Rebecca has chosen the most luscious, five tiered, wedding cake – as featured in Hello! Magazine. The engagement ring that she has selected is celebrity inspired. The wedding singer is on speed dial. He doesn’t usually do Michael Bolton, but as it’s for a first dance he’ll make an exception. Father Maguire is checking dates for the parish church as we speak. The deposit on the white sand honeymoon is paid for in full on Barry’s card. Sure, the resort was good enough for Pierce Brosnan when he tied the knot. She has fallen for an ivory lace couture gown that is to die for. The down payment may require her to sell a left kidney, but it will be worth it. Isn’t that why you have two?
There’s one teeny problem. It’s nothing, really. No need to panic! It’s just that Barry has yet to propose. Says he’s not ready! He can be a bit of a kill joy that way. It’s time to face the harsh reality – she is a bride without a groom.
Truth be told, Barry’s had enough. There’s only so much wedding talk that one man can take. Discovering the credit card statement is the final straw. Now he’s leaving for a conference in Bangkok and frankly, he’s looking forward to the peace and quiet. He says he needs time to think about their relationship. As the Tiger beer flows and the tie loosens, his colleague Shelley is providing more than a shoulder for him to cry on. Maybe Shelley is right. Maybe Rebecca only wants the big day.
Back in Dublin, Rebecca worries. Maybe she has pushed Barry too far this time. Best mates Pam and Emer are on hand for counseling and cocktails. With the help of family, friends and a well stocked drinks cabinet, Rebecca puts her cunning plan together. Operation ‘Win Back Barry’ is in full swing. She needs to convince Barry that she’s not crazy – just crazy about him. But wait… who is the mysterious woman that is so keen to talk to her, and what is it that Barry needs to get off his chest?
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance, Humor, Chick Lit, Rom-Com
What’s It About?
“It’s time to face the harsh reality. I’m a bride without a groom.”
Rebecca is crazy over her boyfriend Barry, and is crazy about weddings. You might even call her a “bridezilla”… One problem, she isn’t even engaged!
She spends her time volunteering at an animal shelter, going to bars and drinking fancy cocktails with her best friends, Pam and Emer, and fantasizing about her dream wedding. Her obsession with weddings is pushing her boyfriend further and further away. Conveniently, he leaves for Thailand on a business trip, after a huge fight.
Is this the end? Will Rebecca be a bride without a groom?
I was hooked by the prologue, and completely entertained throughout Bride Without A Groom, by Author Amy Lynch. To say that the main character, Rebecca, is hilarious, is an UNDERSTATEMENT. Her introspective thoughts had me literally laughing out loud.
If that wasn’t enough, I also loved the surrounding characters. Barry, the non-groom, comes off at first as a jerk, referring to Rebecca as a “pampered princess”, and confiding in his female friend about his problems with Rebecca. Slowly but surely, the reader comes to the conclusion that Barry is just overwhelmed by Confetti magazines, a priest who stops by to confirm a wedding date, (what wedding?!), and a booked honeymoon. Rebecca would drive a saint mad!
I also enjoyed her best friends, Pam and Emer. Pam is the devil on Rebecca’s shoulder, and Emer the angel. They were the perfect addition for this chick lit. Throw in an annoying mother who means well, and a nosy, gossipy neighbor, Bernie, and you have yourself a very interesting story with characters who have DEPTH!
I would recommend this novel to women who enjoy humorous chick lit, brides-to-be, brides-who-want-to-be, and anyone who enjoys a good rom-com. You will not be disappointed! 5 Stars! 🙂 (Or in this case, engagement rings!)
About The Author
Amy Lynch is an author of women’s commercial fiction. Her debut novel ‘Bride without a groom’ is out now, and her second novel ‘Does my bump look big in this?’ will follow shortly.
Amy lives in Wicklow, Ireland with her husband, two young children and two dogs.
***In the interest of full disclosure, a received an e-copy of Bride Without A Groom, from Light Brigade PR, in exchange for a thoughtful, fair, and honest book review.