One Week To The Wedding
Misty Point, Book #1
By Olivia Miles
Author Website: http://www.oliviamilesbooks.com/
In the vein of New York Times bestselling authors Susan Mallery, Robyn Carr, and Kristan Higgins, comes the first in a new women’s fiction novel from Olivia Miles.
Sometimes the road to happily ever after takes a few wrong turns…
Kate Daniels couldn’t be more excited to be planning her best friend’s wedding…in theory. Lately, just thinking about gowns and centerpieces makes her want to hide under the covers with her dog and a good book –one that doesn’t include a romantic plot, thank you very much. Maybe it’s because her fiancé cheated. Or maybe it’s because he cheated with her younger sister, Charlotte. Or maybe it’s because her newfound reputation as jilted wedding planner isn’t exactly doing wonders for her career.
Charlotte knows she messed up. Big time. But she also knows something Kate doesn’t-something that might bring them close again, if her sister will ever take her calls. But as time passes and silence grows, Charlotte begins to realize she can’t hide from her problems forever, and that sometimes the only place to run is home.
With the wedding only a week away, Kate expects a few surprises. But what she doesn’t expect is to find herself believing…in the strength of family, and the possibility of finding love again. (Goodreads)
Kate Daniels is a wedding planner, and a pretty good one , if she does say so herself. She has to be because this will be one of the hardest weddings she has planned. First of all, it is for her best friend, Elizabeth. She wants everything to be perfect and go off without a hitch. Secondly, she has something to prove to everyone. She was supposed to get married herself, but the wedding never took place because her fiance cheated on her with her sister. So she has to prove to everyone (including herself) that she is over the heartbreak and able to do her job well. She has to make everything (the flowers, the dresses, the tuxes…) are perfect and make sure the best man does not ruin the wedding.
Alec, the groom’s brother and best man, is determined to keep his brother from getting married. He does not want to lose his brother to a wife and he feels his brother should stay and work in the family business. So he is going to try and keep his brother from making a big mistake. Alec has his own set of problems to deal with. He has not completely gotten over his mother’s death, he misses his brother a lot and he tries to gain his father’s approval by becoming a workaholic. Deep down he is really an unhappy person, although you would have to look deep under his hard exterior to know this.
The characters are well developed and well rounded. Both Kate and Alec have baggage that they have to deal with. But I thought that baggage made them seem more realistic and human, which I enjoyed. It was great to see them both start to open up, especially after the rocky start that they had. Both of these characters showed growth and maturity as the book progressed. As they spend more time together, they start to share things and begin to develop feelings for each other. Things moved slowly between Kate and Alec, which I felt made the book seem more realistic.
This book is about second chances, forgiveness, family, betrayal and moving forward. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted women’s contemporary. I am a little excited that this is the first book in the series because I can look forward to reading more books in this series.