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19 August 2016

Nice Day for a White Wedding by A. L. Michael (Book Beginnings & Friday 56)

Friday 56 (share from the 56th page or 56% mark) is hosted at Freda's Voice (today I'm using page 56 on my epub)
& Book Beginnings (share the first few sentences) is at Rose City Reader
Chelsea Donnolly wasn’t supposed to amount to anything. But if there’s one thing the bad girl from the estate liked better than trouble, it was a challenge. So, to the amusement of her best friends Evie, Mollie and Ruby – and the disbelief of her teachers – this bad girl turned good.
These days, Chelsea is the kind of girl people are proud to know – and, after a surprise trip to Venice, she has a ring on her finger to prove it. But to get there, she’s had to learn to keep her deepest secrets from everyone – even her fiancé. And when wedding preparations threaten to blow her cover, Chelsea can’t help but wonder: in her battle to the top, might she have left the best parts of herself behind?

Last week when I was teasing and rambling about the first book in the series, Goodbye Ruby Tuesday, I mentioned that at the time I wasn't so sure about Chelsea but was holding out hope for her. Well, by the end of that book I had warmed up to her a bit and right now I'm absolutely loving Chelsea ... and I totally get why it was kind of necessary that I spent so much time being unsure of her.

Poor Chelsea. She spent so much time and effort trying to put her past behind her and become new and improved and polished. She fell in love with Kit and readily accepted when he proposed, but he still didn't know about the "real" Chelsea's past and when they went off to visit his family (including his dragon of a mum), it all felt like it was falling down around her ears. Add to it the recent release of her ex-con father and worrying about her younger siblings and, well, just poor Chelsea.

Everything that I loved about the first book is here -- the humor, the heartache, the amazing flashbacks. We're only a few days away from it being published and then there will be at least one more to follow. And then I'll likely cry because I've grown to love these girls so dang much.


  1. This sounds like an awesome series. Thanks for mentioning it. :-)

  2. The excerpts didn't grab me, but the Amazon description did! This sounds like a book I'd enjoy.
    My Friday post features CHASING CHARLIE.

  3. I tend to give books a soundtrack, so these books might have me break out in song the whole day. But still, I'll have a look. Here's my Friday Meets: http://marelithalkink.blogspot.co.za/2016/08/friday-meets-19-august-2016.html

  4. All I hear is Billy Idol. ;-)
    Happy weekend!

  5. Interesting writing and fun cover. Thanks for sharing. Happy Weekend!