wedding girl book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

If you’re a foodie, – whether by genetics, education, marriage, osmosis, passion, or any other reason – you’ll find plenty to like in this charming, very easy to read book. It’s a truly engaging story, with the most amazing readability! The pages turn so fast, it’s incredible how quickly you find yourself 100 pages beyond where you thought you were. Maybe it’s because you distract yourself by laughing out loud so often. I haven’t a clue.

I only know I loved reading Wedding Girl, even loved reading about how a recipe goes together. And identifying with more than one of the main characters. I’ll never be able to produce most of the goodies hatched up by the leading lady, Sunny ‘Sophie’ Bernstein, but I could still imagine – even visualize — them. What fun!

Sophie is a 30-something only child whose parents never married. After 44 years together, they decide it’s time to do just that, and chaos ensues. Of course, all this happens just after Sophie has lost her own job as an event planner after also losing her fiancé in a ‘didn’t get to the altar’ type of jilt. She moves in with her Grandma ‘Bubble’s’ and Grandma’s dog – Snatch. Turns out Grandma’s neighborhood contains a neighborhood bakery, Langer’s, and Sophie’s skills are just what the bakery needed as a refresher course. The owner even has a son who might – or might not – be a possible future date for Sophie.

In the meantime, Sophie meets Amelia, who sets her up as a wedding consultant, complete with website, through which people may ask her questions, for a minimal sum. To Sophie’s surprise, the site takes off, and between this and Langer’s, she begins to feel better about herself. This is not an easy task, as she is not your usual romance novel heroine. No, she’s more of a ‘real-life’ type of heroine: a bit older, a bit curvier, not financially secure, by any means. Still, she has a huge heart, and genuinely cares for the real people around her. Eventually, her world rights itself, bringing her the happiness she deserves.

If you ever think you need a good kick in the behind to get yourself out of the bluesy hole you’ve dug yourself into – you could do a lot worse than read the two paragraphs on page 318 when Mark is telling Sophie why she is a champion and needs to step up and own it! Absolutely terrific motivation!

There are bunches of recipes and discussion questions included. Careful with the recipes, though. You could gain weight just from reading them! Scrumptious!

First and foremost, Kelly is a reader, then a writer and editor. She adores Regency-set novels, and cozy mysteries. Every now and then, however, she finds something else to enjoy if it has a great premise with characters who belong in there, and fabulous writing! She writes under her own name, as well as her pen-name, Hetty St. James.

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