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The Wedding Party [Kindle Edition]

Robyn Carr
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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Book Description

After her divorce, Charlene Dugan vowed never to get married again—a promise she has kept for twenty-five years. Until the fateful day she finds herself uttering the well-known phrase—"Let's get married!"

Almost immediately, Charlene's seemingly perfect life begins unraveling at the seams. Daughter Stephanie's own relationship is about to disintegrate, and she might be just a teensy-weensy bit jealous of her mom. And Charlene seems to be spending more time with her ex-husband than with her fiancé, Dennis. What's more confusing is that Dennis doesn't seem to mind too much. In fact, he sees the wedding consultant more often than Charlene does.

The wedding party is now officially out of control. They're calling for rain and the bride has cold feet. This isn't exactly what Charlene had in mind. But maybe it's not too late to finally decide on who and what she really wants.

Editorial Reviews


"Carr offers a well-written, warm-hearted story and a genuinely fun read." -- Publisher's Weekly on the house on Olive Street

About the Author

Robyn Carr is a RITA® Award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than forty novels, including the critically acclaimed Virgin River series. Robyn and her husband live in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can visit Robyn Carr’s website at

Product Details

  • File Size: 770 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin MIRA; Reprint edition (July 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00835RLKQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,840 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars amusing romantic romp September 23, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After a disastrous marriage when she was too young, family attorney Charlene Dugan has no plans to marry ever again. Now forty-five and seeing someone for five years, Charlene appreciates the status quo of having her own home and a significant other in that own home. With her nerves on edge from a couple going through a horrific divorce, her daughter stuns Charlene when she tells her that does not want to end up like her mom, all alone. On top of that flogging, her mom seems to be showing signs of mental instability and her former spouse Jake, who seems to be around a lot, accuses her of not being able to commit. To prove they are wrong she proposes to Dennis and he gladly accepts.

However, preparing for the wedding turns disastrous. Denis seems more interested with the wedding planner than Charlene. Stephanie seems into a deeper funk because her mom is marrying before she is. Then there is Jake, who makes it clear that he is he one who should be her groom not Dennis. Can a marriage take much more of a spiral downward than this mess that Charlene wants to escape from before she goes insane.

THE WEDDING PARTY is an amusing romantic romp that slowly develops the cast so that the audience understands everyone�s reactions and actions. Once the characters� motivations are established, the plot turns into a wild humorous ride down the aisle. Fans of contemporary craziness will want to attend Charlene�s wedding reception as the story line has several additional subplots augmenting a delightfully funny novel.

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This story rings true!! November 7, 2001
By Cindy
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Who hasn't panicked that they aren't living the life they should be? Robyn Carr has captured this worry with all the angst and hilarity it can involve!! I found myself laughing and crying as I read and that means this book is a true winner! The relationships in this book--famililial and romantic--ring true over and over again....
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Too Much November 6, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
While I enjoyed Carr's wittiness, I felt that there was just too much going on in this book at once. The insight into each character's life was enjoyable at first, but after a while I began to wonder what the point was. The author begins to delve into Pam's life (Why, though... what, in the long run, does her romantic life bring to Charlene's wedding story?), only to leave her hanging for a while. Then the story read like a hasty game of catch up. This seemed the case also with Stephanie, Charlene's daughter, and her boyfriend, Grant. Grant was given no character at all until the point where he decides to leave Stephanie. Then we're bombarded with him. I would have to say also that, though Carr defines each character's relationship with the others, their interactions seem forced.
Carr jumps back and forth between a myriad of characters yet they are never fully developed. Instead, she gives to them all a "everyone is happy now" ending that just doesn't ring true. In fact, much of this book rings false. Dennis is - continuously - described as a rock, steady, trustworthy, etc. But the second Charlene's back is turned he's after Agatha... and completely ignoring Charlene's hour of need.
Additionally, the book is repetitive. We spend pages reading of Charlene's "traumatic" childhood in detail, only to have her daughter give a thoroughly parrot-like recap (of her mother's THOUGHTS) to her father later (and the long-lost-father story was too much - let's face it... after a certain period of time, people need to stop whining about their childhood woes and Charlene can't really use a ragabout father as an excuse for being even more self-absorbed than her daughter).
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars five stars from someone who actually READ the book July 23, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Unlike a couple of these negative reviewers, I actually read the book. From cover to cover. In two days. And Charlene's daughter is named Stephanie. And her boyfriend is a physician's assistant, not a doctor. But maybe I'm just used to reading nice, long books and keeping a variety of characters straight--Carr's special gift. Obviously not a gift shared by some of these reviewers...

This might be my favorite Robyn Carr book yet; it's certainly a bit lighter than some of the others (no domestic violence, for one thing). Charlene decides to get married, but to the wrong man. Charlene's mother is losing her mind, and her daughter is a spoiled brat. The men in this book are virtually all heroes; they just need to be matched up with the right women. Which, of course, takes 377 entertaining pages to work out. The only problem with Carr's books is that I keep finishing them!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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While this was a good book, I would definitely *not* categorize it as a romantic comedy. So if you are looking for something light and funny, there are plenty of (other) authors to try. I would categorize this book, rather, as an issue-based contemporary romance - sort of women's fiction, if you will.

I liked this book. I like Ms. Carr's writing style, it's light, easy to read, and she has the gift of making her characters seem real. But while the writing is light, the issues she explores are not. So this is a hard-to-categorize book - light reading because of the easy-to-read style, but heavy reading because of the many characters and heavy issues that they are dealing with.

I found that while I didn't particularly like the heroine, Charlene, I found myself liking her a lot more at the end, when she finally gets all the pieces of her life together and realizes where she went wrong in the way she was living her life, and looking back, says to herself - I know I made a lot of mistakes, but they were inevitable at the time - and I think that that's very, very realistic. Yes, that's real life - most of us haven't figured everything out at twenty (like some Regency heroines seem to do), but rather, we figure things out slowly, bumblingly, just like the heroine did.

I happened to have really liked Grant, her daughter Stephanie's boyfriend. I know that we don't get to know him too well, because we don't get to see him too much - but isn't that just the point, isn't that what Stephanie is upset about as well. But I do like the way he's sure of himself, knows where he's going and what he's planning on doing with his life, unlike Stephanie?
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4.0 out of 5 stars You can always win the Robyn Carr.
I think I've read every one of her books at least once. Virgin River at least twice. I find friends among her characters.
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I am a new fan of Robyn Carr and can't get enough of her books.
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delightful really such a wonderful insight into Alzheimer s and growing older gracefully I really loved it thank you so much Robyn
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Robyn Carr is a RITA® Award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of almost fifty novels, including the critically acclaimed Virgin River series. Her highly anticipated new series, Thunder Point, will be released March 2013. Robyn and her husband live in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can visit Robyn Carr's website at

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