Stevie should be the happiest woman in the world. She’s engaged to a good man, Jez, and the date of their nuptials is fast approaching. She’s had some nagging doubts about the whole thing, but who doesn’t get cold feet before their wedding? Those nagging doubts turn into a bit of a roar after Stevie runs into her old friend Sam, the guy she’s had a crush on since she was 15. As her wedding fast approaches, Stevie must decide what she wants out of life, and whether to risk it all for a chance at true love.
A Bad Bride's Tale is another novel in the wave of British chick lit that has been steadily building over the past few years. While it’s easy to compare it with the other novels of this genre that have crossed the pond to the U.S., this book stands out for its differences. All too often in chick lit, it’s very clear what’s going to happen at the end after the first few chapters. That’s not the case with A Bad Bride's Tale¬ – almost nothing in this book is expected. From the very beginning, it proves itself unique.
Stevie is a likeable character, though she lets Jez walk all over her. I often became frustrated because she would not assert herself in trying to spare his feelings. All too often, she just walks away from situations rather than trying to express why she’s unhappy. At times the reader wants to reach through the pages and shake her, trying to get her to actually do something. I wanted her to stand up for herself, and more often than not she wouldn’t.
Still, Stevie is very loyal to her friends, her family, and Jez, which I have to give her credit for. She feels her commitments deeply and thinks of others before taking any actions. She’s the type of person one would want as a friend, always trying to be there for the people who are important to her.
A Bad Bride's Tale is a novel of miscommunication and misunderstandings, which sometimes makes it a slow read that seems longer than it actually is. Still, Stevie’s story is interesting enough to keep readers hooked to the end of the novel.