Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Book Review: The Wedding Party by Robyn Carr

The Wedding Party Cover Wild ensemble comedy

The Wedding Party by Robyn Carr

Reading Level: Adult Romance
Release Date: October 1, 2001
Publisher: Mira
Pages: 384 pages
Source: Purchase
Reviewed By: Kate McMurry

If you enjoy ensemble comedy with a wide cast of characters, you will find a lot to appreciate in this riotous book. Charlene, the 45-year-old heroine, finds a host of obstacles in the way when she attempts a long-avoided walk down the aisle with her boyfriend of five years, including: her mom going off the deep end, her daughter angsting about growing old and ending up alone like her mom, her fiancé hanging out far too much with the wedding planner, and the her sexy ex husband stepping forward with the craziest behavior of all, a demand for another chance.

Robyn Carr keeps a lot of balls in the air with this story, but all the colorful characters and their competing needs add excellently to the frenetic pace which is a main source of the book's humor. The various story lines leap and skitter, ultimately feeding into each other for a strong climax. In addition, the romance with Charlene's ex husband is sexy and adds a lot to the humor as well. I also really appreciated encountering a well-lived-in older heroine for a change.

I rate this book as follows:

 
Heroine: 4

Hero: 4

Subcharacters: 4

Romance Plot: 4

Writing: 4

Overall: 4

 

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