Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Always the Bridesmaid by Lindsey Kelk

5 Star

The brilliant new summer bestseller from Lindsey Kelk, author of the I Heart series

Everyone loves a bridesmaid.
Except Maddie, who’s perpetually asked to be one.
Everyone loves a wedding.
Except Maddie’s best friend, who’s getting divorced.
And everyone loves the way Maddie’s so happy backstage.
Except Maddie herself.
One best friend is in wedding countdown while the other heads for marriage meltdown. And as Maddie juggles her best chance at promotion in years with bridezilla texts and late-night counselling sessions, she starts to wonder – is it time to stop being the bridesmaid?

Kathryn - 5 Star

This novel made me smile all the way through, and not just because I was lucky enough to be at a Q&A with the author in Toronto during the summer and I fell in love a little bit with her humour! Lindsey Kelk writes with ease, her novels are funny and the characters are always believable which immediately immerses you in the story.

Poor Maddie is walked all over in every aspect of her life. Most alarmingly for me her own family seems to think it acceptable to push her down. There is only one scene in the novel where we are treated to Maddie’s interactions with her family and it was so awful I could hardly believe them all! Truly, I wish we’d had some positive scenes with her sister at some point and maybe a supportive phone call from her parents during her rough periods because they seemed liked they could have been a nice group- maybe?

Lauren and Sarah, though equally guilty, actually had their own stresses clearly laid out for us so it was no wonder both were in selfish-mode and wanted Maddie to pick up the pieces. I think their attitude was mostly temporary and was really happy they both came through for her in a moment of crisis- (though this was swiftly followed by the mother of all blowouts between the three!).  Sometimes you just need to clear the air and I think their friendship really was apparent when they managed to come back together and apologise to each other for being so rotten and horrible.

It’s always a pleasure to read a novel with a happy ending and always a pleasure to read Lindsey Kelk- she is on the top of my to-read list!

Thank you to Harper Collins for our review copy.  All opinions are our own.

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