The Little French Bridal Shop by Jennifer Dupee

The Little French Bridal Shop by Jennifer Dupee

Jennifer Dupee comes to the blog with her debut offering  

The Little French Bridal Shop  

Set in a small northern Massachusetts town, Larisa Pearl has returned to her aunt’s stately home to ready it for sale.  The behemoth of a house is where many of her favorite childhood memories occurred, and the town she grew up in has plenty of memories. But now at loose ends, wondering just what her life will look like in ten more years, feeling a bit of loose ends and struggling with her mother’s dementia, her parents’ marriage and love being hard to ‘replicate’, she’s also alone.  

Returning to the little town, she impulsively steps into the bridal shop and purchases a dress: exciting the townspeople who’d known her for years and opening a Pandora’s box of lies, deception and a place for Larisa to continue to hide and ‘move on’ even as she remained stagnant.  Through the journey we meet Jack, a man of ‘all work’ who is currently experiencing his own relationship woes as his marriage is on the rocks and he can’t figure out how to fix it.  The two find a connection: innocent and familiar at first, but quickly deepens into more – even as no lines have been crossed.  Together we discover Larisa coming to terms with her life (and her desires) as they stand, as she faces the demons of her own guilt for not being more available to her mother in her decline, her own confusion about what she truly wants, and the fact that soon she’ll be forty with no real plans.  

Dupee has created a story that is nuanced, honest and occasionally frustrating in terms of the heroine who should have her life together, but her own insecurities and the heavy mantle of her parents’ own marriage – perfect and loving in every way – leaves her floundering more often than not.  With plenty of moments for her to simply come clean and take her knocks: with no real consequence except to her pride, the story winds to a conclusion that brings focus to dementia, self-fulfillment and fear in ways that are unique and bring us empathy for the characters: even when they don’t particularly deserve it.  A lovely debut with a story that will have many reactions, I can’t wait to read what’s up next from this author.  

The Little French Bridal Shop by Jennifer Dupee

Title: The Little French Bridal Shop
Author: Jennifer Dupee
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Depression, Dual Narration, Family Saga, Friendship, Mental Health, Mystery Elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: American, Small Town
Published by: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1250271525
Published on: 9 March, 2021
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 304
Audio Length: 7 Hours: 41 minutes
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One Flame

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Is a lie of omission still a lie? Larisa Pearl didn't think so and it got her into a heap of trouble.

When Larisa Pearl returns to her small seaside hometown in Massachusetts to manage her beloved great aunt's estate, she's a bit of an emotional mess. She's just lost her job and her boyfriend and she's struggling to cope with her mother's failing health. When she passes by the window of The Little French Bridal Shop, a beautiful ivory satin wedding gown catches her eye...

Now, to the delight of everyone in town, Larisa is planning her wedding. She has her dress, made floral arrangements, and set the date. The only thing missing is the groom. How did this happen? All she did was try on a dress and let her fantasy take flight. But word about her upcoming nuptials has reached the ears of Jack Merrill. As teenagers, they spent time together on her great aunt's estate, building a friendship that could have become something more had they chosen different paths.

Lost in a web of her own lies, Larisa must first face some difficult truths, including her mother's fragile future, before she can embrace her family, straighten out her life, and open her heart to finding love.

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

The Little French Bridal Shop by Jennifer Dupee

Title: The Little French Bridal Shop
Author: Jennifer Dupee
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Depression, Dual Narration, Family Saga, Friendship, Mental Health, Mystery Elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: American, Small Town
Published by: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1250271525
Published on: 9 March, 2021
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 304
Audio Length: 7 Hours: 41 minutes
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One Flame

Get Your Copy: Amazon Barnes&Noble iTunes Kobo Downpour IndieBound Book Depository GoogleAudibleDirect from Publisher
See this Title on Goodreads

Is a lie of omission still a lie? Larisa Pearl didn't think so and it got her into a heap of trouble.

When Larisa Pearl returns to her small seaside hometown in Massachusetts to manage her beloved great aunt's estate, she's a bit of an emotional mess. She's just lost her job and her boyfriend and she's struggling to cope with her mother's failing health. When she passes by the window of The Little French Bridal Shop, a beautiful ivory satin wedding gown catches her eye...

Now, to the delight of everyone in town, Larisa is planning her wedding. She has her dress, made floral arrangements, and set the date. The only thing missing is the groom. How did this happen? All she did was try on a dress and let her fantasy take flight. But word about her upcoming nuptials has reached the ears of Jack Merrill. As teenagers, they spent time together on her great aunt's estate, building a friendship that could have become something more had they chosen different paths.

Lost in a web of her own lies, Larisa must first face some difficult truths, including her mother's fragile future, before she can embrace her family, straighten out her life, and open her heart to finding love.

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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