by Jean Stone

April 2005
ISBN: 0-553-58686-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Bantam Books
Mass Market Paperback

Itís time to curl into your favorite reading spot with your favorite beverage and immerse yourself in Twice Upon a Wedding. This sequel to Once Upon a Bride reintroduces readers to the staff of Second Chances; the four women, Jo, Elaine, Sarah, and Lily and the lone gentleman of the group, Andrew.

The wedding that is the current event being planned is that of media mogul John Benson, and his wife Irene. Itís not a second wedding for the couple, but rather a renewal of their vows. The renewal of vows is the major focus of Twice Upon a Wedding, however it is not the only renewal happening.

Each of the women is facing a renewal of their own. Elaine needs to start life over as an independent woman. One who can stand on her own, and not be dependent on a man or her good friends, and business partners. Her story begins with a makeover of her looks, but ends with a makeover of her faith and confidence in herself. Itís a true story of being willing to take a very judgmental view of oneís own life, and becoming aware of oneís own mistakes, and how to make amends.

Jo has suffered heartache at the hands of the only man she has ever loved, Brian. This has affected her view of all people I believe. Itís now time for Jo to realize that peopleís actions while at times hurtful to her arenít necessarily meant to be malicious. Can she overcome her fear of getting close and allow for the non perfection of others?

Sarah has a unique relationship of her own. She and her partner have never married, yet they do have a son together. Sheís creative and loves living in her quiet space. Her mate is a rock star, and wants to move to the city. Her struggle is to decide whose needs are more important hers, or her manís?

Lily, always the one who seemed to me the most put together takes a very minor role in Twice Upon a Wedding and is not really featured at all.

Andrew is struggling with the deception that he has been perpetrating since Once Upon a Bride. However along with this he is also now faced with the fact that his teenage daughter might want to move in with her estranged mother. He too has to decide how his lies have affected everyone, and come to terms with the raising of a young daughter.

Ms. Stone has taken this very diverse group of characters and written them in a way to touch a readerís heart. I would not consider this to be a true romance, but instead womenís fiction. There is romance involved, and each characterís life is resolved in a way to please the readers.

As wedding season approaches I believe that the romantic in each of us will enjoy reading the renewal of life and faith that each of these characters has undergone.

Reviewed in March 2005 by Sandi.

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