#BookReview: Wedding Girl by Stacey Ballis

Reviewer: Samantha

I received a review copy

wedding girlSummary:

You’ve Got Mail meets Julie & Julia in the new foodie fiction from the author of Recipe for Disaster.

Top pastry chef Sophie Bernstein and her sommelier fiancé were set to have Chicago’s culinary wedding of the year…until the groom eloped with someone else in a very public debacle, leaving Sophie splashed across the tabloids—fifty grand in debt on her dream wedding and one-hundred percent screwed on her dream life. The icing on the cake was when she lost her job and her home…

Laying low, Sophie moves in with her grandmother, Bubbles. That way, she can keep Bubbles and her sweater-wearing pug company and nurse her broken heart. But when Sophie gets a part-time job at the old-fashioned neighborhood bakery, she finds herself up to her elbows in dough and reluctantly giving a wedding cake customer advice on everything from gift bags to guest accommodations. Before she knows it, she’s an online wedding planner. It’s not mousse and macarons, but it pays the bills. But with the arrival of unexpected personal and professional twists, Sophie wonders if she’s really moving forward—or starting over from scratch…

Review:

Weddings and food are two of my favorite topics to read about, so I figured Wedding Girl would be a good choice for me. While it ended up not being a favorite, it was still an interesting read, with plenty of plot twists along the way. The first chapter was a little so-so for me. The run-on sentences, especially when describing food, was a little much for me, and it was pretty clear right in the beginning that Sophie was not in a good relationship and I wasn’t sure how she didn’t quite put the pieces together. The way Sophie wallowed after her wedding was called off didn’t speak too highly of our main character either and how she treated those around her, but I was happy to see once she finally started to take charge of her life again, even though she appeared to think her new job was beneath her.

Like I mentioned, there were plenty of plot twists, including a big one revealed at the end, and secrets that several characters are holding. It’s sure to keep you on your toes. For the most part I did enjoy the baking scenes except sometimes they were a little drawn out, and the cast of secondary characters were fun to read about – especially Bubbles and Snatch. Sophie I found hard to connect with at times, but overall I found Wedding Girl to be an interesting read and plenty of light-hearted humor throughout.

3.5 stars



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