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If there’s one thing that Bridgette Reynolds has learned recently, it’s that the perfect shoes, the perfect hair, and the perfect dress do not make for the perfect proposal. In fact, sometimes they make for the not-so-perfect breakup. Now, Bridgette must do everything in her power to win Adam back. She knows they are meant to be. And nothing will stand in her way—not her If there’s one thing that Bridgette Reynolds has learned recently, it’s that the perfect shoes, the perfect hair, and the perfect dress do not make for the perfect proposal. In fact, sometimes they make for the not-so-perfect breakup. Now, Bridgette must do everything in her power to win Adam back. She knows they are meant to be. And nothing will stand in her way—not her friends, not her grandmother, not even the fact that Adam is now engaged to Serene after a whirlwind romance. Focused on her plan to win Adam back, Bridgette isn’t expecting Ian—her college best friend, her love, her big regret—to come back into her life. They sink back into their comfortable friendship as if no time has passed at all, making Bridgette start to question her feelings for Adam. But Ian has a few secrets of his own . . . secrets that could shatter their friendship once and for all. Bridgette has to make some major decisions—should she speak now? Or forever hold her peace?


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If there’s one thing that Bridgette Reynolds has learned recently, it’s that the perfect shoes, the perfect hair, and the perfect dress do not make for the perfect proposal. In fact, sometimes they make for the not-so-perfect breakup. Now, Bridgette must do everything in her power to win Adam back. She knows they are meant to be. And nothing will stand in her way—not her If there’s one thing that Bridgette Reynolds has learned recently, it’s that the perfect shoes, the perfect hair, and the perfect dress do not make for the perfect proposal. In fact, sometimes they make for the not-so-perfect breakup. Now, Bridgette must do everything in her power to win Adam back. She knows they are meant to be. And nothing will stand in her way—not her friends, not her grandmother, not even the fact that Adam is now engaged to Serene after a whirlwind romance. Focused on her plan to win Adam back, Bridgette isn’t expecting Ian—her college best friend, her love, her big regret—to come back into her life. They sink back into their comfortable friendship as if no time has passed at all, making Bridgette start to question her feelings for Adam. But Ian has a few secrets of his own . . . secrets that could shatter their friendship once and for all. Bridgette has to make some major decisions—should she speak now? Or forever hold her peace?

30 review for Speak Now: or Forever Hold Your Peace

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)

    Did I enjoy this book: I really did! This was a fantastic read that I read every free chance I had. I loved Speak Now. It grabbed me from the very beginning, and it kept me guessing throughout. I didn’t know what team to be on–Team Ian, Team Justin. I kept flip-flopping sides. I was glued to the book. I laughed. I gasped. I questioned. I was involved from the very beginning. I had to see how this story ended. I loved Bridgette. I think that anyone can relate to her and want to be on her side. Mayb Did I enjoy this book: I really did! This was a fantastic read that I read every free chance I had. I loved Speak Now. It grabbed me from the very beginning, and it kept me guessing throughout. I didn’t know what team to be on–Team Ian, Team Justin. I kept flip-flopping sides. I was glued to the book. I laughed. I gasped. I questioned. I was involved from the very beginning. I had to see how this story ended. I loved Bridgette. I think that anyone can relate to her and want to be on her side. Maybe not at first, but by the end, you’ll be on her side. The poor thing went through a lot. There were a few times I wanted to tell her that enough was enough, move on! But I got what she was going through. I loved the other characters as well. Gram was one of my favorites. She cracked me up. The things she read! The guys were well written. I won’t say anything about them because I don’t want to give too much away. Read it. Overall, this is a great chick-lit read. It moves. It’s funny. It will keep you reading. Would I recommend it: Absolutely! Disclosure: I did some editing work on this title. After that work was completed, I was asked by the author to review the book. I received a copy of this book for review purposes. Although I was compensated for the editing work, it in no way affected the outcome of my review. My review is my honest opinion of the book. http://everyfreechance.com/2015/04/ch...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Peel

    I absolutely adored this book! This author has a way with words. If you're a looking for a fun light-hearted read, you can't go wrong with this book. I absolutely adored this book! This author has a way with words. If you're a looking for a fun light-hearted read, you can't go wrong with this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    I was so excited about this book looking at the title and cover, but already the blurb wasn’t the most engaging writing-style wise, and I should have followed my instincts. I had problems with both the story line and the overall writing of the book. Style: It verged often on the rambling/confused side, and in some parts it was so noticeably strident that it distracted me from the story. Story: Well, I didn’t care much for the main character, she just didn’t grow on me, I didn’t empathized with he I was so excited about this book looking at the title and cover, but already the blurb wasn’t the most engaging writing-style wise, and I should have followed my instincts. I had problems with both the story line and the overall writing of the book. Style: It verged often on the rambling/confused side, and in some parts it was so noticeably strident that it distracted me from the story. Story: Well, I didn’t care much for the main character, she just didn’t grow on me, I didn’t empathized with her and she was so annoying that it was off-putting. In this book no one knows what they want it’s so irritating, there are all these winy double-crossing people, even Bridgette’s so called friends are back stabbers, not that she doesn’t deserve it. And the guys, oh please… The romance, didn’t give me pulse… Also, if you don’t enjoy reading about cheating leave this book alone.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    This story was a bit over the top, the writing style had me confused or annoyed more than once, and the people in this book just seemed crazy most of the times.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    I thought this was a fun read. Light-hearted and silly but fun. Made me laugh and smile. Content: mild language throughout, some innuendo

  6. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Baldwin

    Loved it! Entertaining and fun!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Celia Kennedy

    Ms. Monson creates a quintessential work of Chick Lit that left me wondering about all my "what-if's." While I'm happy to leave mine unanswered, Bridgette Reynolds, our heroine, is not. Her life seems to be on a steady course and her goals seem achievable until one fateful conversation causes her life to unravel, leaving her to grapple with the present and past. Bridgette is not a heroine I immediately warmed to, but then I realized that was quite the point. Ms. Monson wittily narrates the journe Ms. Monson creates a quintessential work of Chick Lit that left me wondering about all my "what-if's." While I'm happy to leave mine unanswered, Bridgette Reynolds, our heroine, is not. Her life seems to be on a steady course and her goals seem achievable until one fateful conversation causes her life to unravel, leaving her to grapple with the present and past. Bridgette is not a heroine I immediately warmed to, but then I realized that was quite the point. Ms. Monson wittily narrates the journey of a girl who has a plan for the future - though she is riddled with insecurities and believes that it is through others she will find confidence and contentment - to a woman who knows what she wants and what really matters in life... even if her dreams might not come true. The cast of quirky characters play off each other well, which creates beautiful tension - some moments are silly and happy, and other moments leave me wanting to gather Bridgette up in a big hug. (Bridgette's grandmother and her gaggle of friends are hilarious and insightful - they deserve a book of their own.) Ultimately, with the help of her two best friends, her grandmother, and a crazy Italian family, Bridgette finds herself. One of the what-if's is "the one that got away." This part of the book is truly charming and heart tugging. Much like Bridget Jones (Bridget Jones' Diary), there are some seriously uncomfortable moments that will leave you squirming in your chair, wishing you could will Bridgette out of awkward situations. For me, this was a brilliant read. I would whole-heartedly recommend it. (I really am hoping Ms. Monson finds a second book with this cast of thoroughly entertaining characters.)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Amy Boehl

    I loved it. I'm a sucker for a good, simple chicklit novel. My daily life is so busy and sometimes I want a simple book, with a simple story line that helps me take my mind off other things. This hit the spot and was perfect. I relate to the main character and was thoroughly entertained. Well done Becky Monson! I loved it. I'm a sucker for a good, simple chicklit novel. My daily life is so busy and sometimes I want a simple book, with a simple story line that helps me take my mind off other things. This hit the spot and was perfect. I relate to the main character and was thoroughly entertained. Well done Becky Monson!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Corey

    Loved it! This is by far Becky's best book. Loved it! This is by far Becky's best book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ellie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 1.5 - 2 stars Another new-to-me writer. I had lots of issues with this book. In particular, super annoying heroines who should grow the f*ck up and get a clue. In the prologue, the heroine - whose name I can't recall - gets dumped on the night she expected s proposal. But this story isn't just about him, but the man that came before him, too. So, the upshot is that this was a woman of around 30 who had the sensibilities of a spoilt and needy 16 year-old. She was shallow and judgy, with unrealistic 1.5 - 2 stars Another new-to-me writer. I had lots of issues with this book. In particular, super annoying heroines who should grow the f*ck up and get a clue. In the prologue, the heroine - whose name I can't recall - gets dumped on the night she expected s proposal. But this story isn't just about him, but the man that came before him, too. So, the upshot is that this was a woman of around 30 who had the sensibilities of a spoilt and needy 16 year-old. She was shallow and judgy, with unrealistic expectations. Her inner dialogue proved her to be rather unkind all around. She lacked self-respect, had no sense of self-preservation, was obsessive and stalker-ish and even her friends thought she needed help. I get that this is a lighter sub genre, but none of this stuff was joking material. It wasn't cute or funny. This h was too involved in the lives of two men who left her and were, in fact, engaged to other women. Her inability to let go and her stalky behaviour forced the first guy, Adam, to accuse her of being delusional and cut her out of his life. The other guy, Ian, wanted to have his cake and eat it, too, insisting on 'friendship' and even wanting her at his wedding! How wrong of him. How selfish and inconsiderate. But instead of seeing it that, the h went along with all of it. She deserved the heartache, IMO. But neither Adam or Ian chose her! Did she need a brick upside the head to drive that point home? Wouldn't you move on? I know I would have a loooooong time before that. Not her. She was all about stopping both weddings, which ironically were on the same day. She'd seen Adam's fiancée with another man, which was hardly her business since he'd cut her from his life. As far as I'm concerned he was responsible for his own choices not her. But Ian was her first love and she never told him - as if that changed anything. He'd left her, moved on, was betrothed and had not told her, and then after she found out - after kissing her! - he continued to basically rub her nose in it. Why would anyone with any self-respect give him the time of day? Running into him when she did was accidental. He was never going to come looking for her and would have married his fiancée without a second thought. Yeah, what a prize. True love my arse. Look, this girl was not right. She didn't need a man, she needed intervention and therapy for borderline personality disorder. This story was not romantic or amusing. The whole thing was discouraging, really. The writing was decent, I'll give it that. But the heroine's behaviour was disturbing and the two objects of her obsession were so unworthy of all the angst. Not for me.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tracie Banister

    This book was a delight to read from the first page to the last! I was instantly drawn into Bridgette's world and found her to be a fun and relatable heroine. She felt like a real person to me - her job working for a catering company is not glamorous, she lives with her "Gram" (a feisty old broad who's obsessed with her soap and likes to read smutty books), and she has man problems that keep multiplying. So, who does Bridgette belong with? Adam, the perfect guy who crushes her engagement dreams e This book was a delight to read from the first page to the last! I was instantly drawn into Bridgette's world and found her to be a fun and relatable heroine. She felt like a real person to me - her job working for a catering company is not glamorous, she lives with her "Gram" (a feisty old broad who's obsessed with her soap and likes to read smutty books), and she has man problems that keep multiplying. So, who does Bridgette belong with? Adam, the perfect guy who crushes her engagement dreams early in the story, then adds insult to injury by turning around and giving a ring to another girl? Or Ian, the ex from college she has major unresolved issues with? The course of true love does not run smooth for poor Bridge as there are numerous obstacles in her path, and she has to make some really tough choices that affect the happiness of others, as well as her own. Although there was plenty of angst in this book, there were an equal number of comedic moments that really stuck with me, most of them involving Bridgette's determination to prove that Serene (Adam's too-good-to-be-true fiancee) isn't what she appears to be. And I couldn't help but laugh every time Bridgette's fearsome German boss, Ursula, popped up on the page or was even mentioned (usually along with a Little Mermaid joke). Gram and her pithy comments were also a constant source of amusement to me. I found Speak Now: or Forever Hold Your Peace to be a very fast-paced and entertaining read. It's definitely going on my list of Favorite Reads for the year. I loved the author's voice and appreciated how her prose flowed and kept me turning pages. A must-read for all my fellow Chick Lit lovers!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Karan Eleni

    This review was originally posted on karaneleni.com Audiobooks are an amazing thing. Even more so when an exemplary author chooses a stellar narrator. The result is Karan listening from start to finish and ignoring everyone in her office. I absolutely loved SPEAK NOW by Becky Monson! The writing was brilliant and there were many snort-laughs that I'm positive my coworkers snickered at a few times. (#NoShame) Bridgette and her friends made the day fly by with their very relatable lives. Insert memo This review was originally posted on karaneleni.com Audiobooks are an amazing thing. Even more so when an exemplary author chooses a stellar narrator. The result is Karan listening from start to finish and ignoring everyone in her office. I absolutely loved SPEAK NOW by Becky Monson! The writing was brilliant and there were many snort-laughs that I'm positive my coworkers snickered at a few times. (#NoShame) Bridgette and her friends made the day fly by with their very relatable lives. Insert memory of reconnecting with My college crush a few years ago and it failing miserably. (Whoops!) Becky Monson is officially on my "One-Click-Don't-Look List"! (Meaning, I'll one-click her books without bothering to read the descriptions. I know I won't be disappointed!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn Biel

    Becky Monson hits it out of the park with Speak Now. It is chick lit in it's best form! The superficial, wedding focused Bridgette has her world rocked when she gets dumped instead of getting a proposal. It is nice to see Bridge grow and mature and she tries to figure out if she and Adam are really meant to be together, or if Ian, is really the one that got away, Great supporting characters in Gram, Ashley, Justin, and even the dreaded boss, Ursula. A great read when you want to escape into the Becky Monson hits it out of the park with Speak Now. It is chick lit in it's best form! The superficial, wedding focused Bridgette has her world rocked when she gets dumped instead of getting a proposal. It is nice to see Bridge grow and mature and she tries to figure out if she and Adam are really meant to be together, or if Ian, is really the one that got away, Great supporting characters in Gram, Ashley, Justin, and even the dreaded boss, Ursula. A great read when you want to escape into the world of a 20-something chick in New York City, trying to get her life straightened out.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Content Romance: Clean Language: Mild Violence: None Religious: None

  15. 4 out of 5

    Trista Criswell

    I loved this book! Once again Becky Monson amazes me with her well developed characters and storylines. Great job Becky! I need another book of yours to read now! ;)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Fun chick lit read! Great characters, especially Bridgette's grandma! She is laugh out loud funny! I loved the flash-backs in the story too! Great job, Becky! Fun chick lit read! Great characters, especially Bridgette's grandma! She is laugh out loud funny! I loved the flash-backs in the story too! Great job, Becky!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Gina1230

    Great by the pool read .. fast, a little funny , nothing complex .. if looking for something more it’s not it. But I needed light reading and it was perfect

  18. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    It's official. Becky Monson is my favorite contemporary chick lit author. This is her third book, and the second one that I have read. (I swear I am going to get to that other one soon!) Reading her books is like reading about myself in a parallel universe. Bridgette is slowly trying to get herself put together. Her world came crashing down when Adam dumped her. She is determined to fight her way back into his life. She holds onto his family by still hanging out with his mom (something I may or m It's official. Becky Monson is my favorite contemporary chick lit author. This is her third book, and the second one that I have read. (I swear I am going to get to that other one soon!) Reading her books is like reading about myself in a parallel universe. Bridgette is slowly trying to get herself put together. Her world came crashing down when Adam dumped her. She is determined to fight her way back into his life. She holds onto his family by still hanging out with his mom (something I may or may not have done). She has these fantasies of how they will end up back together. She tries to make him jealous. Come on, how many of us have *not* done something like that? Maybe we haven't gone to the same extremes, but we have at least entertained the thoughts. And then there is the Ian wrinkle. How many of us have that unrequited love from the past? The One That Got Away. What would you do if he suddenly reappeared in your life? Would you go for it, or would you keep on with your life as it is? I found myself pondering my own situations while reading this book. I reminsced about similar men and similar situations in my past. I found myself melding with Brigette, and some of those past loves of my life blending with Adam and Ian. Isn't that the mark of a great book? Feeling like you are one with the characters? You also get the hints of Bridget Jones moments (or insert your favorite Brit chick lit character here) that keep you laughing and also hanging your head in embarassment. (Is the name an homage to everyone's favorite chick lit character that started this wave?) You cherish her triumphs and mourn her losses. You may think you know exactly how this book is going to pan out, but I promise you there are enough twists and turns to keep you guessing all along the way. I just loved this book, and I can't wait for the next one! I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lindy Lu Reviews

    What a funny and witty story. I loved all of the situations Bridgette found her way in. I also liked how the author wrote the story, it was fun and light hearted. She made heavy situations not seem so heavy and turned it around to be quite comical. Bridgette aka Bridge was a fun character, at first I thought she maybe a little codependent but she comes into her own and shows her woman power. Power to the women!! She has her share of heartaches but handles them like a champ. Bridge finds herself d What a funny and witty story. I loved all of the situations Bridgette found her way in. I also liked how the author wrote the story, it was fun and light hearted. She made heavy situations not seem so heavy and turned it around to be quite comical. Bridgette aka Bridge was a fun character, at first I thought she maybe a little codependent but she comes into her own and shows her woman power. Power to the women!! She has her share of heartaches but handles them like a champ. Bridge finds herself dumped after the hopes of a proposal only to have him get engaged a couple months later… Ouch! She plans to win Adam back with the help of her friends she is going to do just that. But she runs into an old friend and love, Ian, and as they spend time together old feelings start to come to the surface. Only… Ian has a secret, & this secret is pretty big which could destroy everything after they just reconnected. Poor, poor Bridge, she has big decisions to make….. I loved the chemistry between Ian and Bridge, I was pulling for them the entire story. Bridge found herself in so many awkward predicaments. This was a funny and easy read, I had no down time and it kept me entertained. Also this was a clean read with light cussing and no sexual nono’s. Check out my blog on lindylubookreview.com

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jen Rattie

    Have you ever read a book that you started reading thinking it was just going to be a cute, light read but then got sucked into it and couldn’t stop reading?? This was that book for me. I have read a few other of Becky Monson’s books so I know how awesome of a writer she is but she far exceeded expectations for me. By the end of the book I felt like Bridgette was a real life friend of mine and I was actually sad when the book ended. Bridgette was sooo relatable and so grounded it was crazy. I kn Have you ever read a book that you started reading thinking it was just going to be a cute, light read but then got sucked into it and couldn’t stop reading?? This was that book for me. I have read a few other of Becky Monson’s books so I know how awesome of a writer she is but she far exceeded expectations for me. By the end of the book I felt like Bridgette was a real life friend of mine and I was actually sad when the book ended. Bridgette was sooo relatable and so grounded it was crazy. I know the character doesn’t view herself that way but she was the backbone for a lot of people, she just didn’t realize it. I really liked the way the author wrote her character and her friends. She totally depicted what it was like to have one girl best friend and one guy best friend. The girl is your friend you go to when you need and emotional response and the guy is who you go to when you just need to vent and then hang out with no feelings. It’s an awesome balance to have, I have been there. I can’t neglect to mention the awesome relationship she has with her gram. Feisty old lady :) Make sure when you set out to read this book that you have a block of time, you won’t want to put it down.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jes Drew

    This was a pleasant, slower-paced chick-lit rom-com with a sweet romance. Our poor heroine is dealing with the unexpected breakup up with her boyfriend of two years- only for the only other man she ever loved and another ex to walk into her life. Surely, though, between her not-quite-proper grandmother, two best friends/coworkers, and the mom of her first ex, she can figure things out. But, boy, was there some kind of mid-book twist... Note that there is some unnecessary bad language and innuendo This was a pleasant, slower-paced chick-lit rom-com with a sweet romance. Our poor heroine is dealing with the unexpected breakup up with her boyfriend of two years- only for the only other man she ever loved and another ex to walk into her life. Surely, though, between her not-quite-proper grandmother, two best friends/coworkers, and the mom of her first ex, she can figure things out. But, boy, was there some kind of mid-book twist... Note that there is some unnecessary bad language and innuendos, but an otherwise delightful read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Yocelyne Kang

    Wish there was more!!! I really hope there's another book in the works ; Speak Now: and Say I DO haha!! Becky Monson in Speak Now as with her other books, makes you wonder what happens after "The End". It can't be the end. Such a great easy fun read. I'm a sucker for chick flick books and this totally fuels my addiction Wish there was more!!! I really hope there's another book in the works ; Speak Now: and Say I DO haha!! Becky Monson in Speak Now as with her other books, makes you wonder what happens after "The End". It can't be the end. Such a great easy fun read. I'm a sucker for chick flick books and this totally fuels my addiction

  23. 4 out of 5

    InD'tale Magazine

    3.5/5.0 Readers that love chick-lit will enjoy “Speak Now: or Forever Hold Your Peace.” It is a whimsical story and a quick read. Read full review in the 2015 Holiday issue of InD'tale Magazine. 3.5/5.0 Readers that love chick-lit will enjoy “Speak Now: or Forever Hold Your Peace.” It is a whimsical story and a quick read. Read full review in the 2015 Holiday issue of InD'tale Magazine.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jeanie Eidem

    A Fun read

  25. 4 out of 5

    Y.

    Last one for a while, I promise.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    What's a girl to do when she's expecting to get engaged, only to get dumped by her boyfriend? Speak Now Or Forever Hold Your Peace is an entertaining chick lit tale about romantic relationships and friendships. Set in NYC and written in the first person narrative, sassy Bridgette Reynolds takes the reader along for the ride as she plans to win back ex-boyfriend Adam's heart, only to have her plans turned upside down when she unexpectedly runs into Ian Davies, her ex-college best friend turned boy What's a girl to do when she's expecting to get engaged, only to get dumped by her boyfriend? Speak Now Or Forever Hold Your Peace is an entertaining chick lit tale about romantic relationships and friendships. Set in NYC and written in the first person narrative, sassy Bridgette Reynolds takes the reader along for the ride as she plans to win back ex-boyfriend Adam's heart, only to have her plans turned upside down when she unexpectedly runs into Ian Davies, her ex-college best friend turned boyfriend who broke her heart. Suddenly Bridgette is feeling all sorts of things that she never had planned. As Bridgette struggles with her feelings for Adam and Ian, her romantic relationships and friendships are filled with drama, trials and tribulations, and awkward predicaments that are endearing and humorous. Set in the present and intermixed with flashbacks to Bridgette's college relationship with Ian, the reader is in for a treat when they read this lighthearted story. It has enough family, friendship, and workplace drama, and a subtle romantic triangle that keeps the reader engaged and turning the pages. I really loved Bridgette's witty personality, it was so much fun to follow her story. I found myself either laughing or cringing at the quirky antics and awkward situations that she found herself in as she struggled to find romance and happiness. From her supportive co-workers/best friends Ashley and Justin, to her lovable grandmother, to Adam's crazy Italian family, Bridgette's story will surely tickle your funny bone in a hot New York minute! Speak Now Or Forever Hold Your Peace is a delightful chick lit tale that will tickle your funny bone. Disclaimer: I have received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest book review and participation in a book review program hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours. http://jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot...

  27. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    Bridgette works as a server for Edelweiss Catering along with her friend, Ashley and Justin. Bridgette has been dating Adam Dubois for two years and is certain he will be popping the question soon. So when they meet up for dinner, she is devastated when he breaks up with her and she finds he is going to marry someone else. Heartbroken, she can’t seem to get over it. Since she is still good friends with Adam’s mother, they meet often for lunch and she insists that Bridgette remain part of the fam Bridgette works as a server for Edelweiss Catering along with her friend, Ashley and Justin. Bridgette has been dating Adam Dubois for two years and is certain he will be popping the question soon. So when they meet up for dinner, she is devastated when he breaks up with her and she finds he is going to marry someone else. Heartbroken, she can’t seem to get over it. Since she is still good friends with Adam’s mother, they meet often for lunch and she insists that Bridgette remain part of the family and even wants her to attend Adam’s wedding. Awkward? Oh yeah! Bridgette's old college friend comes to town. Ian Davies is an old flame who moved to London after college graduation. Best friends through school, they had a fling but broke up after graduation. Getting together brings back fun memories for both of them and we see their relationship grow through flashbacks. Bridgette is not sure where her heart truly lies. Is she still in love with Adam or has her heart always belonged to Ian? With the help of her friends and her savvy grandmother with whom she lives, we watch her as she sorts through her feelings trying to decide which man to pursue. There are a lot of humorous moments and true-to-life events that make the reader nod their head knowing we have all been there at some point. I really enjoyed the way the author introduced the flashbacks in the book. Most of the time I don’t like flashbacks because I find that they can be confusing. But not in this book. Well done, Becky Monson. I have now read all three of Becky Monson’s novels and was so excited when I saw this new one come out. This is one very talented author and chick lit is definitely her forte. I look forward to reading more from her and hope everyone will grab a copy of this book, sit back and enjoy one of the best reads you have had in a long time.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn Svendsen

    Bridgette’s life sounds like a soap opera. In fact, much of her man troubles were mirrored on the soap opera that she and her gram loved to watch together. Just when Bridgette thinks her boyfriend is going to propose to her, he dumps her. She would do anything to win him back, especially since his parents consider her part of their family. Bridgette and her friends Ashley and Justin and her gram will have you laughing as you watch them weave their way through the explosive field of heartbreak and Bridgette’s life sounds like a soap opera. In fact, much of her man troubles were mirrored on the soap opera that she and her gram loved to watch together. Just when Bridgette thinks her boyfriend is going to propose to her, he dumps her. She would do anything to win him back, especially since his parents consider her part of their family. Bridgette and her friends Ashley and Justin and her gram will have you laughing as you watch them weave their way through the explosive field of heartbreak and love. The author does an excellent job of showing how Bridgette matures and discovers whether Adam really is her one true love or not. It’s easy to relate to her feelings as she tries to sort out how she really feels about Ian and Adam and what to do about it. I was surprised by her choice. One of the characters I really liked was gram. She certainly is like no grandmother I know of. I found her to be quite hilarious and perhaps a little more risqué than one would expect a grandmother would be, which was partly why she was amusing. Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace was a fun book to read. It was a great light read and made a nice escape from the stress of everyday life. I gave this book 5 stars out of 5. Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own. To see my complete review, visit Shelf Full of Books http://kathrynsshelffullofbooks.blogs...

  29. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Ray

    4 out of 5 stars. I finally read a Becky Monsoon novel! I've been meaning to read one of her books forever. Bridgette gets dumped by her boyfriend after two years, on the night she thinks she's going to get engaged. The saddest part about it is that Bridgette loves Adam's family. Even after the break up, she keeps in touch with his mom, Carla. That's how she finds out that Adam is dating someone new after only two weeks. Shortly thereafter, they're engaged. Meanwhile, Bridgette runs into her ex b 4 out of 5 stars. I finally read a Becky Monsoon novel! I've been meaning to read one of her books forever. Bridgette gets dumped by her boyfriend after two years, on the night she thinks she's going to get engaged. The saddest part about it is that Bridgette loves Adam's family. Even after the break up, she keeps in touch with his mom, Carla. That's how she finds out that Adam is dating someone new after only two weeks. Shortly thereafter, they're engaged. Meanwhile, Bridgette runs into her ex best friend and eventual boyfriend from college, Ian. They are really re-connecting and Bridgette thinks he might be her future when she finds out he's engaged! I really enjoyed this story. It was predictable, but still good. I liked Bridgette a lot and her grandmother was adorable. Ashley and Justin were good, loyal friends. The book is mainly in the present, but there are flashbacks to Bridgette and Ian's relationship in college. This book did a good job of keeping you in suspense about certain things and then slowly revealing the truth. It was a very quick read and kept my interest the whole time. I read it in one day! I look forward to reading more from Becky in the future.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Gina's Library

    I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are 100% my own. This is the perfect book for a fun beach read. It’s funny and keeps you wanting to read. I read the book in one day. It’s been awhile since I read a book in a day. Have you ever been so caught up in a romance that you plan everything out and then get blindsided by reality? That is exactly what happened to Bridgette with her boyfriend Adam. Adam breaks it off with her and she wants to get him back….or does I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are 100% my own. This is the perfect book for a fun beach read. It’s funny and keeps you wanting to read. I read the book in one day. It’s been awhile since I read a book in a day. Have you ever been so caught up in a romance that you plan everything out and then get blindsided by reality? That is exactly what happened to Bridgette with her boyfriend Adam. Adam breaks it off with her and she wants to get him back….or does she? The past has a funny way of coming back to the surface sometimes. When Bridgette least expects it her college boyfriend Ian returns to her life. There are some unresolved issues between the two of them. At the beginning of the book Bridgette has her life planned out and thinks it’s going great. In the blink of the eye her world is turned upside down. Get your favorite drink, snacks, and get in your comfortable reading spot. You’ll be there awhile, you won’t want to stop reading until you get to the end.

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