"A funny and emotional story of a bride-to-be and the week before the wedding."
Reviewed by Sharon Salituro
Posted April 27, 2013
Beth Kendrick's THE WEEK BEFORE THE WEDDING, tells the story
of a bride-to-be that includes love both new and old, family
traditions, and humor. I found myself laughing at certain
parts and feeling bad at other points.
Emily McKellips is about to marry her surgeon
boyfriend, Grant. She has been planning her wedding for two
months and now they are just a week away from the big day.
All Emily wants is a nice normal family; one that
shares all the holidays. She feels that is what she
has found with Grant's family. While Emily's family
is crazy, Grant's family is very traditional. Complicating
things is Ryan, Emily's first love and ex-husband.
I found that the funniest thing about THE WEEK BEFORE THE
WEDDING was the way Beth Kendrick captured the family
traditions. I wondered what I would do if my future
mother-in-law wanted me to wear her wedding dress, use
grandmother's china instead of choosing my own, or agree to
get married in the same place that everyone in the
family has gotten married (as Emily does). While Emily's
mother is care free and doesn't worry about anything.
Grant's mother is the complete opposite.
Beth Kendrick writes about how it is hard sometimes to
forget your first love. She also compares first love to
new love. Beth's great descriptions of the events in the
story really made me feel like I was there. Beth talks
about all the funny things that could happen during the week
before the big day. I have stood up in a lot of weddings and
some of these things did happen.
Beth Kendrick shows how even though two people are
completely different they can find something that they like
in each other.
I have to say I really enjoyed THE WEEK BEFORE THE WEDDING.
Beth Kendrick sweeps you off your feet with a captivating
tale of how even the best-laid plans can falter at the
After enduring a chaotic childhood, Emily McKellips yearns
for a drama-free life, complete with a white picket fence.
Her dreams are about to come true: She has a stellar career,
a gorgeous house, and a fiancé any woman would die for. But
as friends and family arrive in picturesque Valentine,
Vermont, for her wedding, an uninvited guest shows up.
Ryan is Emily's first husband from a disastrous starter
marriage. They wed on a whim, only to discover that
combustible chemistry couldn't ensure a happily ever after.
But Ryan is no longer the headstrong boy she left behind.
He's now a successful film producer who just happens to be
scouting a resort in Valentine with his adorable retriever
As the bridesmaids revolt and the mothers of the bride and
groom do battle, Emily is surprised to discover new sides of
both her ex and her fiancé. She thought she had life and
love all figured out, but the next seven days might change
her mind—and her heart.
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