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With Joy, Love and a Little Trepidation, Courtney, Sienna and Rachel Invite You to the Most Emotional Wedding of the Year…Their Mother's.
Courtney: The Misfit
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.
Sienna: The Free Spirit
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: The Cynic
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.
This book was a slow burner romance. It wasn’t really slow, but it was a steady build up with four different subplots converging to the middle, which was the Maggie’s wedding.
Maggie was getting married and her three daughters, Rachel, Sienna and Courtney were assisting her to execute her plans. As they worked, the reader was given insight to each daughter’s life and their “role” in the overall family dynamics. The three girls seem to fall into stereotypical characters.
The oldest Rachel was my favorite as she felt the most familiar. She was used to being in charge and had a hard time asking for help. She was currently divorced but her ex-husband has returned to the picture to resolve unfinished business.
Sienna, the middle child, was more flighty in personality. She seemed to be more concerned with outward appearances that being authentic to herself. I had a hard time with her initially.
Courtney, the youngest, was the strong woman who didn’t need love since it hurts. She was content enjoying here and now. She also struggle with measuring up to the standards set by her older sisters.
Working on this wedding allowed each of the ladies to grow individually as well as collectively. Their journey was entertaining as well as inspiring. I enjoyed the story without feeling like it was preachy. I appreciate the author for not making it overly dramatic but a journey were the characters grew from their mistakes and found inner strength to be more.
This is my first book by Susan Mallery but her writing was definitely solid. The narrative was well developed and flowed well. I didn’t have difficulty following what was going on and I felt satisfied with the ending. I look forward to trying other series by this author.
*Special Thanks to Harlequin via Netgalley for the advanced reading copy.