Book – The Junior Bridesmaid
Author – Amy Baker
Publication Date – March 2014
Type – Stand Alone
Genre – Romance
Rating – 4 1/2 out of 5 Stars
Book provided by Author in exchange for an honest review.
Sixteen-year-old Delilah Welling never understood why Darcy Strong despised her so much. Especially since their mothers had been friends for a lifetime. So when Delilah is asked to be The Junior Bridesmaid in Darcy's wedding, Delilah is understandably surprised and reluctant to say yes. Upon her mother's insistence, Delilah finally agrees determined to look at the bright side.
And there couldn’t be a brighter side than Hugh Rowen, a.k.a. the groom. Delilah has always been in love with Hugh and could never understand what a nice guy like Hugh was doing with a wench like Darcy.
Before the wedding, Delilah discovers that the bride-to-be is keeping a torrid secret. Fearful that she will hurt Hugh, she remains silent, going about her Junior Bridesmaid duties as planned.
All hell breaks loose during the wedding ceremony. Embarrassed and devastated, Delilah flees the wedding. But not before hurting the love of her life.
Twelve years later, Delilah is 28 and living a happy existence in New York. Until one day when she receives a message addressed to JUNIOR? Has Hugh hunted her down twelve years later to exact revenge or is he in New York for a different reason entirely? Either way, twelve years is a long time to wait to find out!
***This is a stand alone novel meant for mature readers over the age of 18 due to mature content and language.***
Well, I have to say the beginning of this book was one big “side holding” laugh! I fell in love with 16 year old Delilah and her antics. When we get to the point of Delilah at 28 – she is such a peach – trying to be the sophisticated suave corporate worker, instead we get blunders and flashbacks to her “southern” charms.
This book had me laughing but at the same time plotting ways to kill Delilah’s co-worker….oh just wait till you meet her and her scheming sadistic ways….ugh the bitch makes me want to back hand her in the worse way. Poor poor Delilah always seems to get the worse end of the stick. And even when things start to go her way and Hugh is back in her life….the black cloud hanging over her head refuses to go away.
The author takes us on a trip through comedic humor and sobering obstacles in love and the chance for true love. This was a book; I just couldn’t tear my eyes away knowing that the next page was going to be filled with more heart breaking moments and knee slapping humor.
The only problem I had with the story was Hugh’s attitude on a relationship with Delilah. I thought long and hard on how he could suddenly after 12 years move right into a relationship that should have taken years to build. Then I finally got it….the answer was right under my nose the whole time and I missed it. Pay attention to the details of why Hugh showed up in New York – who told him what – and what happened with his friend when he was a teenager.
We open the story with Delilah as a 16 flat-chested lanky Junior Bridesmaid in a wedding where the bride absolutely hates her and makes her life a living hell. Oh and just wait till the wedding and what utterly embarrassing moment happens with Delilah. (Make sure you don’t have any liquid in your mouth when you read about her walk down the aisle.)
Fast forward 12 years and Delilah is living comfortably in corporate America – her relationships are few and far between because she just doesn’t experience the connection she felt with Hugh in the past. She knows that Hugh is her one true love and she will never have him because of shattering his happiness 12 years prior.
Then one fateful day – she receives a note addressed to “Junior” stating that he is in New York and wants to meet. Delilah worries that he is only there to extract his revenge on her for ruining his life and it is hard for Delilah to trust what Hugh says is the truth and not just a plot to hurt her.
Experience the ups and downs while Delilah and Hugh come to terms with their past and put to rest the ghosts that continually haunt Delilah. But not only do they have to worry about past demons…but there seems to be 2 demons who have it out for Delilah and will stop at nothing to tear Hugh from her life and knock her down to the bottom.
Such a cute and funny read about true love and healing old wounds! If you are looking for a book that will make you smile and fall in love with the characters, this is the book for you!
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