When Matthew leaves Freya the day before their wedding, she is devastated but tries to hide it all behind a calm front. Not only has she been left at the altar, but she has seven weddings to go to amongst her group of friends that summer. Her fabulous friends see right through her calm demeanor and, after determining that she still wants to go to all these weddings, give her a set of tasks to complete during each event. By the end of the “wedding season,” she has learned a lot about herself and her relationships.
I feel bad being so entertained by a “left at the altar” situation, but this was uproariously funny at times. The audiobook narrator Daphne Kourna portrayed the characters’ changing emotions perfectly, whether it was humor, pain, embarrassment, betrayal, sadness, or anger.. She did a fantastic job.
The relationship between Freya and her mother is so heartwrenching, as this is not the first time she’s been abandoned. Freya’s journey through her heartbreak, both past and present, is compelling. Her supporting cast of friends are the type of people I’d like to have in my life when others let me down. It’s a rollicking recovery journey that you will not want to miss.
There are a few F-bombs for those who try to avoid that.
Overall, the rating for this entertaining book is 4.5 stars, rounded up to 5 on sites without a half-star option.
I received a free copy of this audiobook from Macmillan Audio via Netgalley. My review is voluntary and my opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Katy Birchall is the author of several young adult novels including The It Girl series, the Hotel Royale series and Morgan Charmley: Teen Witch. She is the co-author of the middle grade Lightning Girl series and Star Switch with Alesha Dixon, and the Find the Girl teen series with YouTube stars Lucy and Lydia Connell. Katy was proud to be the author of a retelling of Jane Austen’s Emma for the Awesomely Austen series, a collection of Austen’s novels retold for younger readers. She has also written a non-fiction book, How to be a Princess: Real-Life Fairy Tales for Modern Heroines. The Secret Bridesmaid was her adult fiction debut.
Katy lives in London with her partner, Ben, and her rescue dog, Bono.