Wish Upon a Wedding
Cricket Creek, Book #10
By LuAnn McLane
A little lie leads to delicious complications in the latest Cricket Creek romance from the USA Today bestselling author of Written in the Stars.
Heartbroken handyman Avery Dean can’t get away from his ex—who just happens to be the maid of honor in his sister’s upcoming wedding. As the best man, Avery has to grin and bear his sister’s misguided attempts to get them back together, until the perfect excuse presents itself in a pretty out-of-towner.
With her time in Cricket Creek, Kentucky, coming to an end, hair stylist Sophia Gordon can’t deny the town’s charms, or her attraction to Avery Dean. That’s why she finds herself saying yes to dinner, and then, a wedding date.
Sophia agrees to be Avery’s pretend girlfriend until the big day is over, but when their make-believe fling shows signs of real passion, Sophia starts to wonder if staying in Cricket Creek could make all her wishes come true.
Forget wondering if a certain individual will move back to Cricket Creek, Kentucky. After reading Wish Upon a Wedding, I want to move to Cricket Creek. Ms McLane has created a delightful small town containing a wide range of interestingly named businesses, including From this Moment, Walking on Sunshine, Wine and Diner, Flower Power, Sully’s Tavern, and Broomstick Brewery. Who wouldn’t love to live in a town with such interesting shops and restaurants.
The town also contains an area called Wedding Row, and one of the main characters of the story, Sophia Gordon, is presented an opportunity to open a business in partnership with her hairdresser, sassy Carrie Ann Spencer, owner of the hair salon, A Cut Above. This new business is the brainchild of Carrie Ann and would be another wonderfully named wedding beauty salon, White Lace and Promises.
This story is much more than a simple ‘will they or won’t they’ love story about the sweet, big city girl Sophia falling for a the ‘handsome-as-sin’ Avery Dean, a local repair man with a ‘whiskey-smooth’ voice. Hello Avery! This is also a story of late-in-life love developing between two older people whose past family life experiences have prevented them from developing long term relationships in past. I loved and was drawn to the struggles Carrie Ann and her love interest, Easton Fisher, experienced and enjoyed following them on their journey as they come to realize that past family circumstances should not prevent them from falling in love and committing to a long term. The ride is bumpy be and enjoyable one to follow along with.
The author deftly weaves both couples stories together and keeps the reader interested. I was very keen to discover how Sophia and Avery would be able to get past the infidelity Avery experienced in his previous relationship, as well as uncomfortable encounters they had with Avery’s ex-fiancee. I was also rooting for Carrie Ann and Easton to be able to put the past behind them and find true love.
I am looking forward to more stories from Cricket Creek as I feel there are plenty left to tell and I’d love to continue reading them.