I’d watch the movie, but I wouldn’t have picked this book for myself. Based on the description, I thought this would be a light, playful rom com – which is just my style. It’s actually chick lit with a touch of romance, with only a handful of interactions between our couple and just one or two kisses. Think 27 Dresses or Bridget Jones (minus any scenes where the heroine spends more than 5 minutes at a time with her guy), and that’s the general vibe here. The writing is solid and the tone is upbeat, but I definitely wouldn’t call this a romance.
The story follows Sophie, a woman who has attended so many weddings that she’s now a professional bridesmaid. People hire her when they need help with their wedding: filling out the wedding party, making plans, or just getting family members wrangled. Her newest job promises to be a trying one, and the difficult bride is just the start. There’s also Tom – the unattainable, sexy, brother of the bride – to deal with, and while Sophie might like to dream about kissing him, he doesn’t know anything real about her.
While this really wasn’t for me, the writing was good. I enjoyed the low angst feel, and there’s plenty of comedy. Had there been more scenes with Tom and some genuine interactions between them, I would’ve liked this more. Unfortunately, he knows absolutely nothing real about Sophie until the very end, and what he thinks he knows only scratches the surface. There are WAY more chapters without Tom than there are with him, so he’s really an afterthought. Without that romantic element, the storyline definitely drags. It’s not a short book, and you’d have to be loving the comedy for it not to feel incredibly long. It felt very long to me. This wasn’t a win for me, but I’m sure chick lit-lovers will enjoy it. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this lighthearted comedy.
Matrimony meets mayhem in a modern British romcom about a young woman charged with pulling off the biggest aristocratic wedding of the year––and the misadventures that ensue.
Sophie Breeze is a brilliant bridesmaid. So brilliant, in fact, that she’s made it her full-time job.
As a professional bridesmaid, Sophie is hired by London brides to be their right-hand woman, posing as a friend but working behind the scenes to help plan the perfect wedding and ensure their big day goes off without a hitch. When she’s hired by Lady Victoria Swann––a former model and “It Girl” of 1970’s London; now the Marchioness of Meade––for the society wedding of the year, it should be a chance for Sophie to prove just how talented she is.
Of course, it’s not ideal that the bride, Lady Victoria’s daughter, Cordelia, is an absolute diva and determined to make Sophie’s life a nightmare. It’s also a bit inconvenient that Sophie finds herself drawn to Cordelia’s posh older brother, who is absolutely off limits. But when a rival society wedding is announced for the very same day, things start to get…well, complicated.
Can Sophie pull off the biggest challenge of her career––execute a high-profile gala for four hundred and fifty guests in record time, win over a reluctant bride, and catch the eye of handsome Lord Swann––all while keeping her true identity a secret, and her dignity intact?
Heartwarming and hilarious, Katy Birchall’s The Secret Bridesmaid celebrates the joys (and foibles) of weddings, the nuances of female friendship, and the redeeming power of love in its many unexpected forms.
About the Author:
Katy Birchall is the author of numerous books for young readers, and the former Deputy Features Editor of Country Life magazine. The Secret Bridesmaid is her first adult novel and her American debut. She studied English Literature at the University of Manchester and currently lives in London.
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