ARC Review: The Secret Bridesmaid by Katy Birchall

Thank you so much to St. Martin’s Griffin and Netgalley for letting me read an eARC of The Secret Bridesmaid! I actually just got asked to be one of my best friend’s maids of honor, so this book was so timely, especially since I’ve never been in a wedding before and I’ve only ever been to Indian weddings! This book was so fun and I definitely think that this should be on everyone’s summer reading list! The Secret Bridesmaid came out on May 4th, so make sure you go grab it now!

The Secret Bridesmaid 4/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

Matrimony meets mayhem in a modern British romcom about a young woman charged with pulling off the biggest aristocratic wedding of the year––and the misadventures that ensue.

Sophie Breeze is a brilliant bridesmaid. So brilliant, in fact, that she’s made it her full-time job.

As a professional bridesmaid, Sophie is hired by London brides to be their right-hand woman, posing as a friend but working behind the scenes to help plan the perfect wedding and ensure their big day goes off without a hitch. When she’s hired by Lady Victoria Swann––a former model and “It Girl” of 1970’s London; now the Marchioness of Meade––for the society wedding of the year, it should be a chance for Sophie to prove just how talented she is.

Of course, it’s not ideal that the bride, Lady Victoria’s daughter, Cordelia, is an absolute diva and determined to make Sophie’s life a nightmare. It’s also a bit inconvenient that Sophie finds herself drawn to Cordelia’s posh older brother, who is absolutely off limits. But when a rival society wedding is announced for the very same day, things start to get…well, complicated.

Can Sophie pull off the biggest challenge of her career––execute a high-profile gala for four hundred and fifty guests in record time, win over a reluctant bride, and catch the eye of handsome Lord Swann––all while keeping her true identity a secret, and her dignity intact?

Heartwarming and hilarious, The Secret Bridesmaid celebrates the joys (and foibles) of weddings, the nuances of female friendship, and the redeeming power of love in its many unexpected forms.

I freaking loved so much about this book! Sophie was such a great and relatable character and I loved that her job was to be a professional bridesmaid! I’m surprised that no one at any of her weddings has recognized her yet, especially because I can’t imagine that the wedding world is that small and if most of her business is coming from word of mouth, then won’t there be people who go to multiple weddings in a friend group or something? But anyway, not a big deal- it’s not like I’m looking to make that my job or anything (heck, I can barely figure out a dress for my friend’s wedding, so doing that more often as like a job sounds terrible for me). As soon as Lady Meade said that Cordelia might be difficult, I was so excited to see what kind of hijinks she would get up to/what hoops she would make Sophie jump through, and man, I was not disappointed at all! I loved all of her over the top demands and how hard Sophie worked to try and make them happen (peacocks suspended from the ceiling??). I also liked how along with all of this going on in her professional life (in her cupboard office), Sophie was also dealing with her most serious ex-boyfriend getting engaged and sending her a wedding invite (who even does that?) and showing up at things that their friend group was at. I was not a fan of Daniel’s at all. I loved Jonathan- him and Cordelia seemed to have such a strong relationship and I loved that. I also really liked Tom- his relationship with Cordelia reminded me of my relationship with my brother! Overall, this book was not only a super fun rom com with a lot of great comedy in it, but it also was really great in terms of friendships and relationships and the trials and tribulations that come with those. It was a super fun read and I highly recommend it!

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