Wedding Vows and Cornish Ribbons
Event planner Julianne Rose is on the verge of making her dreams of ‘rescuing’ weddings in need of help a reality. She and business partner Kitty have finally finished transforming the dilapidated barn into a chic event space, and they even have a new client eager to use it—a quirky, charming space organization guru named Deirdre who seems capable of organizing everything but her own special day. As if that wasn’t enough, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity soon presents itself through the who’s who of their sleepy little Cornish village: the chance to step into the event planning void for a posh bride in desperate need of an emergency salvage for her wedding plans. A wedding that could establish Julianne and Kitty as two of Cornwall’s best event planners if all goes well.
But an event that big doesn’t come without a catch. To persuade the posh clients to commit to them, Julianne and Kitty must first impress them with the ceremony for their current bride-to-be—a task that seemed easy, but proves complicated when stories emerge involving a history of broken engagements, cold feet, and commitment phobia on the part of Deirdre, who soon begins to exhibit possible symptoms of nervousness regarding her big day. Faced with a real case of runaway bride—and with their future reputation at stake— they must attempt to the impossible task of holding together a wedding fraying at its seams, and Julianne finds herself seemingly facing a choice between what’s best for Save the Date’s survival and what’s best for her client’s happiness, regardless of the cost.
Are Julianne’s worst fears about to be realized, with Deirdre gearing up for yet another run from the church altar? Can she persuade the posh but sympathetic bride Alexi to take a risk on Save the Date regardless of it? And will Julianne and the handsome-but-equally-busy Matt find time to smolder anything in their marriage besides leftover chicken pie? Readers will learn these answers and more in the funny and heartfelt sequel to the first full-length titular novel Return to Cornwall .
I received a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I will start by confirming that I did enjoy this story and can happily award it a solid 3 out of 5.
Julianne and Kitty are a great team and their dynamic was rather joyous. The description of their event barn evoked some gorgeous, rustic images and I would enjoy attending an event there.
I did come a little unstuck with some of the phrases and grammar but, I put that down to the perils of ARC reading and of transatlantic language barriers. Putting that to one side, the story is quite lovely, and our heroines seem like just the girls that every bride needs on-side.
As you can imagine, the wedding mentioned in the synopsis does flirt with disaster and it takes some quick thinking from Julianne to hopefully save the day and, at the same time, Save the Date’s future.
I hope you enjoy reading about Wedding Vows and Cornish Ribbons, it’s a cute story and worth some time with your feet up and a mug of hot chocolate. I must admit, I’m now craving beef short ribs…
Author Bio –
Laura Briggs is the author of several feel-good romance reads, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to church, caring for her pets, gardening, and seeing the occasional movie or play.
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