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Authors: Debbie Macomber

The Man You'll Marry

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Praise for the novels of Debbie Macomber

“Charming and funny, the latest installment of the Blossom Street series has many touching moments, too. Here’s to the adventures of Lydia and her friends continuing for a long, long time.”

RT Book Reviews
Summer on Blossom Street

“Macomber’s assured storytelling and affirming narrative is as welcoming as your favorite easy chair.”

Publishers Weekly
Twenty Wishes

“Macomber spins another pure-from-the-heart romance giddy with love and warm laughter.”

The Snow Bride

“Debbie Macomber has written a book that is absolutely unputdownable…one of the most compelling books I’ve read in a very long time.”

The Best Reviews
Changing Habits

“Even the most hard-hearted readers will find themselves rooting for the women in this hopeful story while surreptitiously wiping away tears and making their own list of wishes.”

Twenty Wishes

“Debbie Macomber writes characters who are as warm and funny as your best friends.”

New York Times
bestselling author Susan Wiggs

Debbie Macomber “can weave a story that will keep you enthralled for hours, not wanting to put it down.”
8 Sandpiper Way

“Debbie Macomber is…a bona fide superstar.”

Publishers Weekly

Also by Debbie Macomber

Blossom Street Books

The Shop on Blossom Street

A Good Yarn

Susannah’s Garden

Back on Blossom Street

Twenty Wishes

Summer on Blossom Street

Cedar Cove Books

16 Lighthouse Road

204 Rosewood Lane

311 Pelican Court

44 Cranberry Point

50 Harbor Street

6 Rainier Drive

74 Seaside Avenue

8 Sandpiper Way

92 Pacific Boulevard

A Cedar Cove Christmas

The Manning Family

The Manning Sisters

The Manning Brides

The Manning Grooms

Christmas Books

A Gift to Last

On a Snowy Night

Home for the Holidays

Glad Tidings

Christmas Wishes

Small Town Christmas

When Christmas Comes

There’s Something About Christmas

Christmas Letters

Where Angels Go

The Perfect Christmas

Angels at Christmas

(Those Christmas Angels
Where Angels Go)

Dakota Series

Dakota Born

Dakota Home

Always Dakota

Heart of Texas Series

(Lonesome Cowboy
Texas Two-Step)

(Caroline’s Child
Dr. Texas)

(Nell’s Cowboy
Lone Star Baby)

Promise, Texas

Return to Promise

Midnight Sons

Brides for Brothers
The Marriage Risk

Daddy’s Little Helper
Because of the Baby


This Matter of Marriage


Thursdays at Eight

Between Friends

Changing Habits

Married in Seattle

(First Comes Marriage
Wanted: Perfect Partner)

Right Next Door

(Father’s Day
The Courtship of Carol Sommars)

Wyoming Brides

(Denim and Diamonds
The Wyoming Kid)

Fairy Tale Weddings

(Cindy and the Prince
Some Kind of Wonderful)

Debbie Macomber’s
Cedar Cove Cookbook

The Man You’ll Marry

Dearest Friends,

It’s hard to believe I wrote these two stories for romance “bridal collections” back in the early 1990s. My daughter Jenny had recently become engaged and while I did research for her wedding I made copious notes regarding these stories. In the years since, Jenny and Kevin have given my husband, Wayne, and me three adorable, talented and highly entertaining grandchildren. As a bonus, their daughter Maddy just happens to have been born on my birthday. My daughter always did have a wonderful sense of timing.

I don’t remember how I came up with this romantic comedy idea of a supernatural wedding dress. What I
remember is that writing
The First Man You Meet
The Man You’ll Marry
brought back some hilarious memories of my own wedding to Wayne. It all started with the bachelor party. My father and brother took Wayne and his friends out for a night on the town and then in the wee hours of the morning they invaded the kitchen. My mother and several of my aunts had spent days preparing traditional German dishes for the wedding dinner. As you might have guessed, the members of the bachelor party arrived ravenous and my father ever so generously emptied the contents of two refrigerators. The men promptly devoured a good portion of what was intended for dinner that day. It took Mom years to forgive my dad for that one.

Then, the morning of the wedding, I discovered to my horror that my dress no longer fit. I’d given up eating lunch in order to save money and my lovely wedding dress hung on me like an oversized burlap bag. (I should be so lucky now!) Between them, my mother and aunts managed to adjust it with safety pins
so that it was presentable. I remember Mom circling me as my aunts fidgeted, mumbling in German with her hands over her mouth in horror. Later at the dinner—and yes, there was still plenty of food after some frantic grocery shopping and last-minute menu revisions—Wayne and I headed for a mountain resort where we were to spend our wedding night…only there was a girl tucked away in the trunk of the car! It was a joke that quickly brought us back to the reception—where everyone was waiting for our return. Oh, the memories…

I hope you’ll enjoy the story of Great-Aunt Milly’s infamous wedding dress and what happens when Shelly Hansen receives it, knowing the family legend that she’ll now marry the next man she meets. Then the dress goes off to Jill Morrison and the magic starts all over again. And if it so happens that reading these two stories stirs up a happy memory of your own wedding or someone else’s, all the better. Sit back, reminisce and enjoy!

Warmest regards,

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