Something Blue by: Heather McGovern

I received a finished copy of this book—through Forever Publishing—for being part of their influencer program.

Orchard Inn book 1

This wedding needs to be the event of the season. Unfortunately, the best man is doing everything he can to derail it . . .

Wedding planner Beth Shipley has seen it all: bridezillas, monster-in-laws, and last-minute jitters at the altar. But this wedding is different—and the stakes are much, much higher. Not only is her best friend the bride, but bookings at her family’s inn have been in free fall ever since an unfortunate food-poisoning incident. Beth’s got one chance to save her family’s business, and she knows she can do it. As long as she doesn’t let Sawyer Silva’s good looks and overprotective, overbearing older brother act distract her.

Sawyer learned firsthand that forever doesn’t last. So when his brother decides to race down the aisle with a woman he barely knows, Sawyer is determined to keep him from making the biggest mistake of his life. Yet the more time Sawyer spends around the passionate and hardworking Beth, the more trouble he has disentangling his feelings—about the wedding and the wedding planner. When Beth discovers Sawyer’s plans, can he convince her that his only real objection is to a future that doesn’t include her?

Content Warnings:
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!

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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