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- Print Length: 384 pages
- Publisher: HQ Digital (October 17, 2017)
- Publication Date: October 17, 2017
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B072TY4ZVX
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We discover that Mia has chosen to to leave her life behind in sunny California, and start a new one with her gorgeous man, Leo, in Kent. And while that’s all well and good, it also means living closer to her family, who have always caused a lot of contention and chaos in her world. I felt pretty annoyed by them in the past, and it seems as though they’ve calmed down just a touch, but they’re still meddling and at times, downright obnoxious, which makes for some really great tumultuous relationships and scenes between all involved. Even through all of that, I could still feel the love that’s there, just beneath the surface, and I imagine it’s wanting to make sure Mia makes the right choices and lives the best life possible, that propels this family to try their damndest to keep her on the straight and narrow.
With that comes the realization that Mia has given up so much of herself to stay in Kent. I feel as though Portia did a wonderful job of showcasing what it’s like when someone makes such a drastic change in their life. I could really relate and identify with what Mia is going through, and I imagine most of us can, because so many of us have been where she is, where we go a different route in life in order to make everyone else happy. In doing so, I felt as though she lost some of what makes her sparkle, and it’s so beautifully laid out in great detail. This lends into a lot of contention with Leo, who doesn’t seem to understand the sacrifices Mia has made for him and really, everyone else.
So, the question becomes, should Mia continue to sacrifice and quelch who she is, or should she bring back some of the sass and sparkle that makes her who she is, and at what cost? Will it damage what she has with Leo? As always, the prospective is always honest and real, and I felt like Mia is a flawed, believable character, along with the others who are in her circle. I could see a lot of growth within her, a maturing that helped make her a lot more relatable.
While this novel can be read as a stand alone just fine, I highly suggest reading Bad Bridesmaid, too. It was nice catching up with the entire cast of eclectic characters who ultimately make Mia who she is, even when she least suspects it.
So, today for Portia's blog tour I felt like writing a list; a list of 10 reasons why I loved 'How Not To Be A Bride.' Before I begin let me tell you a bit about it...
Mia Valentina is used to a high-flying life in L.A. She loved her job as a Romance movie writer but four and a half years ago she loved her boyfriend, Leo, more, which is why she moved back home to the U.K to be with him and start a new life as an author. She doesn't regret her decision but life is suddenly feeling less exciting than it once was; she's lonely and with a new house to fix up, she constantly feels stressed out. So, when Leo proposes and she of course says yes, a wedding may just give her something to get excited about...hopefully. Mia knows she wants to marry Leo more than anything but the whole wedding planning isn't, well, going to plan and when she gets a job offer she can't refuse, life suddenly gets a whole lot more interesting, but at what cost?
10 Reasons Why I Loved 'How Not To Be A Bride'...
1. I always want to be the main characters in Portia's books and Mia was no different. She is sassy, cool, confident and hilarious.
2. Portia's writing flows so effortlessly, I feel like she's just talking to me and telling me the story. It feels as though she writes as the thoughts come to her, which makes her books a pleasure to read.
3. Her stories are unique, fun and have a touch of glamour. Mia's job as a Romance movie writer was so awesome and made me love her even more.
4. Leo - Mia's fireman fiance is utterly amazing. I adored how he was a sweetheart but also a tough strong, fireman. He had everything.
5. There was not one part of the book that I wasn't enjoying. Every single one of Portia's books are pure entertainment from start to finish.
6. I could be wrong, but I always feel like there are little bits of Portia in each book and it makes her writing seem that much more fascinating.
7. Being Italian myself, I loved that Leo was Italian and that his family came first and he could cook - told you he was pretty much perfect!
8. The relationship between Mia and her Grandad put a huge smile on my face. He was goofy and non judgmental and loved her regardless of what she was getting up to. He and their relationship reminded me of my Grandad. :)
9. The great big surprise a few chapters into the book!! No spoilers but YES!!! It was totally unexpected but I was doing my happy little book dance. It gave the book added charm and entertainment.
10. Finally, I was smitten with the way Mia was smitten with Leo! :p She goes through a few ups and downs in the book and I was nervous at first that she would be tempted to do something she regrets, but I'm glad this wasn't one of those stories. She may be worried about a few decisions in her life and not quite of sure what she wants, but Mia is certain about one thing. It's the glue that holds 'How Not To Be A Bride' together and it's completely romantic and wonderful. (You may have guessed what It is but I can't give too much away!)
I hope my 10 reasons give you enough good reasons to pick up this book. Portia is utterly brilliant, so much so, I could probably write 50 things I love about her books. 'How Not To Be A Bride,' is a fantastic romantic comedy, that you will be thoroughly entertained by from beginning to end. Portia never misses a beat with her humour and warmth, which keeps me coming back to her books again and again. I genuinely think the voice that comes through in a her stories could be a stand up comic!!
The writing is crisp and witty. The characters are flawed, lovable, funny and sincere. And the plot sweeps you away into the lives of Mia and Leo as they learn the importance of being true to one's self, family, friendship, trust, acceptance, and unconditional love.
Once again, MacIntosh has written a novel that I truly adore. How Not to be a Bride is wonderfully entertaining, enjoyable and has a storyline that will make you laugh, smile and most definitely leave you wanting more.
When her partner Leo proposes, she is excited and pleased, however, interfering opinions, from well meaning friends and family, soon cast doubt in her mind. Although still wanting to get married, Mia always seems to have an excuse, as to why nothing as been planned yet.
A really enjoyable, light hearted read, giving a lot of clarity to the pressure felt from friends and family, to have the big white wedding, with little say in the matter.