Abbie Carter felt doomed as she clutched her bouquet and started walking up the aisle. Again. She felt like she was stuck in some kind of Groundhog Day wedding nightmare. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. Eight dresses, most of them hideous, were already stuffed in her attic space. She had more bridesmaid dresses than relationships. Was she really that unlucky in love? She despaired of ever finding her soul mate and was convinced that if she packed away dress thirteen in her attic, she’d never get to wear the coveted white one and have her happy ever after.
That was until she locked eyes with one of the handsome ushers, whose wink turned her elegant and well-practiced glide up the aisle into a flailing Bambi-on-ice spectacle. Miller Davis was the first man in forever to make her heart skip a beat, as well as her legs turn to jelly. And, for once, her interest in a man didn’t seem to be one-sided. It was just a shame that the Atlantic Ocean separated them. Abbie couldn’t even make a relationship with her elderly fat pooch, Sumo, work, so what chance did she have with a permanent New Yorker? Her best friend, Georgie, told her to ignore the miles that separated her from Miller and to go for it, saying that true love knew no bounds.
Was Abbie fated to always be the bridesmaid, or would her wish for the perfect day with the man of her dreams ever come true?
While Never The Bride will be a standalone story, it's the first in the Dilbury Village series of romantic comedy novels. All of them will be set in the quaint fictitious English hamlet in the Shropshire countryside, but feature a different village couples' story.
First of all I have to talk about Sumo as he is just brilliant. His grumpy personality is very entertaining I think we all know someone who has a funny and interesting pet but Sumo takes it to a whole new level! It was lots of fun to read how Abbie takes Sumo for a "walk" or their version of it anyway.
Abbie is a great character she is so likeable, with a bubbly and fun personality. Georgie and Abbie's friendship is a delight, there are so many funny occasions when they are together. One in particular had me laughing so much my husband wondered what was happening! Miller is a great love interest, their first meeting was lots of fun and one of many embarrassing moments for Abbie.
I love Charlotte Fallowfield's writing she always manages to make me laugh out loud, giggle and smile. There were plenty of comical moments so if you are in need of cheering up then this book is definitely for you! The story does however have it's sad moments and I did get a little (ok a lot) teary eyed at times! The story moves along at a good pace and kept me entertained throughout especially with Abbie's antics. The village of Dilbury is a great setting and I can't wait to read the rest of the books in the series!
Full of laugh out loud moments but with a lovely romance that will melt your heart!
Four and a half stars from me!
Thank you to Charlotte Fallowfield for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.