The Wedding Sisters by Jamie Brenner

review-the-wedding-sistersMeryl Becker is living a mother’s dream. The oldest of her three beautiful daughters, Meg, is engaged to a wonderful man from one of the country’s most prominent families. Of course, Meryl wants to give Meg the perfect wedding. Who wouldn’t? But when her two younger daughters, Amy and Jo, also become engaged to celebrated bachelors, Meryl has to admit that three weddings is more than she and her husband, Hugh, can realistically afford.

The solution? A triple wedding! At first, it’s a tough sell to the girls, and juggling three sets of future in-laws is a logistical nightmare. But when Hugh loses his teaching job, and Meryl’s aging mother suddenly moves in with them, a triple wedding is the only way to get all three sisters down the aisle. When the grand plan becomes public, the onslaught of media attention adds to Meryl’s mounting pressure. Suddenly, appearances are everything – and she will do whatever it takes to keep the wedding on track as money gets tight, her mother starts acting nutty, and her own thirty year marriage starts to unravel.

In the weeks leading up to the nuptials, secrets are revealed, passions ignite, and surprising revelations show Meryl and her daughters the true meaning of love, marriage and family. Jamie Brenner’s The Wedding Sisters invites readers to the most unpredictable wedding of the year.

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Reviewer: Gina

Rating: 3 Stars

 

I found the main character, Meryl, quite hard to get along with. I didn’t understand many of her actions, so I found her tricky to relate to. There were also more points of view than I expected in the book, but I didn’t feel like I particularly gelled with any of them.

My favourite character was Meryl’s mother, but I’m not sure she was really used enough or if her thread just got a bit lost in the rest of the story. Same as with the thread where Meryl could have had an affair, and it just fizzled into a nothing situation, instead. The same as with the storyline with Hugh’s student. I felt there were missed opportunities here.

The blurb promised a lot, but I’m not sure it completely delivered. I expected something a lot more light-hearted – maybe even chick lit in tone. Something more comedic, but I read a different story with a lot of soul searching although I’m not sure I got to know the characters very well.

I didn’t have a very big love for the parallels with Little Women – the book would have fared equally well without them, although Hugh would have needed a different reason for being. The references felt a little shoe-horned in to give Meryl a reason to dislike her husband.

I loved the concept of this book when I read the blurb, but it surprised me by being something other than what I expected. It was entirely readable and a good story. It just didn’t grab me and make me love it.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.