Monday, August 22, 2022

BLOG TOUR - My Big Fake Wedding


The date is set. The guy is definitely not.

When I entered a lottery to win a free wedding, I had no idea that I was about to be cheated on, and unceremoniously dumped, by my ex-boyfriend. So when I win, there’s just one teeny tiny problem… I have no one to walk down the aisle with. All I need to do now is find a husband. Simple, right?

My closest friend Oliver, an old-fashioned romantic, thinks I’m crazy. He snorts when I show him my colour-coded binder, packed with step-by-step instructions for my Husband Hunt. And when he reads my to-do list, he laughs so much his green eyes fill with tears.

Step 1: Figure out what men want

Step 2: Research the best bars for romantic first dates


Despite following my list to the letter, something happens that the binder could never have predicted. After months of fantasising about this exact moment, I have a tequila-fuelled kiss with my long-term office crush Andrew. But just when I think I’ve found my soon-to-be husband, my ex-boyfriend declares his undying love for me, and Oliver stops returning my calls when I need him the most…

With my wedding day getting ever closer, I’m starting to realise that the only thing more complicated than finding a husband on a deadline, is finding the right one.

This absolutely hilarious and totally feel-good romance is perfect for fans of Ali Hazelwood’s The Love Hypothesis, Christina Lauren’s The Unhoneymooners, and Emily Henry’s Beach Read.

Title:   My Big Fake Wedding
Author:   Jessica Hatch
Publisher:  Bookouture
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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Jessica Hatch has a passion for writing humorous women’s fiction with a strong-beating heart. She loves to develop quirky, high-concept “what if” scenarios and then drop her characters into them, escape room–style, to see what happens. Her work spotlights characters and locales the reader can fall in love with, and aims to explore real-world issues that women and nonbinary people face.

Jessica has worked in book publishing since 2013. She has had bylines published in Writer’s Digest, The Millions, and G*Mob Magazine, among others, and she is a proud alumna of the Mors Tua Vita Mea workshop in Sezze Romano, Italy. Before being acquired by Bookouture, her debut novel won a pitch slam at the Brooklyn Book Festival in 2018 and was workshopped by acclaimed author Rumaan Alam at Aspen Summer Words in 2019.

Jessica was born outside of Richmond, Virginia, but now lives in Jacksonville, Florida, with her bartender husband, Paul, and their three cats. When she is not writing, you can find her jogging on the Riverwalk or planning her next international trip. Say hello at

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