About the Book
As a wedding planner, you’d think she would have the perfect wedding experience…
Sherilyn Caine has left Chicago behind to marry Andrew Drummond IV, an Atlanta native with a family name that tops all the social registers. Landing the job as The Tanglewood’s wedding planner is a piece of cake for someone with a Type A personality; she’s the perfect fit for a wedding destination hotel known for its attention to even the tiniest details.
But when everything else is going along swimmingly, why are her own wedding plans drowning right before her eyes? One way or the other, Sherilyn is determined to make this wedding work—until the latest development threatens to call the whole thing off. Is it possible that Sherilyn is allergic to her fiance?
I have been reading this book on and off for the past two months. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Always the Baker, Never the Bride, and was happy to see many of the main characters return, but I had difficulty connecting with the storyline at times.
The heroine of the story, Sherilyn, is completely loveable and relatable and Andy was a charming male lead. However, I did feel a disconnect with Sherilyn and Andy as a couple. While it is evident in the story that they are completely perfect for each other and obviously in love, I felt like some chemistry was missing and would have loved more background and context to their courtship. The story starts with them engaged and planning their wedding, so readers have to get on board with them as a couple right away.
Sandra places her characters is some comical situations that really bring life to this storyline. Sherilyn’s wedding mishaps get progressively worse and more entertaining throughout the book, as do her reactions. Fee returns in this second book and brings with her a unique flavour and wise quips that I enjoyed in Always the Baker. I had quite a few laugh out loud moments, especially involving Sherilyn and Andy’s dog.
Each chapter was preceded by wedding to-do lists or event summaries which I found to be distracting (especially on the Kindle format) and skimmed over most of them. I am sure that the information would be useful to brides-to-be but it may have suited a better purpose as an annotation at the end of the book. I felt like it interrupted the flow and constantly removed me from the story just as I was beginning to immerse myself.
There were some great opportunities for tension and building action ala Monster-In-Law (including the manipulative ex-girlfriend) that could have been expanded, but were resolved very quickly. Maybe I am just a drama-monger when it comes to books but I was ready for some juicy “Oh no she didn’t!” moments that never came to pass.A cute read for chick-lit lovers and wedding movie addicts like myself.
**Review copy provided by publisher via NetGalley**