15808416Reviewed by Amanda Schafer

Grant and Emily are all set to get married. They are down to one week! The wedding is to be held at a swanky resort in Vermont where Grant’s family holds a reunion each year. Emily’s family will be there and she’s nervous because her mother will undoubtedly clash with Grant’s mother and aunts. Summer, Emily’s best friend and step-sister, will also be there and Emily is hoping that Summer will run interference between the families. However, within a short time, Emily sees her ex-husband, Ryan, show up at the resort and knows that Summer is behind him being there. She’s never really talked to Grant about Ryan or her time spent in college. These days, Emily is a responsible businesswoman and her past is exactly that: the past. Being the successful transplant surgeon, Grant is happy to let Emily have her past to herself and doesn’t make an issue when Ryan turns up a week before the wedding.

Slowly, as each day passes, Ryan keeps appearing in the shadows helping with different aspects of the wedding preparations. He sets up a bachelorette party for Emily and all the girls instead of the “proper” tea that Grant’s mom organized. He helps Emily decorate the wedding-cake-cookies that will serve as favors for each of the wedding guests. Ryan is there. All the time. And where is Grant? Grant has gone back to the city where an emergency patient needs his attention. As the days progress, Emily is finding that she is panicking and beginning to doubt herself and her decision to marry Grant. She knows that it’s the smart and logical thing to do. But in her heart, she wants Ryan. The question to answer is does she follow her mind or her heart?

The Week Before the Wedding started out very questionable for me and after only reading three pages I found myself doubting if I had the stomach to finish it! The book starts out in college with a college party where Emily and Ryan meet and fall in love. It was very childish and initially, I thought the whole book was going to be like that. Thankfully, the book jumped forward ten years to Emily preparing to marry Grant. The story line was quite predictable and sadly the ending was predictable as well. I was actually a little disappointed in the ending because it’s been done before. Many times, in fact. I was just hoping for something out of the ordinary. Kendrick has a great writing ability, but I just wasn’t impressed with this one.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband, two sons, and one daughter. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and any Chick-Lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!

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