The Secret Bridesmaid by Katy Birchall

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I’ve read this for my ARC group. And so happy I requested it.
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The Secret Bridesmaid
Katy Birchall
#arcreview
Pub date – 5/4/2021
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Sophie Breeze is a professional bridesmaid, which is different than a wedding planner. She acts as a friend with a fake name and background to help the bride with all the little details and encouragements.

The email exchanges and text conversations were so on point with how it feels talking to people/customer service most times. I admit I come back with “telephone” like responses to my husband as well. But when you get to the t-shirt email you will know what I mean. 

I actually kind of want to be a Secret Bridesmaid now. I went down a google rabbit hole and apparently there are people who do this as a service.

It seems super demanding and brides are not the best of customers. They want everything to be a perfect dream, why not it’s their special day. I don’t think that’s the kind of bride that I was (no one told me otherwise). But weddings are a very unique day.

Sophie takes on a very demanding, very famous client who’s mother hired her and the Bride wants absolutely nothing to do with her. She’s part of the aristocracy as they are in London. But this young lady has some trust issues and therefore starts making outrageous demands of Sophie just to get her to quit or be fired. I laughed a lot some of the antics where hilarious or cruel. And one of the Lady’s former friends was a vindictive horrid person not to mention Sophie’s ex fiancee, ugh what a prick.

Sophie also gets a little close to this Lady’s brother despite trying to be professional and it’s so adorable. You get all the little butterflies.

I just love how Sophie (Emily) and Lady Cordelia’s relationship evolved. It was a definite rough start but her heartfelt touches to the wedding and perseverance to not give up won out.

This cover is so beautiful too! I just love her whole outfit! 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫

Thank you @netgalley and @stmartinspress for the e-ARC for my honest and voluntary review.

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Synopsis:

Matrimony meets mayhem in a modern British romcom about a young woman charged with pulling off the biggest aristocratic wedding of the year––and the misadventures that ensue.

Sophie Breeze is a brilliant bridesmaid. So brilliant, in fact, that she’s made it her full-time job.

As a professional bridesmaid, Sophie is hired by London brides to be their right-hand woman, posing as a friend but working behind the scenes to help plan the perfect wedding and ensure their big day goes off without a hitch. When she’s hired by Lady Victoria Swann––a former model and “It Girl” of 1970’s London; now the Marchioness of Meade––for the society wedding of the year, it should be a chance for Sophie to prove just how talented she is.

Of course, it’s not ideal that the bride, Lady Victoria’s daughter, Cordelia, is an absolute diva and determined to make Sophie’s life a nightmare. It’s also a bit inconvenient that Sophie finds herself drawn to Cordelia’s posh older brother, who is absolutely off limits. But when a rival society wedding is announced for the very same day, things start to get…well, complicated.

Can Sophie pull off the biggest challenge of her career––execute a high-profile gala for four hundred and fifty guests in record time, win over a reluctant bride, and catch the eye of handsome Lord Swann––all while keeping her true identity a secret, and her dignity intact?

Heartwarming and hilarious, The Secret Bridesmaid celebrates the joys (and foibles) of weddings, the nuances of female friendship, and the redeeming power of love in its many unexpected forms.

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