BOOK & AUTHOR INFO:
Never the Bride (Dilbury Village #1) by Charlotte Fallowfield
Publication date: February 27th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Romantic Comedy
Abbie Carter felt doomed as she clutched her bouquet and started walking up the aisle. Again. She felt like she was stuck in some kind of Groundhog Day wedding nightmare. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. Eight dresses, most of them hideous, were already stuffed in her attic space. She had more bridesmaid dresses than relationships. Was she really that unlucky in love? She despaired of ever finding her soul mate and was convinced that if she packed away dress thirteen in her attic, she’d never get to wear the coveted white one and have her happy ever after.
That was until she locked eyes with one of the handsome ushers, whose wink turned her elegant and well-practiced glide up the aisle into a flailing Bambi-on-ice spectacle. Miller Davis was the first man in forever to make her heart skip a beat, as well as her legs turn to jelly. And, for once, her interest in a man didn’t seem to be one-sided. It was just a shame that the Atlantic Ocean separated them. Abbie couldn’t even make a relationship with her elderly fat pooch, Sumo, work, so what chance did she have with a permanent New Yorker? Her best friend, Georgie, told her to ignore the miles that separated her from Miller and to go for it, saying that true love knew no bounds.
Was Abbie fated to always be the bridesmaid, or would her wish for the perfect day with the man of her dreams ever come true?
While Never The Bride will be a standalone story, it’s the first in the Dilbury Village series of romantic comedy novels. All of them will be set in the quaint, fictitious English hamlet in the Shropshire countryside, but feature a different village couple’s story.
Romantic comedy can be a bit of a hit and miss affair. However, chances are, with a British author and a British reader, the respective funny bones ought not to be in too different postcodes.
And that proved to be the case with this, the first in the Dilbury Village series. There were, it is fair to say, elements of near slapstick that perhaps won’t be to everyone’s taste. But honestly? For me, they worked within the context of the story.
But this book doesn’t just rely on humour to push the story along. There’s a real element of camaraderie which develops between the characters – even the non human one, and the manner in which the romantic aspect of the story is dealt with draws the reader in.
The potential for this series is exciting. I look forward to the next installment!
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Charlotte Fallowfield writes contemporary romantic comedy novels. She comes from the United Kingdom and is half French. She lives in the wonderful countryside of Wales, surrounded by rolling hills, trees and fields full of sheep and cows. Her writing aids include chocolate, Ben & Jerry’s and copious amounts of coffee. Reading was her main pastime, until she discovered the joy of writing, but she still tries to set aside time to indulge her appetite for funny, or steamy, reads by other authors too. She is yet to meet her Prince Charming, but lives with her extremely pampered fur baby, Pumpkin, kitten of mass destruction.
Her alter ego, C.J. Fallowfield, is an Amazon #1 bestselling author of contemporary humorous erotic romance novels. She started writing in October 2013 and released her first novel, New Leaves, No Strings (The Austin Series #1) in January 2014.
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