Thursday, April 25, 2013

Marriage Matters

Marriage Matters
Author: Cynthia Ellingsen
Paperback: 496 pages
Publisher: Berkley Trade (April 2, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0425258009
ISBN-13: 978-0425258002
Book Description:
She barely has time to attend a wedding, let alone plan one, but Chloe has just caught the bouquet. So has her married mother… and her widowed grandmother. With three generations set to walk down the aisle, each “I do” sounds more improbable than the last.

On top of grad school, clinical hours, and part-time work, Chloe is surprised to find a ring on her finger. Sharing the news about the engagement is easy, except with her best friend. Their relationship has always been why is Chloe so afraid he is going to object?

Kristine is successful at running her travel bookstore, but her twenty-five year marriage is on the rocks. When her husband suggests a vow renewal ceremony, she agrees to say I Do...until a tempting employee makes her wonder whether or not she wants to be married at all.

June knows what’s best for her and everyone around her. Given a second chance at love, she’s delighted to plan the family wedding of her dreams. But when June gets a little carried away in her enthusiasm, she risks losing more than the love of her life... she risks losing her family.

In Cynthia Ellingsen’s heartwarming and hilarious novel of first loves, second chances, and unexpected twists, three generations of brides-to-be discover that love is always better as a family affair.

Idgie Says:
This is the novel of three generations of women, all family, all with the bridal jitters.  I will come right out a say that this is most definitely a woman's book. 

There's the "bride actually wants/needs/loves a different person than who their engaged to......maybe"  youngest bride to be.   Will the dream of finally getting married overwhelm waiting for the right guy?

Then the "Is this what I want to do with the rest of my life" bride.  Should she really renew her vows....or get the hell out of Dodge?

Finally the "I know best for everyone and will guide them all in the right direction.... until they all run away from me" eldest matriarch bride who's about to embark on her second marriage after years with the first.

This is a lovely story of a family of women supporting each other in their choices.  Guiding, leading, leaning on and grouping together to share the good and the bad.  An emotional novel perfect for a quiet afternoon with plenty of time to dig in and immerse yourself in someone else's life.