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Tuesday, March 19, 2013 5:34 am
Here Comes the Bride!
Posted by: Rebecca Vnuk

The March 15, 2013 issue of Booklist features a special Spotlight on Women’s Fiction, and in honor of that, most of my posts for the next 2 weeks will follow that theme.

Beth Kendrick’s Nearlyweds offers a different take on typical bridal chick lit – three women discover that their marriage paperwork was never filed—so they aren’t really married. Would they do it again or is this the perfect time to run out? Clever and well-written.

In Shopaholic Ties the Knot by Sophie Kinsella, Becky Bloomwood is finally getting married—twice even? Seems she can’t decide whether it’s to be at the Plaza in New York City or in her parent’s backyard in England . . . so she agrees to both on the same day.

Whose Wedding is it Anyway? by Melissa Senate is the story of a bride who is thrilled that working at a wedding magazine means she’ll get the whole shebang paid for and featured in an upcoming issue. But when her conniving boss starts to take over every last detail, she’s sees her dream wedding quickly become a nightmare.

The secret to control-freak Amy’s success has always been lists, so it’s no surprise that she ends up with 70 items on her wedding to-do list. Too bad the lists don’t actually help her make up her mind. Comic and fast-paced, Laura Wolf’s Diary of a Mad Bride is one heck of a Bridezilla novel.

In Galt Niederhoffer’s The Romantics,  nine college pals reunite at a wedding, only to have their already tenuous friendships put to the test. Lila and Tom are getting married, but Laura is not sure she wants to attend—she was Tom’s ex-girlfriend and sure that he was The One. She certainly shouldn’t be the maid of honor. Add three other couples to the mix, all in various stages of fighting, and it’s a recipe for disaster.

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