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From Publishers Weekly

This humorous romantic comedy warms the heart with its zany yet believable characters and snappy dialogue. When Cydney Parrish's 19-year-old niece, Bebe - whom she has raised for the last 15 years while her globe-trotting sister took Pulitzer Prize-winning photos - gets engaged to the nephew of famous mystery writer and social recluse Angus Monroe, Cydney drives herself over the edge organizing the hasty nuptials and helping Angus overcome his aversion to the union. The only stable member of an eccentric family, Cydney, an aspiring mystery writer herself, has long idolized Angus, but she doesn't let her feelings stop her from putting him in his place when he implies that Bebe is a gold-digging flake. Angus considers his 21-year-old nephew too immature to marry, but in the process of trying to upset the wedding plans, he finds himself first in the hospital, and then, when the wedding party decamps to his home, injured on a regular basis. In the midst of the mayhem, Angus falls headlong in lust with Cydney, but their opposing views on the wedding keep them at odds. At times, Angus and Cydney's romance plays second fiddle to the wedding hijinks, but Michaels's (Nightwing) keen sense of comic timing and oddball characters never fail to entertain.
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Few things will pull writer Angus Munroe out of his seclusion in Crooked Possum, MO, but when his nephew announces that he is going to marry the granddaughter of the mystery writer who snubbed Angus years earlier, he heads for Kansas City to stop the wedding. What he finds, however, in addition to a beautiful bride-to-be who puts him in the hospital with a broken nose, is her elfin, intelligent Aunt Cydney, a woman who is not about to let anyone interfere with her niece's happiness. A smart, dependable heroine amid a family of bright eccentrics, a ruggedly gorgeous hero determined to guard his nephew's interests, and an abundance of intriguing, quirky characters will keep readers entertained. Michaels (Nightwing) is the best-selling writer of a number of humorous romances and lives in Independence, MO.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Ivy Books (May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804119600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804119603
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,206,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I adore this book!!!! Gus is a great hero with a lot of layers. He lost most of his family and more or less became a recluse, and you can almost see him coming out of his cacoon as the book progresses. And you can't help but love Cydney, the heroine. She's not ordinary, but she grew up in a family of overachievers so she doesn't see herself as extraordinary. They are a delightful couple and make a wonderful read. Like all of Lynn Michael's books, this one is full of warm humor, colorful characters and zingers that will have you laughing out loud.

Gus and Cydney reappear in both Honeymoon Suite and Return Engagement. I love when an author does that, lets us have a peek at their happy ever after!
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I read a lot of chick lit books and absolutely loved this one. The main characters were wonderfully likeable and funny and the chemistry between Gus and Cydney was great. It was one of those books that I truly didn't want to end. I've got all the other Lynn Michaels books on order now!
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Enjoyed the drawn out story that had the same things happening to the characters unnecessarily over and over, but the worst part were the grammatical errors and umpteen hyphenated words that simply are wrong and just aggrevating. Seems as though this final was not proof read at all! Don't blame Lynn for all the errors, and they are numerous, because she is a really good author.
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The story: Aspiring writer Cydney Parrish has raised her niece while trying not-so-hard to realized her dreams of being published . Her famous-author father, Martha Stewart mother, and high-profile photographer sister have reached intimidating levels of success, and none has been very supportive of Cydney's talents. Then Cydney's niece, Bebe, becomes engaged to the nephew of reclusive mystery writer Angus Monroe, a man Cydney secretly worships. Angus shows up, calling Bebe a gold-digger, and Cydney decides to do all she can to give Bebe the perfect wedding. Angus determines to sabotage the wedding, and offers his beautiful house, located in a tiny town that's nearly impossible to find, as the locale. Tensions run high as Cyndney tries to hide her attraction to Angus while dealing with her prima donna relatives and her emotional and immature niece.
Strong points: The story includes funny moments and pithy dialogue mixed with strong romantic tension. Lovely interaction between Cydney and her niece gives it a feel-good quality. Cydney and Angus both have humorous conversations with their consciences, adding an extra layer to their points-of-view. An eclectic cast of secondary characters and plots adds depth.
Weaknesses: Convoluted sentence structure and repetitive actions make the book drag in places. Cydney's doormat, poor-me attitude gets old quickly, although some may admire her as an underdog, "ugly duckling turns swan" type heroine. The series of mishaps Angus suffers also grows old, and comes off as rather overdone and slapstick, not credible. Cydney's mother's subplot also weakens the tale, as she appears fickle instead of star-crossed.
Overall: The story offers a lot to entertain the reader, but could have been better. Overall it was disappointing, but shows potential.
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Mother of the Bride is one of my favorite books. I've read it more than a dozen times because it makes me happy! It is a very fast read. The story is sweet and funny and the characters are a hoot. At the center of the story are Cydney Parrish (Uncle Cyd) and Gus Munroe. Cydney is a crazy, super organized wanna be writer who feels invisible in the shadow of her famous parents and sister. She has been raising her niece while her sister travels the world. Gus is a famous writer who has lost his whole family and become a recluse while raising his nephew. Both characters are strong willed, determined, intelligent and funny and on opposite sides as her niece and his nephew become engaged and decide to get married in short order. The sparks are there from the start between Cydney and Gus, but they fight it for a while. Their relationship grows with great humor as the wedding planning and family gathering takes place. Throw in some colorful neighbors and friends and you will find yourself smiling and laughing out loud while you read this book. I have both the paperback and Kindle versions of this book.
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Lynne Michaels knows how to write about families that are less than nromal and how to write about love. Her characters are the type you can't help but love even with the idea if they were your own relatives you'd go crazy. Sydney may be battling a little bit of everything what with her sister, her mother and a man who's more than a little attracted to her, but she does it with style which means in her very own unique way.
We need more authors like her to give us enjoyable books!
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If you like a certain amount of chic lit and a little humor this book is for you. Too many people jump to fast judgement and think that money drives people to be conniving. This is a good example of it and along the way a very entertaining book.
I look foward to reading more from Lynn Michaels.
Take advantage of the great price and sit back to enjoy a family in the process of planning a wedding. Sometimes we can learn a lot from characters in books. A lot of fun, good hours of reading and I know you will not want it to end !!
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