I confess I really do. I love the flowers, and the twinkle lights and the big white dresses and the way the groom looks at the bride as she walks toward him. I’m a full on sap. This book had all of that…well except that last bit. Even better than that though? Four great authors!
Part 1 – Melanie Jacobson
Harper is an event planner with dreams of taking over the Charleston wedding scene . . . until she meets the biggest Bridezilla of her career. She needs the job, but the only way to keep it is to hire a temperamental chef with big dreams of his own.
I loved the balance Melanie Jacobson created between Harper and Zak’s differences and similarities. I felt we got just enough background to each of them while also creating tension and pull. Melanie wonderfully set the stage for the disaster to come while keeping Harper and Zak’s story their own.
Part 2 – by Jenny Proctor
Janie is a classical cellist booked to play a posh Charleston wedding. She’s excited to have the lucrative gig until the groom’s brother, Emmett, shows up and asks her to help him play a song he wrote for the happy couple. The only trouble? Emmett is her unrequited high school crush.
This was a delightful part of the story. Jenny Proctor really pulled in our empathy by contrasting Janie with her twin and Emmett with his brother. It gave us a deeper connection to the characters. I loved how she wrote Janie’s growth and strength to be more than she was in High School and stand up for herself. The part that really made their story blossom was Emmett’s persistence. The way she wrote how the two characters struggled to find their footing, but overall gave each other direction and confidence made for an excellent love story.
Part 3 – by Becca Wilhite
Lily has been Dahlia’s best friend, partner-in-crime, and now her maid of honor . . . until suddenly there’s no wedding, and she’s left to clean up Dahlia’s biggest mess of all. She’s been friends with Deacon, the jilted groom, for just as long, and it’s up to her to rescue him after Hurricane Dahlia blows through.
My favorite part of Lily and Deacon’s story is how genuine it was. The whole jilted groom finding love again with the best friend could have gone so many ways, and I love how Becca Wilhite handled it. She did an excellent job of exposing Deacon’s emotions, the humiliation, the grief, the heartbreak and the relief. It was very well done. I loved how there wasn’t even any thought of something between the two of them until after Dahlia was gone, it made it feel honest and beautiful. Becca Wilhite infused emotions good and bad into the disaster and made it shine.
Part 4 – Brittany Larsen
Sutton is a photographer running from her past. Only the pleas from her best friend to photograph her wedding could bring Sutton back to Charleston. Her plan is to get in and get out before her ex knows she and their daughter are in town. At least it’s the plan until she meets Max, who turns out to be the safe place she didn’t know she was looking for.
Sutton was a fun character to read about and Brittany Larsen did a great job of setting up her background so we could feel her fears and her strengths. We got a little bit less of that from Max and I would’ve liked to see him fleshed out more, because what we did get was endearing. The will they wont they until the very last second was written very well, you could feel their longing and their connection. It worked well, it’s just not my favorite type of plot.
The overall book flowed flawlessly from one author to the next and they pulled in little pieces from each other, it was a really fun read.