ARC Book Review – Daughters of the Bride

Posted July 22, 2016 by Kathy in 5 stars, Book Review, Dream Board / 2 Comments

ARC Book Review – Daughters of the BrideDaughters of the Bride by Susan Mallery
Published by Harlequin on July 12, 2016
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Pages: 416
Format: Ebook
Source: Blog Tour
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With Joy, Love, and a Little Trepidation Courtney, Sienna and Rachel Invite You To the Most Emotional Wedding of the Year… Their Mother's

Courtney ~ The Misfit ~

As the awkward one, Courtney Watson may not be as together as her sisters, but she excels at one thing—keeping secrets, including her white-hot affair with a sexy music producer. Planning Mom's wedding exposes her startling hidden life, changing her family's view of her—and how she views herself—forever.

Sienna ~ The Free Spirit ~

When Sienna's boyfriend proposes—in front of her mom and sisters, for crying out loud—he takes her by surprise. She already has two broken engagements under her belt. Should she say "I do" even if she's not sure she does?

Rachel ~ The Cynic ~

Rachel thought love would last forever…right up until her divorce. As Mom's wedding day draws near and her ex begs for a second chance, she's forced to acknowledge some uncomfortable truths about why her marriage failed, and decide if she'll let pride stand in the way of her own happily ever after.

A must-read for anyone who has survived the wedding of a sister, a mother, a daughter—as told by #1 New York Times bestselling author and master storyteller Susan Mallery!

My Review

Daughters of the Bride is another heartwarming story that I have grown to expect from Susan Mallery. I loved this story!

Daughters of the Bride is the story of three sisters who are in the midst of planning their mother Maggie’s wedding. Their family has had ups and downs since their father passed away when the girls were children. Twenty-four years later Maggie has found love again. Her daughters are thrilled their mother has found happiness but it has made them each confront their own love life (or lack of one). Their mother was devastated when their father died. Now Rachel, Sienna and Courtney have to overcome their fears of love and believe in themselves to find happiness.

In all of Susan Mallery’s books it is her characters that I fall in love with. Since her stories have a small-town setting the focus is on the characters who are everyday people that we can relate too. I felt a connection with the sister’s fears and insecurities. Of all the sisters I related to Courtney the most. I’m also the youngest child so I understand how Courtney felt lost and overlooked because of her older sisters achievements. It was upsetting to see how her family was unsupportive. By overcoming her insecurities Courtney pursued her dream and I was cheering for her throughout their journey. All four ladies are likable and even with disagreements they find a way back to each other. These ladies are survivors and I hope they make cameo appearances in future books.

Daughters of the Bride is a story of love, forgiveness and healing. There are moments that made me laugh, cry and swoon. I loved spending time in the seaside community of Los Lobos and I hope Susan Mallery writes more of this charming location.

Rating Report
Overall: five-stars


Maggie Watson is finally having her dream wedding. For her first wedding her mother made all the wedding plans and ignored all of Maggie’s suggestion. This time Maggie is getting what she wants, which can be described as a pink explosion (pink drinks, table cloths, pink dyed swans – which thankfully Courtney talks her mom out of). Seeing an excited Maggie added humor to the story and had me cringing at the image of the pink wedding. Courtney successfully plans a beautiful wedding for her mom and this board is how I imagined it.



About Susan Mallery

#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery writes heartwarming and humorous novels about the relationships that define women's lives—family, friendship, romance. She's best known for putting nuanced characters into emotionally complex, real-life situations with twists that surprise readers to laughter. Because Susan is passionate about animal welfare, pets play a big role in her books. Beloved by millions of readers worldwide, her books have been translated into 28 languages.

Susan lives in Washington state with her husband, two ragdoll cats, and a small poodle with delusions of grandeur. Visit her online at

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2016 New Release Challenge
  • COYER Summer 2016


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