Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Book Review - "Never a Bridesmaid"

Book Description from the publisher:

Meet the people who make it all happen - the planners, the photographers, the musicians who have helped orchestrate the perfect day for countless couples as they find their own happy endings in the second Year of Weddings novella collection. Can one bridesmaid undo the disasters caused by a poorly chosen maid of honor and save her sister's wedding from disaster?
Mari's older sister Crystal is getting married, and Mari is one of her bridesmaids - actually, the last in a lineup of five bridesmaids, but that doesn't really bother her. Much. But Sienna Jameson as the maid of honor? Really? She might be Crystal's best friend, but she's ditzy and undependable on her best days. When the best man turns out to be hunky Derrick Richardson, the right fielder for the Houston Astros and one of Houston's most eligible bachelors, Sienna abandons her duties as maid of honor to chase Derrick, and it's up to Mari to make sure Crystal's wedding day goes off without a hitch.
While Mari is wrapped up in dress fittings, bridal showers, and bachelorette nights, Derrick has taken notice of her devotion to her sister and her determination to make the wedding perfect. But between dodging Sienna's advances and watching Mari running around like a madwoman, Derrick is left to steal moments whenever he can to get to know this beautiful bridesmaid.
When the maid of honor shows up to the ceremony late and more done up than the bride herself, Mari fears her attempts to make her sister's wedding perfect have all been for naught. Will the bride be up-staged by the maid of honor? Will the fifth-in-line bridesmaid ever be recognized for all the work she's done? And will Mari finally have a moment to revel in the magic of a wedding and dance in the strong arms of a man?
About the Author
Janice Thompson got her start in the industry writing screenplays and musical comedies for the stage. She has published over ninety books for the Christian market, crossing genre lines to write cozy mysteries, historicals, romances, nonfiction books, devotionals, children's books, and more. She particularly enjoys writing light-hearted, comedic tales because she enjoys making readers laugh. In addition, she enjoys public speaking and mentoring young writers. She lives in Spring, Texas, where she leads a rich life with her family, a host of writing friends, and two mischievous dachshunds. Visit her website at www.janiceathompson.com. Twitter: @booksbyjanice Facebook: Janice Hanna Thompson's Reader Page

My Review -
I am a huge fan of Janice Thompson's writing and I was not disappointed with her novella, "Never a Bridesmaid."  Crystal is getting married; however she is not exactly getting the wedding of her dreams.  Crystal's future mother-in-law in dictating much of the wedding details and planning including who Crystal's maid of honor is to be.  Crystal's sister Mari is a planner, she is used to taking care of details and doing for others.  When Crystal becomes engaged Mari assumes that she will naturally be the maid of honor and she is not given this honor or role, she finds herself taking care of the duties that go along with this position as the appointed maid of honor comes up with one excuse after another and is more focused on herself.  I really enjoyed this story and found myself empathizing with the sisters throughout this book.  How often so many of us are dealing with feeling unappreciated or feeling as if our lives are being dictated for us?  Humor and romance are sprinkled throughout this story making this an excellent, quick read to cozy up with. 

*Thanks to the BookLook Bloggers Program for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

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