The blurb reads,
She’s prepared for her wedding all her life … but she forgot a few things.
Ellie Martin, a country girl in Atlanta, often de-stresses from city life by tending the flower beds of a church near her apartment. She has dreamed of a traditional wedding all her life, a wedding like the one her younger sister is planning back in their hometown. Their single mom will pay for Alexa’s wedding, but Ellie started her own wedding fund years ago. She only needs to find a groom.
She bumps into a man who’s a guest at a wedding on the church grounds. She’s noticed him around the neighborhood, but today he introduces himself as Gray Whitby. They embark on a whirlwind romance, but her mother doesn’t trust freewheeling men like him. Standing up to Mom leads Ellie to stick up for Alexa too. When Ellie risks her own plans for her sister’s sake, Gray feels betrayed. Will he always play second fiddle?
Will Ellie and Gray reconcile their differences so her dream wedding can come true, or will the romance they’ve begun come crashing down?
How can I even start with the things that were wrong in this book?
The beautiful cover belies the ridiculous story that it holds.
The May Bride talks about Ellie and her quick fire wedding. The only reason I am giving out a spoiler is because this book is one which you would want to avoid.
So, Ellie has been saving for her own wedding for the longest time. She has a loving younger sister and a mother who acts, behaves and talks like she belongs to another century. She has been hurt by life and she carries that hurt on her sleeve. I understand the sentiment and I have read several such characters but then Ellie’s mom was really one of the worst. Ellie herself, is a doormat. I don’t like female leads who are doormats.
Ellie’s insecurities and her doormat nature continue to drag the book down by several notches. The initial chemistry between Ellie and Gray is so sweet. I find Ellie’s habit of gardening in churches she doesn’t visit to be very cute. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that the story itself was flawed.
I didn’t like Gray. I would love my book boyfriend/husband to be sweet and to understand the duress that the female is going through. Gray, though, was like a woman on her periods. His reactions were so teenage like and his selfish and egoistic nature really eroded any feeling I had for the man. If you portray a man as being classy and enigmatic, then let the dialogues and his behaviour say so.
The book also takes an absurd turn when Ellie’s sister asks her to lend her some money out of her forever collected wedding fund. I felt that if you have a wedding coming up, the least you can do is be a little fiscally responsible.
So, back to the point. Ellie, despite of all the trials and the fights between every single character, decides to get married, and quite literally jumps the gun. The end, was sweet and enjoyable! I mean, Ellie’s mom finally rallies around, brings her a bouquet made with flowers from Ellie’s garden at home and then all is finally happy. But with ALL the characters tearing apart the book before, this ending couldn’t salvage ANYTHING for the book.
IF you ordered this, I say please return it. If you purchased a hardcover, please donate it or dump it.
I’m serious when I type this out!