With Joy, Love and a Little Trepidation, Courtney, Sienna and Rachel Invite You to the Most Emotional Wedding of the Year… Their Mother's
~ 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.
~ 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?
~ 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.
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published July 12th 2016 by HQN Books
Three stars: A book with a lot potential but the multiple view points make the book feel scattered.
Courtney, Sienna and Rachel are all looking forward to their mother's upcoming wedding. They are excited to see her marrying again after all these years. As the wedding approaches, the stress builds, and each girl finds herself dealing with her own personal drama. Rachel, the oldest, divorced for two years and raising her eleven year old son, is still desperately in love with her ex. When he starts coming around after turning a new leaf, her heart wants to let him in but her head says no. Sienna, after two failed engagements, is seeing someone who is nice, but in her heart, she knows he isn't right for her, but why can't she say no? Courtney, who has always struggled because she is tall and awkward, is out to prove something, but when someone comes into her life, will she be willing to take a chance?
What I Liked:
- Daughters of the Bride was a book that surprised me. I went into it expecting a story that mainly revolved around mother and daughter relationships. However, this book is more than that. While there is a bit of focus on familial bonds, the majority of the story is about each daughter overcoming personal obstacles, and finding herself. I liked meeting each of the characters and getting to know them, and I enjoyed cheering them on as they conquered their problems.
- I appreciated the strong and varied personalities. Rachel was my favorite. As the oldest daughter she has always been the responsible one, to the point where she refuses to ask for help, shouldering many burdens to the point where it is wearing her down. I loved her second chance romance, and I liked watching her learn to cope and change. Sienna, was a tougher sell for me. I did appreciate that she worked tirelessly to raise money for battered women, and I liked that she finally found her voice and courage when it came to her romantic life. Courtney is all kinds of fun. She is tall, awkward and she lacks confidence. As the story goes on, she falls in love, and she hits her stride. Loved watching her grow and change.
- For all of you who like romance, there is plenty of romance in this one. Each of the three girls is in some kind of romantic relationship. They are all different, and of course, some I liked better than others. I did like comparing and contrasting the different relationships and watching them play out.
- The ending was nice and relatively neat. There as only one story line that I felt was little unfinished. I was pleased that there weren't any cliffhangers or nagging questions.
And The Not So Much:
- My big disappointment with this one was the mother. I couldn't stand her. She was self centered, completely selfish and a total bridezella. I thought this book was going to be a chick lit read focused on mother daughter relationships, and it wasn't. The mother spent very little time worrying about her girls, and instead she obsessed over frivolous and ridiculous wedding ideas that drove me nuts. Ugh! I was also put off by her whole attitude toward Courtney.
- At first, I liked following the different story lines, and I didn't mind the character switches, but toward the end, it got muddled. The narrative started switching to a different girl from one paragraph to the next instead of chapters like it did in the beginning, which bothered me. Second, I disliked the added narrative of Quinn that involved all of his music dealings, it was unnecessary and I found this portion boring, so I skimmed.
- I was bothered that the story line involving Sienna was left a little open. I wanted to see it play out.
Daughters of the Bride was a book I wanted to fall in love with but I didn't. I liked it but I wasn't thrilled with the multiple view points, and I couldn't stand the bridezilla mother. I did enjoy the daughters, and I liked following their stories. This was just an okay read for me. If you like books with multiple view points and you are okay with some drama, check it out. I would recommend borrowing this from the library.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.