Published: June 13, 2017
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Romance
Obtained via: Publisher
Reviewed by name and email address: Gina Ginalrmreviews@gmail.com
Left at the altar just about a year, Kate Daniels has struggled to get her life back on track. Two things make that something of a challenge. First, she’s a wedding planner who happens to be planning her best friend, Elizabeth’s wedding. And, second, her boss is not going to win any congeniality awards. Well, there’s also a third problem…it was her sister, Charlotte, who took off with Kate’s groom. Neither Kate, nor the townsfolk of Misty Point are about to forgive Charlotte. Up until now, that hasn’t been a problem because Charlotte ran off to Boston with Kate’s ex.
There’s one little fly in Elizabeth’s wedding ointment—her husband-to-be, William’s, brother, Alec. From the moment Alec and Elizabeth met she knew he didn’t like her. And she knew he was completely opposed to William marrying her. As the wedding planner and wanting to do whatever she has to so that her friend has the best wedding ever, Kate steps up to take Alec in hand. When she meets him she cannot help but see that Alec is no different from her ex. … or is he?
And Alec…he’s determined to bring his brother back to Boston to the family business. It doesn’t matter if he’s married…Alec just wants William to move home. But Alec soon finds himself wondering just where “home” is.
I’m not normally a fan of women’s fiction. It tends to start off depressing and stays depressing. Yes, there is a thread of hope that comes from the pages and there usually is some sort of resolution that is a happy ending, but mostly I just don’t enjoy it.
I do enjoy a good contemporary romance, especially ones that take place in small towns. When I was offered the opportunity to review Olivia Miles ONE WEEK TO THE WEDDING I read the synopsis it sounded like a good read. Well, it turned out to be a great read, a really great read.
Miles doesn’t just tell a good story, she invites you into the character’s lives and brings you along with their story. I totally got what each of the different characters were thinking and feeling and each of them, even the minor characters, had their own issues, strengths and stories. I could totally relate to Kate’s feelings about Charlotte and I felt no sympathy for Charlotte no matter how tough things got for her in Boston.
Alec and Kate are wonderful characters – they are so much alike – driven, ambitious in their own way, and wounded. Miles tackles their issues head on and does a fantastic job of bringing them together.
My only issue was the ending – not how it ended, but how quickly the resolution of several issues came. I’m not sure if there was a word count limitation or that Miles wanted to get past some of life’s ugliness and get to the good part, but I felt there could have been more. While ONE WEEK TO THE WEDDING is billed as women’s fiction, it is so much more—there is romance—actually a couple of wonderfully told romances.
ONE WEEK TO THE WEDDING is one you just do not want to miss. It is a fantastic read and made me a fan of Ms. Miles. I cannot wait for book 2, THE WINTER WEDDING PLAN is out.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.