Sunday, 6 August 2017

Book Review - The One with All the Bridesmaids by Erin Lawless - Blog Tour via @gilbster1000

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Title: The One With All the Bridesmaids
Author: Erin Lawless
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Publication Date: 21 July 2017
Rating: 5 Stars

Nora Dervan is ready for her Happy Ever After. With her darling Harry waiting at the altar, and all her family and friends around her. She is certain that her special day will not be forgotten/will be one to remember…

But with her four bridesmaids hiding more secrets, than bottles of champagne. Will her big day be remembered for all the right reasons?

Bea has barely gotten past the fact that her two best friends are dating, and now they’re engaged, whilst cupid’s arrow points in a forbidden direction for Cleo. She is so distracted by her off limits, hot new colleague that she has forgotten Daisy, who has been left dreading the singles table. There’s more romance in the cheesy pick- up lines than Sarah’s own marriage, which hasn’t turned out as she hoped it would be.

With her wicked sense of humour and refreshingly honest voice, Erin Lawless brings to the life the romance (and horrors!) of wedding season.

This is the perfect pick-me-up, I spent so much of the first bit of the book laughing at various aspects of wedding planning, and then as the story progressed I found myself really involved with all four bridesmaids lives, as the big wedding approaches. 

For this book is far more about Bea, Cleo, Daisy and Sarah and their lives, than about Nora, the bride, so we really get to see things from many perspectives, and there are multiples romances to hope for, or to deal with difficulties with. 

Some of the wedding party, including the groomsmen, have all known each other since school days, and others are more recent additions to the gang.  It really is a story of female friendships and I loved seeing how the girls dealt with the four major events in the planning of a wedding - engagement party, wedding dress shopping, hen party and of course the big day itself. 

At the start of some of the chapters there are real life anecdotes from real weddings, which fit into the book really well. As I read them I was reminded of the off cuts in When Harry Met Sally when every now and then you would get real people talking about relationships, this had a similar feel to me, and I loved reading them as much as I enjoyed the book itself. 

There are so many characters and threads of story in this book that even if you aren't too keen on one of the bridesmaids, there are plenty of others to keep you going.  Wedding dress shopping had some hilarious moments, as did the hen party. I don't want to say much about them as I would probably spoil things. 

I'm not sure I can properly explain how much I enjoyed this book, it was a pleasure to read, with a great sense of humour, and it was so refreshing to read a story about a wedding and its planning but from the perspective of those all important bridesmaids. 

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Harper Impulse for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Take a look at all the other dates on this blog tour for more from Erin Lawless. 

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