Author: Beth Kendrick
Release Date: November 7, 2006
Publisher: Downtown Press
Genre: Chick Lit
Rating: 4 out of 5
From the back cover:
They’ve had the white dresses and the fancy receptions. But now that the honeymoon’s over, Stella, Casey, and Erin have each had to face some hard truths about the men they’ve married and the lives they’ve chosen. So when the news breaks that the pastor who presided over their weddings failed to file a few critical pieces of paper, none of these newlyweds are rushing down to the courthouse to legalize their vows. Instead, the brides share their hopes, disappointments, and secrets while grappling with that pivotal question: Should they stay or should they go?
I’d heard great things about Nearlyweds by Beth Kendrick, so I decided to add it to my 24 Hour Read-A-Thon list. I figured I was in for a fun, light read that would be as engrossing as it was relaxing. Happily, I was completely right. Nearlyweds was a great read that I thoroughly enjoyed.
The heart of chick lit is usually the main character(s) in the novel. Nearlywedss is actually told from three different points of view. Of the three, Stella was actually both the most and the least compelling. On one hand, I did really sympathize with her – she was really in love with her husband, Mark, though he was a bit older than her. However, everyone around her thought she was after his money and looked at her as if she were a trophy wife.
On the other hand, Stella’s problem with Mark was that he didn’t want to have more children, in addition to the two daughters he had from a previous marriage. What’s more, even if he wanted to have children with Stella, he couldn’t because he had a vasectomy. Stella didn’t discover this until their wedding night, though he claims he had told her about the procedure on a night when she was extremely drunk. Considering how important having children was to Stella, it was surprising and difficult to believe that she hadn’t bothered to discuss this subject with Mark before the wedding.
The other two cases in Nearlyweds were interesting as well. I sympathized with all three women and their stories were very well-written. Kendrick puts a lot of heart and soul into these women, and it really shows. The book deals with serious issues of marriage while being light-hearted and quick.
Nearlyweds is a great chick lit read and I definitely recommend it to any fan of the genre – you won’t be disappointed!