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August 20, 2019

My Ex-Best Friend's Wedding by Wendy Wax ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

"What can I say about the wedding dress?  I can tell you it's been in my family for generations.  That after all these years, it's still beautiful...It's one of a kind.  Ivory satin with a scooped neck, flange collar and a cleverly fitted bodice.  It's clean lined and elegant.  With its Chantilly lace mantilla it's the kind of dress meant for a showy, yet tasteful, fairy-tale wedding to a handsome prince.  And while happily-ever-after is never guaranteed, it's implied...After Lindy, my grandmother and her other cousins wore it.  So did their daughters and those of us who followed.  Every single Jameson bride looked beautiful in it." (p1-2)

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May 2019; Berkley; 978-0440001430
audio, ebook, print (368 pages); women's fiction
This wonderfully written novel takes place in the Outer Banks of NC and is about a wedding dress that is passed down from each generation to the next. It's told in alternating chapters by the three main characters Kendra, Bree and Lauren. They were all once very close but now are at different places in their lives. Will the family wedding dress help bring them closer together?

Kendra is Lauren's mom and has been hiding a secret from her daughter for her entire life. Lauren is a well-known author and lives in NYC. She's just become engaged to Spencer and wants to get married at home wearing the family wedding dress. Bree was her closest friend growing up - almost like a sister because her mom helped raise Bree when her parent's left. Bree still lives in the Outer Banks with her husband and two children and owns a book shop. Due to a major betrayal at the end of high school, Bree and Lauren haven't talked to each other in many years. Kendra sees the family wedding dress as the perfect way to help Bree and Lauren become friends again but when Lauren's secret comes to light will it cause just the opposite effect?

My Ex-Best Friend's Wedding is a well-written beautiful story with some funny moments in it. It's basically a story about love and family and forgiveness - depending on the people you love to help you through the rough parts of life. It's also about the importance of strong friendships between women.

An extra bonus to me was that the author mentions in her notes at the beginning of the book that the novel was inspired by a wedding dress in her family that has been passed down through the generations.

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Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina when she isn't traveling. She and her husband enjoy traveling, gardening and spending time with their family and friends. She reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction, and thrillers. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with Susan on FacebookGoodreads, or Twitter.

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  1. I've been meaning to read this!

  2. Sounds good, I bet I would like it!

  3. I've been wanting to read this book, as I love Wendy Wax. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “KILLMAN CREEK”

  4. I enjoyed this one and hope you do as well.