‘There’s a problem with Auntie Rita,’ said Martha, pulling a face like a gargoyle sucking a lemon. ‘I don’t think she got what the outfit was meant to be.’
‘What? Why? The email was completely clear. Cowgirls.’ Lorraine was looking around for support and everyone nodded obediently.
The door opened and in trudged Auntie Rita dressed in a Friesain cow onesie.
A Wedding at Sandy Cove is a sweet story about friendship, love, family, and the importance of standing up for oneself.
Ella is in the business of making brides’ dreams come true with yards of white tulle, delicate lace and sparkly sequins.
But Ella’s own love life couldn’t be further from a fairy tale. Recently dumped by her boyfriend and with her best friend’s wedding only months away, Ella feels more alone than ever so she finally accepts her friends’ offers to set her up on a blind date.
But a mix-up on the night throws her into the path of Kit, instead.
Kit is most definitely not the man she was supposed to meet, but he could end up changing her life in ways she never thought possible…
The first thing I need to say is the cover for this book is gorgeous and it instantly caught my attention and made me want to read this book. I am happy to report that you can definitely judge this book by its gorgeous cover, because it is a fabulous read. A Wedding at Sandy Cove is actually four previously published novellas that were combined together to make this book. I think it was a brilliant idea combining these four novellas together, it gives the story a nice continuous flow.
Wedding at Sandy Cove follows two women Ella, Lucy, and Brittany who have been friends since elementary school. They are all excitedly getting ready for Brittany’s wedding, while trying to juggle the drama that seems to be popping up in their own lives. The story is told from Ella and Lucy’s POV, which I loved because they are such different characters (and completely amazing in their own way).
Ella is such a sweet and endearing character, I love her glass half-full attitude towards life. Ella’s story focuses on her learning to stand up for herself in both her professional and personal life. There is something so wonderful watching a character you come to care about finding her place in the world. It was also fabulous watching Ella startup her own seamstress busy, and it was rather entertaining watching her interact with various brides. Lucy is a tough as nails more cynical character, but under that tough exterior is a person with a heart of gold (and a unicorn head, LOL). Lucy’s story focuses more on her rocky relationship with her mom. Throughout this book all three women have each other’s backs, they are there for each other for the good times and bad ones.
The romance in this book is a secondary story and the relationship between Ella and Kit progresses very slowly (they actually don’t get together until the very end). I have to admit at the beginning I wasn’t a big fan of Kit, he seemed like a pompous ass. I wasn’t too sure if I wanted him to be the guy for Ella. But as the story progressed, Kit started to grow on me and I realized that for the most part he is a decent guy. Since their romance wasn’t the main focus in the story, there weren’t a lot of those cute, intimate moments between Ella and Kit. Which makes this book perfect for those looking for something that isn’t overly cheesy. I loved the scenes where these two were trying to come up with crazy plans to break up their parents (and later on get them back together).
Wedding at Sandy Cove is a sweet heartwarming book that you will not be able to put down.
Thank you, Avon Books UK and Rachel Random Resources for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.