The Week Before the Wedding

The Week Before the Wedding

Beth Kendrick / Apr 04, 2020

The Week Before the Wedding Beth Kendrick sweeps you off your feet with a captivating tale of how even the best laid plans can falter at the altar After enduring a chaotic childhood Emily McKellips yearns for a drama free life

  • Title: The Week Before the Wedding
  • Author: Beth Kendrick
  • ISBN: 9780451415738
  • Page: 232
  • Format: Paperback
  • Beth Kendrick sweeps you off your feet with a captivating tale of how even the best laid plans can falter at the altar.After enduring a chaotic childhood, Emily McKellips yearns for a drama free life, complete with a white picket fence Her dreams are about to come true She has a stellar career, a gorgeous house, and a fianc any woman would die for But as friends and faBeth Kendrick sweeps you off your feet with a captivating tale of how even the best laid plans can falter at the altar.After enduring a chaotic childhood, Emily McKellips yearns for a drama free life, complete with a white picket fence Her dreams are about to come true She has a stellar career, a gorgeous house, and a fianc any woman would die for But as friends and family arrive in picturesque Valentine, Vermont, for her wedding, an uninvited guest shows up.Ryan is Emily s first husband from a disastrous starter marriage They wed on a whim, only to discover that combustible chemistry couldn t ensure a happily ever after But Ryan is no longer the headstrong boy she left behind He s now a successful film producer who just happens to be scouting a resort in Valentine with his adorable retriever in tow.As the bridesmaids revolt and the mothers of the bride and groom do battle, Emily is surprised to discover new sides of both her ex and her fianc She thought she had life and love all figured out, but the next seven days might change her mind and her heart.

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      • Beth Kendrick

        This is the part where I m supposed to brag about all my illustrious accomplishments, but honestly, I d rather talk about my dogs and brag about some of the things I haven t done I ve never been to prison , court ordered rehab , or splashed across the cover of a salacious weekly gossip tabloid with my ladybits on display.I m a Leo, a middle child, and a formidable Trivial Pursuit opponent I read everything I can get my hands on, from the classics to comic books I don t drink coffee because, frankly, I m high strung enough without adding caffeine into the mix Here is the true story of how I became a novelist So I had just started seeing this guy, and on our second or third date, he invited me to be his guest at a family wedding Being young and free and a bit commitment shy, I was about to decline until he casually mentioned that the bride was a successful romance novelist Well, the second I heard that, I had to go Being a writer had always been my dream job, and I d never met anyone who d actually beaten the odds and made the leap into big time publishing So I RSVP ed, sidled up to the bar at the reception, waited until the bride and all her author friends uncorked the good champagne, and then peppered them with endless questions about writing, editing, and landing an agent They were so funny and encouraging and generous with their time and advice And drunk Next thing you know, I had joined a critique group and was knee deep in the manuscript that would eventually become MY FAVORITE MISTAKE The open bar at that wedding changed my life forever.Oh, and the guy who invited me to the wedding I ended up marrying him All together awww I live in Arizona in a very cute fixer upper that my husband and I bought in a burst of can do, pioneering confidence We thought it would be fun to embark on a series of do it yourself renovations Yeah I know Turns out, replacing baseboard that s been painted over 15 times since 1958 is not as easy as those Home Depot commercials would lead you to believe Also, freshly installed lawn drip systems and helpful dogs are a bad mix.Friday and RoxieSpeaking of dogs, here we have the indefatigable canine lawn maintenance crew Roxie and Friday Both were rescued from the pound when they were puppies I think they re Rhodesian Ridgeback mixes Probably Maybe Anything s possible Roxie is the brains of the operation and Friday is well, he s very sweet And so indolent he could be mistaken for a piece of furniture, which I consider a very desirable trait in a family dog.I absolutely love hearing from readers, so please feel free to email me, with the caveat that I am often on deadline on the road on the ragged edge of sanity, so it may be awhile before you get a reply Just know that it s not you it s me Have fun exploring the site, and if you have any questions about my new book, my backlist, or finding an agent I ll be right over there at the bar Yet That I know of.


    1. The best way to describe this book, Sweet Home Alabama (the movie). This is the first book I've read by this author. I picked it up because of the cover. Really wasn't sure what to expect. The reviews were all over the place. You've got a heroine, Emily, trying to be something she not. A Lady. You've got two heroes- a workaholic surgeon, Grant, and a bad boy, ex-husband, film producer, Ryan, who shows up at her wedding ten years after they divorced. They both claim to be in love with her. The se [...]

    2. This has been one of the most romantic books I've read in a while. And I hate love triangles and borderline emotional cheating. Absolutely hate them. But the author did not make anyone into a caricature. Both men were legitimately nice fellows. The first marriage's break down was no ones fault. No character acted overly sexualized with anyone else, so that you almost felt like everything was taking place on a higher plane, so there wasn't even that "eww" factor of a woman sleeping with one man w [...]

    3. There is a cliché about romantic comedies. A woman gets engaged and just before she gets married, she meets Mr. Perfect. The fiancée that the woman knows for years suddenly become a jerk and she runs off with the new guy.I got the fear that would happen here. Beth Kendrick is a very funny author. Her books are enjoyable and amusing. It’s easy to want the characters to be real and someone you could meet. In this book, she has that. The families are funny, Summer could’ve been annoying, but [...]

    4. allaboutromance/book-revieIf a reader thinks that having her fifty-something year-old mother instigating a conga line dance with shirtless beefcakes through her formal bridal tea is behavior that should elicit a reaction of only mild indulgence, then they will probably enjoy this book. If the maid of honor hocking a loogie and sabotaging the pre-wedding diet is your idea of outrageous humor, then this is indeed a book that is deserving of your money. But I am glad I did not have to pay for it be [...]

    5. 3.5 StarsIn THE WEEK BEFORE THE WEDDING our heroine, Emily, is grappling with what she needs to make her happy. Prior to coming to Valentine, Vermont for her destination wedding, she thought that was her fiance Grant. But when her ex-husband Ryan appears at the resort and she gets a birds eye view on the previously thought perfect family she was going to marry into, Emily has to finally admit that maybe everything she thought she wanted isn't exactly the best fit.I liked Emily. She changed every [...]

    6. I received a copy of The Week Before the Wedding by Beth Kendrick in exchange for an honest review. There were many details that made me fall in love with The Week Before the Wedding. I highly enjoyed that Emily had a bit of a wild-child past, how crazy her mom was, and of course – that I was reading a wedding book! (Mine is now LESS than four months away!) What I liked the most is that throughout the book, I had no idea how Emily was going to end up – or who she would end up with. On one ha [...]

    7. From the perspective of someone who is getting married within the coming year, this book was outrageously funny, sweet, and completely unputdownable! I have always reading stories about weddings, and especially by authors who can write them so well. Weddings are a beautiful time in a couple’s life and are nothing short of chaotic, fast-paced, and very stressful. But when it is all said and done I think every mostly every bride felt special and loved on her big day. Emily McKellips is about to [...]

    8. The Week before the Wedding is a wonderful version of the classic romance theme of reuniting with a long ago love. Emily is planning her second wedding to Dr. Grant- the Ken doll of Doctors. He is perfect in so many ways; he’s nice, handsome, caring and most important to Emily, he’s the picture of stability. This is important because her first husband Ryan was the picture of irresponsibility. He was a horror film buff and slob and their marriage only lasted five months before Emily left him. [...]

    9. Emily is finally living the picture-perfect life she has always wanted. She is a successful financial planner with a stock portfolio and financial security. Her doting fiancé is a transplant surgeon with a family straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting. And the two of them are tying the knot at a romantic Lodge in Vermont before jetting off to Bora Bora on their honeymoon. Just when Emily is sure things are about to get better, her past whirls onto the scene like a tornado. Her irresponsible [...]

    10. I finished reading this more than a month ago and every time I sit down to write a review of it, I get stymied by the old saying, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” It’s not that there’s anything overtly bad about The Week Before the Wedding, it’s just that there’s nothing particularly good about it. I found the characters to be cliched and boring; the plot was predictable; and although it’s billed as being a comedy, it wasn’t really that fun [...]

    11. Emily and Ryan had a whirlwind romance when they met at a wild college party and they married right after graduation. They were both impulsive risk-takers, fun-loving, and passionately in loveuntil 5 months after the marriage and Emily had had it. Tired of waiting for Ryan to make it in the world of films, tired of being the main bread-winner, tired of living in a dingy apartment of cheap second-hand furniture, tired of Ryan's lack of house-keeping skills; Emily walked out for good.Now ten years [...]

    12. A light beach type read, a love triangle, I enjoyed the book, it was a pretty quick read for me and I will read others by Beth Kendrick.Beth Kendrick sweeps you off your feet with a captivating tale of how even the best-laid plans can falter at the altar.After enduring a chaotic childhood, Emily McKellips yearns for a drama-free life, complete with a white picket fence. Her dreams are about to come true: She has a stellar career, a gorgeous house, and a fiancé any woman would die for. But as fr [...]

    13. I always find it a treat when a new Beth Kendrick novel comes out. The Week Before the Wedding lived up to my expectations of a hilarious yet sweet novel. As the title says, the book takes place during the week before Emily McKellips’ wedding to her dreamy surgeon fiancé Grant at a resort in Vermont. Unbeknownst to her, Emily’s best friend and ex-step sister, Summer, has tipped off Emily’s first husband, Ryan, to the upcoming nuptials. Emily had walked out on Ryan after a tumultuous five [...]

    14. I enjoyed the book, but I gave it only three stars, as it was a bit predictable, in some respects. It is a typical Chick Lit book. But, there is a lesson. We can't always remake ourselves into an idea of what is the perfect life or lifestyle. Perhaps what we, think we want, is not really what we need or want. And, sometimes, what we need and want is right in front of us. Also, given time, things age well, like fine wine.Emily's youth had been a bit crazy and chaotic. She believes she has found t [...]

    15. this is a random grab from the audiobook section because all the ones on my list were checked out. WE'LL SEE. (she said ominously)post-read: meh. this book had everything i hate about romance novels (silly one-dimensional characters included for comic relief, cheesy humor, cliche after cliche after cliche) without any of the actual steam or chemistry. on the bright side, i have something to recommend if someone asks for a "clean" adult romance. also this reminded me a lot of 'sweet home alabama. [...]

    16. This is chick lit at its best. Emily is in her 30's and has matured into a responsible and focused adult, working in a high-powered job in finance and engaged to a surgeon. She has convinced herself that she is nothing like the carefree girl in her early 20's who fell madly in love with and married the handsome bad boy she met in college. A colorful cast of characters make this laugh-out loud funny and thoroughly enjoyable.

    17. Beth Kendrick is one of my new favorite authors! I have no idea how she took the idea of an ex-husband showing up before the wedding and turning it into a complete book. Not only did the author accomplish this, but shemade it ultra believable. I don't think there was a single thing in the book that was like, "come on, this wouldn't happen in real life". Wonderful craftswoman. Very gifted and provide a nice escape from my own life. :)

    18. I enjoyed listening to this book. The narrator, Nicole Poole did a great job. I liked Emily but she could get on my nerves at times. She changed herself for the life she thought she should lead instead of being true to herself. The supporting cast was great. They added a lot to the story. I liked both Grant and Ryan. They were both great guys in different ways. I was happy with the way it ended.

    19. Brilliant! The pages of this book just turned themselves and I was lost in the story. I adored all of the characters and the setting seemed so vibrant and real. Based on this book, Beth Kendrick is now an automatic buy for me. Highly recommended if you enjoy either romance or women's fiction as this is the ultimate and seamless blend of both genres.

    20. I listened to Beth speak at The Poisoned Pen and got this book there. When I started it, it captivated me. I spent as many minutes as I could read in a day and raced through this in two. The characters are intriguing and leave you wanting to learn more about them. This book will take you away to Valentine, Vermont and you'll feel as if you went on vacation too.

    21. Not really my style, don't know why I bothered. On that note: predictable, boring and unrealistic. No humor or drama, beautiful girl, two rich, handsome love interests. Oh my, what is a girl to do?! Yawn.

    22. A comfortable read, but completely predictable. Nervous bride, perfect fiancé, embarrassing mother, gorgeous ex. Gee, guess what happens next?

    23. What do you do when your ex-husband shows up a week before you are to marry the perfect man, you go a little crazy trying to keep it under control?Emily McKellips is getting married to Grant, a doctor who appears to be perfect in every way. Even his family seems perfect, which is exactly what Emily wants after spending a chaotic life with a mother who is loveable but a little wacky. To compensate for her mother, Emily spent the last ten years getting her MBA, wearing suits to work and doing ever [...]

    24. This is a great book to read during the summer. The Week Before The Wedding is an endearing story about a girl, a boy, and a dog. Emily McKellips has always been a non-traditionalist. However something happened in her life that changed all that. Now she's getting ready to marry a neurosurgeon who is as straitlaced as they come. She's also getting married in the picturesque town of Valentine, Vermont. Emily is trying her hardest to keep everything and everyone in check as the biggest day of her l [...]

    25. 4.5 stars!I'm surprised I waited this long to read this book. I loved it. I never knew what direction the book was going in, which is great when you can usually predict what's going to happen. I laughed and groaned in commiseration when things seemed to be all over the place for Emily. I do wish the book had been longer, of course, one always does when it's good, but I would've loved more details/glimpses on Emily's life like how her life was like growing up, pre-Ryan, more pre-wedding Ryan time [...]

    26. I'm a fan of chic-lit and don't mind predictability if the ride is enough fun. This one was quite well done (at least as much as I read of it), but I ultimately had to pull it out of my mp3 player (I had the audio edition). My problem was unlikeable characters - so unlikeable they spoiled the whole book. Emily was fine, but best friend Summer was flaky, irresponsible and a "free spirit." Free-spirit is just a euphemism for supremely-selfish-care-about-no-one-but-yourself. The idea that she was t [...]

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