by Jean Stone

January 2005
ISBN: 0-553-58685-8
Reviewer Graphic Button Bantam Books
Mass Market Paperback

Jean Stone is an author that I had never before read. I now realize that this was a huge oversight on my part. Her newest novel is entitled Once Upon A Bride.

Elaine is divorced, and planning her second wedding. She wants her three best friends to be in her wedding. They are, Jo, Lily, and Sarah. All the women are very different, but have remained close throughout the years since college. Elaine’s wedding is just the push that all the women need to reevaluate their lives, and the direction in which they are heading.

As part of her reevaluation Lily has decided that Elaine’s wedding is in need of better planning, a better location, better dresses, and well, just about better everything! To achieve that goal Lily has decided that she and her friends should become professional wedding planners, and convinces them to become partners in a business called Second Chances.

Second Chances will provide the backdrop for all the women to come to terms with who they are at this point in their lives. Not only will the women work there, but so will Andrew Kennedy. A college professor on sabbatical, he is writing a magazine column on real women.

Without their knowledge Andrew uses Lily, Elaine, Sarah, and Jo as fodder for his column. He also plots against them, when Elaine’s decision to cancel her wedding could jeopardize their fledgling business.

Once Upon A Bride is a fairly typical women’s fiction story. You get involved in each woman’s life, and will find one that you feel a special affinity for. Regardless of how you feel towards each woman you hope each of them comes out of her current problem a better, stronger human being.

I had one problem with the book…I know there’s a sequel coming soon, and I’m impatient. I want to know how Jo and Andrew, the two characters I feel have the strongest possibility of forming strong working relationships, are faring in their quest.

Reviewed in January 2005 by Sandi.

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