The Week Before The Wedding
Author: Beth Kendrick
After enduring a chaotic childhood, Emily McKellips yearns for a drama-free life, complete with a white picket fence. Her dreams are about to come true: She has a stellar career, a gorgeous house, and a fiancé any woman would die for. But as friends and family arrive in picturesque Valentine, Vermont, for her wedding, an uninvited guest shows up.
Ryan is Emily’s first husband from a disastrous starter marriage. They wed on a whim, only to discover that combustible chemistry couldn’t ensure a happily ever after. But Ryan is no longer the headstrong boy she left behind. He’s now a successful film producer who just happens to be scouting a resort in Valentine with his adorable retriever in tow.
As the bridesmaids revolt and the mothers of the bride and groom do battle, Emily is surprised to discover new sides of both her ex and her fiancé. She thought she had life and love all figured out, but the next seven days might change her mind—and her heart
Ok, so i’m a sucker for second chance romances and when I came across the description for this book in BookPage (which BTW, how the heck did I not know about this awesome website…someone has seriously let me down), I was intrigued and my library had a copy (although I had to wait a little while for it to be returned). It came in from the library the day before I was flying somewhere and since I always make it a policy to have a couple of print books as well as my kindle, I threw it in the bag and so glad that I did. One of my legs was an uber-quick flight, so quick that we didn’t even get the opportunity to use electronic devices, so i picked up The Week Before The Wedding and started to read. To say that I was immediately sucked in, would be an understatement.
The author nailed the whole lead up to the wedding stress in a humorous way, and while I’m not married (much to my mothers disgust at times i think…), it made me think back to other weddings I have attended/been a part of. I have to admit that by about halfway through the book, I had a distinct hatred for Emily’s husband to be and his family…which I guess I was supposed to since that wasn’t who her HEA was going to be with – but boy, did I want to bonk him over the head, as well as her so-called “friends”
The re-kindling of the romance between Emily and Ryan was cute, but I will admit that I kind of wanted a bit more…I knew that there was the constraint of the week, but it was too perfect – I might get beat over the head, but I wanted some more angst…something…but either way, it was a cute romance – i’d give it 3.5 stars and will likely look for more books by the author in the future (the teaser for her next book was a killer)…