The Wedding Ringer by Kerry Rea
Paperback, 368 pages
Publication: November 9th 2021 by Berkley Books
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Chick Lit
From Goodreads: A woman who wants nothing to do with love or friendship finds both in the unlikeliest ways in this hilarious and heartwarming debut by Kerry Rea.
Once upon a time, Willa Callister was a successful blogger with a good credit score, actual hobbies, and legs that she shaved more than once a month. But after finding her fiancé in bed with her best friend, she now spends her days performing at children's birthday parties in a ball gown that makes her look like a walking bottle of Pepto Bismol. Willa dreams of starting fresh, where no one knows who she used to be, but first she needs to save up enough money to make it happen.
Maisie Mitchell needs something too: another bridesmaid for her wedding. After a chance encounter at a coffee shop, Maisie offers to pay Willa to be in her bridal party. Willa wants nothing to do with weddings--or Maisie--but the money will give her the freedom to start the new life she so badly desires.
Willa's bridesmaid duties thrust her into Maisie's high-energy world and into the path of hotshot doctor Liam Rafferty. But as Willa and Maisie form a real friendship, and Liam's annoyingly irresistible smile makes her reconsider her mantra that all men are trash, Willa's exit strategy becomes way more complicated. And when a secret from Maisie's past threatens to derail the wedding, Willa must consider whether friendship--and romance--are worth sticking around for.
My Thoughts: Oh Willa. Her life has taken a bad turn, but she keeps herself in that lane for way too long. I know there is no time frame to get over finding your best friend in bed with your fiancée, but she wallowed in her pain. But with all this wallowing she finds herself in laughable situations over and over again. Dressing up for kid’s parties does not go as planned. Being a bridesmaid for Maisie had me laughing out loud so many times. The good thing is that by keeping herself busy has brought her around to finding ways to be happy again.
I enjoyed how understanding her sister is while still pushing her to get out of her funk and start living again. I laughed at all the self-help books that were left around all while Willa was having no part of it. The nieces were sweet and so true to how little ones are that I felt like they were exactly what Aunt Willa needed.
The Wedding Ringer is a sweet and fun book. I laughed many times and shook my head at Willa just as much.
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Kerry Rea lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and their small army of dogs. She grew up in Youngstown, Ohio and graduated from The University of Notre Dame. She believes that a happy ending is always possible. Visit her at authorkerryrea.com and on Instagram at @authorkerryrea, and on Twitter at @kerrymrea.