By Proxy was a very sweet, likeable contemporary romance by Katy Regnery and is the first in her Heart of Montana series. Jenny Lindstrom is the sweet, small town girl standing in as a proxy for her cousin Ingrid who is marrying Kristian. Kristian’s proxy is his big town savy cousin Sam Kelley. The two get off to a rough start which in turn results in the unlikely pair spending a weekend together in Montana. The characters have chemistry together and develop significant feelings for each other during their short weekend together.
What I loved about the book was the wonderful imagery created in Regnery’s description of Montana and more so, a small Montana town during Christmas. My only critique is that Sam’s reflection on the way he has spent his last few years casts an unfair light on the way a big city like Chicago has Christmas. Growing up near Chicago, I personally have wonderful Christmas memories, even if they are different then the small town-type Christmas celebrations, which seem great in this book.
Sam made for a great hero in this book and I really liked him. My favorite moments come when he is struggling with what he wants, while living in Chicago. It was all very real and I seemed to connect more with his emotions then I did Jenny’s. Jenny was of good character and I loved her attempts to connect with her mom. That Norwegian saying literally brings me to tears. For me though, Jenny was just a little too innocent and too inexperienced and at times it was a little frustrating in the story. Her father and his interactions in helping Jenny to follow her heart were endearing.
Jenny’s brothers make for some fun moments in the book and it seems the series will continue with Erik’s story. I’m surprised as I was certain the next book would have been Nil’s. Regardless, if you are looking for a sweet series set amongst a Montana backdrop and some older-time values, you will enjoy By Proxy.
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About the Book:
A HOLIDAY SURPRISE
Stubbornly small-town Jenny Lindstrom has misgivings when she promises to stand proxy in her best friend’s wedding—misgivings that are fulfilled when tall, handsome Sam Kelley walks into the courthouse an hour late. In order to keep her promise, an afternoon favor turns into a weekend of startling but undeniable attraction, threatening the well-ordered world that keeps her heart at arm’s length from any more pain.
Sam’s plan is to fly to Livingston, Montana, take vows for his favorite cousin, and return to Chicago as quickly as possible. But his plan is turned upside-down when he must spend a weekend with Jenny in Gardiner in order to keep his word. He doesn’t want to fall for the prim, proper schoolteacher whose small-town life seems to him like selling out, but the more time he spends with her, the harder it is to say good-bye.
When city and country come together for Christmas, the unexpected gift is true love.