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My Ex-Best Friend’s Wedding

By Wendy Wax

A Berkley original trade paperback

Published May 14, 2019

352 pages

$16.00

Have to admit it. Since reading Wendy Wax’s “Best Beach Ever,” (May 2018) I’m a fan. I might be reading the books out of order as I was just introduced to her special way of capturing the challenges of women today, but it doesn’t matter to me. I have to read “On Mermaid Point” and “While We Were Watching Downton Abbey.” Both are on my bedside shelf

When I heard Wendy had a new stand-alone title I had to read it. I wasn’t disappointed, either. You’d think the title says it all, but there are a lot of situations unfolding in this book that get you thinking. It all begins with a wedding dress worn by many generations of the family, but there’s so much more.

Lauren and Brianna have been the best of friends since Kindergarten. They even share the same birthday. They were inseparable. While in high school, Brianna’s grandmother died. For years, she was Brianna’s caregiver as her parents had devoted their lives to archeology and had no time to raise their daughter. Brianna came to live with Lauren’s family. The two young ladies had a common goal: they wanted to become writers. While they were in college, they began plotting a contemporary novel set in the Outer Banks. They planned to move to New York after graduation. Lauren was disappointed when Brianna changed her mind, but she still went along with her plans and moved to New York. While Lauren struggled to make a life for herself and become a writer, Brianna married Lauren’s high school boyfriend. These decisions nearly destroyed their friendship.

Making it more difficult is the fact that Lauren has become a bestselling author having written their co-drafted book. Years later, Brianna finally finishes her manuscript, which is a lifetime achievement for her. Right about that time, both women’s lives are shaken: one by the truth which was kept from her all her life. Another has to stop looking the other way and simply accepting what’s happening in her relationship.

My Ex-Best Friend’s Wedding definitely introduces a plot twist. Just when one of the women thinks her life is heading down the right path, bang, she hits a really big pothole. It wasn’t because of the decisions she made in her life. It was her mother. Secrets have a way of revealing themselves whether you’re ready for them or not. Quite possibly, they might ease you into your true destination.

Enjoyed reading this book. I could easily relate to both Lauren and Brianna’s lives. I understood how they would feel being “betrayed” on my different levels. But don’t worry, this one has a happy ending.

Four romance manuscripts out of five

Denise Fleischer

gottawritenetwork.wordpress.com

August 4, 2019