Publication Date: October 11, 2014
Rebecca has chosen the most luscious, five tiered, wedding cake – as featured in Hello! Magazine. The engagement ring that she has selected is celebrity inspired. The wedding singer is on speed dial. He doesn’t usually do Michael Bolton, but as it’s for a first dance he’ll make an exception. Father Maguire is checking dates for the parish church as we speak. The deposit on the white sand honeymoon is paid for in full on Barry’s card. Sure, the resort was good enough for Pierce Brosnan when he tied the knot. She has fallen for an ivory lace couture gown that is to die for. The down payment may require her to sell a left kidney, but it will be worth it. Isn’t that why you have two?
There’s one teeny problem. It’s nothing, really. No need to panic! It’s just that Barry has yet to propose. Says he’s not ready! He can be a bit of a kill joy that way. It’s time to face the harsh reality – she is a bride without a groom.
Truth be told, Barry’s had enough. There’s only so much wedding talk that one man can take. Discovering the credit card statement is the final straw. Now he’s leaving for a conference in Bangkok and frankly, he’s looking forward to the peace and quiet. He says he needs time to think about their relationship. As the Tiger beer flows and the tie loosens, his colleague Shelley is providing more than a shoulder for him to cry on. Maybe Shelley is right. Maybe Rebecca only wants the big day.
Back in Dublin, Rebecca worries. Maybe she has pushed Barry too far this time. Best mates Pam and Emer are on hand for counseling and cocktails. With the help of family, friends and a well stocked drinks cabinet, Rebecca puts her cunning plan together. Operation ‘Win Back Barry’ is in full swing. She needs to convince Barry that she’s not crazy – just crazy about him. But wait… who is the mysterious woman that is so keen to talk to her, and what is it that Barry needs to get off his chest?
I’ve gotten into the habit of enjoying my books through the Kindle app on my iPad, however, because I was generously given a PDF copy of the novel from the author, I was not able to mark up the digital copy the way I normally do. I decided to use the Notes app on my iPad to keep notes and make witty remarks for later use. However, due to my iPad Notes app being faulty, I lost all of the notes I made while reading Bride Without a Groom, so I apologize in advance for not writing a review as thoroughly as I normally do.
Bride Without a Groom is a laugh-out-loud novel about a woman named Rebecca that is one step away from saying ‘I do’, when she hasn’t even been asked to be engaged! She does the most ridiculous things in preparation of a wedding that hasn’t even been proposed yet, from putting a deposit on the honeymoon, choosing the dress (how many fittings?!) and practically planning the whole day down to the smallest details. Although she’s been in a relationship with Barry for years, he just doesn’t seem to be ready to take the plunge and make the all important commitment.
Rebecca is completely wedding crazed, yet she doesn’t seem to be as thrilled at the prospect of ever becoming a mother, though she loves the idea of being a wife and never having to lift a finger again. She dreams about filling her days with shopping and manicures and all things lovely. With a loyal best friend in each arm, a job that she doesn’t exactly live for and a husband that can’t quite figure out if he’s committed to their relationship, Rebecca’s got herself a recipe for a lot of laughter and disaster!
Bride Without a Groom was a fun, quick read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. However, one thing I didn’t like was that Rebecca was more obsessed with the wedding and not so much on the marriage. It’s always been a major pet peeve of mine, the type of woman that wants the wedding but couldn’t seem to care less about the marriage. That’s the main reason why I’ve given it a 4.5 instead of a 5, though on single digit scales, I’ll rate it a 5. I’m not entirely convinced that Rebecca learned a lesson about not overspending or about being a loving wife and mother. However, the hilarity of the way that Rebecca does things and reacts to her situation, more than made up for my dislike of her personal viewpoints on relationships and weddings. Well done Amy, on a fabulously fun novel!
My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
ARC was provided by the author via a fellow book blogger Librarian Lavender, in exchange for an honest review. Receiving the novel free of charge in no way reflects on my honest opinion and no monetary compensation was provided for my review. Writing a review is the best way to say thank you to an author. I encourage you to write reviews and let the world know what you think!
About the Author
I’ve been writing since I realised, at the tender age of nine, that I could make a classroom laugh at my silly stories. Shortly afterwards, a teacher gave me a notebook and said “here, you have a lot to say. write it down!”
I’m a chatterbox and love to tell stories. As the old saying goes – “dreamers dream, writers write”.