Wednesday, June 13, 2012

THERE GOES THE BRIDE by Holly McQueen


My summer vacation read was the newly-released There Goes the Bride by Holly McQueen. What a great choice it turned out to be!

From the back cover:

Polly Atkins, a Londoner living in New York City, is headed back across the pond for her wedding, a grand affair that has her older sister, Bella, in a whirlwind of excitement. Bella can't wait to take over the wedding plans - and neither can Polly's best friend, Grace, whose life as a wife, housekeeper, and mother is making her feel older than her twenty-eight years. She's desperate to see Polly settle down in the same city - and the same life.


The only one who isn't bursting with enthusiasm is Polly. Which is why, before things can get any more chaotic, she calls the whole thing off and lets go of the most perfect man on the planet. There's no way that Polly is going to tell anyone why she's changed her mind. Some secrets are best kept hidden. But Grace and Bella are determined to get Polly and her fiance back together if it's the last thing they do. After all, solving someone else's problems has got to be better than dealing with your own...

Told from the points of view of both Bella and Grace, who love Polly dearly but mistrust each other deeply, this is a great story with sympathetic, believable characters and plenty of plot twists to keep you turning the pages.  Bella's live-in boyfriend, Jamie, consistently lets her down at the most important times; Grace's marriage to Charlie has become a loveless, sexless sham, that she is struggling to keep together for the sake of their two young sons. Which explains why both women are utterly devastated when it appears that Polly isn't going to get her happily-ever-after with her dashing Dev. And what is most confusing is that no one - not even Polly's fiance - can get to the bottom of why she breaks off their engagement just six weeks before their New Year's Eve wedding is to take place.

Although this book deals with deep issues such as women's friendships, sisterhood, infertility, infidelity, and alcoholism, it is at heart a romantic comedy that made me laugh out loud many times. Will Bella and Grace find the strength to deal with their situations? Will Polly be able to accept the love she thinks she doesn't deserve? Read this wonderful novel and find out for yourself. Highly recommended!

NOTE: I received a copy of this book for FREE from the publisher, Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., in exchange for a written review. There was no expectation that this review be either positive or negative, and I was not given any financial compensation to read the book or write the review. This information is disclosed in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 [...] Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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