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Happy Ever After
Nora Roberts
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As the public face of Vows wedding planning company, Parker Brown has an uncanny knack for fulfilling every bride's vision. Helping her complete their dreams are her three best friends since childhood—Emma, Laurel, and Mac—who are also her business partners. As she helps plan other brides' upcoming nuptials, Parker begins to wonder where her own life is headed.

Mechanic Malcolm Kavanaugh loves figuring out how things work, and Parker is no exception. Both know that moving from flirtation to relationship is a serious step—especially considering their mutual ties in business and friendship. But Parker's business risks have always paid off, and now they'll both need to figure out if they are ready to take the chance of a lifetime.


Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 190 novels. She is also the author of the bestselling futuristic suspense series written under the pen name J. D. Robb. She is indisputably the most celebrated and beloved women’s fiction writer today. Nora lives in Maryland.


  1. Parker and Malcolm come from very different backgrounds. Parker was raised on the Brown Estate by wealthy parents. Malcolm lost his father at a very young age, and from then on was raised by a mother who often worked long hours to support them. Do you think that they have more or less in common because of this? How much do you think a persons upbringing ultimately affects who they are?

  2. Do you think Parker's reservations about getting involved with Malcolm are valid? Have you ever had any reservations about becoming involved with someone? If so, why? Were your reservations well-founded?

  3. 3. Parker is best described by Malcolm as “Ms. Prompt and Efficient” (p. 29), while Malcolm is a retired stunt man who rides a motorcycle. Do you think that they fulfill the notion that "opposites attract"? Do they have anything in common? Do you think they bring out different aspects of each other's personality?

  4. In Bed of Roses, the second novel in the Bride Quartet, Parker kisses Malcolm on a dare to irritate her older brother and Mal's friend, Del. Do you think that this action is the beginning of the attraction between Parker and Mal? Or is there another point when their interest in each other grows? At what point do you think Parker begins to take Malcolm's advances seriously?

  5. Parker is the first one to admit that she is in love (p. 287), but Malcolm admits later that he "never figured you'd feel about me the way I feel about you" (p. 325). Do you think that they fell in love simultaneously or at different times? Do you think that falling in love happens to one person before the other? Or is it a mutual experience?

  6. How would you describe Parker's relationship with Emma, Laurel, and Mac? Do you think that there has ever been a time in their lives when they were not as close? Have you maintained any of your friendships since early childhood? Have those friendships ever turned into business relationships?

  7. After the death of Parker's parents, Mrs. Grady fills the role of caregiver and mother for Parker and her friends. How would you describe her role in Vows? Do you think that Mrs. Grady's significance in their lives would have been the same if Parker's parents had lived? Would Vows have been created if Parker's parents had survived the plane crash? How did their death affect Parker's life in other ways?

  8. Parker, Emma, Laurel, and Mac all live on the Brown Estate, but they have claimed different parts of the estate and made them their own. Do you think that their physical locations help them maintain their friendship? Would you be able to live and work with your friends in such close quarters? Is there a time in your life where you lived or worked with your best friends? If so, what were the results?

  9. Parker found the perfect wedding dress for each of her three best friends—often without even a comment on what type of wedding they were planning. At the end of the book, it is her friends who present Parker with her mother's wedding dress as her own. Do you think this is presumptuous or a sign of how well they know each other? Would you ever allow someone else to pick out your wedding dress? Why or why not?

  10. What do you think it will be like when all four couples are living on the grounds of the Brown Estate? Do you think this is sustainable in the long run or will someone eventually move away? What do you hope that the future brings for Parker and Malcolm, Emma and Jack, Laurel and Del, and Mac and Carter?

  11. Readers got a look into what Mackensie's wedding experience was like. What do you think the other three weddings will be like for the brides of Vows? What was your wedding experience like or what would you want it to be?