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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…
My first book by this author and I was really pleased I chose to read it. Luce is asked to be bridesmaid for her best friend, Jenna. She’s trying her best to be excited about it, but when she’s been single for as long as she can remember and the last love of her life, Jamie, is the groom’s brother, it’s really hard for her. But Luce sees this as an opportunity to win Jamie back, so she has 6 months until the wedding to put her plan in place.
I really enjoyed this book and loved Luce’s character. It wasn’t the typical chick-lit book that I first thought it would be, but it had more feeling and depth to it. Whilst Luce tried to make light of the situation that she had been single for so long, I did feel for her as it must be so difficult to be the only spinster left on the shelf when everyone around you is getting married. Luce was definitely a character which a lot of women could relate to at some point in their lives! All of the characters were likeable and believable and whilst it was a heart-warming story, it certainly had its fair share of laugh out loud moments that balanced out the story out perfectly!
All this is based around Newcastle and is obviously a place that the author knows well from the wonderful descriptions of the city! This was a great romantic comedy and such a feel-good, easy read! It would definitely make the perfect summer read. Well recommended!
Tracey Sinclair works as a freelance writer and editor. Her novel and collection of short stories (Doll and No Love Is This, respectively) were published by independent publisher Kennedy & Boyd, and Dark Dates is her second novel and the first in the Cassandra Bick series. Her work has appeared online and in print in magazines as diverse as Sky, Printer’s Devil, Yours and Woman’s Weekly, and has been performed on the radio. Her first play, Bystanders, was premiered as part of the New Writing Season at Baron’s Court Theatre in 2011 and later staged at both the White Bear and Tristan Bates Theatre. She is theatre lover and regular contributor to online theatre magazine Exeunt.