From Publishers Weekly
Bestselling romance novelist Wiggs (The Lakeshore Chronicles series, et al.) and daughter Elizabeth, an M.B.A. candidate, have pooled their talents to create a humorous, informative guide to planning a wedding. Alternating narratives balance the authors' viewpoints, and "cheat sheets" at the end of each chapter sum up the tips and strategies. The authors offer tips for typical wedding tasks like choosing a dress and a photographer, plus strategies for handling unexpected problems, such as mom's insistence that young cousins be included in daughter's carefully selected bridesmaid pool. Tucked in among the wedding-planning advice in this enjoyable read are thoughtful musings on the emotional implications of an impending wedding, from a mother's realization that she's no longer the center of her daughter's world to a daughter's struggle to balance showing appreciation while asserting her own wishes. (Mar.)
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Best-selling romance novelist Susan Wiggs and her daughter, Elizabeth, are extraordinarily close. So close that Elizabeth calls her mother every time she takes a walk outside. So close that Susan picked her daughter�s now-husband for her off Facebook. Enjoyment of this joint memoir and wedding-planning manual will depend a lot on whether this closeness strikes readers as sweet or pathological. The two tell their story in alternating chapters and offer wedding-advice tidbits in between. This format creates a sort of breathless tone that suits the fairy-tale-princess wedding they�re trying to plan. The few moments of genuine conflict are quickly glossed over in a way that makes you long to attend either a joint therapy session or a boxing match featuring the Wiggs women. There�s no doubt that the expensively dressed Susan would prevail in both settings over the cutesy woman-child she has raised. Although much of the planning advice is suspect, the book will definitely appeal to those actual and would-be mothers of the brides who already love Wiggs� romance novels. --Marta Segal Block