- Paperback: 322 pages
- Publisher: Marching Ink LLC (February 15, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0991162080
- ISBN-13: 978-0991162086
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 45 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,819,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Marrying Type Paperback – February 15, 2015
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The story is set in Charleston, South Carolina. Elliot Lynch (Anne Elliot) is working desperately to keep Engagements afloat, which is an events planning service that her mother started. Mrs. Kelly Lynch died years ago. Elliot’s father Walter (Sir Walter) is soon to retire while her older sister Libby (Elizabeth Elliot) is impossible to work with. The two don’t seem to comprehend the seriousness of Engagement’s financial condition and are more interested in chasing after Mrs. Dalryrmple’s high profile social events than helping with the daily challenges of wedding planning that Elliot handles. When Elliot’s cousin Marissa (Mary Musgrove) and husband Chase (Charles Musgrove) offer her a big advance and payoff to film Engagements as part of a reality program about wedding planners called The Marrying Type, Elliot reluctantly agrees, recognizing there’s no other way to pay off the overdue bills.
Filming has already started when Sadie Warner (Sophie Croft) contacts Elliot about planning her lavish wedding to Adam Crawford (Admiral Croft). Elliot is torn because this would be another financial windfall for Engagements, but she’s concerned about how much contact she will have with Sadie’s brother, Eric Warner (Frederick Wentworth), who she hasn’t seen in years after a bitter break-up.
She and Eric fell in love and were briefly engaged while they were in college together, but he dropped out to move to California and set up a software company selling the original programming he developed. He encouraged Elliot to join him, but her father, sister and Rosalyn Russell (Lady Russell), a close family friend, convinced her it would be foolish to take such a chance with her future. Eric is now very successful, wealthy, and well-known nationally, while Elliot is scraping to keep the family business and home intact.
The plot moves on from there with several wonderful scenes of potential wedding disasters that Elliot has to manage. The best is when Rhett Smyth (Mrs. Smith) comes to town. He is a good friend to Elliot, apologetically gay, and his snappy repartee adds a lot to the last quarter of the book.
The author’s writing is very, very good. The set-ups for TV scenes are an interesting device that helps push the plot along. All the characterizations are really well done. You can feel Elliot’s sense of panic as her difficulties pile up. Heloise (Louisa) is every wedding planner’s nightmare of a bridesmaid, but she adds to the comic relief at times so things don’t get too heavy, and Smyth amps up the humor once he shows up. The reignited romance between Eric and Elliot is also well done with enough misunderstanding to provide a bit of extra angst. There’s lots of chemistry between them. I also appreciate that, at the end, the reader comes to understand more about why Walter acts as he does, though you’re left free to hate Libby, who’s pretty nasty from beginning to end.
It doesn’t seem as though many Jane Austen Fan Fiction readers have discovered this book yet, and I’m not sure why that is. I couldn’t find a single misstep in the entire story. Highly recommend!
Quick recap from the blurb:
Elliot works for her family's wedding planning company. When she discovers they are massively in debt, she has to do something she never dreamed of - agree to appear on a a reality TV show following wedding planners around the country. To add more stress to her life, the 'IT' wedding of the season, that she's agreed to plan, happens to be for the sister of the one who got away. The love of her life, Eric.
Like I said above, this is a true story of will they or won't they.
Eric is very cold and all business when he is reunited with Elliot.
Elliot is torn by her feelings, she still loves him, but she doesn't think it can ever be. She acts professional and courteous, but doesn't allow herself to even hope to rekindle their romance.
Reading their encounters during the wedding planning was fun and at times frustrating. Both were too stubborn to give in to admit how they truly felt, and misunderstandings ran amok.
If you're in the mood for a cute, fun, summer read, this is the book.
Elliot Lynch is in a predicament. She needs a quick solution to save her family's business and keep her life on track. When she ends up planning the wedding of her ex's sister, while filming a reality TV show at the same time, there are bound to be additional complications. Enter Eric-the-Ex. He's all of the wonderful things that Elliot remembers and it's becoming harder and harder to deny their feelings for one another. Suddenly the things that pulled them apart years ago don't seem as daunting.
This charming story has a great mix of two fun settings: wedding planning and reality TV. Add a dash of 2nd chance love and you have The Marrying Type. This is just a lovely romance with little to no steamy times, but it's full of quirky characters and lots of heart! I look forward to more books from this author!
An audio copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. BFF Book Blog also uses a set of icon ratings. This book received additional ratings for: butterflies, hero, heroine, romance, supporting characters and sweet.
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