A Wedding in Great Neck
by Yona Zeldis McDonough
Why did you choose this book? I was attracted to the cover
When did you read this book? May 2013
Who should read this book? someone looking for a quick, light read
The Silverstein family is coming together in Great Neck, Long Island, for the nuptials of the youngest daughter. Always considered the favorite—and the object of much envy and resentment—Angelica has planned a fairy tale wedding to her fiancé, a former fighter pilot. But there are storm clouds on the horizon.
Gretchen, Angelica’s sister, is dealing with a failed marriage and her moody teenage daughter Justine. One brother is a callous businessman while the other is struggling with his search for love and a career. Her mother is in a battle of wills with the wedding planner, while her father, a recovering alcoholic, struggles to confront his ex-wife’s lavish new life in the Long Island manor of her dreams. And her grandmother Lenore has decided it’s high time to take charge and set her grandchildren on their proper paths.
Then an impulsive act by Justine puts the entire wedding at risk and brings the simmering family tensions to the boiling point. Before vows are exchanged, this day will change more than one life forever…
I picked this book up because the cover is so pretty! really didn’t expect much more that a quick read and a fun romance. Well....at least it was a quick read!
First, I’m going to start with the end and say I HATED IT! Up until the last two pages, I really enjoyed the book. I’m not going to spoil the ending by telling you what happened, but I really wish the author would have just ended the story two pages earlier. Then end served no purpose and felt like it was there because the author was running out of time and wasn’t sure how to end the story.
As you can tell from the title, a wedding is about to take place. The bride is the spoiled baby of the family with three older siblings. Her father, a recovering alcoholic, is divorced from her mother, who is currently married to the lifestyle of her dreams; the ‘queen’ of a manor with cash to spare. The bride has three siblings, and the oldest, a sister has twin teenage daughters, and is separated from her husband, who surprises her by making an appearance at the wedding. And best of all is Grandma Lenore, in her 80’s and a feisty, take-charge kinda girl!
The story all takes place in a matter of hours, the day of the wedding, and it’s a good thing the wedding isn’t until 7 pm, because there is a lot going on! At times things were a little predictable, but not so much so that it ruins the story. There are problems, arguments, jealousy and drama, but for the most part things get sorted out and end well. You should be able to finish this in a day if you have time to just sit and read. And there is a discussion guide at the end of the book. Just a word of advice. Turn to the back of the book and rip out the last two pages before you get started, and you will have a much better story!
My Rating: ★★★ 3 Stars