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For fans of romantic comedies like Bridesmaids and Four Weddings & a Funeral, and bestselling authors Mhairi McFarlane and Jenny Oliver, this is a hilarious new romantic comedy series of four novellas about one bride and her four best friends.
Nora Dervan is getting married… but her four bridesmaids are more full of secrets than champagne.
Bea has barely gotten past the fact that her two best friends are seeing each other, and now they’re engaged, and Cleo is rather distracted by the hot new colleague she absolutely, definitely must not sleep with. Daisy is dreading the singles’ table, whilst Sarah’s own marriage hasn’t turned out to be all she hoped it would be…
*Note: I received this book as an ARC from HarperImpulse, through NetGalley, in return for my honest review.
You may remember that a couple of weeks ago I did a cover reveal for The One With the Hen Weekend by Erin Lawless. The One With the Engagement Party is the first part in the series, and I really enjoyed it!
The whole series will focus on Nora, the bride-to-be, in every area of her wedding planning from the engagement to standing at the alter, and this first book in the series (if you can’t tell from the title) focuses on the engagement party and the beginning of the bridesmaids wedding plans. It’s not something that I’d usually choose to read, but when I see that it was offered on NetGalley and I had already done the cover reveal for a later novella in the series, I jumped at the chance.
Sometimes I’m only in the mood to read a short story or a novella – especially when I’m just coming out of a reading slump. I read this book in about two days, and it was so easy to read! It made a change to read something that is very contemporary and up-to-date in its language and setting. With the bridesmaids planning using things like Whatsapp, it makes the story so normal and everyday that it feels like you’re reading something true and not fictional.
I liked the way the story comes together too: we see stories from each of Nora’s bridesmaids, Bea, Cleo, Daisy and Sarah, including how they came to meet Nora and become her close friend. Each woman has her own story and it’s great to read the interactions between all of the characters. Two characters have a ‘will they get together or won’t they?’ story throughout, and this novella ends with us still not knowing. I finished it really wanting the next one to be released just so I can find out about if they get together.
I can’t wait to read the next parts to the unfolding story and see how the characters and relationships progress!
Buy your copy of The One With the Engagement Party here for only 99p.