Audiobook Review – The Secret Bridesmaid

Title: The Secret Bridesmaid

Author: Katy Birchall

Genre: Romance/ Contemporary Fiction

Goodreads Rating: 4.05

My Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Source: ARC

Synopsis:

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?

My Review:

I’d like to thank NetGalley and Hodder and Stoughton for approving me for an ARC of this book.

This has been sitting on my NetGalley shelf for a while now and I am kicking myself for leaving it so long to read. I had a free Audible trial so I opted for the audio version and I finished this book in a day!

I was laughing out loud from the beginning, the humour radiated off the pages and kept me smiling the whole way through. I personally loved the mixed media sections at the end of the chapters, these provided a lot of entertainment, particularly the emails about the misprinted t-shirts!

Sophie as the main character was likeable from the start. I found her job fascinating and loved how she handled difficult situations, she has the patience of a saint. When Cordelia walked on the scene it was clear that Sophie was going to have her work cut out for her but I got the feeling there was more to Cordelia’s story than meets the eye. You have to applaud both Sophie and Cordelia for their determination to succeed, their waring certainly added the entertainment factor.

Tom was the swoon-worthy romantic interest we all wanted. His caring nature and ability to bring Sophie out of her shell were endearing, they were a couple you wanted to see together from their first meeting. I also have to applaud Johnathon and his laid-back approach to life. I found his dialogue inputs funny and felt he was genuine. His conversations with Sophie showed how smitten he was with Cordelia and he felt like the hidden gem of the book.

This was an entertaining, amusing and fun-filled read from cover to cover. Katy Birchall has a fantastic sense of humour and I can’t wait to see what she produces next!

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