My Ex-Best Friend's Wedding by Wendy Wax

My Ex-Best Friend's Wedding

Wendy Wax

On the eve of her daughter Lauren’s wedding, Kendra struggles with a secret she’s kept for far too long. A wedding dress will bring these women back together in this novel of friendship, family, and love.

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A wedding dress passed down through generations unravels the tangled threads of three women's lives in a novel of friendship, family, and forgiveness from the USA Today bestselling author of Ten Beach Road.
Prized and stored away for safekeeping, the timeless ivory wedding dress, with its scooped neck and cleverly fitted bodice, sits gently folded in its box, whispering of Happily Ever Afters. To Kendra, Brianna, and Lauren it’s a reminder of what could have been, the promise of a fairy tale, and a friendship torn apart. But as Kendra knows firsthand: it wasn’t the dress’s fault.
Once closer than sisters, Lauren and Bree have grown up and grown apart, allowing broken promises and unfulfilled dreams to destroy their friendship. A successful author, Lauren returns home to the Outer Banks, fiancé in tow, to claim the dress she never thought she’d wear. While Bree, a bookstore owner, grapples with the realities of life after you marry the handsome prince. As the former best friends wrestle with their uncertain futures, they are both certain of one thing: some betrayals can never be forgiven. 
Now on the eve of her daughter Lauren’s wedding, Kendra struggles with a secret she’s kept for far too long. And vows to make sure the dress will finally bring Lauren and Bree back together—knowing they'll need each other to survive the coming storm.

Advance Galley Reviews

This was fast read for me. I'm used to reading thrillers so this was a very nice change of pace for me. This for me is what most people call a beach read. It was a nice, lite interesting story. It was a refreshing change of the stories I normally read. Loved the characters and it seemed like it could happen for real. I don't like books that are so far fetched that you find it impossible to even enjoy because you know it could not happen.with that said I'd give this 4 stars and recommend it to anyone who wants a lite read.

Bree and Lauren were inseparable and were scheduled to move to New York as soon as they finished high school. Only Bree backed out and Lauren became a best selling author from a book they both wrote creating an even bigger rift between them. Lauren is coming home to tell her mother she is getting married and has to see Bree. But even bigger is the secret her mom has been keeping from her for 40 years. Great beach read and cute story!

3.5 stars First of all I love how this story was inspired by a wedding dress that has been worn by generations of women in the author's family. It's pretty cool when a writer can incorporate a piece of themselves into the fictional world they create. This book turned out to be a nice, solid read about friendship and forgiveness. This is the first book I have read by the author and I would definitely be up for taking a look at her other novels. Lauren and Briana were best friends growing up. Lauren's mother, Kendra, took Brianna under her wing after Brianna's parents couldn't be troubled with raising her. But something happens and Brianna and Lauren's friendship is essentially over. Years later, Lauren has returned to her mother's home for a visit and will be forced to interact with Brianna and her family. This is a story about love, regret, forgiveness, and of course friendship. I liked how the story alternated between the perspectives of Lauren, Brianna, and Kendra. Whether or not you agreed with the actions of certain characters you at least could see for yourself their motivations. This is the type of story in which you have a fairly good idea about the end game but it still makes for a nice read. The only small criticism I have is I thought Lauren and her relationship with Spencer was the weakest part of the story. I understood Lauren's feelings more in the beginning of the book rather than the end. It was almost as if I was told rather than shown if that makes any sense. Just a minor nitpick, as overall I thought this was an enjoyable read. Thank you to First to Read for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy!

I loved that this was a story about finding yourself, family, betrayal and forgiveness. It had everything that I look for in the perfect beach read including the contrast between the dual settings of New York and the small town of Outer Banks. I would recommend this to anyone who loves the work of authors like Luanne Rice, Elin Hilderbrand, etc. I definitely plan to check out more of this author’s work.

I loved the book! I have read all of Wendy Wax's books. This one is very different. When Bree's parents left her on her own Kendra, Lauren's mother, took care of her. Lauren and Bree were like sisters and grew apart. Kendra always told Lauren that her father was dead. Bree married the man who Lauren had been dating. And then therr is the DRESS. Many generations of womrn in Lauren's family wore the DRESS. Now that Laurern is engaged Kendra hopes the DRESS will bring everyone back together. Thank you for the opportunity to read it.


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