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Always the Bridesmaid Paperback – 21 Feb 2003

3.2 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; New Ed edition (21 Feb. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330412140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330412148
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,235,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Perfect to take on holiday for those none-too-taxing days by the pool' Ireland on Sunday 'A real girlie page-turner that keeps you amused, entertained and guessing until the final page Belfast Telegraph 'A rollicking hilarious romance. Definitely one to carry on to the plane' RTE Guide

About the Author

Sarah Webb worked as a children's bookseller for many years before becoming a full-time writer. Writing is her dream job as she can travel, read magazines and books, watch movies, and quiz her friends and family – all in the name of research. She is the author of nine novels, the most recent being Anything for Love and The Loving Kind. She also writes the Ask Amy Green series for young teenagers, and her books have been published in many different countries including Italy, Poland, Indonesia and the United States. Sarah lives in Dublin with her partner and young family. Find out more and read Sarah’s Yours in Writing Blog at www.sarahwebb.ie Or connect with Sarah on Facebook www.facebook.com/sarahwebbauthor or Twitter @sarahwebbishere

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Format: Paperback
I read and liked the last book by this author 'Three Times a Lady' and this one is even better. It's about Amy who is almost 30 and works in a children's bookshop. When she has to be a bridesmaid twice in one week she's horrified. She meets a nice English guy and . . . Well, I won't ruin it. Good read - funny, thoughtful, great holiday material.
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I thought this book was rubbish, I'd have been much more entertained had I been reading The Phone Book. The "heroine" in this novel is the silliest girl I have ever read about, she is just so miserable and uninterested in life. Nobody wants to read about someone who seems to be jealous of everyone around her, if she was my bridesmaid I'd probably fire her and tell her to snap out of it. The story itself seems to move from chapter to chapter without anything interesting happening at all, or else there are things going on with no relevance to the plot whatsoever. I like reading books by young novelists but unfortunately this time it was just really boring.
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What a great book! I loved every minute of it! This book was a perfect read, nice and light, and best of all romantic. I could identify with the main character so much, her love of bookstores made me feel a strong kinship with her. I really enjoyed the fact that this book did not have the usual "chick lit" ingredients. You know the recipe by now, I'm sure : one slightly chubby singleton, living in London, working in an ad agency, trying to lose weight, searching for a boyfriend..... yada, yada, yada.. it gets so boring after awhile! That's what was so great about this book! It was set in Ireland, the main character works in a children's book shop, she is NOT a slave to fashion, and although she is looking for a soul mate, she is not "man crazy". I loved, loved, loved this book and will be looking for more from Sarah Webb!
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Nothing happens in this story that you cannot predict from the first few chapters. I had hoped for a few surprises and maybe the odd twist or two, just to break the predictability.
Amy isn't a particularly likeable heroine and some of the other characters are drawn too thinly for anyone to like or dislike them.
I feel that this book could have benefited from some strong editing. The author commits the cardinal sin of adding adverbs at the end of every line of dialogue. Everything that is said is said "carefully" "kindly" or "levelly". Certainly not a page turner, a light read that does't task the brain too much.
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The front cover reviewed the book as "perfect to take on holiday". Well, it certainly doesn't rise above that.
A minor point, but it grated - the title is wrong. The saying is "three times a bridesmaid, never the bride" NOT always the bridesmaid.
The characters tend to be stereotyped - Irish girls who never appear to be sober, Australian men who are equally drunk but have the added distinction of being somewhat dim and "hating" New Zealanders and Italians, both male and female, all get one-sided personalities.
It also amused me that the main character Amy, develops a crush on an author who has written best selling books about a wizard called Henry, the first of which is being made into a film. No prizes for gussing who he is meant to be.
But later JK Rowling is mentioned. If you are going to create a parallel world then at least make sure it can't be sued.
Finally, what the heck is Den 2? The author feels the need to explain the plot of the movie Field of Dreams but then assumes everyone has heard of a local television show.
If you need a book for a long journey then read it. Otherwise give it a miss.
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I bought this book and really looked forward to reading it - thought it sounded really good from reading on the back. But as it turned out this was one of the worst books I've ever read... Amy is the saddest heroine and she annoyed the life out of me - she was just such a terrible friend, sister ...you name it. I was deeply disapointed!
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Format: Paperback
I wasn't sure if I'd like this book as I'm not a huge fan of chick lit in general - but I did. It was the perfect holiday read - light, funny, charming and I couldn't put it down. Amy is an interesting character - well rounded and very 'real'. I'll look out for this author in the future. Recommended.
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Always the Bridesmaid was published in 2001 and in my opinion is one of the classic Irish chick lit books; along with authors like Martina Reilly, Clare Dowling, Cecelia Ahern and Melissa Hill, Sarah is a little younger than Marian Keyes and Patricia Scanlon and her writing has slightly younger characters (20 and 30 something) and is zippy, light but packs an emotional punch also.

This one is about a woman called Amy who is about to turn 30; her engagement has just broken up and she has to be bridesmaid for her sister and her best friend in one month. Amy suffers from depression (and is not the easiest heroine to love) but this just makes it even more real.

I liked the honesty of the book; Amy doesn't have an easy time of it and is prone to introspection. But with the help of her best friend and her sweet sister, Suzi, she pulls through and has a happy ending.

The dialogue in this book is great; and I liked the Irish setting.
I'd recommend it to anyone who likes good chick lit; it's funny, sad, touching and has a Cinderella ending. What more could you ask for?
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