Thursday, August 11, 2016

Daughters of the Bride by Susan Mallery (audiobook)

Title: Daughters of the Bride
Author: Susan Mallery
My Rating: A
Narrator: Tanya Eby

Genre: Women's Fiction
Series: -
Main Characters: Courtney, Sienna, and Rachel
Release Date: July 2016
Publisher:  Harlequin
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
With Joy, Love and a Little Trepidation, Courtney, Sienna and Rachel Invite You to the Most Emotional Wedding of the Year… Their Mother's


~ The Misfit ~ 

As the awkward one, Courtney Watson may not be as together as her sisters, but she excels at one thing—keeping secrets, including her white-hot affair with a sexy music producer. Planning Mom's wedding exposes her startling hidden life, changing her family's view of her—and how she views herself—forever. 


~ The Free Spirit ~ 

When Sienna's boyfriend proposes—in front of her mom and sisters, for crying out loud—he takes her by surprise. She already has two broken engagements under her belt. Should she say "I do" even if she's not sure she does? 


~ The Cynic ~ 

Rachel thought love would last forever…right up until her divorce. As Mom's wedding day draws near and her ex begs for a second chance, she's forced to acknowledge some uncomfortable truths about why her marriage failed, and decide if she'll let pride stand in the way of her own happily-ever-after.

My Review:
Overall: 4.5
Performance: 4.5

Story: 4.75

I'm not usually a big woman's fiction lover, but this book worked for me on all levels. I loved it so much.

This book is about three women and their mother. Because of their childhood, none of these women are exactly healthy in their views of relationships. Their father died suddenly when they were all young, leaving their mother scrambling. She almost lost their business and did lose their home, but to maintain even that much took everything out of her. As a result, the oldest daughter, Rachel, at ten, took over raising the other two. For Courtney who had learning disabilities it means she fell through the cracks. All three of the girls have trust issues...both Rachel and Courtney are highly independent. Sienna doesn't trust herself to make the right choices. And all three are having difficulties with their relationships throughout this book. 

All three girls are exploring relationships that are at different places, but each was such a good story. I would have been thrilled to read any of the girls' stories. To get all three in one book was a wonderful experience. I really loved all of them. 

From Rachel who's dealing with her ex who cheated on her. They're divorced, but their emotions haven't gone away. Watching them work through their issues was beautiful. I loved the romance of that. Even though they have this horrible background behind them, they still have the deep feelings that they can build from.  

Courtney is exploring her first real relationship with Quinn. I loved her story so much. She's been living a secret life that no one in her family knows about. Courtney has so many self-confidence issues...I loved how Quinn helped build her up and made her a better person. They were so good together even though Courtney doesn't see them lasting long-term at all. 

Then there's Sienna who is on her third engagement, but doesn't know herself good enough to make the right decision for her life. I really liked the setting of Sienna's job and the depth that brought to the story. I also really liked the bff she had in Johnny. 

I listened to this on audio and absolutely loved it. The narrator had great men's voices and that tends to be an issue with female narrators for me. But she did a wonderful job. I loved the audio.

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