Book Review: A Bride's Guide to Getting Married by Jasmine Clara

Summary:
 
IT’S NOT EASY LIVING A LIE...BUT DOING IT IN DESIGNER CLOTHING AND TIFFANY’S JEWELRY SOMEHOW MAKES IT MORE BEARABLE! Crushed by a sudden break up with her slick advertising executive boyfriend, real estate journalist Emily Novat feels like she is the only single girl in a world of happy couples.
At 32, Emily wonders if she will ever get her own happy ending.
Things start looking up however, when a tipsy Emily unwittingly enters and wins the prestigious Glam Bride magazine Dream Wedding Contest.
The only catch is, Emily must blog about her experiences in the lead up to her ”wedding day.”
With prizes including a Tiffany’s Bridal Shower, a High Tea Party - plus presents - at a posh hotel, and a wild Bachelorette party, Emily won’t let a little matter such as not having a groom stand in the way of enjoying the high life for a just little while.
After all the heartbreak she been through, Emily deserves a little fun. And it’s bonus if it makes her ex-boyfriend jealous.
As the popularity of her blog - A Bride’s Guide to Getting Married - sky-rockets, Emily finds herself becoming the IT girl about town,
A blossoming friendship with Glam Bride’s gorgeous nice-guy photographer Luke, assigned to capture the lead up to her big day makes it all the more fun.
As the big day draws nearer though, the guilt starts eating at Emily, who starts to finds extracting herself from her Dream Wedding is not as easy as she first thought it would be...
 
 
Release Date: January 8, 2014 
Age Group: Adult
Source: NetGalley
Reviewed By: Kelli
 
 
Review:
A Bride's Guide to Getting Married was such a light, fun read.  I couldn't help but smile as I read this story.  The subject matter and general feel of the book reminded me of the Shopaholic series---which is not a bad thing.  I love the Shopaholic books and loved A Bride's Guide to Getting Married too!  

Emily's situation is so easy to relate to.  Who hasn't been dumped?  Who hasn't felt "behind" her peers in some way---whether it's about marriage, having a baby, or your career path.  I completely understood why she reacted the way she did and even why she entered the contest, knowing she wasn't engaged or even in a relationship. 

Once Emily started reaping the benefits of winning the contest, the story became even more fun to read.  It was neat to live vicariously through her, with the attention, clothes, jewelry, and hair and make-up team at her beck and call.  A Bride's Guide to Getting Married was very glam in that way, and very girly.

Despite the superficial aspects to the story, there was a surprising amount of character growth throughout the storyline.  I loved that and was happy that Clara made this book a little deeper by having her characters adapt to their circumstances and come out as stronger, more self-aware people.

The one thing that I wasn't sure about with this story is that the book appeared to be set in England (for the life of me I can't remember if Clara named the city the book's set it), using some terms unique to the UK, but then all of the currency was listed as American dollars, not pounds.  I was a little confused, because with the exception of the currency I was sure that A Bride's Guide to Getting Married was set in the UK. 

With that said, I loved the ending and finished this book with a smile.  I had a good time reading A Bride's Guide to Getting Married and look forward to reading more from Jasmine Clara. 
 

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