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Maria is ready to say ‘Yes, to the dress’! As owner of Happy Ever After, Maria Mallory is Westfield's resident wedding planner, spending her days making dreams come true for future brides. Maria even has her own perfect day planned out too, she just needs to find the right man. So when she falls in love with local celeb Darcy Burgess she can't believe her luck – it was final Maria is ready to say ‘Yes, to the dress’! As owner of Happy Ever After, Maria Mallory is Westfield's resident wedding planner, spending her days making dreams come true for future brides. Maria even has her own perfect day planned out too, she just needs to find the right man. So when she falls in love with local celeb Darcy Burgess she can't believe her luck – it was finally her turn for her Happy Ever After. Or so she thought. Jilted at the altar, Maria can't believe that her fairytale ending hasn't come true. She's ready to give up on love once and for all. But little does she know that once you stop looking for it, love has a way of surprising you… A laugh-out-loud romance, perfect for fans of Holly Martin and Tilly Tennant. Readers love Rachel Dove: ‘such an entertaining and wonderful story!’ ‘A fun, heartfelt and well paced story that kept me entertained all the way through.’ ‘a happy, bubbly and entertaining read’ ‘I adored this book, it was such a lovely story and it had me reminiscing at times about my own wedding day!’ ‘Laughter and joy interspersed with disappointment and grief weave together to make a heart warming, engaging story about friendship and love.’


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Maria is ready to say ‘Yes, to the dress’! As owner of Happy Ever After, Maria Mallory is Westfield's resident wedding planner, spending her days making dreams come true for future brides. Maria even has her own perfect day planned out too, she just needs to find the right man. So when she falls in love with local celeb Darcy Burgess she can't believe her luck – it was final Maria is ready to say ‘Yes, to the dress’! As owner of Happy Ever After, Maria Mallory is Westfield's resident wedding planner, spending her days making dreams come true for future brides. Maria even has her own perfect day planned out too, she just needs to find the right man. So when she falls in love with local celeb Darcy Burgess she can't believe her luck – it was finally her turn for her Happy Ever After. Or so she thought. Jilted at the altar, Maria can't believe that her fairytale ending hasn't come true. She's ready to give up on love once and for all. But little does she know that once you stop looking for it, love has a way of surprising you… A laugh-out-loud romance, perfect for fans of Holly Martin and Tilly Tennant. Readers love Rachel Dove: ‘such an entertaining and wonderful story!’ ‘A fun, heartfelt and well paced story that kept me entertained all the way through.’ ‘a happy, bubbly and entertaining read’ ‘I adored this book, it was such a lovely story and it had me reminiscing at times about my own wedding day!’ ‘Laughter and joy interspersed with disappointment and grief weave together to make a heart warming, engaging story about friendship and love.’

30 review for The Wedding Shop on Wexley Street

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dash fan

    4☆ A Warm Engaging Romance Of all the things to happen to a wedding planner.... being stood up at your OWN wedding has to be one of the worst!! Well that's exactly what happens to wedding planner Maria on her wedding day. My heart literally broke for her. It's not great advertising for your business, and when news gets out her custom slows down. But for Maria things are about to get worse. Luckily she has a great friend, Cassie who gives her the strength she needs to dust herself off and keep going. Th 4☆ A Warm Engaging Romance Of all the things to happen to a wedding planner.... being stood up at your OWN wedding has to be one of the worst!! Well that's exactly what happens to wedding planner Maria on her wedding day. My heart literally broke for her. It's not great advertising for your business, and when news gets out her custom slows down. But for Maria things are about to get worse. Luckily she has a great friend, Cassie who gives her the strength she needs to dust herself off and keep going. The wedding shop on wexley street is a very enjoyable read about second chances, love, relationships, secrets, friendship and new beginnings. The characters were well written. I really liked Maria and admired her strength and determination to carry on after such a devastating wedding. I'm not sure I could have! The pace was fluid and the romance sprinkles along nicely, the writing style was engaging, entertaining, warm and witty with some laugh out loud moments. Although this is the third book in the series it was my first book, I think it would have been good to have read the previous books but it wasn't particularly an issue. I would definitely recommend reading this feel good, warm book if you enjoy romance and weddings. Thank you to BrookCottage Books for this copy which I reviewed honestly and voluntarily. My Review is also on my Blog Website :- https://dashfan81.blogspot.com/2018/0...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    5 - "Everyone needs a second Chance." Stars! I absolutely adore Rachel Dove’s writing, and without doubt The Wedding Shop on Wexley Street is her best book yet. "I can’t help but think we were meant to meet…" We return to Westfield for the third time, with this book loosely being related to The Chic Boutique on Baker Street & The Flower Shop on Foxley Street in that they are all set in the same locale, with some interconnecting characters. You can absolutely read all three books in any order thoug 5 - "Everyone needs a second Chance." Stars! I absolutely adore Rachel Dove’s writing, and without doubt The Wedding Shop on Wexley Street is her best book yet. "I can’t help but think we were meant to meet…" We return to Westfield for the third time, with this book loosely being related to The Chic Boutique on Baker Street & The Flower Shop on Foxley Street in that they are all set in the same locale, with some interconnecting characters. You can absolutely read all three books in any order though. She needed to prove to everyone, and herself for that matter, that she could still stand on her own two feet. She’d done it before, now she would do it again… Maria Mallery is trying top pick the pieces of her life up and start again after being left at the alter by Yorkshire tea tycoon Darcy Burgess, mummies boy to the end, he bows to familial pressure rather than walk the supposed girl he loves down the aisle. Luckily Maria has a strong back-bone, part of which is held up by her best friend Cassie, who herself is feisty, independent and not shy of telling it how it is. "I will be okay… one day… I’m working on it." Being jilted at the altar isn’t the best advertisement for a wedding planner, and Maria finds business a little on the slow side in the aftermath of the wedding-that-never-happened. Adding to the pressure, Darcy has now decided since returning from their honeymoon that he might have made an epic mistake and looks to make inroads on re-wooing her back into a relationship with him, much to her friends and her own chagrin. "Life is messy!" To add to the overall shenanigans, the absolutely lovely electrician James Chance, who initially comes to check on Maria's wiring, turns into a man that seems to generally be in the right place at the right time whenever Maria finds herself looking for support in life, someone to do a bit of DIY, or remove her errant ex-Fiancé from her shop, he also seems to be eliciting all sorts of new and fizzy emotions from her, whenever they are in the same proximity. She couldn’t lose anyone else… If she didn’t let him get any closer, it wouldn’t hurt when he left her… This book had a little bit of everything in regards to tropes, and is told from multiple POVs, although Maria is in the fore, Cassie, James and Darcy play a part in the stories overall telling. There were multiple moments when I laughed my arse off and I have to give kudos to Rachel for bringing such a great cast of characters together. I loved everyone, even the dastardly Darcy, and pretty much read the book in one sitting, I literally left a full body print in the sofa I didn’t move for so long. He was in this, whatever it was, and he didn’t know how, or in what way exactly… he just knew he wanted to be there. I hope we get more from this series, something Christmassy would be a very welcome addition for this reader, although to be honest I don’t really care what the season or reason is for returning, I’d happily read anything this author releases because she always delivers an extremely entertaining, well thought out reading experience with her books. ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Obsidian

    So I have been more diligent about reading samples before buying a book. I also need to start checking the book length. This one was just a little over 200 pages. 200 pages is not long enough to resolve some of the many messy plots in this book. Everything felt rushed. It didn't help that the author decided to have things magically get resolved because of love or something. I relayed the plot to a friend last night and she was the one who called it the Jerry Springer show. She's not wrong. Disap So I have been more diligent about reading samples before buying a book. I also need to start checking the book length. This one was just a little over 200 pages. 200 pages is not long enough to resolve some of the many messy plots in this book. Everything felt rushed. It didn't help that the author decided to have things magically get resolved because of love or something. I relayed the plot to a friend last night and she was the one who called it the Jerry Springer show. She's not wrong. Disappointed because the cover and premise sounded cute and I hoped I found another read to read that wouldn't bankrupt my purse. "The Wedding Shop on Wexley Street" is about wedding planner Maria Mallory. Maria is apparently the go to wedding planner in Westfield. That is until she is left at the altar by her rich and famous fiancee Darcy Burgess. Moving in with her best friend Cassie, Maria is trying to keep her business from folding after many people start to avoid Maria and her business. The book follows Maria, Cassie, their love interests, and even Darcy. Maria wasn't my cup of tea. I thought the situation she got herself into was up there when I used to watch Days of Our Lives and Marlena somehow was pregnant or possessed by the devil. I hated that Dove just didn't have Maria and Darcy actually talk. The whole freaking book is people telling Darcy to stay away from Maria and not let them talk about why he left her at the altar. I was so annoyed. It didn't help that Dove hints at the real reasons why Darcy did it and why he feels bad and it gets completed brushed away because you are supposed to be rooting for another love interest. It just left a huge plot hole in the story. Darcy bad, Maria good, is not that interesting to read about. Dove doesn't even go into how Maria and Darcy met. Marcy can't apparently do anything (and I mean eat, take care of herself) without someone rushing to her rescue. It got old after a while. Cassie was much more interesting. A very good attorney who is reluctant to date anyone long term, she meets a guy (Tucker) who isn't going away no matter how many times she pushes him. Cassie is of course worried about her best friend and is doing what she can to keep Darcy away from Maria. Dove made a mistake IMHO when she included Darcy, James, and Tucker's POV's in this. There's another character too, Mark, but I don't want to get into spoilers. The whole book was just too many people and I started to get irritated with us taking segues into another characters it felt like every 5 pages. Jill Mansell can juggle multiple people, a main storyline (couple) and side characters very well. I compared this to the last Mansell book i read and felt like this was lacking in every way. The writing wasn't that great either. I think because Dove has you just jump into the wedding day, leaving at the altar, and Maria going out with Cassie and trying to run her business that you don't get a chance to just settle in. She also leaves out characters like Darcy's mother, father, and sister (you hear about them via Darcy, but no scenes) that would have made the story a lot more believable. I already said that Dove made a mistake by just having Maria avoid Darcy the whole book. There had to be something lovable about him and Dove should have shown that. The flow was bad from beginning to end. Dove just skipped whole months to get to the ending that she apparently wrote first before writing the beginning of the book. The epilogue actually made me laugh. If only we could all be so well-adjusted (eyeroll).

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lynda Stacey

    I really enjoy all of Rachel Dove's book, but this one totally grabbed at my heart strings. In fact, I loved it so much I sat up half the night to finish it. The characters were well drawn, extremely believable and the humour between them made it all very real. The moral of this story is that none of us are perfect, none of us lead perfect lives and we all make mistakes, but the love that can happen between the most unlikely characters can often amaze us all. Can't wait for the next book by this I really enjoy all of Rachel Dove's book, but this one totally grabbed at my heart strings. In fact, I loved it so much I sat up half the night to finish it. The characters were well drawn, extremely believable and the humour between them made it all very real. The moral of this story is that none of us are perfect, none of us lead perfect lives and we all make mistakes, but the love that can happen between the most unlikely characters can often amaze us all. Can't wait for the next book by this author. I do hope there's a sequel..!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Linzie Aucote

    This story is about one woman where everything that can go wrong does go wrong.... I've not read a contemporary fiction for a long time and this was a pleasant surprise. Thank you to TBC for my win and to the author for sending me this book This story is about one woman where everything that can go wrong does go wrong.... I've not read a contemporary fiction for a long time and this was a pleasant surprise. Thank you to TBC for my win and to the author for sending me this book

  6. 4 out of 5

    booksofallkinds

    THE WEDDING SHOP ON WEXLEY STREET by Rachel Dove made me laugh out loud, tear up a little, and made my jaw drop at times, and all of it surrounded by wonderful, engaging characters that felt like family by the end. Maria has always dreamed of being married to the man of her dreams but when she finds herself dropped at the altar, her whole life starts to crumble down around her. Not only has she lost Darcy, the man of her dreams, but she could also lose her business - who is going to want to have THE WEDDING SHOP ON WEXLEY STREET by Rachel Dove made me laugh out loud, tear up a little, and made my jaw drop at times, and all of it surrounded by wonderful, engaging characters that felt like family by the end. Maria has always dreamed of being married to the man of her dreams but when she finds herself dropped at the altar, her whole life starts to crumble down around her. Not only has she lost Darcy, the man of her dreams, but she could also lose her business - who is going to want to have a wedding planner whose own love life is such a disaster?! With the help of her closest friend, Maria really gives having fun and letting loose a little a go, but it isn't long before Maria finds herself in even deeper water and when she starts to have feelings for the local electrician, her life is only going to get more complicated, because Darcy may be having regrets ... With true friendship (which is hilarious at times), the meaning of real love, and characters that I really connected with, THE WEDDING SHOP ON WEXLEY STREET by Rachel Dove is one of the most entertaining books that I have read in a long time - so entertaining that I didn't put it down until I had reached the end! With lots of laughs along the way, there is also friendship and plenty of self-doubt with an added extra of life not turning out exactly like you had planned, which is often the best thing. THE WEDDING SHOP ON WEXLEY STREET by Rachel Dove was everything that I hoped it would be and is just as enchanting as its beautiful cover, so if you need a great story then look no further.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Anna || BooksandBookends

    This is a run of the mill chick-lit book. The protagonist (Maria) is jilted at the altar by her successful and fairly rich fiance whose parents don't approve of their relationship. She owns a wedding shop as her business, which makes her return to work even more excruciating. There's a litany of problems with the shop and business is hardly booming. When she thinks that she's given up and stops looking, love tries to find its way towards her. It was fairly easy to read but there seemed to be too This is a run of the mill chick-lit book. The protagonist (Maria) is jilted at the altar by her successful and fairly rich fiance whose parents don't approve of their relationship. She owns a wedding shop as her business, which makes her return to work even more excruciating. There's a litany of problems with the shop and business is hardly booming. When she thinks that she's given up and stops looking, love tries to find its way towards her. It was fairly easy to read but there seemed to be too much going on at the same time. It just made the plot feel messy and too short to finish everything off properly. There's an awful lot of different characters points of view included if she had perhaps stuck to just one it would have made the plot work in her favour. I'm not a fan of false promises either and this book claimed to be laugh-out-loud funny. I certainly don't recall laughing out loud once whilst reading. It had potential to be thoroughly enjoyable. It just felt rushed, at times messy with the plot and a little too predictable. An ok read but not something I'll be jumping back to read any time soon.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Frenchorchidea

    I was a bit reluctant to read this book as it has "wedding" on the title. Not that I am against wedding, not at all! but usually I find books about wedding quite boring. But don't be fooled by the title. The wedding part of the book is just a small part of it and mostly because Maria who was jilted at the altar by her husband-to-be is herself a wedding planner and owns her own wedding business. But because she has been jilted at the altar, her business is no longer very successful but then she d I was a bit reluctant to read this book as it has "wedding" on the title. Not that I am against wedding, not at all! but usually I find books about wedding quite boring. But don't be fooled by the title. The wedding part of the book is just a small part of it and mostly because Maria who was jilted at the altar by her husband-to-be is herself a wedding planner and owns her own wedding business. But because she has been jilted at the altar, her business is no longer very successful but then she discovers that she has wonderful friends around her and that even if she thinks that her life is ruined, she might have a second chance to build another life. This book is about friendship and second chances and I absolutely loved it! It was the first time I was reading a book by Rachel Dove and I am already waiting for her next one!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nicola Clough

    An amazing book again by Rachel she does it every time and I was hooked from the first page and didn't want to put the book down at all. Many twist and turns and you just want to keep going to find the final outcome. It's full of heartbreak, romance, friendship and work and the characters are brilliant and such a great easy read. Maria of wins her own wedding shop and she plans many weddings but this time it's her own wedding and she getting married to Darcy who is a local celebrity and all the An amazing book again by Rachel she does it every time and I was hooked from the first page and didn't want to put the book down at all. Many twist and turns and you just want to keep going to find the final outcome. It's full of heartbreak, romance, friendship and work and the characters are brilliant and such a great easy read. Maria of wins her own wedding shop and she plans many weddings but this time it's her own wedding and she getting married to Darcy who is a local celebrity and all the cameras are out waiting for the happy couple. She arrives to learn that he hasn't and he's stood her up anyone's worst nightmare and with cameras watching she feels so upset. She goes to stay with her friend Cassie and they decide to go out for a night of clubbing and drinking but Maria ends up drunk and bringing someone home but when she wakes up he's gone so she hopes never to see him again. She throws herself in to work and when James turns up to do some work for her is it love and first sight or not they become very friendly and when she collapses at work and he takes her to hospital she learns she is pregnant but people think it's Darcy's and he happens to turn up the hospital and thinks it's his to when he hears someone saying she's pregnant so he wants to win her back but will she want him or not. Maria throws herself in to work as her shop is struggling and James says his sister and boyfriend are getting married and can they plan the wedding so she knows this is just what she wants but when she meets his sister Annabel she's happy but as soon as her boyfriend turns up she realises it's Mark who she had the one night stand and she really doesn't want to do the wedding. Darcy turns up at her shop when James is there and he really wants to win her back but James isn't happy and ends up hitting him and telling him to go. Maria talks with her friend Cassie as she is worried the truth will come out about the father of the baby and she will loose James as she's really falling for him so what does she do will she continue he to plan the wedding or not and will the truth come out or not and will she be happy forever or loose everything. Worth far more than five stars simply so well written and didn't want it to end at all.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stephaniereads

    A enjoyable, quick easy read. This reminded me of a soap opera story. Throughout the story you question will they or won’t they find out? When will they find out? Maria who is a Wedding Planner is sadly jilted at her own wedding. She ends up spending the rest of the day which would have been the wedding day spent with her best friend who tries to help her move on by going on a night out. Sadly it’s not what Maria wanted and realizing the events of the night before was embarrassing, Maria throws A enjoyable, quick easy read. This reminded me of a soap opera story. Throughout the story you question will they or won’t they find out? When will they find out? Maria who is a Wedding Planner is sadly jilted at her own wedding. She ends up spending the rest of the day which would have been the wedding day spent with her best friend who tries to help her move on by going on a night out. Sadly it’s not what Maria wanted and realizing the events of the night before was embarrassing, Maria throws all her energy into her work. As the peak of the wedding season comes to an end, Maria worries about earning money especially with the worry than people will not hire a Wedding Planner who was recently jilted and was publicly shared in the press. As things get worse as the shop ends up need work to the electrics, Maria receives a customer thanks to James the electrician. But as Maria thinks her luck is in, things go from bad the worse as Maria is shocked to find out who the groom to be is as well as a secret Maria is trying hide and not share until after the wedding. This is a book I would recommend to readers who loves soap operas and who are looking for a quick read. This is the first book I have read by this author and I will continue reading the Westfield series. I received an ARC copy of this book from HQ Digital Press via Netgalley in return for an honest and fair review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Donna Maguire

    https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/... I adored this book, it was such a lovely story and it had me reminiscing at times about my own wedding day! It is a very easy story to follow and it is a genuine delight to read, it flows very well and it certainly had me laughing in places! The characters are fabulous and I loved the plotline! It is a lovely book to spend a few hours with and I loved the time I was able to spend with them! 4 stars from me, a thoroughly enjoyable story – highly recommended! https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/... I adored this book, it was such a lovely story and it had me reminiscing at times about my own wedding day! It is a very easy story to follow and it is a genuine delight to read, it flows very well and it certainly had me laughing in places! The characters are fabulous and I loved the plotline! It is a lovely book to spend a few hours with and I loved the time I was able to spend with them! 4 stars from me, a thoroughly enjoyable story – highly recommended!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rachel (Rae)

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  13. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Sweet, romantic, heart-breaking and warm and fuzzy. This clean romance has all of the emotions between its covers. Besides Guy dumps Girl, Girl meets Guy, Girl's Best Friend meets a clean freak (who can cook) there is a double twist to this plot! This book definitely lets off sparks! A fun summer read that carries us through all the seasons. Sweet, romantic, heart-breaking and warm and fuzzy. This clean romance has all of the emotions between its covers. Besides Guy dumps Girl, Girl meets Guy, Girl's Best Friend meets a clean freak (who can cook) there is a double twist to this plot! This book definitely lets off sparks! A fun summer read that carries us through all the seasons.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    I love the way Rachel isn't afraid to tackle a complicated romance plot. An endearing and entertaining book, with many laugh out loud moments. The story deals with the messy side of love and a maze of awkward and complex scenarios, that left me hanging until the end. Rachel's characters are always believable, lovable/hateable (if that's even a word) and have depth. I particularly liked the main male character in this novel; no spoilers, but he was adorable. If you liked this book, I recommend The I love the way Rachel isn't afraid to tackle a complicated romance plot. An endearing and entertaining book, with many laugh out loud moments. The story deals with the messy side of love and a maze of awkward and complex scenarios, that left me hanging until the end. Rachel's characters are always believable, lovable/hateable (if that's even a word) and have depth. I particularly liked the main male character in this novel; no spoilers, but he was adorable. If you liked this book, I recommend The Flower Shop on Foxley Street by the same author.

  15. 5 out of 5

    J.B (Debbie)

    To say I read this book in break neck speed is an understatement. I started reading it one evening in the car while waiting for my daughter to finish one of her many social activities and almost forgot to go get her again! There's just something about Rachel Dove's writing that captures the reader's imagination and sweeps it along in a brilliant story. Poor Maria is humiliated in the most public of ways. As if being jilted at the altar by celebrity boyfriend Darcy wasn't bad enough, the entire d To say I read this book in break neck speed is an understatement. I started reading it one evening in the car while waiting for my daughter to finish one of her many social activities and almost forgot to go get her again! There's just something about Rachel Dove's writing that captures the reader's imagination and sweeps it along in a brilliant story. Poor Maria is humiliated in the most public of ways. As if being jilted at the altar by celebrity boyfriend Darcy wasn't bad enough, the entire debacle becomes fodder for the press and Maria is left bereft by how her life has spiraled out of control. But at least she still has her business.............though there's not much call for a wedding planner who couldn't even pull off her own wedding successfully. Supported by her wonderfully quirky friend Cassie, Marie tries to recover from her broken heart. All helped along by a bit of a wild night out and the hangover from hell. Throw into the mix a sexy electrician and an ex fiance who decides to make an appearance once again and things get even more complicated. And, as if that wasn't enough, there's a hunky Aussie who can cook and clean! All perfect ingredients for an amazing book! Its not very often that a book comes along that has such an amazing mix of characters all of which I was fascinated by. Cassie and her relationship with the Aussie hunk was brilliant. I love her tenacity throughout the story. Poor Maria's heartbreak is palpable but helped along by Cassie and her straight talking, no nonsense approach. I just loved absolutely everything about this book. Its hard to say too much more without giving the plot away but suffice to say, I defy anyone not to love this book as much as I did. If this was made into a movie, I'd go to see it! It'd make a fab movie. The writing is amazing and the pacing of the book just flies along, making it difficult to put down. Rachel Dove really is an extraordinarily talented writer. This book explores many aspects of relationships and Rachel Dove has captured the essence of each of them. There are so many comedy moments in the book and this author has a real knack for making the reader laugh out loud. I simply can't say enough positive things about this book. It comes as a highly recommended read from me. I recommend you buy all the books because they are all so amazing!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cris

    This book was a rollercoster, it was kind of a Murphy's law situation, everything that could go wrong, went wrong. The book starts on Marias’ most important day, her wedding day. Her BIGGEST dream was to be married, the dress, the photos the whole show; and as the owner of Happy Ever After, she know how to do it big time. The only that was thing missing on her big day.... was the groom. Picking up the pieces of her life after her fiancé didn’t even bother to show up to the wedding, we begin a st This book was a rollercoster, it was kind of a Murphy's law situation, everything that could go wrong, went wrong. The book starts on Marias’ most important day, her wedding day. Her BIGGEST dream was to be married, the dress, the photos the whole show; and as the owner of Happy Ever After, she know how to do it big time. The only that was thing missing on her big day.... was the groom. Picking up the pieces of her life after her fiancé didn’t even bother to show up to the wedding, we begin a story of... well figuring out how to make things work. I'm trying really hard to keep this non spoiler as possible so I'll end the recap there, but let’s just state the obvious, yes she decides to go out, yes something happened and yes she finds an awesome guy. This was my first Rachel Dove novel and it was lovely. This was a funny, quirky story, is written in 3th person, as if the reader was a ghost who can read minds. It was amusing/frustrating to read it like that because there were sometimes where I wasn’t sure who was thinking something but overall it was fine. The plot and development of the story were great, I couldn’t put it down, when I thought that they couldn’t surprise me anymore, Rachel found a way to grab my attention and hold it for dear life. I hated/liked (rollercoster I tell you) that the story was not only about Maria, but also about Cassie and even thou it wasn’t that much I loved her story and wanted more of her interaction with Tucker (whom let me tell you, was awesome). We even get to see snippets of the jerk, those were a little with weird because at some point he just disappear (don’t get me wrong, he was never supposed to come back) but why show them and make him look human? Bottom line here is that this was a good read, I do recommend! I received an ARC via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review

  17. 4 out of 5

    Parisan

    Hmm. I wanted to like this more so but I couldn’t. Personally I wish this would have been about Cassie and her story with Tucker rather than Maria. Maria was annoying. She wasn’t sure if she wanted to get married yet she decided to go ahead with it only to be left at the altar. What was mind blowing to me was that she refused to even listen to Darcy’s point of view. She was prepared to marry him, but didn’t want to know why he bailed on her at their wedding? I’m sorry I don’t buy it. Also Maria Hmm. I wanted to like this more so but I couldn’t. Personally I wish this would have been about Cassie and her story with Tucker rather than Maria. Maria was annoying. She wasn’t sure if she wanted to get married yet she decided to go ahead with it only to be left at the altar. What was mind blowing to me was that she refused to even listen to Darcy’s point of view. She was prepared to marry him, but didn’t want to know why he bailed on her at their wedding? I’m sorry I don’t buy it. Also Maria was constantly hopeless and a damsel in distress needing rescuing. She was the opposite of Cassie who was able to fight her own battles and met a man who respected that. No, Maria was actually pathetic. I get it you’re heartbroken but maybe talk it through...and then when you find out you’re pregnant MAYBE TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AND YOUR BABY. Don’t skip meals and constantly pass out needing to be rescued by everyone else. The whole baby drama wrapped up way too nicely and I am still baffled why when she wasn’t married to James yet and it wasn’t his baby, the baby took his last name. The baby should have taken Maria’s last name in my opinion or even the actual baby daddy’s last name. It was a light read but the way it started I was expecting a different lighter storyline.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Morgan Nebistinsky

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. What can I say, this was your typical chic lit novel, and not necessarily in all the good ways. It's full of cliches, even the character's themselves are a bit cliche. *Spoilers Ahead* There is the headstrong, powerful (both in job and personality) woman who is afraid to fall in love yet a man somehow weasels his way into her heart; this is our protagonist's best friend. Then we have our protagonist. A woman left brokenhearted at the alter by a man who was never good enough for her any way (added What can I say, this was your typical chic lit novel, and not necessarily in all the good ways. It's full of cliches, even the character's themselves are a bit cliche. *Spoilers Ahead* There is the headstrong, powerful (both in job and personality) woman who is afraid to fall in love yet a man somehow weasels his way into her heart; this is our protagonist's best friend. Then we have our protagonist. A woman left brokenhearted at the alter by a man who was never good enough for her any way (added bonus, he is still under the thumb of his wealthy parents who keep him from marrying her even though he supposedly loves her) only to then have a night of partying which leaves her pregnant by some random guy she hooks up with. But not only does she end up pregnant, (which there is nothing wrong with, AT ALL) but she discovers that the father of her baby is the (this may be confusing, bare with me) future brother in law of the electrician she hires who has a major crush on her, (and somehow thinks they have some mutual agreement of love even though she doesn't ever really explicitly encourage or engage in anything but friendship and then gets upset when she doesn't reciprocate) who was on a brief break with his girlfriend (the electrician's sister) when he had a one night stand with our protagonist. So instead of just coming clean to all of these people who she has actively involved herself in their lives (by agreeing to plan the wedding of the electrician's sister and the father of her unborn child) because essentially she needs the money and needs the help (from the electrician/turned weird friend). When you break it down, she's kind of a not great person. Sure, she has every right to keep the child if she wants to. Sure, she doesn't have to tell the father. But it's a little terrible, in my opinion, to noticeably grow larger and larger while lying to the face of three people who may feel very differently about her and their relationships with her if they knew who's baby she was carrying. But of course, when it is finally revealed, there is only a brief moment where things get sticky and uncomfortable and the protagonist has to face the lies she's told and the people she's potentially hurt, and even the relationships she could've ruined. No, she doesn't have to stew long. Quickly everything is okay, she gets the man (the electrician/friend, not the former fiance), a new family dynamic is quickly and easily formed (because it's so easily to navigate complicated family dynamics, right?) and all is well. In the epilogue it's a year later, and of course her best friend who wasn't open to a relationship is happily married and in labor, while the father of her baby's wife reflects on the fear of becoming a mother as she reveals she is also pregnant. I mean. C'MON. Then they all go home to their happy perfect little lives and there is never any issues between all of them and they live happily ever after. And I closed the book in disappointment. I know a lot of people enjoy a story that is relatively free of conflict and where the character always ends up on top, even at their lowest point. But I just felt like the very real hurt that can come from realizing the following was not really addressed, our protagonist was just forgiven because she is our protagonist, not because she makes an honest attempt to right the wrongs she's done to various people: 1. Your boyfriend slept with someone else while you were on a break (which is fine) and got that woman pregnant and now you will have to be a sort of 'step mother' for the rest of your life, which you find out on the night before your wedding to said boyfriend. 2. The woman who has been planning your wedding (who you did not tell your fiance you knew in any way, which is a truth I can see not telling) turns out to be pregnant with your baby, and you find out the night before your wedding. 3. The woman you had fallen in love with and kept supporting (i.e, giving her free electrical help and defending her against her 'big bad former fiance') has been lying to you about who is the father of her baby (a baby you offered to help her take care of when you invited her to move in with you, but like just as friends though, of course) and that the father of that baby is your sister's fiance. So now you have to do with your own feelings of betrayal at being constantly lied to, but you also have to help your sister potentially deal with the shock that comes from the revelation. But no, all is easily forgiven and everyone lives happily ever after. And I know people say "but what would you do in that situation?" and I don't know. But I don't think I would plan the wedding of my unborn child's father (that he doesn't know about) solely because I need the money. Sometimes you have to figure something else out, and this would have been one of those times. End Rant.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Deepa

    2018 is the year of weddings in my eyes at least! Megan and Harry, myself, Maria Mallory and ... ??? Maria is the number one and possibly only wedding planner of the village of Westfield and has been excitedly planning her dream wedding since she was a little girl. When she is shockingly stood up at the altar by the dastardly handsome Darcy Burgess, she makes a number of surprising decisions which will change her life forever... The Wedding Shop on Wexley Street was a bit like a comic opera, wit 2018 is the year of weddings in my eyes at least! Megan and Harry, myself, Maria Mallory and ... ??? Maria is the number one and possibly only wedding planner of the village of Westfield and has been excitedly planning her dream wedding since she was a little girl. When she is shockingly stood up at the altar by the dastardly handsome Darcy Burgess, she makes a number of surprising decisions which will change her life forever... The Wedding Shop on Wexley Street was a bit like a comic opera, with all the characters heading for a dramatic showdown at one of Maria´s clients weddings. Though at times, I had to suspend disbelief at the reactions of the characters, and how easily they were able to repair fractured relationships, I found the book to be a light and enjoyable read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Erika

    I really enjoyed this comical at times romance story. Maria being jilted at the altar sets of a sequence of events that climaxes in the biggest change to her life ever! Maria is a wedding planner in Westfield, a delightful small town, and she's one audacious woman. She gets right back up and goes to work. It was a happy, bubbly and entertaining read which had me feeling a bit emotional in parts. I really felt for Maria and was so glad that she had some great people around her to help pick her back I really enjoyed this comical at times romance story. Maria being jilted at the altar sets of a sequence of events that climaxes in the biggest change to her life ever! Maria is a wedding planner in Westfield, a delightful small town, and she's one audacious woman. She gets right back up and goes to work. It was a happy, bubbly and entertaining read which had me feeling a bit emotional in parts. I really felt for Maria and was so glad that she had some great people around her to help pick her back up when she was at her lowest. Great read and a great ending.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Vikkie

    Wow, just wow!!! What a book!!! ❤️ I LOVED this book so much, I’ve giggled and cried reading this. It’s just such a perfect read. Most of the characters (Except Darcy) are likeable, James is just perfect and lovely. This is a book guaranteed to make you fall in love. If you’ve never read a @writerdove Book- this I highly recommend. I’ve started and finished it in just three hours. It deserves five million stars, it’s fun, cute and easy to get lost in this story.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    Darcy dumps Maria at the altar! Maria is a wedding planner in Westfield, a delightful small town, and she's one intrepid woman. She gets right back up and to work. You'll meet her clients- laugh at some and shake your head at others. This is a light, fluffy bit that won't tax you and is just right for casual read. Thanks to NEtgalley for the ARC. Darcy dumps Maria at the altar! Maria is a wedding planner in Westfield, a delightful small town, and she's one intrepid woman. She gets right back up and to work. You'll meet her clients- laugh at some and shake your head at others. This is a light, fluffy bit that won't tax you and is just right for casual read. Thanks to NEtgalley for the ARC.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Maria being jilted at the altar sets of a sequence of events that climaxes in the biggest change to her life ever! Laughter and joy interspersed with disappointment and grief weave together to make a heart warming, engaging story about friendship and love. I loved it and will be back reading this author in the future.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Carol Beasley

    This was a quick fun read. It is definitely a little more on the predictable side of stories but a good read nonetheless. There were definitely some laugh out loud moments and some larger than life characters which keep the reader engaged. Quick and easy with good humour. I was sent this book by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    N.W. Moors

    Maria Mallory is a wedding planner who gets jilted at the altar. Trying to recover since her shop takes a hit (who wants a wedding planner who messes up her own wedding), Maria tries a reset and finds a whole new life. This is a cute book. I liked it that Maria picks herself up, dusts herself off, and starts over again. Our plucky heroine gets her reward with a few laughs along the way.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gea

    It's a little more hurtful to be jilted at the altar when you are the owner of the wedding shop (Happy Ever After) in your village! Hurt and angry, Maria lets her guard down on a night out. What follows is a light-hearted romance which is thoroughly entertaining. It's a little more hurtful to be jilted at the altar when you are the owner of the wedding shop (Happy Ever After) in your village! Hurt and angry, Maria lets her guard down on a night out. What follows is a light-hearted romance which is thoroughly entertaining.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    I liked the story, it didn't go the way I was expecting but it was still entertaining, the characters were likable and while the story was a bit on the shorter side it worked for this book. This is the first book I've read by this author and I will be looking into her other books. I liked the story, it didn't go the way I was expecting but it was still entertaining, the characters were likable and while the story was a bit on the shorter side it worked for this book. This is the first book I've read by this author and I will be looking into her other books.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lesley

    Lovely little series of books, totally suiting my mood at the moment. Easy to read, and so easy to just pick up and read even one page in a spare moment. Recommend if you enjoy chick lit - and that's the phase I seem to have been in for a long time now. Lovely little series of books, totally suiting my mood at the moment. Easy to read, and so easy to just pick up and read even one page in a spare moment. Recommend if you enjoy chick lit - and that's the phase I seem to have been in for a long time now.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Megan | A Page to Turn

    As a wedding planner, this plot has to be your worst nightmare - but Maria handled herself with some class and I enjoyed her second chance to find the right kind of love! Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Katie Ginger

    You can't get better than a Rachel Dove book! FACT! But seriously, Rachel is one of the best at crafting heroines you’ll love and heroes that make you swoon. There are so many laugh-out-loud and teary eyed moments in this book, this is the perfect romantic comedy. You can't get better than a Rachel Dove book! FACT! But seriously, Rachel is one of the best at crafting heroines you’ll love and heroes that make you swoon. There are so many laugh-out-loud and teary eyed moments in this book, this is the perfect romantic comedy.

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