THE WEEK BEFORE THE WEDDING
7 May 2013
Rating: 5 Cups
Emily is finally living the picture-perfect life she has always wanted. She is a successful financial planner with a stock portfolio and financial security. Her doting fiancé is a transplant surgeon with a family straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting. And the two of them are tying the knot at a romantic Lodge in Vermont before jetting off to Bora Bora on their honeymoon.
Just when Emily is sure things are about to get better, her past whirls onto the scene like a tornado. Her irresponsible, womanizing mother and best friend/former stepsister cannot stop poking holes in Emily’s responsible image. They seem determined to remind her that she used to be a lot less stressed out, a lot less uptight and a whole lot more fun.
Then Ryan Lassiter arrives on the scene, which forces Emily to explain the presence of her super hot ex-husband to her future in-laws. Worse, Ryan has evolved into a successful filmmaker without losing a drop of the drive and zest for life that has made Emily fall for him in college. She soon realizes that you can run from your past, but you cannot hide who you really are.
Although on the surface this story seems like a storyline we have all read and enjoyed before, it has some surprising extras that make it well worth picking up. Ms. Kendrick does a spectacular job of bringing Emily to life in all of her flawed, over-achieving, emotional baggage toting glory. Readers will identify with her dysfunctional upbringing in a very real way. Snappy dialog, loveable characters and a world-class canine—what’s not to love?
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More