Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Don’t Tell the Brides-to-Be – by Anna Bell

Original Cover
My own copy

The blurb:

Things are looking up for Penny Robinson. She's kicked her gambling addiction and even started her own business: Princess on a Shoestring, an all-inclusive service for brides-to-be looking to pinch pennies on their big day. Between family fights and wardrobe calamities, wedding planning is no piece of cake, but Penny's got it all under control. That is, until a rival planner decides to take her down—one hard-won bride at a time. Now Penny must fight to save her reputation and her livelihood before it's too late. But when a romantic weekend away has some unexpected consequences, Penny's expectations for her career are brought back down to earth with a bump.

My Opinion:

*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

I was really excited when I got contacted about this book and immediately jumped at the chance to review it. It’s my first Anna Bell book, which made it even more exciting. I know it’s part of a series, but I didn’t feel that I missed things, because of that. Yes there were mentions from the past, but they only made my want to read all the other books in the series.

The story follows wedding planner Penny Robinson. She has started over, has left her gambling addiction behind and business is booming. Lots of brides want her services and Penny has it all under control. I loved her from the start, she is very creative, smart, organized and so lovely. I think we could be good friends.

It was great reading about the wedding planning and that beautiful wedding in Carcassonne. Anna’s writing is full of wonderful details and uniqueness. It’s also very bubbly, funny, sweet and romantic.
Mark surprises Penny at that wedding and they have 36 hours for themselves. I adored these two as a couple, Mark is a real gentleman. He’s so understanding and he has the best ideas. Their scenes were magical, romantic and just wonderful.

In the middle of all the planning, Penny has a sweet surprise for him and it also affects their future and her business. And is if she hasn’t enough stress when Georgina Peasbody comes up and plans the same kind of weddings. And that’s not all, Penny really has to fight for her business and her reputation. With the help of her friends and Mark she starts to do what’s best and that also teaches her a lot about honesty. The book also shows that being honest in every kind of situation is important, even if it’s something bad.

Penny’s and especially Mark’s family had a big role in the story as well. Nan Violet’s story is beautifully included and there is a big meaning behind it all.

One thing I really liked in this book, is how each chapter started. There was an exchange of tweets on Twitter all connected to the wedding planning and the chapter. Such a great idea and an amazing way to introduce the chapter.

This story has it all!!! A charming storyline, authentic characters, witty scenes, touching moments and lots of surprises. I loved every single second of it and I can’t wait to read more Anna Bell books!


My possible cast:

Penny: Sophia Bush

Mark: Austin Nichols

Anna on Twitter: @AnnaBell_writes

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