Maid of Honor by Jillian Conley peeks us into the life of Josephine Vitale, Maid of Honor. Josephine, who is unemployed and single, gets asked to be the MOH at her best friend Sandra’s wedding. With Sandra on the quest to have the most perfect wedding of the century, Josephine jumps through hoop after ridiculous hoop to make her friend happy. Josephine is thrown another curveball when a former love interest enters the picture, and readers wonder if she will be able to get her happy ending as well. The story is a great subject, and I was reading this around the time of my friend’s wedding, where I was bridesmaid. I know I would have done anything for to make her big day fabulous, so I could relate to Josephine and all the chores she did along the way. But I thought the character development was very scarce, and that really distracted me from the plot. The book is short, only 164 pages, and there just wasn’t enough getting to know the characters for me to become invested. The story jumps around a lot, and while there are some funny and outrageous scenes (using latex gloves to handle the wedding dress) an editor was really needed to help polish a lot of areas. I think that Conley is on the right track with her writing, and I will read more from her. For my reading experience, I like to get to know the characters on a deep level, and I understand that some books just won’t be that way. While this book may not be not have been a favorite for me, I still think that a lot of chick lit readers would have fun with Josephine and Sandra.
In My Mailbox: Week of April 24
Title: The Perfect Hero
Received: From Charlotte @ Avon Books
Synopsis: The circus has come to town…
Die-hard romantic, Kay Ashton, uses her inheritance to open a B&B in the seaside town of Lyme Regis and is dumbstruck when the cast and crew of a new production of Persuasion descend, needing a place to stay. Kay can’t believe her luck – especially when she realises that heart throb actor Oli Wade Owen will be sleeping under her very own roof!
Meanwhile, co-star Gemma Reilly is worried that her acting isn’t up to scratch, despite landing a plum role. She finds a sympathetic ear in shy producer, Adam Craig, who is as baffled by the film world as she is. Kay thinks the two are meant for each other and can’t resist a spot of matchmaking.
Then, when Oli turns his trademark charm on Kay, it seems that she has found her real-life hero. But do heroes really exist?
Author: Jillian Conley
Received: From Jillian Conley
Synopsis: Unemployed and single Josephine Vitale felt like her life couldn’t get any worse, or so she thought. On Valentine’s night her best friend Sandra called announcing her engagement. Since Sandra had been planning her perfect wedding since she was twelve, Josephine knew she was in for one hell of a ride, especially after she was assigned the “honor” to be Sandra’s Maid of Honor. Even though Josephine struggles with her duties and the Barbie pink bridesmaid dresses, butterflies flutter in her stomach when the wedding bliss reunites her with a past love interest.
Maid of Honor is a story that shares the bond between two women and the lengths one will go for the other when they get married. Josephine takes on everything from the bride’s mental breakdowns to wearing latex gloves when handling the wedding gown to driving across half the state for the perfect vases… all for her best friend.
Author: Wendy Lyn Watson
Received: From Wendy Lyn Watson
Synopsis: When Tally’s cousin Bree spots her deadbeat ex-husband strolling the Lantana County Fair with a fat wallet and a vixen on his arm, she immediately files for back child support. But when his lawyer is found dead, things get a little sticky. Did Bree serve up a dish of cold, sweet revenge? Or is she another hapless victim of a parfait crime?