Thank you to Alistair at Black and White Publishing for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Ava and her trusty bride squad set off on an unforgettable Irish roadtrip. Along the way there’s ice-cream vans, roguish strangers and a very handsome Frenchman. Join them for this laugh-out-loud, feel-good romance with a twist.
‘Tu es belle – wow! Look at you!’
It should be the perfect moment. A sunny day at Vintage Brides, and Ava O’Hara is twirling in her wedding dress. Super-hot Stefan likes what he sees…
But Stefan won’t be the one standing at the altar. It’ll be Simon, Ava’s wannabe rockstar fiancé. Or will it?
Simon says he loves her, but he’s got a funny way of showing it. When his indiscretions go viral on the big day, Ava suddenly becomes a bride-NOT-to-be.
She needs her Bride Squad, and fast. It’s time for a runaway! But will Ava come home from her wild Irish roadtrip? And if she does, will it be to love, loss or something entirely different?
I really enjoyed the premise of this story. However, I did find some inconsistencies within the writing. Although nothing too drastic (small things like characters not being where they were a second ago, or now doing something different without explanation, etc.) it did bother me enough that I had to re-read a couple of pages to make sure I hadn’t missed anything.
However, despite these issues, I continued with the book as I was intrigued to find out how it ended. Although I predicted the ending, I did enjoy it nonetheless. It was funny and did have me laugh out loud in parts, and I really appreciated that this was written about a group of friends in their late-30’s – early 40’s, which is quite rare to find.
There were a couple of sections of the book towards the end that I really enjoyed:
“The truth is, in life everyone is capable of hurting you, you’ve just got to find the ones worth suffering for, and I’m feeling stronger and more independent now than I’ve ever been in my entire life.”
This quote really struck a chord with me as I have been coming to this realisation recently and it was nice to see it written in a book and be made aware it’s not just me.
I also really liked this part of the book as well, again, it really hit home with me and I really appreciated seeing this in the book.
‘I need my art, my dad and my friends, and I need to figure out exactly what I want from my life. That’s okay though, it’s all a work in progress. I actually like this new blank canvas that is my future. I thought I had to follow the female formula I was brought up with, you know, marriage, babies, without really questioning if that formula worked for me. But the one thing I have learned, the one thing that I know for sure, is that true friends are the most important thing of all. And the only way to have great friends is to be one.’
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