March 5, 2015

my five favorite wedding reads

In the weeks leading up to the release of The Marrying Type, I found myself fondly recalling other wedding-minded books.

Initially I wanted to share my favorite wedding scenes from literature, but I ran into a few problems. For one, that list would be way too long and difficult to whittle down to a list of five (or even ten). Another issue: too many spoilers. While in some of the books (like Julie Garwood’s Saving Grace, The Prize, or really any of her historical romances, which would totally be fighting for a spot on this list) a wedding happens early in the book and is an expectation based on the blurb. In others (which I’m not naming) you might not know the wedding is coming.

So in the interest of not spoiling any stories or having to exhaust myself by viciously deciding which scene is in and out, I’m sharing my five favorite wedding-themed books. These are fictionalized stories that revolve around having or planning a wedding, not actual books about a wedding (I’ve only read a couple of those, so I’m not an expert).

And with that disclaimer, here we go…

1. Shopaholic Ties the Knot by Sophie Kinsella
This might be my favorite (or at least top two) Shopaholic series story. From the proposal at the beginning to the wedding at the end, the story was full of lots of humor and heart. It is also the first time we see some major transformations in Becky Bloomwood and her future husband Luke Brandon. While dealing with some major personal issues outside of their wedding plans, we see a new side of Becky and Luke, and it’s the first time I looked at these two and really thought they might have the lasting power. (Even if Becky constantly worries about it in future books, I had no doubt after this that these two crazy kids were going to make it.)

2. Diary of a Mad Bride by Laura Wolf
A book I casually picked up at a Barnes & Noble before going to work my shift at the movie theater back in high school, this is the story of one woman’s journey from “yes” to “I do.” Clever, funny, and at times a little finger-nail biting (Who doesn’t get nervous when you can’t find the perfect pair of shoes to wear down the aisle?), this book has been one of my favorite reads for more than a decade. (I also love the sequel, but that one is about birthin' babies.)

3. The Bride Quartet by Nora Roberts
So technically this is four books, but to quote Laura Ingalls in These Happy Golden Years, “I couldn’t have one without the other.” Vision in White, Bed of Roses, Savor the Moment, and Happy Ever After tell the stories of Mac, Emma, Laurel, and Parker, four lifelong best friends who run a wedding business together as a photographer, florist, baker, and planner respectively. Throughout the course of a year’s worth of weddings, all four women find themselves in romances that promise to give them their own trips down the aisle.

4. Immortal in Death by J.D. Robb
I’ll admit I haven’t made it very far in Nora Roberts writing as J.D. Robb’s in Death series, but this is one of my favorites so far. And technically this one doesn’t feature a wedding (that happens sometime between this book and the next), but they’re assembling their wedding throughout this one. While solving murders and mystery, Eve Dallas figures out how to become comfortable marrying the sexy, but impossibly wealthy and meddlesome Roarke.

5. Honeymoon with Murder by Carolyn G. Hart
Apparently marriage and murder make for a happy combination in my world. I'm a fan of the Death on Demand series and the team Annie and Max Darling make. As one of the first books in the series, this is the first time we see Annie and Max working together as husband and wife after a murder occurs immediately following their wedding. Poor things. All Max wants to do is enjoy a wedding night with his bride, and she has a murder to solve and a friend to save.

Honorable Mentions:
The One by Kiera Cass
Diary of a Mad Bride by Laura Wolfe
I Do, But I Don't by Cara Lockwood

Now it's your turn. What are your favorite fictional wedding reads?

About The Marrying Type

Always the wedding planner, never a bride, Elliot Lynch is famous for orchestrating the splashiest weddings in Charleston, South Carolina. When her father’s sloppy management practices leave them on the brink of bankruptcy, Elliot will do whatever it takes to save the family business. When asked to appear on “The Marrying Type,” a reality TV show about the people behind the scenes as couples exchange I dos, she says yes to the invasion of privacy (and the hefty paycheck that comes with it). 

With a camera crew capturing every detail of her life, Elliot faces her most challenging contract yet: planning a wedding where her ex is involved in every part of the process. Add in a lazy assistant, liquor-loving bridesmaid, and rival planner encroaching on her turf, and Elliot’s wedding season goes from high-end to high-stress. 

Forced to confront her past, Elliot must live out her troubled present on national TV if she has any hope of saving her future. 

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1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed GIRLS IN WHITE DRESSES by Jennifer Close.