Mail-Order Groom, a debut romantic comedy novel by Cindy Flores Martinez, was inspired by the author’s own Polish ancestry and is based on her screenplay and movie project of the same title, which she shopped around Hollywood, New York, and other parts of the world.
A sweet romance about an American woman who marries a stranger from Poland after her fiancé leaves her right before the wedding.
Lisa is about to marry her first real love and have the wedding of her dreams, but her world is shattered when she finds her fiancé, Jeff, in the arms of another woman. When he calls the wedding off, Lisa is 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. She won’t even have to live with him, and marrying another man would be the perfect revenge on Jeff.
Lisa races to the altar with her stand-in groom, but she soon learns that she actually does have to live with him. Things become even more complicated when she finds herself falling for him, and he’s not planning to stay in America forever. Will Lisa’s heart break all over again or will she find love and happiness in the end?
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About the author:
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, which was inspired by my own Polish ancestry, 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.
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A jilted fiancee, an immigrant in need of a visa, and a wedding fiasco...
After Lisa finds her fiance in bed with another woman, she faces the ultimate embarrassment--canceling her wedding. Her friend has a solution: why not marry a mail-order groom from the internet? Turns out there's one just down the road and he's in dire need of a visa so he won't have to return to Poland. With just days to go before the wedding, Lisa wrangles Krzysztof Zielinski into her former fiance's place without thoughts to the consequences of what will happen at the immigration office or whether they're breaking the law. Without thoughts to the consequences of what Krzys really wants either. With time running short, Lisa either has to make it work with Krzys or risk their future together.
I'll be honest, I was pretty up-in-the-air about whether Lisa was going to stick with Krzys once her ex-fiance Jeff came crawling back. Somehow I wouldn't have been surprised if she'd said, "Okay, let's get back together." She seemed like the kind of character who was easily pushed around and talked into things without taking the time to see exactly what she wanted.
This book could have benefited from Krzys' POV, but being chick lit, it worked without it. There were times when I wanted to grab Lisa and say, "sit the hell down, woman. Take a breath and see if you can't work something out with this man." It could have used more attraction between them--while staying clean--than a couple of kisses.
On the upside, the characters are hilarious (Lisa's parents were a riot trying to figure out what Poland was like), the writing is tight enough that a few wordy places didn't really bother me, the plot is realistic enough to be plausible, and you really have to sympathize with Lisa because when everyone's expecting a wedding, you understand how embarrassing it would be to announce your fiance was in bed with another woman. In short, it sounds like a bad plan I came up with. Lisa is a realistic enough human being who seems to touch things and the whole world turns upside down. You really have to feel bad for Krzys when he outs the truth to his family, but you also hold out hope for these two. The ending was lovely, even though it could have used a little more supporting detail for romance between them.
I'll give it four stars because it hooked me, it made me laugh, and delivered a happy ending.