Book Review: ‘Bride Without a Groom’ by Amy Lynch

Posted May 7, 2015 by thischickreads in review / 0 Comments


Single, coupled-up or married, this laugh-out-loud summer read is the perfect anecdote for the wedding season!

Rebecca has chosen the most luscious, five tiered, wedding cake. The engagement ring that she has selected is celebrity inspired. The wedding singer is on speed dial. He doesn’t usually do Michael Bolton, but as it’s for a first dance he’ll make an exception. Father Maguire is checking dates for the parish church as we speak. The deposit on the white sand honeymoon is paid for in full on Barry’s card. She has fallen for an ivory lace couture gown that is to die for. The down payment may require her to sell a left kidney, but it will be worth it. Isn’t that why you have two?

There’s one teeny tiny problem. It’s nothing, really. No need to panic! It’s just that Barry has yet to propose. Says he’s not ready! He can be a bit of a kill joy that way. It’s time to face the harsh reality – Rebecca is a bride without a groom!


*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

This book was quite a while on my TBR list, and I managed to finished it last month. I must say I love the cover, especially the blue one (when it was self-published). It is a story of a young woman, Rebecca, who wants to get married just like every young woman does. She has a boyfriend but it seems that Barry is not so keen to tie the knot. In fact, he is not so sure that he is in love with Rebecca that much. Rebecca is so desperate to make him marry her, and she takes the whole bridezilla thing to a completely new level.

The author wrote chick-lit story that involves two characters and tried to show their pre-marriage doubts in a comic way. It is hard for men to sense some things, they are from Mars, and women are from Venus. Rebecca desperately tries to pop up the big question and even plans every single detail. The whole picture reminded me of an old scene from Mr.Bean’s show.

But, as much as enjoyed the writing and funny scenes, I’ve found Rebecca the most annoying character. I’ve seen a lot of bridezillas, but this one is the ultimate. Often I’d get the feeling that she acts like a spoiled brat. ‘Who throws the trash? Barry does. Who pays the bills? Barry does. Who feeds the cat? Barry does. Who cleans the house? Mum, can you help me?’ I just wanted to shout at her: And what do you do? Just stand in the spotlight and look beautiful? Adults are supposed to be responsible and mature. It seemed that Rebecca just wants to get married for the sake of it, because she is not capable of living on her own and because she needs someone to do the responsible things for her. At the beginning she seemed cute, clumsy and funny, something that I often find charming, but as the story moved on, she started going on my nerves. She plans every possible detail for the proposal and for the wedding (many women do that too) but she often forgets that she can’t stand on the wedding day all alone.

And when Barry comes in the picture, cheating is a big NO for me in a relationship, before or after the wedding. He really needs to decide what he really wants in life. I know that men are men, but when you’re really in love, that collegue can be the cutest thing ever, yet you should know you’re taken if you love your woman.

Maybe I am too serious, maybe this is just a story for spending some fun and relaxing afternoon. Even if the characters are not-so-charming, the whole story is well written with a good dose of a humor. If you’re into rom coms, maybe you should give it a try, you might like Rebecca and Barry’s story more than I did.


My rating: 6/10





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