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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Mira (October 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551668394
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551668390
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,503,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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 www.RobynCarr.com. --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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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 www.RobynCarr.com.

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Cindy on November 7, 2001
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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on 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.

Harriet Klausner
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 6, 2001
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By a-wish-upon-a-star on March 1, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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