Bella is almost reaching her 30’s, she’s single and has been given the task of taking over her father’s wedding business. She wants to change it to something more, themed weddings, however what is an Italian girl who knows nothing about country music supposed to do when her bride wants just that, a country wedding? A lot of praying and divine intervention, not to mention having a hot man accidently come upon her lap.
The book was rather similar in spots to that well known movie: My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Although it isn’t exactly alike, I couldn’t help but find myself reminded of the film.
The character’s were rather blah – to use a technical term – although we are seeing everything happening through Bella’s eyes it just feels off. D.J just seems too much like the perfect guy, the fact that her best friend falls for his younger brother was rather annoying. The only interesting part was further in the book about her Uncle Laz and Aunt Rosa, but even that just felt like the author was dangling some juicy meat to tease the reader into finishing her book.
I found that there was far too much talk about God, everyone in this book was all about God and that kinda took away from part of the story. The religious talk comes across as rather… obsessed, there are many people who are religious and believe in God and the things He does, but this book took it to a whole other level. It’s just silly how much it went on about the religion.
The romance comes into question as well, D.J just seems so perfect, he’s pretty much like Edward Cullen, only not so anti-social and he’s not pushing Bella away, in fact he’s happy to fall for her as well – there is no complications, the two don’t have any cross-wires, just Bella thinking that he hates her because of what happened at a certain event, but nothing involving them arguing, which is what a real relationship is about and entails. I can imagine that someone will read this review and just think ‘Come on, it’s a story! It’s fiction’ yet fiction is meant to be able to get the reader to believe what is happening, a relationship with NO arguments? No crossed-wires? Everything is going swimmingly?
Doesn’t happen and shouldn’t be written about unless it’s some kind of trashy Young Adult romance book. Even then the book should be given a miss.
The character’s just don’t stand out, I kept getting the bride who wanted the country wedding and Bella’s own sister confused at points! Because Bella’s siblings were never in the story to begin with, nor was the bride and it made life confusing to me when they appeared and chatted to her.
I would say the book just needs to be tweaked, but that would be a lie, the book needs to be hauled over, reduce the amount of religious speaking is done – the older members of the family is fine, the younger one’s? Not so much.
However it is probably a good enough read if you don’t put your hopes up, if you remember it is simply a trashy romance novel with a lot of religious context in it.
Oh and some handy hints at the end of the book for women to look younger for longer.