and fuzzy inside.

The MacGregor Brides is a collection of three novellas about three of the MacGregor cousins.  Each cousin (Laura, Gwendolyn, and Julia) get their own story and they all take place during the winter and Christmas.  My absolutely favorite part of The MacGregor Brides is Daniel MacGregor, the grandfather of Laura, Gwendolyn and Julia.  He is such a character, and there isn’t anything he loves more than his family.  But Daniel feels like it’s high time his granddaughters get married and give their grandmother (really, himself) babies to love.

Daniel is quite clever, but also a bit devious in his methods to get his granddaughters married.  He obviously wants them to marry someone they will love and be loved in return.  He knows they won’t go for being set up , so Daniel has to be devious to find a way for them to meet, and boy is that fun.  I think it best to rate each novella separately because they are different stories.

Laura’s story is my second favorite in the book.  Laura is a lawyer, and she works with her parents at their Boston Law firm.  When Daniel arranges for a new security system to be installed in the house that Laura, Gwen and Julia live in, Laura meets Royce.  Their first encounter is so funny, and I definitely laughed out loud.  I did get a little bored with the Lawyer talk, but overall I enjoyed this story.  It’s very easy to see what Royce and Laura would make a great couple.

Gwendolyn’s story is my least favorite.  I would give it 3 stars.  Gwen is a doctor, and she’s very focused on her career.  Daniel arranges for Gwen to meet a famous author of mystery novels, Branson.  I liked Branson a lot.  He’s friendly, and smart, and he really understands Gwen.  Gwen, though, was a bit too pragmatic for me (which is saying something because I’m a very practical person).  But even so, I still wanted Bran and Gwen to get together.  There is this Big Gesture at the end of this story, and I’m not really a big fan of those, so that is part of the reason I don’t love this story.

Julia’s story is absolutely my favorite story in the book, and the one I’ve read the most.  There is so much personality and banter in Julia’s story, and I can never get enough of it.  Julia buys and rehabs houses and then sells them.  She loves doing it and she’s very good at it.  She usually works with a construction company that does great work.  But this time around she has to work with the son of the head of the company, and she’s never gotten along with Cullum.  I loved watching these two come together.

One thing that always makes me roll my eyes a bit in all the stories is how open the girls are with their parents and grandparents about their sex lives.  I mean, it’s not bad at all, but I can’t imagine being that open with my parents.  Not that they wouldn’t listen if I did want to talk about it, but oh my gosh, I would be way too embarrassed, even as an adult.

But, I enjoyed The MacGregor Brides as much as I always do this time around.  It’s an easy read, and it helps me de-stress.  If you like cute holiday novellas, I think you would enjoy The MacGregor Brides, even though parts of it are a bit dated.


4 Responses to “Review: The MacGregor Brides by Nora Roberts”

  1. Trish @ Between My Lines

    Am I the only person on the planet who has never read a Nora Roberts book! This review makes me feel like I’m missing out so I need to fix that soon. I love stories about families and this sounds like a lovely Christmas read but probably more so if you are already familiar with the gang.

  2. Merin @ Read and Reviewed

    I love these books! Have you read the rest of the series? I own them all, although they’re in a box in my parents’ basement and not on my shelves. I should really dig them out; I used to devour her books when I was younger and maybe re-reading something like that would kickstart my reading again.

  3. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    It has been years since I read this one but you reminded me of how much I loved it! I’ll have to look for a copy of it. It was such a fun book. I do remember not loving Gwen’s story and being surprised by how much the girls talked to their family about sex. Seriously? Who does that? I think my favorite of this series was The Winning Hand. I’m pretty sure I still have my copy so I’ll have to go find it.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.