It sat on the endcap of the library shelves and, after a winter of heavy reading, I needed a little fluff. So I plucked Beth Kendrick's The Week Before the Wedding off its little display shelf and took it home.
I whipped pretty quickly through this story about a woman all set to marry a surgeon, at a cute little inn in Vermont no less. And then, her ex-husband shows up. He was a college boyfriend, the biggest mistake of her impulsive youth. But he's all grown up now, and he produces movies.
I could see it on the Lifetime channel. No, wait. Lifetime movies are downers, wherein beautiful women meet perfectly nice men who turn out to be psychos. So let's say Hallmark channel, instead. Maybe the story started a little rough, with college kids that sound like they're thirty, and maybe the end got all sicky-sweet, when she decided that her true love was . . . nope, better not spoil it for you. But in between, with a cast that includes a flashy, four-times-married mother, a proper pearl necklace mother-in-law, some catty aunts and a stepsister who thinks nothing is a good time unless it includes tequila and half-naked men, Kendrick wrote a lot of snappy lines which any Hallmark-channel actor will be proud to utter.
Amazon readers say the cover picture is what drew them in, too. They say it was a great beach read. That's good to know. I've got a beach day in my future and I think Miss Kendrick needs to come along with me. Which of her other books should I try? The Pre-Nup? Exes and Ohs? The Lucky Dog Matchmaking Service?
As for good eating, here's a simple little cake that would look very plain-Jane next to all the other confections on Pinterest, but oh my, it's hard to stop at one piece. So I didn't.
Chocolate Appesauce Cake