Author: Beth Kendrick

Guest Review: The Week Before the Wedding by Beth Kendrick

Posted September 18, 2013 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review: The Week Before the Wedding by Beth KendrickReviewer: Tracy
The Week Before the Wedding by Beth Kendrick
Publisher: NAL
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
Format: Print ARC
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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 in tow.

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.

Emily and Grant, her fiance, are at a quaint inn in Valentine, Vermont. It’s been tradition in Grant’s family for important events to take place. It’s only been 2 months since Grant proposed and Emily is so excited to be finally marrying the solid, dependable and stand-up surgeon. Her upbringing was a bit…scattered and she has been longing for stability ever since. She loves her mother but she’s always longed for the perfect traditional family and thinks she can get it with Grant.

The problems start almost immediately when her mother shows up. Georgia isn’t the staid, let’s-plan-an-ice-cream-social-for-the-bachelorette-party type. She wears slinky dresses and embraces her youth buy constantly dating. Emily is a bit embarrassed as Grant’s mother Bev is the type that thinks that excitement is staying up past 10pm.

Then Emily’s ex-husband Ryan shows up. Turns out he had gotten the information from Emily’s sister and maid of honor and showed up to try and talk Emily out of marrying Grant. He has a crazy way of doing though that’s kind of charming and unintrusive.

During the festivities Grant is called away to the hospital and this leaves Emily to doubt her decision about marrying the perfect man.

This was a very cute book about a woman who truly doesn’t know what she wants. It seems like someone in their 30’s should know what they want, especially a week before they get married, but she really didn’t. She gets so confused when her ex-hubby shows up and she realizes that she still has feelings for him.

I really liked Emily even though I thought she was a bit indecisive. I understood her desire for security but felt she should have examined her feelings a lot closer before agreeing to Grant’s proposal.

Grant, I thought, was a man who should NOT have been even thinking about marriage as he was so involved in his work. His work truly was his mistress.

In the end I thought the story was sweet and ended well. A nice bit of entertaining fluff that was worth taking the time to read.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5


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Review: My Favorite Mistake by Beth Kendrick

Posted January 19, 2008 by Rowena in Reviews | 3 Comments

Review: My Favorite Mistake by Beth KendrickReviewer: Rowena
My Favorite Mistake by Beth Kendrick

Publication Date: August 3rd 2004
Pages: 304
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Exhibit A: Faith's little sister, Skye, who muddled through her first divorce at the tender age of twenty-one. Faith has always provided damage control when Skye's love life gets too reminiscent of a daytime drama. But now that Faith has finally found the job, if not the man, of her dreams -- as a culinary writer, currently living la dolce vita in Italy -- she can't just jet back to small-town Minnesota to help her suddenly pregnant little sister heal her broken heart and anemic bank account.


Faith has been putting off this homecoming for years, ever since her dad left her family in the lurch, her mother left her in charge of Skye, and a sub-zero case of cold feet led her to call off the engagement to her high school sweetheart, Flynn. But a return to the amber fields of grain might just be what Faith needs to gain some perspective on her past -- and figure out her future. It's been way too long since her last love affair...memories of Flynn still get in the way of every man she meets. But if she and Flynn are really meant to be, why does the path to happily-ever-after have so many potholes?

I finished this book late last night and was glad that I finished the book. You see, I started this book months ago and kept putting it down because it just wasn’t catching my attention but once I got past those torturous first three chapters (HA!) the book was easy to read and flowed really well afterward.

You may be wondering why I gave this book a C+ if it flowed really well and the answer to that is even though this was an easy read for me, the book was sort of unbelievable. I mean, you’ve got Faith Geary and Patrick Flynn, elementary sweethearts, middle school sweethearts, high school hearts (they’ve been best friends all their lives) and the night that they finally land the deal and lose their virginity to each other, Flynn pledges his undying love to her and wants to immediately make her his wife and she panics and flees…..for 10 YEARS!

She comes back after being gone for 10 years and finds out that the bar she’s a co owner is also co owned by…noneother than Flynn. So she’s forced to save the family bar with Flynn under foot and after a tumultuous reunion with a pissed off Flynn telling Faith to take the hell off and get out, Faith and Flynn get closer and closer after what seems like days and you can tell that they’re about to fall back in love again after Flynn has been pissed to high heaven for the last 10 frickin years! And then he hears a voicemail from her editor about her coming back to California and he freaks the hell out and leaves her again…and they meet up again at their place when they were little, the last place she saw him the first time she ran and things are neatly lined up and they forgive each other, they learn to trust each other underneath the Midwestern sky and next to the river from their childhood.

It was all too neat and too tidy but the storyline, is a storyline that I enjoy, the first loves, the best friends and the one that got away storyline is my absolute favorite and I would have loved this story if it took place over a longer period of time, if it had taken more than a few weeks for them to fall back in love with each other, I would have liked it more. And because that bothered me a bit, this book ended up being just okay to me. Don’t get me wrong, the story is easy to fall into, the book moves at a great pace, it’s just too….unbelievable.

Get it or not, the book is good, it’s just…not the best.


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