Willa’s mother Stella runs a glamorous wedding planning business, and her weddings are famed for being the most perfect romantic weddings ever – so perfect that some famous soap opera stars have asked her to plan their extravagant Cape Cod wedding. But ironically Stella is the least romantic person Willa knows. Ever since her own marriage ended tragically with the death of her new husband, Stella is determined not to have any stars in her eyes and to keep her feet – and her daughter’s – firmly planted on the ground.
But Willa has other plans for her mother – namely Sam, their handsome neighbor who is also Willa’s English teacher. She thinks he would make a wonderful husband for Stella – and the perfect father for herself, which is something she’s been wishing for ever since she can remember. Unfortunately, what Willa wants and what Stella wants are two very different things.
At first glance this book appears to be a fluffy preteen chick-lit read, and indeed, it starts out that way. But as the story progresses and the characters develop, the story takes on a deeper emotional resonance while still maintaining its sense of fun. Some of the plot elements (as well as the silly names for peripheral characters, like "Duke and Dora" for the soap opera stars) did stretch credibility a bit, and Stella's treatment of Willa at times made me want to shake the woman in frustration, but the book offers up a solid, sweet (sometimes bittersweet) mother-daughter story with engaging, memorable characters.
Books in the Wedding Planner's Daughter series (to date):
- The Wedding Planner's Daughter
The Cupid Chronicles