“THE BRIDESMAID BLUES,” BY TRACEY SINCLAIR
PUBLICATION: JULY 28, 2014
Synopsis: Luce knows she should be thrilled when Jenna asks her to be bridesmaid – after all, they’ve known each other since childhood and Jenna is the best friend any girl could have. But it’s hard to get excited about weddings when you’re terminally single and the best man is the boy who broke your heart: Jamie, the groom’s dashing and irresistible brother. How can she face the man who dumped her when she’s still so hopelessly in love? Then again, maybe this is the perfect opportunity – after all, where better to get back together than at a wedding?
So Luce has six months to figure out how to win back her ex, but she has plenty else on her plate – from an old friend returned to Newcastle with an announcement of her own, to a youthful colleague who may or may not have a crush on her and a mother who is acting very strangely indeed… and that’s all before a mysterious, handsome American walks into her life.
Sometimes being a bridesmaid isn’t all confetti and champagne…
Let me begin by saying that I’ve read so many wedding, wedding planning or proposal books lately that I did not expect to enjoy this novel as much as I did. “The Bridesmaid Blues” completely surprised me with the light, romantic comedy and the great characters. Luce is the main character and the novel begins with her best friend Jenna telling her that she’s getting married, and of course, asking Luce to be a bridesmaid. The excitement soon dies, however, once Luce discovers that Jenna’s brother, Jamie, is going to be best man. Jamie and Luce had instant chemistry and a whirlwind romance the previous year until he told her he had another girlfriend and broke Luce’s heart. Luce is also dealing with another friend from the past getting married, and being a bridesmaid for her also, as well as, a great looking co-worker that she thinks may have a crush on her, and a mysterious American that wanders into her store one day.
Luce was a great character that was funny, very modest and a little bit awkward when it came to communicating. She works in a store that sells films and is rarely busy and works with an incredibly handsome but much younger man named Eliot. Luce claims she is not over Jamie and once she knows they will be in Jenna and Michael’s wedding together, she vows to lose weight and find a hot date for the wedding to make Jamie realized what he’s missing. While dealing with helping Jenna with the wedding, dress shopping and daydreaming about Jamie, another friend Hali suddenly comes back into Luce’s life engaged and asks her to be her bridesmaid also. After Hali comes into the shop and meets Eliot, she’s the one that gives Luce the wake-up call that Eliot has the hots for her, but Luce isn’t sure about it because of their age difference. To add even more complication, a handsome American named Daniel walks into her store one day and Luce is sure that there was instant chemistry – until she realizes that Daniel is Michael’s brother that has been living in the U.S. and is married. Finally, there’s Luce’s mother that is suddenly always busy and preoccupied with social engagements, often having to reschedule visits with Luce.
Luce was a great character, as was Daniel and Hali. Eliot was a little bit odd, but his unusual mannerisms made more sense as the story progressed. I was not crazy about the best friend, Jenna. Yes, she had always looked out for Luce and they had been friends forever, but I rarely got that warm, fuzzy best friend feeling between them and once I realized what kind of meddling she had done, I really wasn’t very fond of her. Of course, Daniel also played a part but he was so fabulous that didn’t matter! I think a huge theme to this novel is the importance of honest communication. There were so many assumptions made regarding who had what feelings, Luce’s dreams or ideas of turning her hobby of jewelry making into a business and what was really going on with everyone. Luce’s mom kept secrets, Jenna and Daniel kept secrets and Eliot had secrets also. There were times I felt sorry for Luce because it seemed like everyone was trying to deceive her in one way or another. But overall, this book was funny and sweet, especially because of Luce’s awkwardness with talking to and being honest with both men and women. One thing I loved was watching Luce’s self-esteem and confidence slowly grow throughout the story, even though it took some strong words from friends to help her see herself in a better light.
“The Bridesmaid Blues” is a quick and fantastic read that leaves you feeling good and optimistic about love and finding Mr. Right. Tracey Sinclair’s writing flows perfectly and is descriptive enough to easily imagine the characters, setting and what everyone is doing. Being that I am not from the U.K., I will admit I did have to look up a few words and expressions, such as a “Geordie,” because I had no clue what that meant, lol! But that did not take away from how much I loved this book! I only wish she had or will continue this story at some time. The ending is by no means a cliffhanger, but left a perfect opportunity to continue Luce’s story in a follow-up to this novel.
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*Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.