Sipher, a writer for the New York Times’ “Vows” wedding column, mines his own experiences for this novel about Gavin Greene, a wedding columnist who wants to settle down. On New Year’s Eve he meets Melinda, a charming and well-traveled writer, but doesn’t work up the nerve to get her number. In between spending weekends at other people’s weddings and weekdays trying to protect his job from the paper’s cutbacks, Gavin tries to track her down. Then Melinda unexpectedly reenters his life—as a bride whose wedding he’s assigned to cover. Gavin must decide whether pursuing her is worth jeopardizing his career. Sipher’s fictional stand-in is winsome and his style is reminiscent of Kyle Smith’s popular debut, Love Monkey (2004). The novel’s plot is standard romantic-comedy fare, but it’s clear Sipher’s background has made him expert at capturing the small but significant details of a love story. --Aleksandra Walker
"For any woman who devours the wedding section every Sunday, wondering when her own Mr. Right will come along, The Wedding Beat is a romantic, hilarious and inspiring story of the angst behind the announcements."
--Nicola Kraus & Emma McLaughlin, New York Times best-selling authors of The Nanny Diaries
"Filled with sharp observations, hilarious truths, and poignant moments. Reading The Wedding Beat is like sitting next to the wittiest guest at a wedding - a rare find!"
--Beth Harbison, New York Times bestselling author of Shoe Addicts Anonymous
"Devan Sipher uses his journalist's sharp eye for detail to take a delightful and fresh look at the romantic comedy genre. Go for a wild, hilarious ride-along with Sipher as he works The Wedding Beat."
--Jillian Lauren, New York Times bestselling author of Some Girls
"Romantic and charming, Devan Sipher's debut novel The Wedding Beat is a fresh and fun take on finding (and committing to) love."
--Laura Dave, author of The First Husband
"The Wedding Beat is smart, laugh-out-loud funny, and unabashedly romantic. Get thee to a beach and read."
--Sarah Dunn, author of The Big Love"The Wedding Beat is fabulous and funny... Gavin's journey from observer to participant in his own life is authentic and touching, and the sparkling secondary characters are the icing on the (wedding) cake... Enjoy this sweet, goofy, insightful story of the triumph of love. I know I did!" --USA Today