#BookReview: The Big Little Wedding In Carlton Square by Lilly Bartlett

the big little weddingSummary:

When Emma’s boyfriend Daniel pops the question with a ring the size of a small country, she suddenly realizes just how different their worlds are. She wants a low-key wedding with close friends and family, while Daniel’s mother is expecting a society party that their high-brow guests won’t forget! While Emma is envisioning the town hall and Uncle Colin’s pub for the reception, future mother-in-law Philippa is talking chandeliers, silver wedding favors and chocolate fountains…

How on earth can Emma put together a vintage champagne-sodden celebration – fit for Lords and Ladies – on a beer pocketbook? Not to mention the fact her cross-dressing Uncle Barbara wants to be a bridesmaid, her best friend Kelly can’t stand Daniel’s best friend Cressida, and her dad is too proud to accept any help from Daniel’s family toward the costs.

There are three months to go until the big day. But will it be memorable for all the wrong reasons?

Review:

This book was just awesome. That’s how I would describe it. I loved what the drama was around – wedding planning, bringing families together, and the stress of getting married. It was something fresh for me, whereas I’m used to reading the drama being around the relationship and breakups and cheating scandals, etc, so I was really drawn to this. Emma and Daniel could win the sweetest couple award, and I had a fantastic time getting to know each character. It was so  heartwarming watching this wedding come together, and during the actual main event, I felt I was right there in the square, enjoying this one of a kind wedding. I breezed through this read, highly engaged, and would most definitely recommend for your spring reading list.

5 stars

#BookReview: Back To Blueberry Pond by Carla Trueheart

back to blueberry pondBack to Blueberry Pond by Carla Trueheart was an instant attention-grabber. I love that the story started where it should – at Blueberry Pond, with all of our main characters. Kyle, Brandon and Vanessa make a friendship pact and each place a treasured item in a Tupperware bowl, to be buried and never uncovered again. As they grow older and drift apart, each friend holds tight to the secrets of that night and to their friendship pact. Three separate lives, yet the contents of what they buried held their friendship together. Twenty years later, each character is struggling. Kyle is an alcoholic that can’t keep it together, Brandon lost his career and his family is in financial danger, and Vanessa is divorcing her husband and trying to keep it together for her daughters. Each struggle is directly tied to what they buried in that Tupperware box so many years ago … but they said they would never dig it up.

The three characters meet back up and though I thought the book kicked off with a bang and easily caught my attention, after they meet up and events start to unravel, it was nearly impossible to put down. I was sneaking my Kindle out during my vacation so I keep getting glimpses of the story, of the journey these three were taken. There was a fantastic mystery aspect as well with the Tupperware bowl, there were breath-taking scenes, maddening moments, and conversations that brought tears to my eyes. This was an incredibly moving novel, and I am so happy I was able to read Blueberry Pond.

5 stars

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#BookReview: Bridges by Maria Murnane

bridgesSummary:

It’s a piece of news Daphne never expected to hear: Her globe-trotting friend Skylar, who vowed never to get married, is engaged! Time to celebrate in Manhattan—Skylar’s treat, of course. After years scaling the corporate ladder, she can more than afford it.

Daphne arrives in NYC with news of her own—the novel she’s finally finished appears to be going nowhere but the trash bin of every publishing house around. She’s devastated but plans to keep her disappointment under wraps, something that becomes trickier when she sees Skylar’s spectacular apartment. Could her life have been like this if she’d chosen a different path?

What Daphne doesn’t know is she’s not the only one with a secret. Skylar and their friend KC are also holding something back, but what? As the trip unfolds, the truth about each woman emerges, along with tears.

And laughter. And love.

The fun-loving trio readers fell for in Wait for the Rain is together once more. Here’s to the power of friendship!

Review:

I adored this book. I have read from Maria Murnane in the past and was quite excited when she contacted me about BRIDGES, and I’m sure glad I was able to read this one. Smart, funny, touching; it had all the qualities of a fantastic friendship fiction novel, and I had great difficulty putting my Kindle down with this one. I had a blast getting to know each friend, hearing their college stories, and seeing them reconnect in the city that doesn’t sleep. It read at a fast pace and there were exciting little plot points sprinkled throughout that kept me invested and happily reading away. Fantastic writing that kept me hooked and had me reading this in just shy of two days. Highly recommend.

5 stars