Book Review: Wedding Belles
By: Beth Albright
Published By: Harlequin MIRA
Publication Date: July 30, 2013
Page Count: 336
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher via NetGalley
Audience: Adult - Contemporary, Southern Fiction
Grab a tall glass of sweet tea and cuddle up on your front porch - the Sassy Belles are back with a fun summer mystery packed with friendship, laughter, and down home southern comforts. Beth Albright does a beautiful job of capturing the feel of a southern summer; I could smell the blossoms and feel the humidity saturate my skin. This is a perfect summer read!
Life in Tuscaloosa is never boring when Blake and Vivi are around. This installment has the pair planning a joint baby/bridal shower and Vivi's wedding. In pure Vivi fashion, things have to be perfect and over the top. She has been waiting awhile to make Lewis her husband after all. She's hell bent on having everything finished long before her little one arrives, but things don't always go according to plan and Vivi soon learns this the hard way. She finds out that Lewis is already married! Apparently, taking a dare at a college frat party led to a legal marriage. Vivi is beside herself with worry, but Blake swoops in to save the day. Lewis' wife has a few secrets that will make your mouth drop open.
This installment also gives readers more information on Blake's relationships. Her marriage to Harry is over, but they are choosing to keep that a secret until after the election in November. Blake must play the perfect politician's wife when all she really wants to do is spend time with her current boyfriend, Sonny. Things get more complicated when you add Dallas, the snooping local reporter, to the mix. Dallas is out to prove that Harry and Blake's marriage is a fake. It's certainly time for a little Sassy Belle damage control.
I love these characters and this town. If you're in the mood for some southern charm, romance, and home-cooked meals with a dash of mystery - this is a must read series. Spending time with Blake and Vivi is like going home; these are exactly the sort of best friends I would want if I lived in this series. This one ends with a major issue coming to light. I can't wait to see how things go with that plot point.
One Last Gripe: I didn't enjoy the mystery element of this one as much as I did in the first novel.
My Favorite Thing About This Book: The characters
First Sentence: I still can't believe Myra Jean, the trailer park psychic, was right about everything!
Favorite Character: Blake
Least Favorite Character: Harry
The Sassy Belles are back
and this time, wedding bells are ringing!
Seven months pregnant and head over heels in love, Vivi Ann McFadden is busy pulling together the final details for her wedding to Lewis Heart, famous play-by-play announcer for the Crimson Tide. But with two wedding-planners-gone-wild, a psychic giving her advice, and the ceremony happening on the same day as the wildly popular Crimson Tide kickoff game, chaos reigns supreme. Luckily, maid of honor Blake O'Hara Heart is on the job. She'll tackle this wedding if it's the last thing she does!
But not everyone is cheering for the happy couple. News of the upcoming nuptials has brought Lewis's old flame back to Tuscaloosa and she's got a secret that could mean the end of Lewis's marriage before it even begins.
Sexy Southern fun with a hint of magnolia!