"Getting hitched was never funnier."
Reviewed by Sandra Wurman
Posted August 29, 2017
Welcome back to Shenandoah Falls and the Chapel Of
Love series. HERE COMES THE BRIDE is book number three
in a series that obviously stars brides. It wouldn't be a
Hope Ramsay work of art if the characters weren't chock
full of flaws and issues. And the interaction of all these
fine folk is such fun to read. HERE COMES THE BRIDE follows
in the wake of A CHRISTMAS
BRIDE and reintroduces many characters met in the first
two books. The first story was A FAIRYTALE
BRIDE novella which set the stage and introduced a host
of lovely characters that are destined to grow in this
I don't often refer to characters with their surnames but
in this series, it is necessary so that you can keep all the
relations straight. You see a small town and close
friendships there is a tight group of characters. HERE COMES
THE BRIDE by Hope Ramsay centers on Laurie Wilson, Brandon
Kopp, and Andrew Lyndon. The story starts on what should be
a bright note -- the wedding of Laurie and Brandon who have
been together for ten years. They share a lovely large of
group of friends in common. So the wedding was a celebration
of so many characters.
But then the atmosphere takes a severe turn for the worse
when Brandon tells his bride as she meets him down the aisle
that he needs to take a break, needs to have time to
experiment. Brandon even has the nerve to tell Laurie that
she needs to date. So the powers that be decide Laurie
should take Brandon up on his suggestion and present her
with quite a lineup of possible dates and dare we say,
suitors. But the big problem is that Laurie see's Brandon
defection as her fault in some ways. There was something
lacking in their relationship even though on the outside
none of that was apparent.
Andrew Lyndon is Brandon's best friend and of course was to
be the best man. But when faced with the humiliating event
unfolding before his eyes Andrew steps in and ferrets Laurie
out of the ensuing chaos. Laurie and Andrew had always had
an arm's length friendship due to their joint friend
Brandon. Now things have definitely changed. Family members
are getting involved. In fact, there is a huge amount of
matchmaking going on. Andrew has been asked to see that
Laurie recovers quickly from her wedding breakdown and faces
the task of setting her up with dates -- hopefully with the
possibility that Brandon will be aware and come to realize
just what he gave up.
Matchmaking is an art. The Lyndon family and Laurie's
father have really decided to flex their muscles. But you
know in the end -- the heart wants what it wants.
Laurie is surrounded by a group of well-meaning girlfriends.
Probably the one with the most absurd attitude toward men is
Courtney who by the way is the town's party planner. Pretty
interesting career choice for a woman who absolutely has no
trust in men or relationship. Watching her deal with the
last minute breakup leads to some of the best comic relief.
You see Courtney has a list of what she calls the Ten Male
Losers. Hard to disagree with someone who has done her
homework. But in the end, Courtney will have to agree that
for some there is that special someone. Hopefully, all the
machinations of these well-meaning friends won't sabotage
what could be the best man for Laurie.
HERE COMES THE BRIDE will make you smile and chuckle from
beginning to end as Hope Ramsay weaves an interesting tale
about successfully making that trip down the aisle. Everyone
likes a happy ending and you won't be disappointed with
what Hope Ramsay has up her sleeve.
There goes the groom . . .
For Professor Laurie Wilson, planning her wedding to
longtime boyfriend Brandon Kopp has been a whirlwind. But
somehow, between all the cake tastings and dress fittings,
she never imagined being left at the altar. In the
aftermath, she does what any sensible woman would - she
swigs champagne and considers keying his car. Until someone
knocks on her door with a much better idea for revenge.
Best man Andrew Lyndon thinks Laurie's better off without
Brandon. But Laurie's father - and Andrew's boss - isn't
going to accept anything less than a reconciliation. And
he's made it Andrew's problem to solve. So Andrew decides to
make Brandon jealous by setting Laurie up on a string of
"dates." After a couple of weeks, Brandon will be begging
Laurie to take him back. But Andrew's plan works a little
too well because suddenly he's the one falling for
Laurie -- and planning a proposal of his own.
What do you think about this review?
1 comment posted.
Re: Getting hitched was never funnier.
Hope's books are the best! Thanks for the review.
(Kathleen Bylsma 3:42pm September 12)
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