Summary

From now on, Kerry Rea's books will be added to my TBR pile as soon as she writes them. The Wedding Ringer is her debut novel, and it was a marvelous read.

4.5-STAR REVIEW: THE WEDDING RINGER by Kerry Rea

The Description

Publication Date: November 9, 2021

A woman who wants nothing to do with love or friendship finds both in the unlikeliest ways in this hilarious and heartwarming debut by Kerry Rea.

Once upon a time, Willa Callister was a successful blogger with a good credit score, actual hobbies, and legs that she shaved more than once a month. But after finding her fiancé in bed with her best friend, she now spends her days performing at children’s birthday parties in a ball gown that makes her look like a walking bottle of Pepto Bismol. Willa dreams of starting fresh, where no one knows who she used to be, but first she needs to save up enough money to make it happen.

Maisie Mitchell needs something too: another bridesmaid for her wedding. After a chance encounter at a coffee shop, Maisie offers to pay Willa to be in her bridal party. Willa wants nothing to do with weddings—or Maisie—but the money will give her the freedom to start the new life she so badly desires.

Willa’s bridesmaid duties thrust her into Maisie’s high-energy world and into the path of hotshot doctor Liam Rafferty. But as Willa and Maisie form a real friendship, and Liam’s annoyingly irresistible smile makes her reconsider her mantra that all men are trash, Willa’s exit strategy becomes way more complicated. And when a secret from Maisie’s past threatens to derail the wedding, Willa must consider whether friendship—and romance—are worth sticking around for.

The Review

The Wedding Ringer by Kerry Rea is Willa’s story who is a complex character all by herself but then adds in her family and new friends, and there are additional layers to the story. The characters all have a depth to them, and we learn about them a little at a time. They are stronger together than when they are alone due to the support they give each other, even if it’s unknowingly.

When Willa has been done wrong by her best friend, Sarah, and Willa’s fiancé, Max, life as she knows it is over, or is it? She’s unable to write her blogs because she feels like her muse has dried up. Since Sarah and Max ruined her life six weeks before their wedding and were a huge part of her life and her postings, what can she do but hide? We see Willa come back to herself little by little, and it was a pleasure to see.

When Willa’s approached by Maisie at her local coffee shop asking if she can hire Willa to be her bridesmaid, so Maisie can show her fiancé and his family she has at least one friend, Willa listens to Maisie’s needs and realizes she would benefit as well if she became a bridesmaid. This little twist gives the story an unusual premise. Willa felt it could also help put The Incident (as she called it), of her canceled wedding, behind her.

When Liam, Willa’s new friend Maisie’s fiancée’s best man, and Willa cross paths, there are fireworks but not the good kind. The two had sort of met once before, and he dared to laugh at her. It was something she wouldn’t forgive, or could she? There’s definitely an attraction and chemistry, but will it lead anywhere?

Many stories are told, and we’re immersed in each of them as the stories twist and turn and wind together seamlessly. There are complexities to this story of friendship and love. I loved the inclusion of Willa’s young nieces in the story. There are so many secrets, hurts, anger, tears, laughter, romance, and love. The story had a nice flow and some closure, but I would have liked the story to continue a little longer. There is a happily ever after and maybe more to come.

From now on, Kerry Rea’s books will be added to my TBR pile as soon as she writes them. The Wedding Ringer is her debut novel, and it was a marvelous read. I read the book in a few hours because I didn’t want to put it down and didn’t want it to end. I hope we’ll meet up with these characters again since there seem to be more stories to tell. (Hint, Hint)Buy Links

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About The AuthorKerry Rea lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and their small army of dogs. She grew up in Youngstown, Ohio and graduated from The University of Notre Dame. She believes that a happy ending is always possible. Visit her at authorkerryrea.com and on Instagram at @authorkerryrea, and on Twitter at @kerrymrea.

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JoAnne Weiss
JoAnne Weiss
JoAnne Weiss, nee Montalbano, was born and raised in NYC until moving to CT with her family when she was 16 and she's never left. Married for 39 years with one grown son, she works in an elementary school office where she's been since it opened in 2003. Prior to that, she was an accountant in several corporations before becoming a stay at home mom for 12 years. JoAnne enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her family, and extended family as well as with friends. She enjoys cooking and rarely uses a recipe the way it was intended but instead uses them and cooking shows to give her new ideas and suggestions. JoAnne has a huge bucket list of places she'd like to visit but has been lucky enough to travel to England, Italy, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, and many states in the U.S. including Hawaii, California, Nevada, Arizona, and Maine among others. Some of JoAnne's favorite genres include contemporary romance, chick-lit, romantic suspense, and historical romances including regency and those set in the west. JoAnne is on several author's street teams and enjoys interacting with many of them on Facebook as well as reading their newsletters. She has been lucky enough to meet some of her favorite authors among them Susan Mallery, Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts, Meg Tilly, Beatriz Williams, and Marie Bostwick. JoAnne took a road trip with her sister last fall and visited Nora Roberts' bookstore in Boonsboro, Maryland for an authors' signing. She hopes to do more of this in the future. JoAnne leaves reviews for all books she reads on Goodreads and her reviews can be found at https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/5001736?ref=nav_mybooks JoAnne currently reviews for two sites - NovelsAlive.com and RomanceJunkies.com Previously she reviewed for Romancing-the-Book.com which has since closed. Payment is in the form of receiving free books to read and review. Her mantra is too many books and not enough time!

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4.5-STAR REVIEW: THE WEDDING RINGER by Kerry ReaFrom now on, Kerry Rea's books will be added to my TBR pile as soon as she writes them. The Wedding Ringer is her debut novel, and it was a marvelous read.