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First Date (The Bridesmaid Chronicles #1)

3.53  ·  Rating Details ·  189 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
New Jersey new money meets Texas landed gentry when Julia Spinelli falls head over heels for Roman Sonntag. Their whirlwind courtship has their families in an uproar.

In Book One of The Bridesmaid Chronicles, meet Jersey girl Sydney Spinelli, who has her heart set on stopping the wedding between her little sister and her Texan boyfriend of only one month! The only problem
Paperback, 310 pages
Published June 7th 2005 by Signet
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Jun 26, 2008 Trin rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance, american-lit
This popped up on an ebook community I belong to just as I was desperately craving “culture clash”-type romantic comedies. It’s about a Texan and a Jersey girl not hitting it off and then getting it on, so I thought, why not? Well, to begin with, it’s just sort of…bland. The writing’s competent, I suppose, but the people and the situation are so very, very mainstream and ordinary that a plot that’s almost 100 percent about them getting together, with next to no external conflict, isn’t very inte ...more
This book was in my to-be-read pile for a while, nothing surprising there considering the volume waiting. But I had tried to read it 2 or 3 times already, once puffing and sighing until page 5 and stopping there, which is definitely not a good sign. Yesterday I decided to give it another chance.
And oh surprise, I was well taken in by the story. The first meeting between Sydney and Alex, the best friend of her sister's intended, was hilarious; his bringing her to his friend after a small errand i
Jennifer Wardrip
May 03, 2008 Jennifer Wardrip rated it really liked it
The first of a four book series entitled THE BRIDESMAID CHRONICLES, Karen Kendall's FIRST DATE starts it off with a bang! To be followed by Kylie Adams with FIRST KISS, continued by Ms. Kendall with FIRST DANCE, and finished up with Julie Kenner and FIRST LOVE, this series is sure to be a hit.

Harried and overworked Sydney "Syd" Spinelli isn't at her best when her father demands her to leave Princeton, New Jersey, and come home to South River to evaluate his accounting books. Already angry at ha
Sandy M
Jul 27, 2011 Sandy M rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
In this first book we’re actually introduced to the bride, Julia Spinelli, though it’s her sister’s book, and we don’t get Julia’s story until the fourth book in the series. It’s Julia wedding that is the connection among these four heroines. Sydney leaves her work and overbearing father behind to check out Julia’s fiance and why they’re getting married after knowing each other for only a month.

This guy has to be up to something, maybe lusting Julia’s money. Their dad, as classless as he is, has
Feb 20, 2011 Kelly rated it liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book. It didn't take me long at all to finish it. It was pretty light and very fun! It's a story about a snap engagement that provokes the protective sister to come in and try to stop the wedding. Of course there are misunderstandings and scheming plans and personality conflicts. That only makes the book more fun entertaining to read. The main character did get on my nerves a little bit due to the fact that she is very controlling and extremely nosy and worst of all ...more
Feb 16, 2008 Tanya rated it it was amazing
2/16/2008 - FINALLY, I get to read this series of 4 books, The Bridesmaid Chronicles. Since I am so anal about reading all of the book in a series in order, it took me a little longer to get these 4 books. BUT...I have them now and that's what I'll be reading!!
2/19/2008 - This book is HYSTERICAL! One of my favorite series is Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. Her style of writing make me laugh-out-loud while reading her bokos and Stephanie is easy to relate to. I felt the same way while re
Mar 28, 2012 Jenifer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
This book first introduces you to the love between Roman Sonntag and Julia Spinelli. Good old Texas boy marrying New Jersey girl. It is great.

However, this story is about Julia's sister, Sydney, and Roman's best friend, Alex.

Sydney is trying to talk some sense into her sister, insisting that she has jumped into this engagement way too fast. In walks Alex to show Sydney otherwise.

From the moment he saw her, Alex was interested in Sydney. He tried to fight it, but he just couldn't do it.

This is
Oct 19, 2011 Crystal rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
More of a 3.25.

The h was…difficult to relate to - a meddler who seemed compelled to clean up her little sister's messes. The H was… well, how do you go from juvenile games at the h's expense to ah… Yeah. Within a few days no less.

And then she overhears her sister's fiancé on the phone THANKing him for keeping her busy so she'd leave her sister alone.

With all this, I dunno…
Really a good story chocked full of humor, shenanigans, outrageous antics by the heroine. Karen Kendall books are great stories that can cause insomnia if one tends to want to know how things end even if it means being sleep deprived.
May 18, 2010 Sandy rated it it was ok
Cute. Kind of predictable and dry and boring in other parts. I had a tough time finishing this book. 2/5 stars.
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Karen Kendall is the author of many disasters and nine romantic comedies. She grew up in Austin, Texas, and credits her early interest in writing to several teachers and her mother, a professor of comparative literature.

A graduate of Smith College, Karen studied the mysteries of modern and contemporary art before enrolling in a masters program in Museum Education, with the aim of teaching children
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