Kate Daniels couldn’t be more excited to be planning her best friend’s wedding…in theory. Lately, just thinking about gowns and centerpieces makes her want to hide under the covers with her dog and a good book –one that doesn’t include a romantic plot, thank you very much. Maybe it’s because her fiancé cheated. Or maybe it’s because he cheated with her younger sister, Charlotte. Or maybe it’s because her newfound reputation as jilted wedding planner isn’t exactly doing wonders for her career.
Charlotte knows she messed up. Big time. But she also knows something Kate doesn’t-something that might bring them close again, if her sister will ever take her calls. But as time passes and silence grows, Charlotte begins to realize she can’t hide from her problems forever, and that sometimes the only place to run is home.
With the wedding only a week away, Kate expects a few surprises. But what she doesn’t expect is to find herself believing…in the strength of family, and the possibility of finding love again.
Titles in the Misty Point series include: One Week to the Wedding –
Title: One Week to the Wedding
Series: Misty Point #1
Author: Olivia Miles
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance
Published: June 13, 2017
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
My Rating: 4 stars
While I was reading One Week to the Wedding all I could think of was how would I have reacted if I was in Kate’s unfortunate shoes. And I’m certain it wouldn’t be with the relative grace and strength that she showed. There is a bitter sweetness to this story that I would consider more Women’s Fiction than Romance. As a wedding planner it’s Kate’s job to make certain that the bride’s wedding goes off without a hitch – or at least solve those hitches before the bride learns of them. Yet for Kate, planning her friend’s wedding is pure agony for all it’s bringing back are the thoughts of what should have been her’s – if only her ex wasn’t a sneaking, cheating jerk… and her sister hadn’t betrayed her in the worst way possible.
There is a touch of a possible romance when Alec, the bride’s future brother-in-law makes his appearance, and his growing attraction to Kate is soon returned. Aside from that fun side event, I found One Week to the Wedding to be very much a healing story of one woman’s dealing with the shock and consequences of the actions of those she loves. I never felt that Kate’s situation was treated with triteness or an unrealistic solution. It hurts to be betrayed. Bottom line, it hurts. And it takes time to heal those wounds. Yes, a flirtation with a handsome man, the possibility of more with him in the future and the overtures of her sister, Charlottte are parts of Kate’s story – the real star is Kate herself as she learns a new life, different from what she’d planned and moves on.
I enjoyed Kate’s journey. Charlotte will have her story told later in the series. There are a few twists and turns along the way that kept this story lively and entertaining. In all, I’d have no trouble recommending One Week to the Wedding for any reader who enjoys Women’s Fiction or light Romance.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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