Judith D Collins
Daughters of the Bride
By: Susan Mallery
Publisher: Harlequin (US & Canada)
Publication Date: 7/12/2016
My Rating: 4 Stars 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. A must-read for anyone who has survived the wedding of a sister, a mother, a daughter—as told by #1 New York Times bestselling author and master storyteller Susan Mallery!
A special thank you to Harlequin and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. From the stunning front cover and buzz, Susan Mallery delivers DAUGHTERS OF THE BRIDE, with lots of drama and sizzle— from bees, secrets, love, sisters, relationship, steamy sex, rock stars, family, bravery, wedding plans, hotel, wit, and yummy recipes. Get ready for the hottest bridal season! The daughters of a woman soon to be married help with wedding plans while confronting the truths about a hidden affair, a proposal, and a failed marriage. Set in seaside community of Los Lobos, California, Maggie Watson is getting again almost 24 years after being widowed. With her first wedding her mom made all the decision. This time around, Maggie is determined to get the wedding she dreamed of when she was a teenager. She now has all these wedding ideas that she never got to do, the first time around, and she’s going to do them now. It doesn’t matter that the powder blue tuxedo is forty years out of style. She also wants Cosmos (like Sex and the City) and the more “pink”, the better. Pink and blue was a big thing back then. (OMG my first husband, 1970 me--two days out of high school, he in college--- wore the powder blue coat and the honeymoon blue Ford Falcon car to match)! Showing my age here. When their mother started dating Neil, none of the daughters thought much about it. They were different. He won her over with his kind heart and honest love. However, what about dates for the wedding? Nearly twenty-four years before, when Sienna and the sisters had lost their father, and Maggie widowed, the family had been thrown into chaos. A lack of life insurance, Maggie’s limited income and three little girls to support had left the young mother struggling. Joyce moved them into the hotel. Meet the daughters: Rachel, Sienna, and Courtney are sisters, and each is so different. • Rachel, hairdresser is recently divorced and trying to raise her 11-year-old son. She is doing it alone. Except for the linen closet at Los Lobos Hotel. (Ex-Husband, firefighter Greg) • Sienna is a commitment-phobe who gets engaged often but finds it more difficult to stay engaged. Works for nonprofit that assists women who are escaping domestic violence. Why does she accept marriage proposals? • Courtney, maid/concierge at Los Lobos Hotel. The youngest, has long felt like the black sheep of the family. She is keeping the biggest secret. Her mom wants her to have more ambition. Why was she keeping a secret? There is much to her than appears. As each sister is forced to confront their past, they have to decide if they want to take a chance on love, while seeking a happy ending. The strong bonds of mother and daughters. I liked the mom's story, since in the age group. As always, Susan is a pro , - (four books a year-a rock star), she knows contemporary women of all ages, romance, chicklit, and their vast complexities. Review Links:
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About the Author
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Susan Mallery is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of novels about the relationships that define women's lives—romance, friendship, family. With compassion and humor, Susan keenly observes how people think and feel, in stories that take readers on an emotional journey. Sometimes heartbreaking, often funny, and always uplifting, Susan's books have spent more than 200 weeks on the USA Today bestsellers list, thanks to her ever growing legions of fans.
Susan lives in Seattle with her husband, two ragdoll cats, and a tattletale toy poodle. Animals play a big role in her books, as well, as she believes they're an integral component to a happy life. Visit her online at www.SusanMallery.com.