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And her older sister Bella couldn’t be more excited. Not only will Polly be home after five years in New York, but she’s coming back to marry the most perfect man on the planet, Dev. Dresses, cake, first dance … Bella’s looking forward to getting stuck into the arrangements.
Polly's best friend Grace is just as excited. She’s can’t wait to walk down the aisle behind her childhood ally, especially as the stylish Polly wouldn’t dream of dressing her bridesmaids in anything but the best, which will make a welcome change to the ‘mum-wear’ she’s adopted since her second child was born.
The only person who doesn’t seem to be bursting with enthusiasm is Polly. Which is why, before things can get any more chaotic, she calls the whole thing off. And there’s no way she’s going to tell them why. Some secrets are best kept hidden.
But she’s reckoned without Grace and Bella, who are determined to get Polly and Dev back together if it's the last thing they do. After all, solving someone else’s problems has got to be better than dealing with their own …?
“Readers will delight in McQueen’s lovable cast, the dynamics of Grace’s escapist romance, Bella’s understated affection for Liam, and Polly’s emotional revelation.” --Publishers Weekly
I happened to LOVE this book! I thought it was very thorough, a good plot, and very entertaining. The characters were very enjoyable and I felt like I really knew who they were. This is a very enjoyable story as I laughed out loud in so many places! Holly McQueen throws in humor in the least expected places! You laugh hard at the time, but later in the day when you think of that same scene in the book again, you are laughing at it again even harder! She has a gifted talent with comedy throughout this story.
Each character talks in the first-person narrative, so we get to hear what they are thinking in all of the different situations that we are presented with, kind of like 'insider information'. It can be tricky for an author to write this way, yet she easily pulled it off with these different characters! Wow! I enjoyed this story more than very much! LOVED it! As well as her writing in this book makes me want to read her other books she has written, which are all listed below under 'about the author'!
There will be no 'Here Comes the Bride', nor 'Happily Ever After' going on in this story for Polly Atkins! At least not now that she's called her wedding OFF! Yes! That's right! She has decided to leave her fiance', Dev, at the altar! (In plenty of time so he won't literally be standing there, in case you were wondering!) Polly still flies back home to London during the Christmas holidays, as her wedding was to take place on New Year's Eve, but she is breaking up with her fiance'. She has kept they reason 'why' she called the wedding off to herself, and is keeping him, Dev, at arm's length away as well. She wants to break up with him. No one can understand why Polly would do such a thing because they all seem to think that Dev is the perfect guy for her.
Let's meet Polly's sister, Bella Atkins. She is up in arms! She's frantic! She cannot believe her own sister has done this and she is very upset, to say the least, especially since she has been playing the 'unofficial' Wedding Planner for Polly. Bella cannot believe this has happened, and she stoops to some low levels to try to figure out WHY she has called the wedding off, including hacking into Polly's email account. To make matters worse, Polly won't even talk to Bella, nor give her a reason as to 'why' she has done this. Bella calls Polly's actions 'Faffiness'.
Along with the event of the wedding, another event that Bella has been working on is trying to adopt a baby, well, a child. A "child" is really the word she says she should use instead of "a baby", she convinces herself, worried that a slip-up such as that may put off the Adoption Agency's Representative and they may not allow her to adopt after all. Another big problem she has is her boyfriend, Jamie, as he is not showing up for these really important appointments Bella has with the adoption agency. Jamie says out loud that he does want to adopt a child with Bella, but she can't help but feel his actions are showing her differently. Bella gets all worried about how this all looks to the Adoption Agency. Not only that, but this is where we get to meet Liam. Wow! We REALLY get to meet Liam! That story I will leave for you to find out about!
Then we have Grace. Grace is married to Charlie and their marriage isn't very secure, so they have plenty of their own problems to deal with, along with a couple of young sons. These two seem to be each going in their own direction, not together as they should be.
So as Bella and Grace try to fix and/or help Polly, just like the synopsis of this book says, solving someone else's problems can be easier than fixing your own. Polly still does not budge, and they are trying to think of any and everything as to why she would throw this all away. She has the best man in the world for her, and still no answers. These two stop at nothing! They are bound and determined to get to the bottom of this and fix it, no matter what it takes!
And HOW does this story end? That's up to YOU to read and find out! No matter how this story ends for Polly, happy or sad, or just as she wanted, you WON'T be disappointed! This was a GREAT book!
I HIGHLY recommend reading this book! As I said above, I LOVED this book! It will make a great summer read for you, not to mention you'll be able to go on vacation to London in it! Enjoy!
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About the Author:
Is the author of 3 other books, and they are:
The Fabulous (Double) Life of Isabel Bookbinder - 2009
Fabulously Fashionable - 2010
Confetti Confidential - 2011
A short Bio from Goodreads:
Holly McQueen has wanted to be a writer ever since discovering that the nuns at her junior school would let her off maths homework if she wrote a story instead. After unexpected detours via law, magazine journalism, and even musical theatre, she began writing her first novel in 2006. Holly lives with her husband in London. She still avoids math.
(I have to side with this Author on the subject of Math! I never liked it either, and still don't! I'm VERY glad she is still writing today!)
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