Sunday, February 4, 2018

How Not to be a Bride by Portia MacIntosh

3 Star

Definitely, maybe…yes?
Mia Valentina gave up her high-flying life in LA to move back to Kent over four years ago. But it turns up that life in the slow lane isn’t all it’s cracked up to be!

So when her boyfriend Leo proposes, she says yes, hoping it will bring some much needed sparkle back into her life. The trouble is, Mia never wanted a big white wedding, just the happy ever after…

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Kathryn - 3 Star

I do love Portia Macintosh. Her heroines are often struggling with something and it's usually something that women are expected to embrace as part of our “make up”.  

My last MacIntosh read had a main character who didn't get along with her in-laws and had to spend a weekend under their scrutiny.  This novel has our modern leading lady feeling pressure to plan a big white wedding to go along with her engagement.  Trouble is that she's just not that kind of girl and it takes her the entire novel to work out that she wants to be married but not have a wedding. 

MacIntosh characters are instantly likeable and Mia is no exception. And though I occasionally found the first person voice a bit detached, I was still engaged in her journey of self-discovery.  Her man is delightful, sweet and thoughtful and there's nothing to complain about from the reader or Mia.  Her pressure comes solely from her meddling mother and sister.  I couldn't find a redeeming quality in either of them, even at the end.   I was actually most disappointed that they didn't come good in the end- they were still mostly rotten and I don't blame Mia at all for her detachment.  

The unlikely friendship between Mia and Dylan was fun and added laughs to an otherwise stressful period in her life and I was particularly amused by the cake tasting scene with the prudish wedding coordinator.

Overall the story comes together happily and everyone ends up in their rightful place.  A lighthearted read!

Thank you to HQ Digital for our review copy.  All opinions are our own.

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