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1 June 2015

Blog Tour: 'Bride Without a Groom' by Amy Lynch!

Rebecca has chosen the most luscious, five tiered, wedding cake. The engagement ring that she has selected is celebrity inspired. The wedding singer is on speed dial. He doesn’t usually do Michael Bolton, but as it’s for a first dance he’ll make an exception. Father Maguire is checking dates for the parish church as we speak. The deposit on the white sand honeymoon is paid for in full on Barry’s card. She has fallen for an ivory lace couture gown that is to die for. The down payment may require her to sell a left kidney, but it will be worth it. Isn’t that why you have two?

There’s one teeny tiny problem. It’s nothing, really. No need to panic! It’s just that Barry has yet to propose. Says he’s not ready! He can be a bit of a kill joy that way. It’s time to face the harsh reality – Rebecca is a bride without a groom!

I am really excited to be part of the blog tour for Irish author Amy Lynch’s debut novel ‘Bride Without a Groom’ today! The book was released on the 7th of May and as soon as I heard about the release I was excited to get my hands on a copy. I love chick lit novels about weddings and can never get enough of them, so I definitely already had a good feeling I would end up enjoying ‘Bride Without a Groom’ as well. If you want to read more about the novel, be sure to also stop by some of the other fabulous book blogs that have been a part of the blog tour so far (you can find all the dates and blog names on the banner on the left)!

Rebecca Browne has just turned thirty years old and she just knows she’s about to have one of her biggest dreams come true: she will marry the love of her life, Barry. Rebecca has been busy organising the perfect wedding for quite some time already; she has found the most stunning Vera Wang dress, a delicious five tiered wedding cake, a relaxing honeymoon destination... While all of this is costing both her and Barry a lot of money, Rebecca knows it will all be worth it in the end. There’s one small problem though: Barry hasn’t actually proposed yet. Rebecca is sure it will only be a matter of days before he finally pops the question, but in reality Barry has had enough of Rebecca’s crazy bridezilla behaviour and decides he needs some time to think about their relationship. Suddenly Rebecca is no longer a bride-to-be but a bride-without-a-groom, with one important question: how to get her groom back?

Amy Lynch’s ‘Bride Without a Groom’ is a promising debut novel with a fun storyline at its core, focusing on thirty-year-old Rebecca who wants nothing more than to get married. However, while Rebecca is already busy planning all the small details of their wedding, her boyfriend Barry hasn’t actually proposed yet. Rebecca is definitely quite the diva and a true ‘bridezilla’ which makes her, on the one hand, a fun over-the-top main character who gets herself into all kinds of situations, but at the same time I couldn’t help but find it a bit difficult to really warm to her. Rebecca is quite spoiled and self-centred and I personally just didn’t really click with her. However, I am positive numerous readers will be really entertained by Rebecca’s antics; this was just my own experience while reading the book. 

The story is told from both Rebecca and Barry’s point of view which is something I really enjoyed and which also added something to the novel as a whole. Rebecca is in Dublin while Barry is on a business trip to Bangkok, and the switch between the two perspectives also added to the flow of the story and kept me curious to see what would happen next. Amy Lynch’s writing was comfortable to read and fits the genre of the book well. Overall, ‘Bride Without a Groom’ is a fun and entertaining read, especially perfect for people who also enjoy TV shows and other books about bridezillas. This wasn’t 100% my cup of tea, but still an enjoyable read and one which I’m sure other chick lit fans will pick up and love! 
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Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

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