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Bride of the Living Dead Paperback – June 1, 2010
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"In Lynne Murray's fabulous version of romance, lovers find true pleasure in all body sizes and shapes, wedding dresses are altered to fit the happy bride's body (not bride made to fit brocade), and readers feast on smart detail and smarter dialogue." --Marilyn Wann, author of FAT!SO?
"From the start you will find yourself cheering for Daria as she overcomes hurdles such as a control-freak sister, his and her stalkers, and her own nagging self doubt, to marry her beloved Oscar. Bride of the Living Dead is a fun read about love, friendship and being true to yourself." --Sue Ann Jaffarian, author of the Odelia Grey mystery series & The Ghost of Granny Apples mystery series
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"Jane Austen meets the Marx Brothers. Lynne Murray has written a delightful comedy of manners with impeccable politics."
Laurie Toby Edison
Photographer, Women En Large: Images of Fat Nudes
"Bride of the Living Dead is an irresistible comedy that's got it all: a big, beautiful, witty heroine, true love, scary stalkers, reluctant in-laws and monster movie magic. Buy it, read it, laugh out loud and enjoy the heartfelt love story."
author of the Kate Jasper & Cally Lazar mystery series
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Top customer reviews
Daria, the protagonist was also very relatable for me, being not a skinny or romantic person myself.
However, there were some things about the book, that I found strange. Daria and her husband Oscar both have stalkers - and neither of them seem to really do anything about them. And then both of these stalkers (both ex-partner's of Daria and Oscar) meet and fall in love and leave the couple alone from then on. Not so realistic.
[SPOILER]Also, Oscar's mother seems to be a real monster in law. She's an awful person, hoping that the marriages fails or doesn't even take place - and she tries to get Oscar back together with his stalker-ex. Why? Because she doesn't like that Daria is a plus-size woman. However, Oscar doesn't tell her to shut up (okay, not many men do tell their mums to shut up, but this really made him very unattractive to me), he just repeats that he loves Daria, which doesn't interest his mum in the least. The funny thing is though, that Daria just shrugs about his mother and that's about it...[/SPOILER] But that actually is the only detail I didn't like about the book, the rest I loved! I will also buy and read other books by the author.
I would recommend this book for soon-to-brides, plus-size women who can laugh about themselves and several fat-girl-stereotypes and everybody who enjoys a funny book for recreational purposes.
I received a review copy in order for an honest review, but I wasn't encouraged to say positive things.
review it. Disclaimer: I was sick when I read this book, so I may have missed something and felt differently about it had I been healthy.
I didn't dislike this book, but I didn't love it either. I don't really feel like the story fell under the category or humor OR romance. It wasn't really that funny, and it didn't really seem to be about a romance so much as it was about a completely dysfunctional family. The story went on for way too long, and went into minute detail of things the reader could probably care less about. And being overweight myself, it felt a bit insulting that the author crafted the heroine's entire being out of her weight. We get it, she's chubby. We get it, someone loves her anyway. Move on. Half the country (more, even) is overweight. It's a fact of life, and people find love anyway, despite the fact that they don't fit into haute couture. It kind of seemed like maybe the author was trying to validate herself through her character. My advice to the author would be to make the story less about who is eating what, and more about who is loving whom. Then it will truly fit the "romance" bill.
Women of size and those who believe that beauty and comedy come in all shapes and sizes will embrace Daria and her wonderfully curved voyage toward marrying an adoring man whom she finds hotter than a shining star, and who feels so very much the same about her, her sharp wit and her loveliness of body and mind.
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