Book Review for ‘Daughters of the Bride’ by Susan Mallery

Title – Daughters of the Bride

Author – Susan Mallery

2016 / Harlequin Mira / ISBN 9781489210418 / 400 Pages / Adult Fiction / Romance


As the awkward misfit, Courtney Watson may not be as together as her sisters, but she excels at one thing – keeping secrets, including her white-hot affair with a sexy music producer. Planning her mother’s wedding exposes her startling hidden life, changing her family’s view of her – and how she views herself – forever. When Sienna’s boyfriend proposes – in front of her mum, sister, for crying out loud – he takes her by surprise. She already has two broken engagements under her belt. Should this free spirit say ‘I do’ even is she’s not sure she does? Rachel thought love would last forever…right up until her divorce. As her mum’s wedding day dawns near and her ex begs for a second chance, she’s forced to acknowledge some uncomfortable truths about why her marriage failed, and decide is she’ll let pride stand in the way of her own happily-ever-after.


This book is your typical romance novel, but a great romance novel. It is about a family who is in the midst of planning a wedding. Sisters who don’t all get along, relationships that don’t seem to be going down the right path and a white-hot love affair are story lines in the book. But it more than that. It is also about a women finding herself after a divorce, giving into feelings and learning from mistakes. This book isn’t just about a wedding but also self. A book that has a lot of hidden messages and morals that work well for today.

I love this book. I picked it up simply because of the title and front cover, I know I shouldn’t but I am a sucker for a book title and any book about weddings is my go to. I read this book as soon as I brought it and I really struggled reading it. It was slow in the beginning and because it has about 6 different story perspectives without any difference in writing or typography or even chapters, it kind of takes a while to work out who is who and who is speaking and keeping track of all of the characters.

I really liked this book for one reason – not everyone got their happily ever after. And because of that this book is realistic and honest. By the middle of the book the reader will be asking themselves how are all these questions going to be asked, but don’t worry, you won’t be disappointed. I didn’t want the story to end, because when it did there seemed to be a lot left to be said.

If you like sap, romance, heartache and self-worth that this is the perfect book for you. Don’t be fooled by the title, it barley talks about the wedding and then it is over before it begins.

I give this book 4.0 out of 5 booky stars!

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