Review: Daughters of the Bride by Susan Mallery @susanmallery

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Daughters of the Bride
July 12, 2016

Blurb:

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!

Review:

5plusstars

I cannot explain how well  written Daughters of the Bride is.  Susan Mallery has really outdone herself in this newest novel of family, love, and new adventures.  I loved how she tied all of these elements all together, and created a masterpiece.  One that I will go back and reread often.

Daughters of the Bride is a tale of journey’s that three sisters take during the preparations for their mother’s wedding.  Each sister is struggling with issues that are relatable to the reader.  It feels very intimate watching the family interact with each other as well as seeing how the siblings come to term in their own lives.

We have clumsy Courtney that the family has voted most likely not to succeed.  To be honest, I related most closely to her.  She just wanted to be accepted and valued by her family, and she has such deep hurt from her mother’s engrossment in her own life during pivotal times in Courtney’s childhood.  Courtney was misunderstood, and she kept secrets that may just open old wounds.

Then we have Sienna.  She is the beautiful sister who cannot seem to keep an engagement.  She seeks relationships that have an expiration.  She reminds me of Julia Roberts in Runaway Bride, except she is the Runaway Fiance.  What will it take for Sienna to finally settle down and find a man she is meant to be with?

Finally, we have Rachel.  She is the oldest and when her father died she took on a maternal role with her sisters.  A childhood stolen from too many responsibilities, Rachel doesn’t know how to let go.  She is experiencing exhaustion from being on the go as a single mother.  She just doesn’t know how to ask for help.

Each sister’s strife has two ways to go.  Either keep them in turmoil or allow a bond to develop that endures times.

I will tell you the storyline is extremely engaging.  It was easy to keep focused on the plot and how the characters intertwined with each other.  I felt like it was like watching a melting pot.  The story also presents point-of-views from each sister’s stance as well as some secondary characters.  By watching the secondary character’s relate with the sister’s it adds richness that just pumps up the stories rating.  I could go on with all the merits the story holds, but for now just know that Daughters of the Bride will knock your socks off.

I highly suggest this story for readers who love family as well as a hint of romance to spice up their life.  Get your fingers rolling, this is a one-click story that is a must to have on your bookshelf (or Kindle shelf).

Happy Reading!!!!!

 

Buy links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Daughters-Bride-Susan-Mallery/dp/0373789718/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1466690479&sr=8-1&keywords=susan+mallery+daughters+of+the+bride

BN: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/daughters-of-the-bride-susan-mallery/1123016762?ean=9780373799435

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/daughters-of-the-bride/id1063229178?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/daughters-of-the-bride

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27877466-daughters-of-the-bride

About the Author:
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.

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