Daughters of the Bride

Daughters of the Bride

Book - 2016
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As the awkward one, Courtney Watson may not be as together as her sisters, but she excels at one thing: keeping secrets, including her white-hot affair with a sexy music producer. Planning Mom's wedding exposes her startling hidden life, changing her family's view of her -- and how she views herself -- forever. When Sienna's boyfriend proposes -- in front of her mom and sisters, for crying out loud -- he takes her by surprise. She already has two broken engagements under her belt. Should she say "I do" even if she's not sure she does? Rachel thought love would last forever -- right up until her divorce. As Mom's wedding day draws near and her ex begs for a second chance, she's forced to acknowledge some uncomfortable truths about why her marriage failed and decide if she'll let pride stand in the way of her own happily ever after
Publisher: Don Mills, Ontario : HQN, [2016]
ISBN: 9780373789719
0373789718
Branch Call Number: ROM Mall
Characteristics: 400 pages ; 24 cm

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mynovelesquelife
Jun 13, 2019

RATING: 4 STARS
2016; HQN/HarperCollins

After 24 years of being a widow, Maggie is getting married and her daughters could not be happier for their mother. Rachel, the eldest, cannot get over her ex-husband, Greg. Greg was Rachel's first and only love and broke her heart by cheating on her. They share a young son so Greg is forever in her life. After hurting her back again, Greg starts to step up. Sienna has been engaged twice and soon finds herself engaged again. She cannot say no to David as he proposes at her mother's engagement party in front of everyone. And, saying no now means another failure. Courtney, the youngest, has always been underestimated so it's no surprise she doesn't have great confidence in herself. She is trying to get her diploma in Business, while secretly coordinating her mother's wedding, and trying to have no strings fling with Quinn. Can they all find their happily ever after...or at least be in the same room without fighting...as the wedding approaches?

First...this novel is technically the third book in Mallery's Los Lobos series but other than Gracie making a very small appearance there is no real connection. I rarely say this...but this time this novel could be read as a standalone.

Second...I have been a reading sort of funk. Nothing is really agreeing with me, and Susan Wigg's Family Tree had me right turned off with the romance. And, if you read my last two personal essays you can guess romance in general might turn me off. So on my day off today I went out to the deck and read this book in one setting. It was exactly what I needed...a good book with fun characters trying to figure out the same stuff I am. I am a bit envious of the ending, but I kind of needed the HEA (Happily Ever After) today. I would recommend this book for a summer read....as August comes to an end.

***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS and NETGALLEY***

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weezie1
Jan 09, 2019

Borrowed Jan 2019.....was an okay novel but didn't finish it - need something with a little more excitement.

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jchenson
Jan 22, 2018

I liked the basic idea of the storyline involving three very different sisters trying to work together to help their long widowed mother plan her second marriage. At times it was easy to identify with the separate sisters and their issues; the first born who was still holding onto a betrayal in her marriage and thrived in martyrdom, the middle sister constantly bitching about everyone else but herself and the clumsy youngest who suffers the put downs and criticism in silence. Susan Mallery has a certain writing style that doesn't go very deep and often the flippant words of the characters can put you off but it is an enjoyable novel.

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Liselara
Jan 27, 2017

This was the first Susan Mallery book that was a disappointment to me. I found all of the characters vapid, vacuous and depressing. It drives me nuts when an author fundamentally stresses that weight loss, training and good diet will get your husband back. Why would she want a liar and a cheater back in her life? I'd enjoy the pizza more.

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pktab
Sep 02, 2016

This is a stand-alone book by Susan Mallory. In the past I've read her Fool's Gold books.
I really enjoyed the story; it had interesting characters.
I would totally recommend.

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