- Title: Wedding Girl: A Novel
- Author: Stacey Ballis
- Genre: Women’s Fiction
- Pages: 416
- Published: May 2016 – Berkley
- Source: Publisher; NetGalley
Description: Top pastry chef Sophie Bernstein and her sommelier fiancé were set to have Chicago’s culinary wedding of the year…until the groom eloped with someone else in a very public debacle, leaving Sophie splashed across the tabloids—fifty grand in debt on her dream wedding and one-hundred percent screwed on her dream life. The icing on the cake was when she lost her job and her home…
Laying low, Sophie moves in with her grandmother, Bubbles. That way, she can keep Bubbles and her sweater-wearing pug company and nurse her broken heart. But when Sophie gets a part-time job at the old-fashioned neighborhood bakery, she finds herself up to her elbows in dough and reluctantly giving a wedding cake customer advice on everything from gift bags to guest accommodations. Before she knows it, she’s an online wedding planner. It’s not mousse and macarons, but it pays the bills. But with the arrival of unexpected personal and professional twists, Sophie wonders if she’s really moving forward—or starting over from scratch… (publisher)
My take: Sophie and her grandmother love an evening spent on the couch watching an old black and white movie. That’s kind of what this novel reminded me of – an entertaining and sweet, feel-good movie.
For the most part I really liked Sophie and I loved Bubbles, her grandmother. Bubbles added colorful comedy to Sophie’s world. She also kept her grounded while Sophie’s entire world threw her curveballs. Her life does a 180° turn in the opening pages of the novel when her fiancé doesn’t show for their wedding. She’s left holding the bill for the extravagant wedding and eventually loses her job thus setting the plot up for the novel. And that’s just the start of the changes Sophie will deal with. I was cheering her on all the way.
I enjoyed Stacey Ballis’s novel about second chances, reconfigured futures, and unexpected possibilities. Filled with fun secondary characters, cozy Chicago neighborhoods, and fabulous food (and recipes) Wedding Girl was my kind of book. I recommend it to fans of the author, romantic stories, and foodie fiction.