Friday, 26 April 2019

Release Day Review: Bridesmaids by Zara Stoneley

Bridesmaids by Zara Stoneley

Meet Rachel, the beautiful bride with BIG plans for the perfect day! The venue is a castle and the dress is designer.  It’s just a shame her husband is a rat.
Maddie and Sally have only one thing in common – they both love the same man!

Beth is a newly single mum with a mystery baby daddy.  Surely the father isn’t someone the girls all know?

And then there’s 
Jane, the glue holding them all together, but being dumped doesn’t make her the happiest bridesmaid…especially with gorgeous flatmate Freddie complicating things.
Will the bride say, ‘I Do!’?  Or will her bridesmaids save the day…and find love along the way?    
The most hilarious, feel-good rom com of the year!

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It's wedding season...!
Jane doesn't dislike weddings but she's not a fan either. Her attitude isn't surprising when you learn her ex dumped her before their wedding on her hen night. Therefore she's trying her best to be happy for her best friend, Rachel and agreed to be the chief bridesmaid to boot after the unexpected wedding announcement. However, fate steps in to alter the course events for better and for worse.

Fast-paced, there's never a dull moment as friends come together to celebrate the wedding yet as the big day gets nearer secrets are exposed with startling consequences. Many characters are involved in the wedding shenanigans, all who have a story to tell. They are relatable in their own way and equally likeable. Like reality, expect clashes of personality as well as a deep sense of sisterhood. Additionally, a shout-out to the mums too...I love their attitude!

Throughout the novel, several plot lines running alongside each other, offering insight into the backgrounds of all the bridesmaids and their relationship to the bride. The main spotlight shines on Jane and her life post-non-wedding and how she's rebuilding her life. It's a time for her to re-evaluate her own situation with surprises along the way as unexpected changes give her a chance to fulfil her own dreams.

Ms Stoneley is a new to me author and I liked how she managed to keep the narrative flowing with so much happening at any given time. Laugh a minute, Bridesmaids is a fun packed, humorous caper which will have you turning the pages furiously until you reach the more than satisfying, happy conclusion.

***arc received courtesy of HarperImpulse via NetGalley***

Zara Stoneley is the USA Today bestselling author of The Wedding Date.

Born in a small village in the UK, she wanted to be a female James Herriot, a spy, or an author when she grew up. After many (many) years, and many different jobs, her dream of writing a bestseller came true. 

She writes about friendship, dreams, love, and happy ever afters, and hopes that her tales make you laugh a lot, cry a little, and occasionally say 'ahhh'.

Zara now lives in a Cheshire village with her family, a lively cockapoo called Harry, and a very bossy (and slightly evil) cat called Saffron.

Zara’s bestselling novels include 'No One Cancels Christmas', 'The Wedding Date', 'The Holiday Swap', 'Summer with the Country Village Vet', 'Blackberry Picking at Jasmine Cottage' and the popular Tippermere series - 'Stable Mates', 'Country Affairs' and 'Country Rivals'.

Spotlight: Caught in a Web by Joseph Lewis

Caught in a Web by Joseph Lewis

The bodies of high school and middle school kids are found dead from an overdose of heroin and fentanyl. The drug trade along the I-94 and I-43 corridors and the Milwaukee Metro area is controlled by MS-13, a violent gang originating from El Salvador. Ricardo Fuentes is sent from Chicago to Waukesha to find out who is cutting in on their business, shut it down and teach them a lesson. But he has an ulterior motive: find and kill a fifteen-year-old boy, George Tokay, who had killed his cousin the previous summer.
Detectives Jamie Graff, Pat O’Connor and Paul Eiselmann race to find the source of the drugs, shut down the ring, and find Fuentes before he kills anyone else, especially George or members of his family. The three detectives come to realize that the ring has its roots in a high school among the students and staff.

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Joseph Lewis has written five books: Caught in a Web; Taking Lives; Stolen Lives; Shattered Lives, and Splintered Lives. His sixth, Spiral into Darkness, debuts January 17, 2019 from Black Rose Writing. Lewis has been in education for 42 years and counting as a teacher, coach, counselor and administrator. He is currently a high school principal and resides in Virginia with his wife, Kim, along with his daughters, Hannah and Emily. His son, Wil, is deceased.
Lewis uses his psychology and counseling background to craft his characters which helps to bring them to life. His books are topical and fresh and appeal to anyone who enjoys crime thriller fiction with grit and realism and a touch of young adult thrown in.

Twitter at @jrlewisauthor