The Wedding Planner by Eve Devon
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Publishing Date: 3rd May 2019
Series: Whispers Wood #3
Source: Received from the publisher via NetGalley, thank you!
Number of pages: 400
A charming feel good romance perfect for fans of Katie Fforde and Sarah Morgan
Wedding bells are ringing and gossip is spiralling in Whispers Wood…
Single mum Gloria Pavey has a bad habit of saying exactly the wrong thing at the wrong time. Determined to make a positive change she can’t say no when her best friend, Emma, asks her to take on the role of her wedding planner. The only problem? Gloria’s co-planner – best man Seth Knightley.
Gloria is on a self-imposed man ban but pulling together the most beautiful wedding Whispers Wood has ever seen alongside gorgeous Seth is pushing her to her limits. As every interaction increases the tension between them Gloria finds herself wondering…could the happy ever after she never thought she’d have be in her future after all?
Gloria and Seth are supposed to plan the wedding of their best friend and Seth’s brother. There wouldn’t be anything surprising or strange to this, except for the fact that they both sworn off love, do not believe in Happy Ever After and don’t want to admit that they are attracted to each other. Of course planning a wedding is never an easy task, and what with the above mentioned distinctive features, we are in for a quirky, cheeky and humorous story.
I admit, I had problems to get into the book. Gloria was a tough one to read, and I had a feeling that the author tries too hard with the jokes and humour. I also felt a bit left out – this is a third book in the series and I haven’t read the two previous novels, which is of course my fault, but I simply felt I’m not on the joke, that I’m not a part of the gang, of the story. However, I was quickly done with this feeling and after the initial reservations I fell in love with the book and the characters.
Gloria was such a breath of fresh air, really, with her attitude, sharp humour and being sarcastic. I didn’t have a feeling that she was hiding behind a facade, to be honest, to protect herself or something like this, for me this was the way she was, period. She had tougher and softer side to herself, that’s for sure, but she was bold, direct and hilariously funny in her honesty. Not always, but more than often, that is. I liked how she stood up for her family and friends, you don’t often get something like this. She was feisty and loyal and an adorable mother. And she was my favourite kind of character, one that was growing throughout the story, changing, maturing, and there was depth to her as well.
Whispers Wood is a great place, a village with a great sense of community and people knowing much more about you than you know yourself, but all in such a lovely, friendly way, and the way they interfered in each other’s lives was funny and not too overwhelming.
It was a humorous, romantic and uplifting read. The parts where Gloria and Seth were planning the wedding were brilliant, especially as Gloria often couldn’t keep her mouth closed around the priest, calling him the wrong name. The banter and interaction between Gloria and Seth were probably the best parts of the book – so light – hearted, quick, it was like watching a tennis match. As I have already mentioned, the book can be read as a stand – alone but I had a feeling that I’m missing out on too much and I really regret not reading the two previous books before – to know more about Whispers Wood but also because I really liked the writing style, the humour, the great group of characters. Recommended!