Review: The Wedding Sisters by Jamie Brenner

26114378Date of Publication: June 7th 2016

Publisher: St Martin’s Press

Purchase: Amazon

Meryl 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.

My review:

Here’s the thing about this book: I don’t hate it but I don’t love it either. When I first read the blurb, I have to admit that I was intrigued. I hope that there’s going to be some family and wedding drama, something that I can really enjoy and probably relate to. However, this book kind of fell flat for me. I don’t get the drama at all.

None of the characters are relatable to me at all. I wanted to like Meryl, I wanted to fight for Meg, I wanted to comfort Jo and I wanted to understand Amy but all I get from them all are frustration. I’m frustrated with how their characters were developed. Every time they make their choices, I literally facepalmed because I cannot believe they did that. And don’t get me started on the guys. Sure, they’re like celebrated bachelors, supposedly coming from good, prominent families but nothing about them makes you feel like the girls deserved any of them.

When I first started reading this, based on the blurb, I was expecting dramas and even though there were dramas of some kind (paparazzis are involved), I just couldn’t help but feel detached to it all. Every time I read through passages like that, I felt the need to skim through.

Overall this book is not all that bad. I think I would have enjoyed it a little bit more if my expectation were a little lower. The writing is good, some parts are beautiful even but I felt that I couldn’t enjoy the story enough because there weren’t enough progression character-wise.

My rating: 

Disclaimer: I received the ARC from St Martin’s Press via Netgalley in exchange of honest reviews. All opinions are mine.


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