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 the second book that I got to read from Wendy Wax and I really can't wait to read more of her books. The characters in this book were very relatable and likeable. It kept me wanting to read more to see if they could work out their past and become friends again.

This was my first read by Wendy Wax (yes, I know, why did I wait so long?) and it was thoroughly enjoying. A mix of strong women, family, friendship, and forgiveness, this novel had me settling in and completely immersing myself in the story and the relationship between the characters. Told from the alternating viewpoints of each woman, we see how the past and present collide for Kendra, Lauren, and Brianna, and how the decisions in the past have influenced their present. Lauren and Brianna were once closer than sisters, but after graduating from high school, broken promises and divergent paths had them growing apart. Lauren followed their dream and Briana stayed behind. Now, at 40 with a new fiancé, Lauren comes home for THE DRESS; the one that every woman in her family wears in their wedding, and looks perfect on each. But Lauen’s return home means all three are facing the disappointments of the past, unraveling secrets, and finding out if friendship can be re-discovered. Wendy Wax’s novel is an engaging and engrossing look at strong women and the bonds of family and shouldn’t be missed. I can’t wait to delve into her back list to see what I have missed! #FirsttoRead #Penguin #myexbestfriendswedding #THEDRESS #WendyWax

I enjoyed this book. The characters are likable and relatable. I thought the author did a good job of showing the reader that friendships require work and forgiveness to last and remain strong. I would recommend this book.

My Ex-Best Friend’s Wedding is about forgiveness, friendship and family. I thought the story was easy to read with realistic characters and situations. I enjoyed Wendy Wax’s beautiful descriptions of the Outer Banks which brought this rugged coastline alive for me. I like the idea of a wedding dress that is worn by generations of women. It may be altered, but it never loses that special fairytale quality. Wendy Wax has a conversational writing style which makes the book relaxing and easy to read. The point-of-view alternates between Kendra, Lauren and Brianna. This allows readers to see the various situations from each woman’s perspective. The women were complex characters whose emotions leaped from the pages. I wish Spencer had been as developed. I felt he was neglected though he comes across as a warm, loving and interesting man. We see how mistakes and miscommunication affect relationships. I do want readers to know that the story contains foul language and intimate situations. I liked the one of my favorite books was recommended for one of Brianna’s patrons (Discovery of Witches) plus the television show Say Yes to the Dress (they even visit Kleinfeld’s). It was interesting to learn more about a writer’s life. Their work does not end when they finish the book (edits, publicity, marketing). My Ex-Best Friend’s Wedding is a light relaxing story that is the perfect book to read at the beach, beside a pool or next to a lake.

I love Wendy Wax! She really hit it out of the ballpark with this one. The way she gave all three women's perspectives was remarkable. The love and commitment between all three is truly the way a family is meant to be. And a family is not only blood, it is everyone who wants to be in your life and is there for you through thick and thin. Exactly like the women in this wonderful novel.

I really enjoyed this book. The perspectives of each of the three women made for an interesting read. I look forward to reading more books from this author.

THE DRESS has been in Kendra Jameson's family for generations. She wore it at her own wedding before leaving the groom at the altar. Three months after the wedding that didn't happen, Kendra finds out she is pregnant. Her father sends her away to live with her aunt so she doesn't embarrass the family. Expected to give the baby up for adoption, Kendra flees with her daughter after she is born. Lauren is Kendra's daughter. A successful writer living in New York dubbed as the "Queen of Beach Reads," and recently engaged to her boyfriend Spencer. When Lauren tells her mom about the engagement, Kendra begs her to bring Spencer home not only so she can meet him, but so she can try on THE DRESS. Lauren reluctantly agrees knowing that her mom and Bree are still close, and they'll have to interact with each other at some point. Bree/Brianna was Lauren's best friend. Her parents are archeologists who dumped Bree off at her grandmas when she was 5. Kendra moved Bree in with her and Lauren after her grandma died and her parents left her to live on her own.Lauren and Bree not only share a birthday, but also a love of reading books and writing stories. They dreamed of making it big in New York City. Two days before the bus left for the city Bree unexpectedly backs out without explanation leaving Lauren to go to New York City alone. A short time later a decision was made that tore apart their friendship. Days before Lauren and Spencers arrival, a surprise visitor shows up on Kendra's doorstep turning her world upside down. Not only is Kendra's life in a whirl, but she's about to unleash a secret so big that may ruin her relationship with her daughter.The story alternates between Kendra, Lauren, and Bree's perspectives. You'll find yourself relating parts of their stories to your own childhood relationships with friends and parents.This is my first book by Wendy Wax. While the book was a little predictable, I did enjoy it. I do wish it had been a little shorter since you have a good idea on how it's going to end. Thank you First To Read for the digital ARC!  Grab your copy on May 14, 2019!

**4 Stars** This is my first Wendy Wax book and I enjoyed it. The premise was intriguing and executed well. My favorite story was Kendra and Jake's. I was so interested in their history and relationship. The novel went a direction that I wasn't expecting, but I like that I didn't see every single development coming. My only qualm was I wasn't a fan of Lauren as a character, which is interesting since most of the sympathy should lay with her. She eventually grew on me, but she was my least favorite out of the three. I'm glad I had the opportunity to read this and will definitely check out other novels by Wendy Wax.

I loved the concept of this book, but it fell a little bit flat for me. I really enjoyed that the main characters were authors and I found that really interesting. I loved the setting and the events that unfolded as well as the resolution of many past conflicts. I found it overall a little bit too long and a bit too unrelatable though. Lauren's character changed a bit but I still didn't quite know how she felt about her fiance towards the end. I much preferred Bree but maybe I just related to her more. The fact that THE DRESS was always capitalized was a bit irksome but I understand why it was the case :)

Thank you to Penguin for an ARC of My Ex-Best Friend's Wedding in exchange for my honest review. I have not read this author before, but I will be checking into her other books. I liked how she wrote characters in this book who you don't necessarily like or agree with, but are realistic. It took a little time to get used to the changing perspectives as each main character had 1st person segments throughout the book. This did make it easier to understand each one's perspective however. I enjoyed this book and liked how the characters evolved throughout the story. I also liked that the ending of the book didn't just tie up everything in a neat little bow, but kept it a bit open to how they still had things to work out with each other. I also loved reading about the Outer Banks and would love to take a trip there sometime to see it for myself.

this was my first book by this author and i really enjoyed it. i loved the setting and the relationships - i didn't always agree with certain characters but could see their motivations. it was interesting and realistic. enjoyed!

Family secrets lead to twists and turns in this novel. The characters are richly developed and show growth throughout the story. I loved the setting, the relationships and the plot. Great read.

With spring break upon us, it was wonderful to find a book I could get lost in. My Ex-Best Friend’s Wedding was the perfect beach read. Take it with you on vacation!

The book revolves around THE DRESS, a gorgeous satin wedding gown worn by many generations of a family and even a few close friends of the family. Lauren Jameson is a accomplished author, Queen of the beach reads, and next in line to wear THE DRESS. Her mother had worn it, but had raised Lauren as a single mother after the death of Lauren’s father when she was pregnant. The last to wear it was Lauren’s former best friend Bree. They had practically been raised together when Brees parents abandoned her at 16. Bree was supposed to accompany Lauren to New York so they could both launch their writing careers after college but Bree backed out and Lauren felt completely abandoned by her. Lauren becomes engaged and on a trip home to the Outer Banks with her fiancé in tow, many things come to light. The biggest being Lauren’s father is alive and has been kept a secret. The story is about forgiveness, family and especially a Mothers love and what a Mother does to protect their child. Along with a serious messege, it is witty and a very fun read and gives a tiny glimpse into the world of publishing and authors!

Love. Friendship. Forgiveness. “My Ex-Best Friend’s Wedding” covers this trinity in all its forms. Told in alternating voice, I loved how Bree, Lauren and Kendra share different views of the same situation. Wendy Wax perfectly finds the voice of three very different women and does each of them justice.

This was another great read from Wendy Wax! Really interesting was the way the author introduced the workings and the business parts of writing novels into the storyline of the two authors in this book. This was a nice light easy read, maybe what you would call a beach read, especially since most of it is set in the Outer Banks of NC, a place I know well - wonderful descriptions and great job was done of weaving favorite places there into the story! I seem to be reading thrillers most of the time so it’s nice to break up your reading habits with another genre, such as this one, especially when you can count on favorite authors for a great read, Wendy Wax never disappoints!

I inhaled this book. I love the setting and the story line. The narrative switches from Kendra, Lauren, and Bree. Each has secrets they are not ready to share, but Kendra has a huge one that threatens her relationship with Lauren. Bree and Lauren were soul sisters until a change of heart and jealousy drove a deep wedge between them. Wax knows how to deliver a story. My favorite character was Spencer, solid and devoted to the end. I wish Clay had been drop kicked in the book, he was such a vacuous character.

I received an advance copy of My Ex-Best Friend’s Wedding by Wendy Wax through First To Read in an exchange for an honest review. This book was definitely one of Wendy Wax’s best books. The story is told through the viewpoints of Kendra, Lauren and Brianna. Sometimes I don’t like it when the narrative changes with every chapter but in this book it worked. I don’t think the impact would have been the same if presented in the traditional book style. I felt that I truly got to know and understand each woman. All three women had love for each other but secrets and actions separated them. How they resolved their issues made for a great story. It was very hard to put down. I would highly recommend this book. Thank you for the opportunity to review this excellent book.

I had just finished the book and if I have to describe it with one word, it'll be heartwarming. It had been a long time since I last read books in this genre, but this book really touches my heart. The love between the family they were born into and the 'family' they chose were potrayed beautifully. This book showed that when you love someone wholly and unconditionally, you'll try to give it your all, whether in making choices, giving forgiveness and solving every problems along the way. It makes me miss my own family back home.

4 stars Kendra has a dress that's been in the family for was designed for her great grandmother's cousin.iy was an extravagant dress in time of fiancial downfall.many brides wore the dress and they all looked beautiful.Kendra has a wall of panic at altar for it's 1978 and women can do so much yet she hasn't accomplished much.shes not quite ready to start a family like jake. I liked the picture of the dress the book is based off .Kendra ends up single mother with wedding called off and gifts returned.her daughter is Lauren James. Lauren is an author and she is about to turn forty.she has no children.shes dating Spencer the longest relationship she's had since moving to NY.Brianna like a sister was suppose to move to NY also and help work on a novel.Bree takes Lauren's old long term boyfriend.bree wore the dress in Lauren's family and Lauren was made maid of honor. Brees first name is Mary but she goes by her middle name Brianna or Bree.Brees family digs for fossils around the world and her parents choose their work over her .Bree is a book store owner and working on a novel.its interesting to see how both Bree and Lauren handle turning forty. I liked the different situations relationships can go through and the stages they are at. Reviewed on goodreads and and mentioned first to read book

I really enjoyed this book. I loved how it was told between the three women - each giving their perspective of the issues going on. It was realistic and fascinating. It reminded me that everything may not always be how it seems to be. That it is important to consider things from someone else's perspective. Love when things can be worked out and relationships are restored like they were in this book.

Wendy Wax scores another homerun with this wonderful examination of the relationships between women and the powerful way these bonds shape their lives. Though there are several important women relationships in this book, the main one is between two women who share the same birthday and have just reached their momentous 40th! When two ex-best friends come together after a 15 year hiatus, they discover the power of forgiveness, acceptance and love and how these can be used to help to find the strength to accept shocking changes in their relationships with other loved ones. Their support of each other helps guide them into making difficult decisions and being comfortable with the changes these decisions may cause in their lives. A fabulous depiction of the strength of the bonds of women. A definite must read!!

This emotional tale starts out really slow with lots of built up tension and anger that turns into a romance novel halfway through. It felt odd to me but turned into a great story.

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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