Thursday, July 21, 2016

Blog Tour and Review: Daughters of the Bride by Susan Mallery

Susan Mallery
Daughters of the Bride
July 12, 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.
A must-read for anyone who has survived the wedding of a sister, a mother, a daughter—as told by #1 New York Times bestselling author and master storyteller Susan Mallery!

I was beyond excited to read this book by Susan Mallory but I had a tough time getting into the story at first.

The book is about three sisters - Rachael, Courtney, Sienna and their mother Maggie. Throughout each chapter the book flips between the four 'leading ladies'. Which often times left me momentarily confused and made it hard to connect with the characters in the beginning.

Each sister, as well as the 'bride' herself has their own set of troubles in their lives, yet each one seems envious of the others.

Throughout the story we read along as Maggie plans her dream (second) wedding and each daughter tries to work through their own issues. Sienna finds her self having trouble committing. Rachael is still in love with her ex husband and Courtney is 'just a maid' at the local Inn where she meets someone special but runs out of fear.

Wanna know if they all get their HEA? You'll have to one click to find out.

I can only give this one 3.5 stars though because while I think it was a decent story and I did find myself relating most to Rachael, I really wished it was written a little differently where the author focused on each girl a little more at a time versus having it so broken up.

Daughters of the Bride by Susan Mallory is a lighthearted and at times frustrating read. LOL. Over twenty years ago Courtney, Rachel, and Sienna lost their father, but now their mother has found love again and plans to get married. And they couldn’t be happier for her and her future husband.

Within this book you will actually find three stories within the main story because not only does the bride have a love story, but each of her daughters do as well. I really liked the fact there was so much love to find in this book. It’s lighthearted and most of the time enjoyable. There were times when it felt more like a tennis match though with the back and forth between characters, and more than once I did get confused, but I easily caught up.

I absolutely loved Courtney. She was my favorite sister. The other two were okay, but Sienna did get on my nerves from the time I first met her. But overall, the characters were relatable and likable. That said, I didn’t like the ending. There was so much build up in several areas, and then it seemed as if the ending were an afterthought and fell very short of the mark. 3.5 stars.

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.