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What's worse than finding out your fiance has been cheating on you? Finding out from your would-be brother-in-law.just minutes before the wedding. New York Times best-selling author Harbison (When in Doubt, Add Butter) drops readers into the drama-filled life of Quinn Barton, who, after ten years, is still jaded over Burke and his infidelity. Single, lonely, and ironically the owner of her family's wedding-dress shop, Quinn is still confronting the demons of her failed wedding and her subsequent rendezvous with Frank, Burke's brother. When the boys come back to town to deal with their grandmother's property, sparks fly as Quinn is faced with the past she has tried so unsuccessfully to forget. In an effort to help her move on, Quinn's best friend, Glenn, develops special activities for Quinn to complete each day. The chronicles of "Day Drunk Day" and "Go Commando Day" are definitely amusing, and Harbison succeeds in providing a moderately satisfying read for lighthearted chick lit fans. VERDICT A decent beach read, but the characters could use an extra boost of chemistry. [See Prepub Alert, 1/25/13.]-Chelsie Harris, San Diego Cty. Lib. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Runaway bride Quinn Barton helps make other women's wedding dreams come true, but can't find her own happy ending in this smart, funny, and unapologetically romantic tale of finding love-and the guts to embrace it. Harbison (When In Doubt, Add Butter) hits all the right notes with wounded Quinn, who runs a wedding gown business in the Virginia suburbs; Burke Morrison, the guy she left at the altar after his brother Frank told her about Burke's serial cheating; and Glenn, Quinn's gay pal, who-10 years after Quinn's wedding fiasco-helps coax the shell-shocked seamstress out of her rut with a riotous "Go Commando Day." But Burke and Frank's grandmother Dottie is the one who finally forces Quinn to face her demons and move on, though Quinn, a self-described Cinderella, just can't seem to decide who her Prince Charming is. Harbison keeps the conflict interesting with a clever parade of brides-to-be. "Most people are smart enough to remember they ended it for a reason in the first place, but not us," admits one divorcee before remarrying her ex. Agent: Annelise Robbey, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Seconds before her trip down the aisle to marry her high-school sweetheart, handsome wild man Burke Morrison, Quinn has a change of heart. Then Burke's brother and best man, Frank, reveals some scandalous news that sends him and the runaway bride to Vegas for a fling. But he isn't a good fit either. Nearly two decades later, Quinn ends up in a small Virginia town, managing her family's bridal shop, tailoring dresses, and offering advice to a succession of brides-to-be. When the brothers come back in town, old flames reignite and Quinn once again finds herself in the middle of a love tug-of-war. Harbison's signature smart chick lit (When In Doubt, Add Butter, 2012) delivers a lovable protagonist with a razor-sharp wit combined with modern characters and true-to-life scenarios. As the title suggests, this hilariously quirky, charming, perfect-for-summer read will have readers choosing sides (Team Burke! Team Frank!) and learning along with Quinn to embrace true love with humor and heart.--Suhy, Annie Copyright 2010 Booklist