Review of The One That I Want by Marilyn Brant

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The summer after her beloved husband died in a car accident, Julia Meriwether Crane is still picking up the pieces of her life in Mirabelle Harbor and trying to help her ten-year-old daughter adjust to this difficult new reality.

After her best friend Sharlene—one of the well-known Michaelsen siblings—talks her into finally going out on the town again, Julia finds herself stunned to be the object of interest of several different men: The boy who’d broken her heart back in high school. The college ex she’d left behind. And most surprising of all, the movie actor she’d always fantasized about but had never met in person until now. Can one woman have more than one “great love” in the same lifetime? And, if so, how can she be sure which man that’ll be?

Sometimes the person you think will be best for you…isn’t the one you really want. THE ONE THAT I WANT, a Mirabelle Harbor story.

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About the Author

Marilyn Brant is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of contemporary women’s fiction, romantic comedy & mystery. She was named the Author of the Year (2013) by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English. She loves all things Jane Austen, has a passion for Sherlock Holmes, is a travel addict and a music junkie, and lives on chocolate and gelato. Look for all of the contemporary romances in her new Mirabelle Harbor series, beginning July 2015! Visit her website:

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My Review:


Although Marilyn Brant has been around for a bit, I’m a new follower of her. Especially after reading The One That I Want.

The story was intriguing from the start. I’m a sucker for stories that involve children. Weird? Probably. I just love seeing the growth of the MC as well as the growth of said children. It takes a great author to pull it off. There is nothing more irritating than a child that constantly talks in ‘baby talk’ because that is how an author perceives kids. But Marilyn totally pulled it off. I absolutely adored Julia’s daughter.

I also love love love an author that pulls of character development. You may be thinking ‘don’t all authors do that?’ but let me tell you– not all of them do. Julia and her daughter are still grieving and heartbroken after Julia’s husband dies in a horrible car accident. You really feel Julia’s struggle at trying to get over it, as well as push her daughter to experience the world. As a parent, I really felt Julia.

When her friend Sharlene pushes her to get out in the world and start dating again, she’s faced with the choice between men who could be all sorts of right for her–or all sorts of wrong.

Marilyn brought a different type of story out from the ‘grieving widow’ story, and introduced me to a fairytale. That impossible story that you just sigh over and want to keep reading, because you wish you could have that sort of situation unravel in your life. Yep. Marilyn did it.

I will definitely be a faithful follower of Marilyn from now on, and I hope to get the opportunity to read more of her books! Signature




Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)
  • One signed paperback copy of Take a Chance on Me (stand-alone romance, book 1 in the Mirabelle Harbor series),
  • a Marilyn Brant t-shirt,
  • specialty chocolate.

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2 thoughts on “Review of The One That I Want by Marilyn Brant

  1. Marilyn Brant says:

    Your review was such a delight to read!! I’m thrilled you enjoyed the story and I truly appreciate the time you spent reading and reviewing my newest novel! 😉 Thank you!


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