The One with All the Bridesmaids – Erin Lawless
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.
With her wicked sense of humour and refreshingly honest voice, Erin Lawless brings to the life the romance (and horrors!) of wedding season.
This in essence is a great book, centre on Nora the bride, her friends and bridesmaids, Cleo, Bea, Daisy, and Sarah. Added to the mix are the respective fiancées, husbands, boyfriends, men friends, it is a great mix of different perspectives, individual issues, and several romances. So much of the activity around the wedding planning is hilarious, and the ‘bridezilla effect’ is there at least in part. I really liked Cleo, who quite honestly could have done with a book all to herself, and I felt a lot of sympathy for Sarah.
The book is good, and I have no hesitation in recommending it. For me though, there were just too many characters with their own stories, some of whom I just couldn’t become invested in. Occasionally I lost track of who was who, and what was what. It was like a giant buffet where you walk along trying to decide what to eat, but by the time you get to the end you’ve forgotten what was at the beginning. More depth on fewer stories would have suited me better. That said, it was enjoyable, and I particularly loved the real life anecdotes that started some of the chapters. Seriously, you couldn’t make some of that stuff up!
So in the end I do recommend reading it.