Always the Bridesmaid Paperback – 21 Feb 2003
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this- I did feel some sympathy for Justine though- we cant help who we fall in love with!Published on 22 Mar. 2006 by Victoria H. Gillespie
I read this book in 1 day - I couldn't put it down. It's fun, it's lighthearted, but it still has substance. If you like chick lit, you'll love this. Read morePublished on 27 July 2004 by Roisin
A huge chick lit fan I was initially tempted to buy this book as its cover was quirky and fun and the title intriguing. Read morePublished on 21 July 2004 by Zara
The kind of thing you would read if you were sixteen and had a crush on your art teacher. The mind boggles as to how anyone can really take this kind of novel seriously. Read morePublished on 14 July 2004 by Amanda Golden
Well done to Sarah Webb, for this original and highly entertaining novel about always being a bridesmaid. Sarah continues to deliver her unique style and individual talents. Read morePublished on 29 Oct. 2003 by Jeanette Heatherington
I've never been a great one for choosing books that I'll like but this book suited me perfectly. I was looking for something that wouldn't tax my brain too much, or have me... Read morePublished on 4 Sept. 2003
So many books of this genre are amusing and well written, worth reading. This book unfortunately is none of these. Read morePublished on 27 May 2003