In a total turn-around from her Dark Dates series, Tracey Sinclair comes to the blog today with a chick-lit title set in Newcastle and full of growth, heart, and plenty of film references. Please read on for my review of
The Bridesmaid Blues
Different from what I’m used to from this author, Luce isn’t a typical ‘romance heroine’: she’s full of self-doubts and contradictions, single and hating it although unable to find the ‘right’ man, and initially more broken record than dedicated to changing her life for the better. With many nights curled up with too much wine and friends, she’s untethered if unable to make positive changes. Enter her friend Jemma, demanding that Luce step up and help with her wedding and be a bridesmaid, even as she is steering her away from the latest ex, her soon to be brother-in-law. In the midst of Luce’s worries that she’s never going to find a date, yet will have to face the infamous ex for the wedding, and her mother’s once constant ‘find a man’ refrain that is curiously absent of late, a friend she made in London appears, also with a request for Luce as bridesmaid – this wedding being in serious short notice.
Throughout the story, Luce is playing about with jewelry design, finding a new confidence in her co-worker and his admiration of her, discovering the long-lost soon to be brother-in-law, now back in town after time in the states, and a relationship for her mother with the vicar (?!!) that she never saw coming she’s spiraling down in her never-ending self-doubts, what ifs and not being good enough. It takes some boldness and raves about a piece she designed for her London friend’s wedding, and that little shot of confidence brought on by another man she thinks is completely inappropriate, gives her a spark of new insight. So, when faced with the charming and handsome ex with the morals and emotions of a hungry alley cat, she realizes that the only way to make the changes to the life she wants to see is to believe she deserves it.
Want a heroine that’s utterly different, completely honest about her own foibles and dislikes, and utterly unaware of the value of her friendship to others –grab this. Alternating between funny, sad and even moment on the Geordie shore, this will tick every box and leave you smiling in the end.
Title: The Bridesmaid Blues
Author: Tracey Sinclair
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Setting: Britain
Published by: Self-Published
Published on: 28 July, 2014
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Luce knows she should be thrilled when Jenna asks her to be bridesmaid – after all, they’ve known each other since childhood and Jenna is the best friend any girl could have. But it’s hard to get excited about weddings when you’re terminally single and the best man is the boy who broke your heart: Jamie, the groom’s dashing and irresistible brother. How can she face the man who dumped her when she’s still so hopelessly in love? Then again, maybe this is the perfect opportunity – after all, where better to get back together than at a wedding?
So Luce has six months to figure out how to win back her ex, but she has plenty else on her plate – from an old friend returned to Newcastle with an announcement of her own, to a youthful colleague who may or may not have a crush on her and a mother who is acting very strangely indeed… and that’s all before a mysterious, handsome American walks into her life.
Sometimes being a bridesmaid isn’t all confetti and champagne…
A copy of this title was provided via Author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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