Everyone loves a bridesmaid.
Except Maddie, who’s perpetually asked to be one.
Everyone loves a wedding.
Except Maddie’s best friend, who’s getting divorced.
And Everyone loves the way Maddie’s happy behind the scenes.
Except Maddie herself.
One best friend is in wedding countdown while the other is heading for marriage meltdown. And as Maddie juggles her best chance at promotion in years with bridezilla texts and late-night counselling sessions, she starts to wonder – is it time to stop being the bridesmaid?
I picked this book up at the airport a couple of weeks ago before flying to Tenerife as I had packed my books in my suitcase (rookie mistake, what are you going to do on the plane Luce?!). So it was a quick dash to WHSmith to see what they could offer me.
I picked up How to Build a Girl and Always the Bridesmaid (check out my review for HTBAG here…) and gave my boyfriend the choice of ‘left’ or ‘right’ to decide which book I would start with, it was this one.
We were sitting in Wetherspoons having a pre-flight drink while he was ordering, I decided to start the book and I was instantly hooked. In much the same way as Bridget Jones Diary is laid out, it’s written in Diary entries.
As we read the book we get an insight into how Maddie is feeling that day and what she is thankful for. This is a technique that I find really works in getting to know the characters, as you get to see what they are really like.
The book has heartbreak, laughter and a LOT of weddings.
I was so impressed with the novel that throughout my holiday I felt as though I wanted to re-read it because I was longing to know more about the characters.
As well as the little insights into what Maddie is thankful for, we also have bits of a How To: Be a Bridesmaid book, so we also see plans that Maddie is making for her best friend Lauren.
I was completely in love with this book and probably will always love it, it will now accompany my favourite novels on my bookshelf and forever be one I suggest to friends and family. You can find Always the Bridesmaid here and also check out Lindsey Kelk’s other books.
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