What I Read Wednesday – The Girl’s Guide to Getting Hitched by Sophie Hart

Girl's Guide

This book will be released on July 17, 2015. I received a copy through NetGalley.

As I’m getting married in 17 days, I thought this would be a cute read, or as the cover says, ‘a charming feel-good read’, and it was.

Julie recently had a baby and she’s been dealing with the big life change along with balancing her marriage and her job as an events planner. Valerie Cunningham has hired her to plan a large, extravagant wedding with 300 guests. But the wedding is not hers, it’s for her son and future daughter-in-law, Aimee, who has no say whatsoever in her own wedding.

As Julie is dealing with that, she takes on two other brides: Debbie, desperate to lose weight and be a perfect size ten for her big day, and Gill, trying to make a happy blended family when their kids don’t want anything to do with it.

While it’s a happy, feel-good read, the underlying themes bring real tension and drama. Julie’s husband is upset because she has no time for them, but he’s also trying to adjust to being a new parent, and sees her taking to it naturally. Aimee tells herself she’s happy because her fiance provides for her and she’ll be taken care of, but she’s ignoring the warning signs of what she has to deal with for the rest of her life. Debbie wants to be sexy for her future husband, but also has to find a positive body image for herself. And Gill just wants to be happy but she feels guilty when her kids don’t adjust as quickly.

Julie has to juggle everything and keep her brides happy but luckily they are the least of her problems.

Being something like chick lit, it was a fast read and somewhat predictable. I knew exactly who was or wasn’t going to make it to the altar, but seeing how it happened was so satisfying. It was also satisfying to see all the drama some brides have to go through and know I avoided it.

I’d give this book a 4/5; I probably wouldn’t read it again, but I’m glad I read it.

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