The One With The Wedding Dress – Bridesmaids #2 – Erin Lawless- 4* Review

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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.

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Reacquainting with bride to be Nora and her prospective bridesmaids, as they celebrate Cleo’s thirtieth birthday is easy, despite the months that have passed since I read part 1 of the Bridesmaids’ story. Experience, a nerve racking but hilarious weekend finding the perfect wedding dress. There is plenty of tension between bridesmaids Cleo and Bea and Nora and her mum, who seems set on ruining her daughter’s wedding dress buying experience.
It’s enjoyable sharing the ups and downs of the weekend and the story ends with an unexpected cliff-hanger that could threaten the stability of the group and turn the wedding into a disaster.
This is a quick easy read but there are complex characters and vivid imagery which make this story addictive. I also love the snippets of real wedding memories at the beginning of each chapter.
Looking forward to the hen weekend, all the fun without the hangover, what could be better?
I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

 

 

The One With The Wedding Dress by Erin Lawless

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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4* Review: The One with the Engagement Party- Erin Lawless – (Bridesmaids #1)

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Nora Dervan is getting married… but her four bridesmaids are more full of secrets than champagne.

Bea has barely gotten past the fact that her two best friends are seeing each other, and now they’re engaged, and Cleo is rather distracted by the hot new colleague she absolutely, definitely must not sleep with. Daisy is dreading the singles’ table, whilst Sarah’s own marriage hasn’t turned out to be all she hoped it would be…

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The One With The Engagement PartyWell it is the ‘wedding season’ and this short introduction to the ‘Bridesmaids’ series, captures the atmosphere perfectly. The vivid and image rich characters and dialogue in this novella, make it an enjoyable read. All the bridesmaids have an interesting story to tell and this introductory book makes you want to find out what happens next.
There is a refreshing realism about this story, which many who have organised a wedding or been a bridesmaid will recognise. The overbearing ‘mother of the bride’ and the ‘best friend who hasn’t been asked to be a bridesmaid’, are particularly well portrayed.
If you enjoy light hearted contemporary romantic comedy, this is for you.
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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Cupcakes and Confetti – The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea- Jane Linfoot – 5* Review

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A full length, stand alone novel

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Brides by the Sea, the cutest little wedding shop in all of Cornwall, has it all, including cake baker Poppy who lives upstairs. But wedding planning is not the piece of cake Poppy thought it would be, and when her best friend Cate’s wedding planner walks out, Poppy has to tie up the loose ends so her bestie can tie the knot.
Double-booked venues, ‘rustic’ locations and gorgeous but grumpy farmer Rafe have this wedding pro feeling like she could be Cate’s ‘something blue.’
Will the wedding, the shop and the cake all come crashing down on her? Or will Poppy pull it off to give Cate – and herself – the happy ever afters they deserve?

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So, are cupcakes, an unlikely wedding planner and a grumpy but gorgeous farmer, the perfect recipe for a romantic comedy? Definitely. I’ve eagerly anticipated reading this story and the reality far surpassed the expectation.

Poppy our cake maker, extraordinaire becomes a reluctant wedding planner at the insistence of her best friends. Her first encounter with Rafe, is messy, the second is disjointed and strangely confusing. As the months pass she learns there is more to her disinterested and often rude boss, than she first thought. Not just in terms of personality.
Told from Poppy’s first person point of view, you quickly discover she is a delightful character. Loyal, hard working and determined to rebuild her shattered life after her despicable ex and the unexpected death of her mum.

Poppy, Cate and Immie’s long term friendship makes for lots of funny dialogue and amusing anecdotes.

Rafe is complex and has a heart of gold beneath his gruff exterior, the perfect romantic comedy hero. His love of slogan T-shirts makes for amusing reading, there is certainly a market for these.

There are lots of ‘laugh out loud’ scenes that had me crying with laughter. The setting, both at the farm and the wedding shop is full of vivid imagery.

The scenes in Poppy’s eyrie at the top of the wedding shop are so well described you can practically smell the baking cakes and taste the sweet icing.

Poppy and Rafe’s relationship simmers in a believable way and has many romantic and comic moments that have you rooting for their happy ever after.

Funny, poignant and unashamedly romantic, this story is a summer treat you won’t want to miss.

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Jane Linfoot writes happy books, with feisty heroines and lots of heart. She lives with her family and pets in Derbyshire, and loves hearts, flowers, happy endings and all things vintage.

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This is the first full-length novel in a brand new series set in Cornwall.

Look out for the next books in The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea series:

Sequins & Snowflakes

Bunting & Bouquets

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The Last Wedding at Drayhome – Aileen Harkwood – 5 Magical Wedding Destinations Fit for a Romance Novel

Here’s another Magical Weddings’ story, this time from Aileen Harkwood.
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‘Never underestimate the power of a witch and warlock in love who have nothing left to lose’

Flowers - Buy LinksIf you love ghosts, witches, time travel–anything paranormal–military romance, historical romance, or romantic comedy, don’t miss this engaging boxed set!

From sweet to spicy, the romances bundled into this set cross time and unite hearts, cast spells of laughter, battle wedding jitters and fight back tears, while weaving love’s hopeful magic throughout 1400 pages.

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 5 Magical Wedding Destinations Fit for a Romance Novel

by Aileen Harkwood

Many a bride fantasizes about holding a destination wedding, typically involving a tropical beach, a lush vineyard in the south of France, or the ever popular Las Vegas. Destination weddings pose challenges, however, in terms of costs and the difficulties of getting everyone in the right place at the right time. Provence might beckon, but in the end, many couples eventually opt for the more practical local wedding spot, forced to leave daydreams behind.

Not so in RL. In RL, anything is possible. Whether you envision a snowy hot tub ceremony at the most exclusive resort in Aspen, getting married with 300 of your closest friends in the grand ballroom at the Waldorf-Astoria, or zip-lining to the altar through the jungles of Costa Rica, in RL it’s all doable.

I refer not to Real Life, of course, but to Romance Life, the world inhabited by the heroes and heroines of your favorite romance novels. I love writing romance precisely because I’m allowed to dream up the impossible, the impractical, the magical. With that in mind, here are five insanely over-the-top locations in terms of sheer romance. I would absolutely choose any of these enchanted wedding destinations for my characters.

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Château de Marqueyssac This 17th century estate perched atop a cliff overlooking France’s Dordogne Valley is romance personified. Almost too whimsical to be believed, its sculpted gardens, originally planted in the 1860s by Julien de Cervel, outdo any fairytale setting the producers at Once Upon a Time could dream up.

Bonus Almost Love Scene Points: A giddy chase through winding topiaries leads to passionate kisses hidden among the boxwoods.

2.IsleofSkyIsle of Sky, ScotlandJust the name alone is enough to bewitch the romantics among us. From its rugged, windswept coasts to its “fairy pools” and quaint country manors where intimate weddings might find a home, this would be a nuptials to remember.

Bonus Hero Points: Your groom, and every other male in the wedding party, in a kilt.

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Wisteria Flower Passage, Kawachi Fuji Garden, JapanApproximately 150 wisteria vines in a variety of colors create a tunnel of love like no other in the world. If your romance heroine could actually secure this venue (seriously doubtful), a May wedding would be best, when the tunnel is in full bloom.

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The Champagne Suite, The New York Palace Hotel At $25,000 per night, and featuring a 2-story view of Midtown Manhattan, this sinfully extravagant locale is appointed with polished marble-vaulted-crystal-glistening everything and comes with its very own “champagne cave.” Though the booking page lists the suite as suitable for 6 guests, an entire wedding party would easily fit in its 5,000 square-foot sumptuousness.

Bonus sex scene inspiration – Hero and heroine could spend three sensual chapters exploring the gargantuan bathroom and still not find their way out.

Frégate Island, Seychelles Who wouldn’t want to have their own “palatial teak villa” on their own private island to serve as backdrop for the ultimate destination wedding? Okay, so there are actually 17 palatials on the beach, but each has their own private pool, dining pavilion and butler. Considering the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were rumored to have spent their honeymoon here, magic comes standard.

Bonus reverse-Roman Holiday plot twist – Could your hero, the butler, be a royal in disguise?

While it may not be the Seychelles or the Palace Hotel, you’ll find a bespelled destination in The Last Wedding at Drayhome, my contribution to Magical Weddings: 15 Enchanting Romances. The venue for the wedding in this novella is Drayhome, a great estate in Breens Mist, Oregon with a mind of its own, cared for by the witch and warlock who struggle to save it from ruin.

Poppy - Author Bioharkwood200x300Aileen Harkwood is a Readers’ Crown finalist who lives in the Southern Rockies. The Last Wedding at Drayhome is the prequel to two concurrent series of fantasy romances, Spell Touched: Breens Mist Witches, Book 1, and Wedding Spell, first in the Breens Mist Weddings series, due out in September 2015. She’s passionate about green chile and the mysteries hiding in antique photographs.

Flowers - My ReviewA witch, a warlock and a house with attitude makes ‘the Last Wedding at Drayhome’, full of magic, deception and paranormal events. Ax’s and Colleen’s interactions are always filled with passion, whether it is anger or desire and they bring this fantasy to life. The other witches in the story are colourful and The Priest is certainly not the benevolent warlock his name suggests. The house is a notable character in the story. This novella is perfect for those of us who love battles of good versus evil and the power of the elements. The Wedding is full of mystery and surprises and has a lovely romantic ending.

I am intrigued to read other stories in the forthcoming series’.

5* Review The High-Street Bride’s Guide Samantha Birch

Brides-to-be, this one’s for you!

You can say your vows in a catwalk gown so beautiful it reduces your mum to tears (and not because she paid for it).

You can style a reception so stunning your guests won’t believe you didn’t hire an A-list planner.

And you can sprinkle the day with personal touches that make everyone feel like you gave them special attention before they even got there. Without spending a house deposit on it. Honest.

 

 

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 The High Street Bride's GuideI have to admit that when I saw ‘The High-Street Bride’s Guide on NetGalley I thought it was a ‘Rom Com’. On reading the blurb I realised it was a non-fictional guide to achieving the wedding you want without having to take out a second mortgage and I was intrigued.

I got married over thirty years ago before the infinite choices provided by the internet and the modern preoccupation with designer weddings however I have a daughter in her twenties and decided the opportunity to update myself on today’s wedding choices was too good to miss.

The guide is user-friendly, full of anecdotal humour which presents the factual information in easy to read bytes. Broken into key element chapters with links on the contents page it is possible to easily dip in and out of this eBook a must requirement for any guide. Packed with options and cost cutting tips this guide is a great aide memoir for whatever type of special day you want and caters for all budgets.

Brides-to-be can save hours of research and disappointment by following the guide’s advice and finding the right shops and websites immediately. ‘The High-Street Bride’s Guide’ uses professional research and personal experience in every chapter. With regular updates it should be a bestseller.

I received a copy of this book from Harper Collins UK Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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