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The Bride Wore Size 12 (Heather Wells Mysteries #5)

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Heather Wells is used to having her cake and eating it too, but this time her cake just might be cooked. Her wedding cake, that is.

With her upcoming nuptials to PI Cooper Cartwright only weeks away, Heather's already stressed. And when a pretty junior turns up dead, Heather's sure things can't get worse—until every student in the dorm where she works is a possible suspect,...more
Paperback, 392 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Laura Martinelli
It’s always sad when series end—not just the ones with the absolute set number of books, but even the ones that could go on for a while. The flipside being that of course, you don’t want the series to limp on forever until you want it to end out of mercy, but still. (*cough*Sookie Stackhouse *cough*) But it’s still sad because you don’t want these characters to go away and even if it’s the proper send-off, it’s still…I want more.

Moreso here because this is my second time that I’ve said goodbye...more
The Bride Wore Size 12 is one of the reasons I love Meg Cabot so much. Her witty writing had me involved with the story from the very beginning, Meg has a great knack of making characters appear so realistic and real and she weaves the best romance and mystery in a story that you could ever ask for. When I first started the Heather Wells series I remember not being the biggest fan. Don’t get me wrong I adored the book, but I didn’t have a calendar made up and counting down the days until the nex...more
Meg Cabot is one of my favourite authors, reading a book by her gives me that warm enveloping feeling of coming home.

In TBWS12 Heather has got a lot on her plate. Not only does she have wedding plans to make, but she also has to deal with: yet another death, a VIR (Very Important Resident), and her mum(!).

Heather has really grown throughout the series. In the final book you can see that she’s happy with where’s she at, because she 1) no longer obsesses over her weight 2) is marrying the man of h...more
The Romance Bookie

I'm so glad we all don't have to wait another 5 years at least!! One more more year...I can do this!! :)
Cocktails and Books
I have enjoyed this series since the first moment we met Heather in Fischer Hall. I looked forward to see how she and Cooper were going to ride of into the sunset at the end of the series. And while I enjoyed this story (because really, you can't have a final book without a death at Death Dorm), I missed some of the characters that we have grown to love. No Jordan, her dad was missing, very little Magda and not enough Gavin. These are characters who have always been a core to each book, so I was...more
Read more of my reviews at Nick's Book Blog.

Ah Heather Wells! I had such a fun time with you, Cooper and the gang at Fischer Hall. I can't even tell you guys how much I just adore this cozy mystery series. I've been following it for years now and to finally have it end was quite the happy-sad experience.

Heather has grown so much throughout this series. She started off as a ditzy, naive girl in the first book, but she was so much more mature in The Bride Wore Size 12. She has lost her impulsive n...more
This is book #5 of the Heather Wells Mystery Series by Meg Cabot.
Yes, Meg Cabot, who wrote The Princess Diaries and a slew of other YA titles.
But this book is far from YA. While some of the characters are older teens, our heroine and narrator is Heather Wells, a formerly famous teen pop star who lost her boy band lead boyfriend, career, family, and money all at the same time. Heather, now in her late 20s, is determined to go back to school to pursue a criminal justice degree, but, being broke,...more
2.5 stars -- for the most part, I enjoyed this light & entertaining mystery, but I almost gave up in disgust at two points: at the very beginning, due to Heather's derisive attitude toward the (very reasonable) belief that it's inappropriate for a teenager to have a different sex partner every night; and in the middle, when two characters deliver pro-choice sermons to a woman who has just discovered she's pregnant. It wasn't so much the fact that the characters held these views that bothered...more
This is, I think, the last book in the Heather Wells series. I have really enjoyed this series. They are a light, fast, enjoyable read. Nothing heavy or thought provoking, just fun. I will say that this last one, while it kept me engaged, was not as solid as the others. It is check in week at "Death Dorm" and of course...there is another death. Her wedding is one month away and her long lost mother finally returns to "set things right".

I know the point of the book is the murder/mystery part but...more
3.5. Rounding up to 4 stars just because I really like the relationship between Heather and Cooper. Didn't care about the case(s) this book but let's be honest, we are on book 5. I haven't cared about the cases since book 1 or 2. Just give me happy!Heather and Coop and I"m okay with everyone else (and on that front, this book delivered in SPADES. <3)

Also, on a side note, (view spoiler)...more
May 22, 2013 Veronika marked it as to-read
Shelves: bought-in-2013
....and yes, OF COURSE I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Why would they change the title? Size 12 Is the New Black had a much better ring to it (pun intended lol) and it sort of went along with the the title of the other books in the series too. Oh well :/
I just hope this ending is satisfactory!
Melissa Proffitt
This was just as satisfying as I expect from the series. Lots of great character interactions, interesting side characters, and Heather finally confronts the mother who abandoned her and stole all her money. The mystery is a little weak, but the rest of the story definitely makes up for it. And Heather and Cooper are married! Lots of fun all around.
I love Heather Wells, and Cooper. I love the twists in this story, and the added tension of whether or not Heather and Cooper will actually make it down the aisle. So much fun! I could be happy with this being the last book, or more, Cabot has done a great job with this series either way.
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First time readers of this series may want to think twice before starting with this book. Ms Cabot does a wonderful job with giving us back-story and theoretically you could start here with no problems, but what fun would that be?
There has been some discussion that this might be the last Heather Welles book, but frankly, I don’t think so. At least I hope not! The last line in the book, when Cooper says to Heather after she asks him, “What do we do now?” “Now?” Cooper looks back at me with a joyo...more
This is the perfect end to this series. I have so much more respect for Cabot, since she didn't give Heather a "magic" ending. (Unlike another author, who told us repeatedly a character couldn't have children, had said character whine and mope and be depressed about it, only to then make said character miraculously pregnant in the last book in the series.)

This ending fit Heather and Cooper perfectly, with the author understanding that one person's HEA isn't the next person's HEA. Heck, most non-...more
I've grown quite fond of Heather Wells and the people in her circle. This is a cozy read featuring the fictional ex-popstar, Heather Wells, who was big in her teenage years but grew bigger after she was a star; a healthy size 12. THAT, I like. So her dad when to prison for tax fraud and her mom ran off with her manager and all of her money leaving Heather broke. So she starts college on work study at a college dorm. Now she's 30 years old, going to college, and engaged to her ex-boyfriend's brot...more
Giveaway for a copy of The Bride Wore Size 12 here!

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A copy of The Bride Wore Size 12 was provided to me by William Morrow for review purposes.

Heather Wells is set to marry Cooper Cartwright in a matter of weeks but is finding it next to impossible to plan when her life is no less hectic than normal. With freshmen orientation going on Heather has to deal with overly concerned parents and a new "Very Important Resident" that has moved in making things impossibly more chaotic....more
Could this be the perfect end to a great mystery series? I’m not sure, but the ending of this book was priceless! It would be great if Heather Wells could go to work without worrying if someone will end up dead in Fischer “death dorm” Hall. I have adored Heather since book 1. She is smart and accepts what is not what was. She is a self proclaimed feminist who still likes her romantic man, PI Cooper Cartwright, to protect her. It has plenty of sarcastic one liners (or two or three), laugh out lou...more
I have mixed feelings about this one ... this is usually a fun quick read ... and I was really looking forward to the wedding drama. This story did not really begin until the 4th chapter and it seemed more meandering and less funny than the previous ones.
I don't know if this is meant as a wrap-up of the Heather Wells series -- I hope not -- if there is a next one, I hope that Heather is able to recover her charm and wit.
Ann aka Iftcan
The last of the Heather Wells books. In this one, Heather and Cooper are in the final countdown to their wedding. And the world is conspiring against them as usual.

Heather's boss is in the bathroom--and her office--and Heather's office--and the lobby of the dorm--tossing her cookies. Half of the R.A.s are also sick, it's Freshman Orientation week, so the Hall is crazy with everything that that entails, PLUS, plus, plus--the Hall has a VIP resident. The "Prince Harry" of the Middle East, Prince R...more
I have read books by Meg Cabot before and found them to be light, entertaining reads. I was always intrigued by the titles Size 12 is Not Fat and Size 14 is Not Fat Either but had not read them. I saw this on the new book shelf at the library so I decided to pick it up figuring it was going to be a humorous read. I didn't realize that it is in fact, a mystery and the fifth and final book in this series of mysteries with Heather Wells as the main character.

This was also a light read which did int...more
“I, Cooper Arthur Cartwright,” Cooper is saying, in a voice that suddenly sounds a little choked with tears, “take you, Heather Marie Wells, to be to be my lawful wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, from this day forward until death do us part.”
when I read this word my heart leaped... jumped and do thump thump... imagine it that me doing that vow 15th years ago...

I'm happy fo...more
Howdy YAL
Sep 25, 2013 Howdy YAL rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fan of Meg Cabot and Mysteries
This book is good fluffy fun. Yes, there were a few bits and pieces of it that annoyed me, but it was a far improvement from the previous installment of the series and I can recommend it to Cabot fans and fluff fans with little reservations.

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I loved loved loved the newest Heather Wells book. It has everything you could want: romance, humor, action, mystery, a kick-ass heroine, a sexy leading man, and more.

It's a new semester at New York College and before classes have even started someone is found dead at Fischer Hall. Heather jumps right into this newest mystery even as she deals with planning a wedding, dealing with a new and very important resident at Fischer Hall, and a few surprises along the way.

With the addition of Cooper (w...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
4.5 stars

Meg Cabot is, in fact, my most-read author, just narrowly edging out Janet Evanovich for that honor. I have a soft spot for sassy women and hilarious books, okay? I tell you about my vast store of Meg Cabot knowledge so that you’ll understand that when I say that the Heather Wells series is among her best books, you’ll know that I have some idea what I’m talking about. The Bride Wore Size 12 fits in with the rest of the series perfectly, full of murders, laughs and the colorful cast of...more
M. E.  Kinkade
I admit I'm a little disappointed...but that could be my own fault: it turns out I started a series on #5 (oops) and mistook the author for Jennifer Weiner (my bad). But congrats to Cabot's marketing team! I picked up the book because of the title and because I had seen posters around, so not a total loss.

So, like I said, I came into this series at exactly the wrong point. But it is charming and fun and a nice little mystery to nibble on.

Basically, for those who are as lost as I was, this book...more
Bess and Morgan The Bookends
Due to this slightly more complicated back story – I would recommend reading the first 4 books, starting with “Size 12 Is Not Fat”, while this book sets everything up, it may also confuse you.

Meg Cabot is a wonderfully witty writer though, and I always enjoy reading her work. Fun fact! She worked in a college dorm when she was broke and trying to get published, write what you know!
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I was hesitant to read this book since I did not particularly enjoy Size 12 and Ready to Rock; I felt like the Heather Wells series had run its course. I'm glad I decided to give this one a try, however! From the beginning I was hooked. It was great being reunited with Heather and Cooper and Sarah, and yes, there was a murder right away (not a spoiler, since that's the point of all the Heather Wells books) but the motive and murderer were complete surprises to me. This book also featured a blind...more
Carol Rose
This is a continuation of Cabot's mystery series set in a New York City college dorm. The heroine is an RA, which Cabot knows all about, having written her first Princess Diary book while she was an RA. This book is fun and winning and I enjoyed seeing the heroine deal with everything from lovesick(for her) students to her own stud, all while planning a wedding and dealing with the death of an RA. Fun stuff.
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Librarian note: AKA Jenny Carroll (1-800-Where-R-You series), AKA Patricia Cabot (historical romance novels).

Meg Cabot was born on February 1, 1967, during the Chinese astrological year of the Fire Horse, a notoriously unlucky sign. Fortunately she grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, where few people were aware of the stigma of being a fire horse -- at least until Meg became a teenager, when she flun...more
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“This year, everything is going to be different. No one in Fischer Hall is going to die this year. Not even accidentally.”
“How are you going to manage that?” Coop asks, gnawing on a Chinese sparerib. “Bubble wrap all your residents?”
“Why don’t you go to the drugstore right now, get an early pregnancy test, then go up to your apartment and take it before you go back to work?” 0 likes
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