Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Blog Tour: Daughters of the Bride by Susan Mallery

Author: Susan Mallery
Publisher: Harlequin
Date of publication: July 2016

With Joy, Love, and a Little Trepidation Courtney, Sienna and Rachel Invite You To the Most Emotional Wedding of the Year… Their Mother's 

Courtney ~ The Misfit ~
As the awkward one, Courtney Watson may not be as together as her sisters, but she excels at one thing—keeping secrets, including her white-hot affair with a sexy music producer. Planning Mom's wedding exposes her startling hidden life, changing her family's view of her—and how she views herself—forever.
Sienna ~ The Free Spirit ~
When Sienna's boyfriend proposes—in front of her mom and sisters, for crying out loud—he takes her by surprise. She already has two broken engagements under her belt. Should she say "I do" even if she's not sure she does?
Rachel ~ The Cynic ~
Rachel thought love would last forever…right up until her divorce. As Mom's wedding day draws near and her ex begs for a second chance, she's forced to acknowledge some uncomfortable truths about why her marriage failed, and decide if she'll let pride stand in the way of her own happily ever after.

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Daughters of the Bride isn't really just a book about a mother getting married.  It's more about second chances and learning to feel worthy.  In the beginning of this story, none of the sisters feel worthy enough. Through helping their mother get ready for her wedding, they all begin to work out their issues and finally realize that they all deserve happiness.  For the most part, this was an enjoyable book, but in the end, I didn't love it as much as I wanted to love it. 

Out of the three sisters, I liked Courtney's story the most.  I really disliked the way her family treated her because they thought she was "just a maid".  That repeatedly made me angry. I couldn't understand her need to keep her education secret from them.  She needed to shove it in their faces. My heart broke for her because she was so deserving of love. But, I could understand her fears when it came to loving Quinn.  I loved them together and I was really rooting for him to get the girl!  

But when it came to the rest of the story, it fell kind of flat for me.  Sienna spent the entire book engaged to a guy who clearly didn't love her for more than her looks.  Everyone knew it and never outright said anything.  He treated her like dirt.  In the end, I was left wanting more of the story with her and Jimmy.  I didn't feel like her story was finished.  I also didn't care for Rachel and Greg's story. My own feelings about cheating aside, I didn't buy into them being OK in the end.  Whether they were too young or she was too much of a control freak, that didn't excuse what Greg did.  I would have at least liked to have them talk about counseling. 

In the end, for me, I would have loved this book more if it had just been about Courtney.  I felt like the other sisters slowed down the book.  This is a stand alone story, but I kind of wish it was a trilogy with each sister getting their own book.  I wanted more of Sienna's story.  Maybe we could get a novella?

About the Author:

Susan Mallery is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of novels about the relationships that define women's lives—romance, friendship, family. With compassion and humor, Susan keenly observes how people think and feel, in stories that take readers on an emotional journey. Sometimes heartbreaking, often funny, and always uplifting, Susan's books have spent more than 200 weeks on the USA Today bestsellers list, thanks to her ever growing legions of fans.

Susan lives in Seattle with her husband, two ragdoll cats, and a tattletale toy poodle. Animals play a big role in her books, as well, as she believes they're an integral component to a happy life. Visit her online at

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