I received a finished copy of this book—through Forever Publishing—for being part of their influencer program.
Mention of: cheating, parental abandonment, death of parents, car accident, horse-related injuries, and shouldering the responsibility of caring for younger siblings from a young age.
Beth is struggling to find new business after a food poisoning incident at her family-run Inn. When her best friend, from college, asks her to host her wedding at the Inn Beth knows this is just the event to turn their luck around. Needing to book more events to ensure her family business can stay afloat Beth is determined to make this the wedding of the season, if not the year.
Just one year ago Sawyer was left heartbroken when he discovered his fiance had been cheating on him their entire relationship. Finding out the woman you love only wanted you for your name and money…hurts. When his brother announces his engagement to a gal he hasn’t been dating long Sawyer is determined to pump the breaks and ensure his brother isn’t on the same road to heartbreak.
Overall I found this story to be a cute love story between a wedding planner and the groom’s grumpy older brother who’s trying to call it off. There were a few elements that had me pause, if both characters were lifelong residents of the town how did they not really know anything about the other or have any previous interactions? I was getting the feeling this was a small town but it seems weird that, though their properties are close to each other, the Shipleys and Silva’s don’t previously know each other.
Without giving any spoilers I was also disappointed with the speed that the 3rd act conflict was resolved. I really would have loved to see more self-reflection and a bit more resistance to the resolution. Personally, I just found it resolved much faster than felt natural, at least in my opinion.
If you’re looking for a quick novel to read on the beach that’s sweet and funny you should give this book a go. I look forward to seeing what the rest of the series brings us in terms of relationships and shenanigans!