CANCEL THE WEDDING (Harper Paperbacks; Original Trade Paperback; August 5, 2014) by Carolyn Dingman follows one woman’s journey to discover the secrets of her mother’s hidden past and confront her own uncertain future. On the surface, Olivia has it all: A high-powered career, a loving family, and a handsome fiancé. She even seems to be coming to terms with her mother Jane’s premature death from cancer. But when Jane’s final wish is revealed, Olivia and her elder sister, Georgia, are mystified. Their mother rarely spoke of her rural Southern hometown, and never went back to visit. So why does she want them to return to Huntley, Georgia, to scatter her ashes?
Jane’s request offers Olivia a temporary escape from the reality she’s long been denying: she hates her “dream” job and she’s not really sure she wants to marry her groom-to-be. With her fourteen-year-old niece, Logan, riding shotgun, she heads south on a summer road trip, looking for answers about her mother.
As Olivia gets to know the town’s inhabitants, including Elliott the kind, handsome owner of the local newspaper, she begins to peel back the secrets of her mother’s early life – truths that force her to finally question her own future. But when Olivia is confronted with a tragedy and finds an opportunity to right a terrible wrong, will it give her the courage to accept her mother’s past and say yes to her own desire to start over?
CANCEL THE WEDDING is a heartfelt fiction debut which will appeal to fans of Emily Giffin’s Southern charm and Jennifer Weiner’s compelling, emotionally resonant novels about the frustration of blood ties.
About the Author:
Carolyn Dingman lives in her adopted hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and their two daughters. CANCEL THE WEDDING is her first novel.
photo credit: Jo Reeves Photography
Cancel the Wedding
by Carolyn Dingman
Original Trade Paperback; 416 Pages; $15.99/$19.99 Can
On-Sale: August 5, 2014
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