Emily remembers her childhood as chaotic and full of drama. She has worked hard to make her adult life as different from her wacky mother’s as possible. She is finally living the stable, organized life she always dreamed of — and, though boring, this is exactly what she wants. She thinks she has fallen in love with “Mr. Right,” a transplant surgeon named Grant. His family is full of all the tradition and respectability that hers is not. She can’t help but feel a little intimidated by their perfect lives.
Emily and Grant are tying the knot at his family’s long-time favorite vacation lodge in Vermont. It will be a dream come true. They arrive at the lodge a week before the wedding to make last-minute plans and visit with family. The heirloom dress will fit (serious dieting will make sure of that); the wedding will go off without a hitch (if she keeps her mother away from her future mother-in-law); and Emily and Grant will live happily ever after (despite a friend’s warning that Emily will never have her honeymoon because of Grant’s demanding, important job).
Only that’s not how it turns out. Her ex-husband, Ryan, shows up out of the blue and makes Emily question whether she’s marrying the right man.
The plot isn’t full of unexpected twists. You could probably fill in how the story ends just by knowing that Emily’s ex showed up before the wedding. But I liked the way Kendrick works the plot to the inevitable conclusion. She has a playful, light hand with developing characters, from the brassy mother of the bride to the conservative mother of the groom. And I was happy to see those passive-aggressive older sisters get their comeuppance! Read the book to find out how.
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