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There Goes the Bride [Kindle Edition]

Holly McQueen
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Polly Atkins is getting married.



And her older sister Bella couldn't be more excited. Not only will Polly be home after five years in New York, but she's coming back to marry the most perfect man on the planet, Dev. Dresses, cake, first dance ... Bella's looking forward to getting stuck into the arrangements.



Polly's best friend Grace is just as excited. She's can't wait to walk down the aisle behind her childhood ally, especially as the stylish Polly wouldn't dream of dressing her bridesmaids in anything but the best, which will make a welcome change to the 'mum-wear' she's adopted since her second child was born.



The only person who doesn't seem to be bursting with enthusiasm is Polly. Which is why, before things can get any more chaotic, she calls the whole thing off. And there's no way she's going to tell them why. Some secrets are best kept hidden.



But she's reckoned without Grace and Bella, who are determined to get Polly and Dev back together if it's the last thing they do. After all, solving someone else's problems has got to be better than dealing with their own ...?



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"Readers will delight in McQueen's lovable cast, the dynamics of Grace's escapist romance, Bella's understated affection for Liam, and Polly's emotional revelation." --"Publishers Weekly"

Book Description

An irresistibly romantic feel-good novel

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 578 KB
  • Print Length: 498 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0099545764
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (12 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004YE6NNG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #314,563 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Holly does it again! 25 May 2011
Format:Paperback
I really enjoyed this book, the opening is not great but once Grace entered the story I knew it was going to be a winner.

Grace is for me the main character (you can't help but like Grace) followed by Bella (who rather got on my nerves) and then comes Polly the bride (always somewhere in the background) who suddenly calls off her wedding. Bella and Polly are half-sisters and Grace is Polly's best friend. The three of them have quite an interesting history and we spend time with Bella and with Grace whose current lives are in more of a state of chaos than that of Polly. This chaos includes some brilliant extras like super mum Miranda, dishy Saad, control freak Vanessa and I wish I had him too- housekeeper Thomas. Also some deadbeats in the form of horrid Charlie, exasperating Jamie and the wierd but also wonderful Lexie.

The story is fascinating with lots of humour and a couple of thought provoking moments leading to an excellent and very satisfying ending.

Holly has followed up the brilliant Isabel Bookbinder series with another winner of a book, chick-lit at its brightest and best, don't forget to pack it in the holiday suitcase!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By D. Brown VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Polly’s flying home and she’s getting married! Except, she’s not. The wedding’s off and nobody can figure out why. After all, Polly seemed head over heels with her fiance Dev and the wedding is just around the corner. Polly’s friend Grace and her sister Bella both have enough problems of their own but with Christmas and a wedding just around the corner, they need to figure out how to get Polly down the aisle.

I really enjoyed There Goes the Bride. Although the main aspect of the story is Polly’s refusal to wed Dev – and refusal to confirm why – Bella and Grace also have their own share of pretty heavy going problems. Bella has a successful catering business but she’s looking to adopt and having a waster of a boyfriend lolling around the house, bringing his mates home and missing every social worker’s visit is proving to be a bit much to handle. Grace has lovely children but a less than lovely husband. Despite being a talented artist, she’s become little more to her husband than a fetcher, carrier and babysitting service.

The book is fun and funny with a smattering of arguments, romance, sex, snobbery and Christmas mayhem. At times it’s a little predictable but there’s some charm in that and a kind of reassurance that there’s nothing too tragic or overwhelming to face. This is feel good and enjoyable, with laughs, smiles and contented sighs along the way.

I haven’t read any of McQueen’s previous work but having enjoyed this so thoroughly I would definitely recommend her and wouldn’t hesitate to pick up other work by her. A fantastic pick about real women with real issues!

**I received a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I did not receive any additional compensation and all views are my own."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I laughed till I cried 8 Jun. 2011
Format:Paperback
I really enjoyed this book - Grace's story has some wonderful moments which made me cry with laughter. Really and truly - I have never laughed so much reading a book - it's just so funny. In short - a great read - both thought provoking and hilarious .
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4.0 out of 5 stars There Goes The Bride 4 July 2011
By Amy
Format:Paperback
There Goes The Bride is Holly McQueen's forth novel, and her first away from the Isabel Bookbinder series. The story is actually rather different to what the blurb on the back of the book leads you to believe. I picked up the book thinking it was going to be about Polly, who calls off her wedding just weeks before the day is set to go ahead. In actual fact, Polly doesn't appear in the book much at all, and the story is lot more about her sister Bella and her best friend Grace, who each have first person narrative chapters which constantly change throughout the book.

For me, Bella was the most likeable of the three characters, although, at times, she did come across as a bit of a doormat when it came to her boyfriend Jamie. Grace probably had the most interesting of the stories, as she was struggling to cope with the lack of attention from her husband Charlie, while dealing with an increasing amount of attention from his boss, Saad.

What I found slightly strange was the fact that both Grace and Bella were made to come across as unlikebale people who didn't get on with each other. This meant there were criticisms dotted throughout Bella's chapters about Grace and likewise, negativity about Bella in Grace's chapters. And yet, when it came down to reading these characters chapters they felt like completely different people to the one's described. So, I was left feeling confused as to whether I was suppose to like the characters or not.

Overall, though, this is a good read - it just wasn't what I expected when I picked the book up. It's a nice move away Holly's Isabel Bookbinder series and is a good standalone title that I would recommend. The book comes in at nearly 500 pages and I managed to read it in three days. It was enjoyable and page-turning as I was interested to know throughout the length of the book why Polly called off the wedding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 24 Feb. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
After the Isobel Bookbinder novels, I was worried this would couldn't live up. As good, if not better. Lots of fun, exciting... Same type of characters- if your not from London high society it's like delving into a chaotic dream world!
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