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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade (May 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451415736
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451415738
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* It is a week before Emily McKellips’ wedding, and everything is perfect. She’s marrying the perfect man: sexy, sweet, supportive Grant Cardin. Her in-laws can’t wait to welcome Emily into their perfect family. And there couldn’t be a more perfectly romantic setting for a wedding than Valentine, Vermont. But once Emily and Grant check in at the resort, everything starts to unravel. In between trying to keep the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom from declaring war on each other, Emily discovers that her ex-husband, Ryan Lassiter, just happens to be in Valentine. Ryan claims he is scouting locations for his next big horror flick, but Emily suspects her best friend and former stepsister, Summer, may have scripted his appearance. As the big day approaches, Emily finds herself constantly rethinking the wedding. Might she still be in crazy love with Ryan? Kendrick proves she is the leader of the pack when it comes to fashioning cheekily clever love stories, and her latest will delight readers with its delectably acerbic wit and charmingly complex characters. --John Charles


Acclaim for Beth Kendrick :

“Kendrick writes with a wicked sense of humor and great wisdom.”—Chicago Tribune

“Kendrick...shines in portraying the subtleties of female friendships.” —Publishers Weekly

“Kendrick’s latest effervescent novel is a hopelessly, hopefully romantic treat.” —Booklist (Starred Review)

“Clever, wise, and wonderful.”—Jane Porter, Author of She’s Gone Country

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I write fun, lively women's fiction as Beth Kendrick and a series for teens under the name Beth Killian.

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Easy breezy summer read.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Samantha J on May 9, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I received a copy of The Week Before the Wedding by Beth Kendrick in exchange for an honest review.

There were many details that made me fall in love with The Week Before the Wedding. I highly enjoyed that Emily had a bit of a wild-child past, how crazy her mom was, and of course - that I was reading a wedding book! (Mine is now LESS than four months away!) What I liked the most is that throughout the book, I had no idea how Emily was going to end up - or who she would end up with. On one hand, I truly thought she would stay with Grant, her fiancé, because she did seem to love him and their wedding was, well, a week away. They had chemistry, stability, and a happy life together. On the other hand, I thought for sure Emily was going to throw caution to the wind and wind up with Ryan. I mean, his name was tattooed on her ring finger! But they also had chemistry, a past, and an odd respect for one another. So who did she end up with? I can't tell you that! But I can tell you this book has a lot of heart, some seriously comical moments with the mothers, and is a very enjoyable read!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cocktails and Books on May 11, 2013
Format: Paperback
In THE WEEK BEFORE THE WEDDING our heroine, Emily, is grappling with what she needs to make her happy. Prior to coming to Valentine, Vermont for her destination wedding, she thought that was her fiance Grant. But when her ex-husband Ryan appears at the resort and she gets a birds eye view on the previously thought perfect family she was going to marry into, Emily has to finally admit that maybe everything she thought she wanted isn't exactly the best fit.

I liked Emily. She changed everything about her life when her first marriage disintegrated. She thought if she let go of that free spirited girl, she wouldn't have her heart broken like it was when she and Ryan split. She needed stability in her life and wanted someone who was going to give her that stability and not make her life (and emotions) a roller coaster. She found someone who met all her criteria, but she wasn't really happy despite giving that outward appearance. She denied it for a long time, but that week before her wedding really opened her eyes to who she'd turned into.

The cast of secondary characters really make this story. They make you laugh and have you wishing you were at the resort so you could take part in whatever trouble they were getting into. Between Emily's mother, best friend and Grant's family (those aunts were vicious) I couldn't wait to see what they would get into next.

Beth Kendrick once again creates characters and a story that feel like they could happen to your best friend or even yourself. This was a book I didn't want to put down, but when I did get to the end I was left with a smile on my face.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Redfern on May 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
The Week before the Wedding is a wonderful version of the classic romance theme of reuniting with a long ago love. Emily is planning her second wedding to Dr. Grant- the Ken doll of Doctors. He is perfect in so many ways; he's nice, handsome, caring and most important to Emily, he's the picture of stability. This is important because her first husband Ryan was the picture of irresponsibility. He was a horror film buff and slob and their marriage only lasted five months before Emily left him. Determined to never be in a situation like that again, Emily has gotten an MBA and turned her life into a model of doing the correct thing. She has never looked back and is shocked when Ryan turns up at the location where her wedding will be. He is now a successful Hollywood producer and still is somewhat of a free spirit.
Ryan is determined to win Emily back and he gets help from her family members. Her sister Summer has one of the best lines in the book when she talks about his having matured into a successful single man. She says "He's like a unicorn. We may never see another one in our lifetime"
What I liked about this book was the idea that Emily was so focused on making everything perfect that she didn't really see what her life had become. She cut her past out of her life and just moved on but never really dealt with her feelings or allowed herself to revisit her choices. Ryan has moved on but he has worked through what went wrong with the marriage and how he contributed to the problem. Their romance is the one that they weren't ready to have when they were so young and idealistic.
The secondary characters are great in this book especially the mothers. Emily's mother is a much married flamboyant woman and Grant's mother is a buttoned up proper matron.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Teresa E. Snyder on May 18, 2013
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The best way to describe this book, Sweet Home Alabama (the movie).

This is the first book I've read by this author. I picked it up because of the cover. Really wasn't sure what to expect. The reviews were all over the place.

You've got a heroine, Emily, trying to be something she not. A Lady. You've got two heroes- a workaholic surgeon, Grant, and a bad boy, ex-husband, film producer, Ryan, who shows up at her wedding ten years after they divorced. They both claim to be in love with her.

The secondary characters are a riot. Especially, Emily's mother and ex-step sister/ best friend. Mix it all together in a small Vermont town, and you're in for an adventure.

Although I gave it 5 stars, it's more like 4 1/2. Great story line. Good book flow. The author kept us guessing who Emily would chose right up to the end. But, even with two potential hero's, the romance - or chemistry - was a little on the lite side.

Still a great book. If you enjoyed Sweet Home Alabama, you'll enjoy this book.

Aside: I would give this book a PG13 rating. There is some - not much - language that might be offense to some people.
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