Audiobook Review: The Wedding Season #WeddingFiction #Romance

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.

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Book Review: The Secret Bridesmaid

 Sophie is a wedding expert whose job is to become part of the bridal party and do whatever the family needs, from small errands to full-blown wedding planning.  Her most important task is to manage crises that occur during or before the wedding, such as a drunk groom or missing “luxury” port-a-potties.  When she is hired to become a bridesmaid for the difficult daughter of a Marchioness, Sophie encounters her biggest challenge yet, and possibly a romance.

“Sophie is a professional bridesmaid.”  Just that  much of the description of this hilarious British romcom had me hooked, and I had to know more. This is such a fun book.  The idea of a professional bridesmaid is intriguing, and the author will have you chuckling with some of the crazy email exchanges Sophie has with clients.  We learn a little bit about British nobility, but this is mostly a book about friendship, with a nice little romance to boot.  This book takes us from humor to heartbreak and back again, with a lot of wedding hijinks thrown in.  You will laugh aloud, and maybe even shed a tear, while reading this delightful book.  Fans of romantic comedies, friendship reads, and weddings will enjoy this book.

The Secret Bridesmaid will be released on May 4, 2021.

I received a free copy of this book from St. Martin’s Press via Netgalley.  My review is voluntary.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Katy Birchall

After attending Woldingham School in Surrey, Katy Birchall went to the University of Manchester where she studied English Literature and Linguistics before gaining a Master’s degree in Post-1900 Literature, Theories and Cultures.

Katy is the author of the side-splittingly funny The It Girl: Superstar Geek, The It Girl: Team Awkward and The It Girl: Don’t Tell the Bridesmaid. Her series, Secrets of a Teenage Heiress, was released in 2018. 

Katy won the 24/7 Theatre Festival Award for Most Promising New Comedy Writer with her very serious play about a ninja monkey at a dinner party. Her pet labradors are the loves of her life, she is mildly obsessed with Jane Austen and one day she hopes to wake up as an elf in The Lord of the Rings.