10311584Reviewed by Carrie Ardoin

In a matter of hours, Ellie Andrews is set to walk down the aisle to marry the man she loves… or so she thinks. After all, the past year and half of her life – leading up to this point – has been hectic. But as she sits on the morning of her wedding, drinking bottles of champagne and second guessing her decisions, she begins to flash back to all the men she’s loved before. A wedding day is a terrible time to choose who you’re in love with.

It’s been a little while since I read some straight up chick lit, but I was looking forward to taking a break from the heavier paranormal stuff that I usually read. Sadly, after the first 25-30% of Ellie Andrews Has Second Thoughts things really started to fall apart.

First of all, I’m not really sure who approved the book description on the back cover, but it gives away a lot of the story! It lists the four men that Ellie is involved with–even though one disappears after the first 20 pages, and she doesn’t meet another until the last 70. It made it so I kind of knew what was coming before it even happened, and I was waiting for Ellie to move on to the next guy, because I was expecting him.

As with so many other books typical of this genre, the main character really has a lot of issues. Ellie is the youngest of five sisters, and allows them to walk all over her and treat her rudely. Even though she loves her mother, she speaks to Ellie in a very harsh manner and Ellie fails time and time again to speak up on her own behalf. But don’t let these facts make you feel sorry for Ellie–she’s very annoying in her own right. She’s constantly berating herself, calling herself chubby, pudgy, and more when in the book she says she weighs nine stone. Nine stone is equal to 126 pounds!! That is fat now?! Give me a break. In addition, Ellie is very wishy washy and finds fault with every man, except for the one she ends up with. She also can’t take a compliment. I really just wanted her to shut up most of the time.

The plot moves along rather more like a series of different events rather than one flowing story. It’s also kind of difficult to mark how much time has passed in between different sections. This book was written by a Brit, but I’m not sure if it was reformatted for an American audience. If so, it was done very inconsistently. If not, I really don’t get this author’s writing style. Though they are in Britain, speed is determined in miles per hour, and money is often referred to as dollars. But weight is measured in stone, and there are tons of British slang words thrown in that I had to use context clues to figure out. This made for some very uneven reading at times.

Though there were a couple of mildly funny moments (I loved Ellie’s twin niece and nephew), ultimately I found this book to be predictable and not very different from the plethora of other chick lit books out there.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ 

Carrie runs the blog Sweet Southern Home, and is a stay at home wife and mom to one little boy. When she’s not reading, she’s usually watching Netflix with her husband, playing outside with her son, or baking. Her family would describe her as sometimes annoyingly sarcastic, but mostly lovable.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Orion Publishing. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.