Title: The Best Laid Wedding Plans
Author: Lynnette Austin
Date finished: 11/2/15
Genre: Romance, Women’s fiction
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: November 3, 2015
Pages in book: 416
Stand alone or series: Magnolia Brides #1
Where I got the book from: NetGalley NOTE: I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.
Blurb from the cover:
With love in their hearts and crafting the perfect wedding on their minds, the possibilities are endless for the ladies of Lynette Austin’s new Magnolia Brides series.
SOME DREAMS ARE WORTH WHATEVER IT TAKES
Jenni Beth Beaumont left her broken heart behind when she took her dream job in Savannah. But after her brother’s death, Jenni Beth returns home to help mend her parents’ hearts as well as restore their beautiful but crumbling antebellum mansion. New dreams take shape as Jenni Beth sets to work replacing floors and fixing pipes to convert the family homestead into the perfect wedding destination. However, some folks in their small Southern town are determined to see her fail.
Cole Bryson was once the love of Jenni Beth’s life, but the charming architectural salvager has plans of his own for the Beaumont family home. As the two butt heads, old turmoil is brought to the surface and Cole and Jenni Beth will have to work through some painful memories and tough realities before they can set their pasts aside and have a second chance at their own happily ever after.
My rating: 3.75 stars out of a scale of 5
My review: I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. This book tells the story of Jenni Beth Beaumont, who returns home to Misty Bottoms to renovate her parent’s large house and turn it into a wedding destination. Unfortunately, if she’s going to be able to afford everything she will need to roll up her sleeves and do most of the work herself. Realizing how large of an undertaking that really is though, she enlists the help of her (deceased) brother’s two friends, Cole and Beck. Since Cole and she had a history, she was hesitant to let Cole in on the plans and have him help. Turns out she really needed both Beck and Cole’s help though since the bank manager was a total dickwad (excuse my French) and was trying to sabotage her plans.
Overall I did very much enjoy this book, I liked the characters and the plot line kept me engaged. I also liked that the bad guy got what they had coming to them in the end. I have to be honest I wasn’t a huge fan of Cole in the beginning, he was one of those heavy handed alpha-male types and he was coming on a bit strong with that whole “women don’t work hard” attitude, but by the end of the book I loved him. It was really interesting to see him grow as a character and see how much he had to struggle in coming to terms with his feelings for Jenni Beth. This book reminded me just a tad of the wedding planners series that Nora Roberts wrote, and I am definitely looking forward to reading the rest of the Magnolia Brides series! Also make sure to check out my Spotlight Tour post on this book for lots of cool extras about the book and a giveaway!
The bottom line: If you like romance or women’s fiction I would definitely recommend this book, I really enjoyed it!