Title: Always the Bridesmaid
Author: Lindsey Kelk
Source: Purchased personally (for Kindle)
Everyone loves a bridesmaid – except Maddie, who’s perpetually asked to be one.
Everyone loves a wedding – except Maddie’s best friend, who’s getting divorced.
And everyone loves the way Maddie’s so happy behind the scenes – except Maddie herself.
One best friend is in wedding countdown while the other heads for marriage meltdown. And as Maddie juggles her best chance at promotion in years with bridezilla texts and late-night counselling sessions, she starts to wonder – is it time to stop being the bridesmaid?
The name Lindsey Kelk may be familiar with you as her best selling novels have now gone in to double figures. The most well known probably being the ‘I Heart…’ series. Always the Bridesmaid is only Lindsey’s second stand alone novel, but contains all the wit and humor you have come to expect from her.
The story centre’s around Maddie, an events planner (not just weddings!) who is still getting over her own heartbreak, whilst trying to be supportive of her friends during their own relationship trials. She is your typical ‘can’t say no’ girl, which see’s her being taken advantage of by most of the people in her life. I could completely relate to her story as the temptation to try and help everyone is something I always fell victim to, and like Maddie, found out the hard way that you only end up letting people down.
Throughout the story readers follow her experience as her best friend Lauren’s bridesmaid. Each chapter starts with a diary exert chronicling the various stages of the wedding preparations. Having got married myself I found this particularly hilarious as I know just how easy it it to get carried away with all the planning! Maddie’s other friend Sarah always plays a main role in the story, and she herself is going through some major life changes since her husband declared that he wanted a divorce. With both friends at completely different ends of the relationship scale, Maddie is very much caught in the middle.
This book has everything, from blossoming romances and nightmare bosses to disastrous nights out pink bunny rabbits, all making for a fantastic read, which I definitely recommend. Also *spoiler alert* one of my favourite characters has a minor role in Lindsey’s latest novel (watch this space for a review!) so look out for that too!
Always the Bridesmaid is available in multiple formats both online and in stores