Welcome to Truhart...
Welcome to Truhart, Michigan, population 1300 and dropping. Where everyone knows everyone else and garage sales are front page news. Not exactly where you’d expect to find the celebrity wedding of the year. As Maid of Honor, and the famous bride’s big sister, Annie has to plan a wedding suitable for America’s newest sweetheart reporter on The Morning Show. But what she didn’t plan on was seeing Nick Conrad again. Her older brother’s best friend who left Truhart for the big city, Nick just happens to be Annie’s embarrassing childhood crush. He’s also the Best Man.
As Atlanta’s High Society descends on the tiny Midwest town, Annie has the impossible task of controlling her eccentric family and nutty neighbors, while hosting a wedding fit for a princess at her family’s rundown Amble Inn. But what she can’t control is the spark reigniting between her and Nick. Between snowstorms, an A.W.O.L. gown, and the broadcast of the wedding on The Morning Show, Annie is just hoping to survive the big day without losing her mind. And to survive being around Nick again without losing her heart.
One wedding, that will put the family loyalty to a test, that will change their lives forever, and events that will put the whole wedding into a danger of never happening.
What I really enjoyed in this story was how with everything happening around them, every detail that could go wrong doing so, several times over, the bride and groom never lost the sight of each other, questioning their love for each other. At least so I assume, the story is told from Annie's point of view, in the first tense, leaving a bit narrowly look into the story.
The characters are all eccentric, or stereotypical to extreme. It makes the story great fun and entertaining reading. There were the little town odd older women, the rich, obnoxious snobs, the bride who was trying to please her future mother-in-law, and the relatives who embarrassed the bride as often as possible.
I thought the story could have moved on a bit faster, the first half of the book almost lost me. But when the events move into Truhart, things move at a faster pace as well.
The romance between Annie and Nick wasn't on the center stage, even though it was in Annie's thoughts constantly. The family struggles with the financial situation, trying to plan the wedding on a short notice, and fixing everything that goes wrong, clearly takes the attention.
The story is good, it has some fun moments in it. The characters could have been more complex, and more developed. I felt at times too much was trying to put into the novel at once. The ending was sweet, and even the most difficult and overwhelming personalities seemed to find the joy of the wedding, love, and future possibilities towards the end.
Interesting start for a new series, with lots of intriguing characters to focus on, and a wedding no one will forget anytime soon
~ Three Spoon