Millie And The American Wedding – Anna Bell

English twenty-something Millie is unable to turn down an order from an old American college friend to come to New York and be her bridesmaid. Unfortunately, not only has Millie slept with the groom (before introducing the bride to him in college), but one of the ushers was her first love and is now married to one of the bridesmaids. In the course of the week, Millie drinks about a year’s worth of alcohol, lives to tell, befriends some of the other bridesmaids, becomes unwilling secret keeper to many, offends the maid of honour, meets various potential new men and finally learns the truth about her former love.

Kooks for your Kindle?– Lots of secondary characters, and even the least sympathetic have their reasons, with the notable exception of Millie’s ex’s mother, who is good old-fashioned evil. Due to all the potential men in the story the outcome isn’t preordained which is a bonus. In getting involved in everyone else’s dramas, the week becomes even more stressful for Millie.

The Bella-Swan-Pathetically-Self-Sacrificing-Factor– Millie stands up for herself well, apart from an initial hiccup with the maid of honour, knows when to step aside gracefully and when to give someone a good slap. It’s a cautionary tale of optimistically hoping getting drunk will help cope with life and then each day closer to the wedding it only causes complications and makes things worse. Of course it makes things more fun at the time and leads to more than one wardrobe malfunction.

Painting a picture for your paperback?– American weddings are totally different from those on the other side of the pond, more bridesmaids/ushers, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, and this is a great example seen through foreign eyes. Of course some things are the same, hen nights, family dramas, exes, champagne, big dresses. The book is a nice guided tour of an extremely eventful New York wedding.

Evaluation of your eBook?– A refreshing lack of flashbacks, just a straightforward narrative mostly over the course of the wedding week. I would have liked see more of Millie’s normal life to get to know her even better, but on the other hand it was nice to get right into the story. One or two grammatical errors didn’t detract from the experience. The backstory with Millie’s ex is a little heartbreaking, other than that it’s nice and frothy, a quick read, poignant, fun, eventful and fast paced.

Frothy Ranking: 3.5/5 cocktails.

Can be obtained from:

UK: Only 99p from Amazon, I’ve not found it anywhere else, so possibly an Amazon self-publish.

US: Amazon for $2.99.

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