Another Delightful Romance from the Queen of Romantic Comedy
Katie Fisher is ecstatic. Pro basketball star Brady James has proposed, and she can't wait to start planning their life together. She's confident she'll make it down the aisle this time--but it still may be easier said than done. A high-society Houston bride has Katie and the Cosmopolitan Bridal team scrambling to get the perfect dress done in time for her spectacular wedding. Meanwhile, Katie finds herself bombarded with everyone's competing visions regarding her own special day--and she's beginning to worry that her own ideas will get lost in the crossfire. Will she ever manage to settle all of the details for her perfect day? Or will bridal shop chaos and overzealous friends and family make a mess of everything? Fan favorite Janice Thompson gives readers what they've been clamoring for: another funny, romantic romp with a Texas twang.
I read this book through a bitter lens with my past experience planning my own wedding. I felt like I mirrored a few aspects of this bride’s journey because as soon as I was engaged, my mother-in-law called the large historic Driskill hotel in Austin for their availability when I wanted a small wedding in my hometown of North Houston. The difference between the experiences is in this fiction story the mother-in-law willingly extends a sincere apology and steps back; in mine my husband and I ended up getting married at the Driskill. My mother-in-law didn’t stop there either as she completely took every last detail I envisioned and did the opposite, making fun of all my DIY projects that I had wanted to incorporate. If only I was as strong as every bride in this book and took the reins back, but it’s a sensitive line crossing new family who already isn’t thrilled their oldest son is leaving home. That being said, I really had to step back and look at the bigger picture of this story and release my negative feelings about this topic.
First off, I loved the constant encouragement from everyone to each other. I’ve had friends get married in the three years since I got married and they always look to me for advice and some of these sentiments are perfectly constructed for me to convey to the next bride that comes to me freaking out about how stressful the planning process is. The positive sentiments were directed to young single women, widowed older women, new moms, newly engaged, and newly married groups. No matter what your status is while reading this story, you will find someone who shares in your status and get a positive note of encouragement out of it.
Secondly, I loved the small town conflict. It brought both a humorous edge and a frenzied feel as it continued to grow as the wedding approached. The WOP-pers reminded me of my grandparents and their prayer warrior groups that can be caught saying the darnest things. I loved the bride’s descriptions of her anticipation on her wedding day. It wasn’t that nothing mattered as long as she married her groom, but was still caught freaking out about if the ladies put the flowers in the mason jars, in the picnic baskets correctly.
I would recommend this to brides of course, but also to single ladies that could use all the advice given in this story as their journeys unfold. I rated this story four out of five stars because in my past experiences mother-in-law’s don’t back down that easy, your bridesmaids tell you what they want for you till the day of, and things don’t always work out as perfect as they advertise, so it was a little too fairytale for me with all the struggles of peer pressure ending a few chapters in.