Thursday, April 14, 2022

The Wedding Ringer

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Synopsis (from Amazon):  A woman who wants nothing to do with love or friendship finds both in the unlikeliest ways in this hilarious and heartwarming debut by Kerry Rea.

Once upon a time, Willa Callister was a successful blogger with a good credit score, actual hobbies, and legs that she shaved more than once a month. But after finding her fiancĂ© in bed with her best friend, she now spends her days performing at children's birthday parties in a ball gown that makes her look like a walking bottle of Pepto Bismol. Willa dreams of starting fresh, where no one knows who she used to be, but first she needs to save up enough money to make it happen. 

Maisie Mitchell needs something too: another bridesmaid for her wedding. After a chance encounter at a coffee shop, Maisie offers to pay Willa to be in her bridal party. Willa wants nothing to do with weddings—or Maisie—but the money will give her the freedom to start the new life she so badly desires. 

Willa's bridesmaid duties thrust her into Maisie's high-energy world and into the path of hotshot doctor Liam Rafferty. But as Willa and Maisie form a real friendship, and Liam's annoyingly irresistible smile makes her reconsider her mantra that all men are trash, Willa's exit strategy becomes way more complicated. And when a secret from Maisie's past threatens to derail the wedding, Willa must consider whether friendship—and romance—are worth sticking around for.

One (or more) Sentence Summary: A really cute and different twist on becoming a bridesmaid and falling for the groomsman. Willa is a great character that will have you laughing along the way, but you also feel sorry for her and what her life has become. In walks Willa and you can't help but want to help her and her fake friendship. 

Very fast read with characters that I really liked. Enjoyable - perfect book for anytime of the year, but especially in June during all the June weddings!

On a side note, I seem to be reading a lot of Ohio authors, which is purely by accident (I live in Ohio too). I would love to read other book by Kerry Rea as this is her first novel - would love to come to a book signing in Columbus (just a skip away). 

Kerry Rea is a 2017 and 2019 #Pitchwars mentee. Her work has appeared in Seventeen Magazine. She lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and four dogs. The Wedding Ringer is her debut novel.

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