Wish upon a Wedding
Author: LuAnn McLane
The premises with Wish upon a Wedding is not new. If you’ve watched the 1987 movie Can’t Buy Me Love or 2003’s Love Don’t Cost A Thing, you know the basic storyline: girl poses as boy’s girlfriend to get solve whatever the issue is. In those movies, the fake girlfriend was supposed to help with the boys’ popularity, while in this case it is Sophia who posses as the girlfriend to try to get Avery’s sister to stop trying to get him back together with his ex-fiance, who is a southern piece of work. OY!! Perfume and pearls on the outside, nettles and nastiness on the inside. There were numerous times I wanted to knock the perfectly placed smile right off Miss Ashley’s spoiled face. But then I guess that’s a trait of a good writer, to illicit strong feelings, and as usual Ms. McLane does a wonderful job of that throughout the novel.
I read Wish upon a Wedding while being very distracted, and as usual Cricket Creek was a perfect escape from a rather stressful situation. The dialogue was fun and fast paced. The humor spot on and the emotion perfect; not too heavy but not so light as to not be taken seriously. The settings were as memorable as the characters, and the chemistry between both couples kept me turning pages. I thoroughly enjoyed walking down main street, visiting with locals, and taking in the scenery as I joined Avery and Sophia on their adventure. I was also thrilled that the secondary story about Carrie Ann and Easton’s storyline wasn’t neglected as tended to happened in earlier Cricket Creek novels.
Ms. McLane has also become a pro at giving the reader just enough information about the town and its menagerie of characters that you don’t feel lost if you haven’t indulged in other Cricket Creek novels, but peaks your interest enough that you want to go find their stories and get to know them better. Plus, who wouldn’t love spending more time in a sweet southern town filled with people who take you in as their own regardless of where you’re from?
And really I think that, coming home is the theme of the novel. Home. Sometimes it’s a place and sometime it’s a person. In Cricket Creek, it is often both, and I think that’s the beauty of the Cricket Creek novels, and Wish upon a Wedding in particular. The books remind you that regardless of where you’re from or what you’ve been through, you can always come home or make a home where people support you, cheer for you, and most of all love you. Who wouldn’t want to escape to a place like that?
Heartbroken handyman Avery Dean can’t get away from his ex—who just happens to be the maid of honor in his sister’s upcoming wedding. As the best man, Avery has to grin and bear his sister’s misguided attempts to get them back together, until the perfect excuse presents itself in a pretty out-of-towner.
With her time in Cricket Creek, Kentucky, coming to an end, hair stylist Sophia Gordon can’t deny the town’s charms, or her attraction to Avery Dean. That’s why she finds herself saying yes to dinner, and then, a wedding date.
Sophia agrees to be Avery’s pretend girlfriend until the big day is over, but when their make-believe fling shows signs of real passion, Sophia starts to wonder if staying in Cricket Creek could make all her wishes come true.
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Series: Cricket Creek #10
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format(s): paperback (304 pages), e-book
Book Source: Publisher/NetGalley
Reviews in the Series:
Whisper’s Edge by LuAnn McLane (Cricket Creek #4)
Moonlight Kiss by LuAnn McLane (Cricket Creek #5)
Wildflower Wedding by Luann McLane (Cricket Creek #6)
Sweet Harmony by LuAnn McLane (Cricket Creek #7)
Walking on Sunshine by LuAnn McLane (Cricket Creek #8)
Written in the Stars by LuAnn McLane (Cricket Creek #9)