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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Book Review: The Secret Bridesmaid by Katy Birchall

Sophie Breeze has parlayed an extreme helpfulness with a love of weddings into a unique job: professional bridesmaid. These days brides want to do more of the planning themselves, and hiring a wedding planner has a whiff of laziness combined with lack of creativity that is out of vogue. However, a bridesmaid who knows a heck of a lot about wedding planning and has all the time to devote to a wedding, can make all the difference in the world. So now it's her full-time job!

A previous bride's mother calls one day to ask Sophie to meet with a potential client, with a candidate that Sophia might want to wait until after the meeting to thank her (or not). It turns out the new potential client is the Marchioness of Meade, mother of the bride. That's never ideal, as the bride needs to be on board, and this bride, Lady Cordelia, is notorious and difficult. But Sophie is optimistic and determined! She! Can! Do! It!

What I loved most about this book is even though it's about weddings and there is a love interest and it's billed as a rom-com, the primary relationship is Sophie and Cordelia possibly, maybe, reluctantly becoming friends. Yeah, Cordelia's older brother Tom is cute and nice, but he's definitely a B story. The fact that a friendship between two women is the A story I found refreshing and enlightened.

This story was a delight. It was fun and fast and had lots of ups and downs and twists and turns. There are funny little bits of stories of other weddings in between (the Star Wars themed wedding for which Sophie has to dress up as Chewbacca and learn how to do the Wookie roar, is especially funny.) I enjoyed the heck out of it. 

This book is published by St. Martin's Griffin, a division of Macmillan, my employer.

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