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This time of year – especially this year – I find myself reaching for kinder, gentler books, often holiday themed, but not always. This book has been in my to-be-read pile since summer, and I’m happy to say that I finally reached the bottom of that pile. Of course I have several more piles to get to, but that is what makes me happiest, knowing I have many books just waiting to be read.
Daughters of the Bride is not as quick a read as I expected of a Susan Mallery book.
The little twist in this book is that there are three daughters, all in their twenties, and the mom who is remarrying after many years of being a widow. I always enjoy a good middle-aged romance but they are far and few between and it is a bit of a stretch to say this book is really about the mom. She is a bit of a bridezilla, but that is all background. It’s the daughters that are front and center, especially the youngest, Courtney.
When her dad died, he left the family destitute. Her mom was all wrapped up in trying to make ends meet and Courtney sort of fell through the cracks. She had a learning disability, was left back twice and eventually dropped out of school to work as a maid at the hotel where her mom’s best friend was the owner. But she worked hard to get her GED, then her associates degree, and is nearing completion of college – except she hasn’t told anyone, other than her boss.
Rachel is the middle sister, divorced but still in love with her ex. Rachel pretty much raised Courtney and they are still very close. Sienna is the oldest and very beautiful, but can’t seem to make a commitment to a man, having been engaged twice and in this story, for the third time.
Courtney has an affair with her boss’s grandson, a mega-successful music producer who has decided to leave the glitzy L.A. life behind and move to the small town where his grandmother has her hotel.
I loved Courtney’s story, liked Rachel but Sienna just irritated me. I had significant issues with the mom. Maybe because I know how my mom struggled to make ends meet after my father left, but she always made me feel like me (and my brother) were the most important priorities in her life. So this mom just pissed me off.
Not my favorite Mallery book, but I’ll be going back for more. I like this author too much to give up just because I didn’t love this one.
12/16 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™
DAUGHTERS OF THE BRIDE by Susan Mallery. HQN Books (July 12, 2016). ISBN 978-0373789719. 416p.