Title: Always The Bridesmaid
Author: Lindsey Kelk
Format reviewed: Paperback
Publication Date: 7th May 2015
Rating: 5 Stars
Everyone loves a wedding - except Maddie’s best friend, who’s getting divorced.
And everyone loves the way Maddie’s so happy behind the scenes - except Maddie herself.
One best friend is in wedding countdown while the other heads for marriage meltdown. And as Maddie juggles her best chance at promotion in years with bridezilla texts and late-night counselling sessions, she starts to wonder – is it time to stop being the bridesmaid?
If you are a Lindsey Kelk fan already, then go out and buy this book, its her best book yet, yes..even better than <insert name of your favourite book by Lindsey here>. If you have never read a Lindsey Kelk book before, then where have you been for the past few years, go out and buy this as its utterly fantastic and so entertaining.
However I'm fairly sure you probably want a slightly more involved review than that, so I will try my hardest to do some justice to this fab new story by an incredibly talented chick-lit author.
Maddie is an assistant at an events planning company, she appears to be a born people pleaser, and has a slight inability to say no to anyone or anything. During the first part of the book, she agrees to help best friend Lauren, plan her wedding in under 3 months time, is put up for promotion by the head of HR at her job, and thus has to plan a naming ceremony for a couple, with a newborn baby, who have eccentric tastes, and her other best friend Sarah is going through a divorce.
Add in a brand new love interest, an usher at the wedding where she meets this love interest, with both men having a grudge against each other, although the reasons for the grudge take a while a to be revealed. Oh and did I mention Maddie's marginally psycho boss?
All of this is the perfect recipe for laughs, fun, chaos, some romance and a real test of the girls friendships.
There are some absolutely ridiculous but very fun scenes, especially during the event she is planning for the gay couple. In fact every time she meets the men things seem to go just slightly wrong, but leave the reader laughing. There is also the bachelorette party for Laura that is giggles galore.
To be honest I can't think of another way of describing this book with out saying this is Lindsey Kelk, doing as Lindsey does best. It is her trademark type of lead female character, and each one she writes I feel, she gets the characterizations better and better.
Always the Bridesmaid is just fantastic. I loved it so much that I was gutted that it had to finish, I would have happily read a lot more of Maddie and her friends Lauren and Sarah. This is a perfect poolside read this summer.