My Best Friend’s Wedding is set during the holiday season but I wouldn’t exactly call it a Christmas book. The main focus is a wedding that occurs on Christmas Eve and the events that happen before and afterwards. The story occurs over the span of three days and forever changes the lives of all the characters involved.
Libby is the chief bridesmaid for her best friend Willow’s wedding. And with this comes alot of responsibility and distraction. Libby is grateful for the distraction as she recently had a bad breakup with her fiancé’ after she discovers him cheating on her with her cousin. She is also still recovering from the loss of her baby. So any distractions are appreciated for this resilient yet vulnerable character.
Enter Noah. Noah is a friend of the groom, Tomas and there is an immediate attraction between him and Libby. One of those stealing glances across the room types of chemistry. Once the wedding party and guests find themselves snowed in at the inn, it sets up the perfect opportunity to get to know each other better.
Of course within getting to know each other there are still secrets that are hard to reveal. Libby doesn’t like talking about her ex Rufus especially when he shows up as a guest as the wedding claiming to be a friend of the bride and room. Noah is originally from England like Libby but now lives in California. He has returned home for the wedding but is secretive about his home life. The chemistry and dynamic between the two characters has a way of making these secrets easy to ignore but of course secrets always have a way of coming out.
The premise of My Best Friend’s Wedding was such a wonderful idea. Snowed in with a handsome stranger? Almost sounds like the start of Hallmark movie! Unfortunately, it didn’t take long for it to feel slightly repetitive. I enjoyed some of the preparation for the wedding but, felt that too much length was spent on the descriptions of the snow and being stuck in the wedding venue. Trust me, I understand that they were snowed in. I also wished that the character of Libby had been drawn out a little more. I feel like there could have been more depth to her and less self induced pity party. She was so wishy washy with Noah and while I understand given her recent history, it still drove me crazy. I think I was just brunt out in regards to snow and wedding descriptions.
My Best Friends Wedding takes place over such a short period of time but is a sweet story. Although there were some aspects that I didn’t fully find captivating, it was an easy story to follow. It ended too abruptly for me as well. I think details could have been better fleshed out especially with the secrets that were dropped. All in all, if you’re looking for a book you can get lost in for a bit, I think this might be the one.
Rating: 3 Stars
*I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**