Book Review: Daughters of the Bride 1


 Daughters of the Bride

by Susan Mallery



With Joy, Love, and a Little Trepidation Courtney, Sienna and Rachel Invite You To the Most Emotional Wedding of the Year… Their Mother’s

Courtney ~ The Misfit ~

As the awkward one, Courtney Watson may not be as together as her sisters, but she excels at one thing—keeping secrets, including her white-hot affair with a sexy music producer. Planning Mom’s wedding exposes her startling hidden life, changing her family’s view of her—and how she views herself—forever.

Sienna ~ The Free Spirit ~

When Sienna’s boyfriend proposes—in front of her mom and sisters, for crying out loud—he takes her by surprise. She already has two broken engagements under her belt. Should she say “I do” even if she’s not sure she does?

Rachel ~ The Cynic ~

Rachel thought love would last forever…right up until her divorce. As Mom’s wedding day draws near and her ex begs for a second chance, she’s forced to acknowledge some uncomfortable truths about why her marriage failed, and decide if she’ll let pride stand in the way of her own happily ever after.

A must-read for anyone who has survived the wedding of a sister, a mother, a daughter—as told by #1 New York Times bestselling author and master storyteller Susan Mallery!

My Rating:

5 hearts


Favorite Quotes:


She was battling an extra twenty pounds and the constant fear that she was the ‘before’ picture, while everyone around her was an after.


You look stunning. I should hate you. The fact that I don’t is a testament to my excellent character.


He confused her and excited her and challenged her.   Basically he was catnip and she just wanted to purr and rub all over him.


I hate to say this, but I’m feeling better. What a nightmare. What if everything they say about exercise is true? What if I have to do it forever?


We all have secrets. It’s just yours are more interesting than most.


I had a mean girl moment. It was fantastic, although she was disappointing. She didn’t tell me I was ugly or that you were using me. Doesn’t she watch teen movies?   There’s a way to do that sort of thing right.



My Review:


Daughters of the Bride was a delightful surprise and a treat – from start to finish. I did not expect to find such a beautifully packaged, well crafted, multi-layered, clever, and keenly insightful study of family dynamics. The characters were well drawn, endearing, and while deeply flawed and at times disappointingly so, they remained likable – for the most part. The writing was smart, amusing, endlessly entertaining, and totally engaging. I enjoyed each daughter although I truly favored one significantly more. Each of the three daughters carried a different personal misery, sense of failure, and secret insecurity – although they each attempted to present themselves as being unruffled and happy in their lives. Their family relationships were despairingly askew and always had been, but were now worse than ever with increased exposure to one another while planning their Bridezilla of a mother’s second wedding, and no one was willing to address their herd of elephants.

The storyline was entertaining yet relevant and consisted of characters with real-world problems. I reveled in the humorous and witty rapid-fire banter the characters engaged in, particularly Quinn and Courtney, I just adored them – individually and as a couple. I also found the premise of the book to be unique, with the bride being a mature woman of adult daughters. Wedding planning is always tricky with stress and chaos being the norm, no matter how meticulously planned, and this one was no exception to the rule.

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About Susan Mallery

Susan Mallery is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of novels about the relationships that define women’s lives—romance, friendship, family. With compassion and humor, Susan keenly observes how people think and feel, in stories that take readers on an emotional journey. Sometimes heartbreaking, often funny, and always uplifting, Susan’s books have spent more than 200 weeks on the USA Today bestsellers list, thanks to her ever-growing legions of fans.Susan lives in Seattle with her husband, two ragdoll cats, and a tattletale toy poodle. Animals play a big role in her books, as well, as she believes they’re an integral component to a happy life. Visit her online at

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One comment on “Book Review: Daughters of the Bride

  1. Reply Courtney Jul 12,2016 11:52 am

    I don’t normally read books from this genre, but it sounds cute!

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