Publisher: St Martin’s Press
Released: June 7th, 2011
Review copy for the blog tour
Lucky Quinn writes up weddings for one of the hottest bridal magazines. And it wasn’t easy to get there. From humble beginnings, she outsmarted her way into the center of New York’s glamorous magazine industry – making up for her background with a sharp mind, whip-thin physique, and ceaseless ambition.
Then, in one day, her life is utterly transformed; two of the magazine’s major competitors fold, and Lucky is named Editor-in-Chief, replacing the formidable, but aging Grace Ralston, who had been at the magazine’s helm from day one. Grace taught Lucky everything she knows, but now it seems that she taught her too well…
As the ripples of Lucky’s promotion spread, the intricate lives of four women begin to unfold. Felice, Your Wedding’s elegant and unshakeable Art Director is now being shaken for the first time by troubles at home. Sara, the Fashion Director, is famed for her eagle eye for fashion trends and exquisite hair. But, for all her know-how, “the Angel of Bridal” has never come close to starring in a wedding herself – she’s picked the dress, but where’s the groom? Grace, recovering in the wake of her sudden, humiliating fall from power, must learn to accept herself – and love – after a life dedicated to fulfilling other women’s dreams. And, through it all, Lucky begins to discover just how lonely the top really is.
So, as you may have noticed, I don’t review a lot of chick-lit on the blog. Unlike some folks who think they are “above” the genre, I just don’t have a lot that cross my path. And I’m not big on romance. So I guess what I’m saying is while it’s normally not my cup of tea, sometimes it is (Clear as mud, yes?). The point is when I review a book that is considered chick-lit assume that it’s a bit different from the norm. Kinda like the reviewer.
The Wedding Writer wasn’t what I was expecting AT ALL. While I had been expecting a pretty light-hearted-us-girls-gotta-stick-together sorta read what I got was perhaps one of the most realistic look at women’s friendship that I’ve seen in a while.
This was not a touchy feely we’re the best of friends story, no. This was a book about four women who on the inside were much, much different that what they were showing on the outside. Everyone thought that the other had it all together while their individual realities were much closer than they thought. I wanted to get them all together, open a couple of bottle of wine and GET THEM TALKING. Sure, they talked to each other in the book, but it was always through an “I’m strong and everything’s fine” brave face. It was heartbreaking and the cause of so much strife between the women. It was also unbelievably realistic. I mean, we all do it, don’t we? Think that everyone else has their shit together but us? Well, I do anyway, which is why I think this book struck a cord with me.
I loved the fact that Schneider didn’t make one of the women more sympathetic than the others. They all had their good and their bad moments. It was also interesting to get a peak into the bridal magazine industry. For all its apparent glamour and sparkle, it’s really a dog eat dog world.
If you like your chick-lit realistic the The Wedding Writing should be just the thing for you.
Author’s website: http://www.susanschneiderauthor.com/