Chick lit

The Secret Bridesmaid by Katy Birchall

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First off, I do not think that this is a sustainable job. I start with this abrupt statement because the entire review hinges on what I thought of as the core idea in the story. I do not think a secret bridesmaid would work permanently because, after a point, there would be an overlap in the guests/families/photographs. How would it even be possible that an intimate person in the wedding group would never be invited again for another family occasion?
Despite my feelings on this idea, I really enjoyed the book. Sophie is just a little bit shy of being an actual doormat. She stands up for a few things but is willing to do just about anything to ensure others are happy. If this reminds you of the movie 27 dresses, its close but takes a very different approach to the whole thing.
The writer has skill and kept the entertainment level high. I liked Sophie throughout the book. Her relationship with her family and immediate friends was refreshing. Even her ex and the way that turned out seemed realistic.
Sophie is tasked with being a secret bridesmaid for someone who doesn’t want a paid friend. This is Sophie’s toughest challenge yet, but she gives it her all. I liked the dynamics and even the romance meant for Sophie, even if it is not really a focal point.
The humour and emotions were on point and liberally scattered amongst the rush of events in the narrative. There’s even the odd format change of texts and emails to give an almost complete picture of side events and increase the levity.
I would recommend it to anyone on the lookout for a light read with a few emotional moments and a good growth arc for the lead protagonist.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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