Genre: Romantic Comedy
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 322
Date of Publication: August 18, 2022
My Rating: 4 Stars
June 22, 2019 is Beatrice Corbin’s wedding day! However, she doesn’t have a groom! And she signed up to win a contest back in 2017, a lottery that she entered as a lark, she now has the opportunity to get married in the most sought after the wedding venue in Richmond, Virginia. She as eight months to find a husband. Per usual for Beatrice, she creates a to-do list - which is a weekly thing for her - and the fifth thing on that latest list is FIND A HUSBAND.
Raymond, Beatrice’s ex. Andrew, a very attractive co-worker. Oliver, one of Beatrice's best friends. Will one of these men work towards her getting married on the locked-in date? Could a manufactured relationship lead to true love? That is the path that Beatrice challenges, because she believes nothing should be wasted. Not money. Not opportunities. Having put a non-refundable $2,000 deposit down for a $50,000 wedding means that she plans on wasting nothing. June 22nd will happen. She will walk down that aisle, preferably with her forever man.
Does Bea have enough of a connection with any of her three choices or will she find a perfect stranger, date, get engaged and marry in less than a year? While Bea travels this rather unusual road, her friendships come into play. Her other best friend Lucy has her own woes, but Bea is more than caught up in her own personal drama. Then there is Oliver, who is at a difficult turning point in his life. Will Bea be able to see past her own issues to continue be the strong friend they both need?
As this is a romantic comedy, we know as readers that someone will be catching feelings. This fun journey takes a slow stroll along the path for love, and left this reader more than happy with Bea's final choice. Something else that was very enjoyable in this story is Bea made a daily to-do lists. These daily to-do lists ended each chapter and they were lots of fun to read.
Friendship and the bonds of love were wonderful backdrops to a story that gave the reader insight as to the true feelings being formed. I loved how it took Beatrice time to find her way, because, in her words, "instead of when we had five kids and a house in Ohio".
My Big Fake Wedding is a fun, light read, perfect for the beach, and more than enjoyable as the path of love came with some surprises, while ending with a warm conclusion.
Lastly, the letter from Jessica Hatch at the end of the book tells readers of the reason for such a book, with an unusual plot, an awkward protagonist, a desire to fulfill a wish, and to give readers a very pleasant happily ever after.
Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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