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Temporary Bridesmaid

3.18  ·  Rating Details ·  71 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
Jenny Grant has given up on men, and therefore her dream of ever getting married. But when James Cox comes to work in her building as a temp, she has to convince herself to stay true to her new conviction. All around her, everything is falling apart in her life. She’s been asked to be the Maid of Honor for her best friend’s wedding—leaving Jenny the last single in her ...more
ebook, 242 pages
Published August 20th 2014 by Back Yard Press (first published August 19th 2014)
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Tressa (Wishful Endings)
3.5 stars

Temporary Bridesmaid was a really cute read. I liked the characters and I liked the craziness of the plot as it switches from three different points of view: Jenny's, James', and Stephie's. You have these two main characters/love interests that are both in their mid-to-late 30's and are still single with no prospects in the future. They both have also pretty much sworn off the opposite sex and aren't looking for love. Of course love has a different idea. There was a pretty strong attrac
Rachel Devaughn
Dec 21, 2014 Rachel Devaughn rated it liked it
Temporary Bridesmaid follows the story of middle 30s Jenny who has yet to find a husband, and whats worse is that all her close friends are either married or engaged. I liked the story line, as well as the extra story line that followed Jenny's friend Stephanie and her disastrous marriage.

This was a clean, christian, romance book.

I'm giving this review less stars than usual, because I felt like at times Jenny was a little dramatic for her age but I guess the stress of her life responsibilities
Dec 17, 2014 Lydia rated it liked it
Temporary Bridesmaid is an interesting romance based on misunderstandings and not understanding one’s feelings. At times I wanted to intervene and set things straight, particularly when things between Jenny and James continued to turn worse. All is well in the end, but I felt a lack of resolution. It felt like a magic wand whisked away their conflicts and they lived happily ever after.
Intermixed in the story of Jenny and James was Stephanie, a friend of Jenny, and her disastrous marriage. Ironi
Sep 22, 2014 Patricia rated it it was ok
I think this had potential. The story idea was good but the whole book needed a good editor. I felt it was wordy and could have been pared down considerably. There were also name errors and some typos.
Shantel Clemons
Mar 02, 2015 Shantel Clemons rated it liked it
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review, so keep reading.

The story is set in Utah and the author is telling three character montages here: Jenny Grant, the main protagonist in her late 30's who has given up on men, and therefore her dream of ever getting married. James Cox, the male protagonist in his mid-30's who starts working at Jenny's job as a temp but gets hired on full-time. When the two eventually meet face-to-face after some missteps and mishaps, the attraction is ins
Karen Bainbridge
Temporary Bridesmaid by LuAnn Brobst Staheli was a story that I started with a great deal of anticipation because it was a contemporary romance about older adults, those in their 30's and I thought it would be a fast fun romance where the main character Jenny Grant who was the last of her group of friends to remain unmarried now that her best friend has got engaged and asked her to be her Maid of Honor. Now I thought that Jenny would be happy for her friend but she decides to be bitchy and that ...more
Dec 04, 2014 Sylvia rated it it was ok
I have having to provide negative reviews, but I received a copy of this book for an honest review.. so here goes...

There are actually two stories taking place with little to no interaction between the two. The first is between Jenny and James. The second is of Stephie and her abusing husband Phil. Jenny and Stephie were apart of the same group of girlfriends prior to Stephie's move across the country with her new husband. The romance between Jenny and James was meant to be the main focus. It fe
Dec 15, 2014 Nikki rated it liked it
When I received a copy of this book for an honest review, I didn’t think I’d be reading it twice. As a grade, I’ll give this book a C+. What follows is a brief synopsis and my reasons for such a mediocre rating.

When Jenny Grant, a thirty-something computer programmer, is asked by the last of her single friends to serve as her Maid of Honor, Jenny is delighted for her friend, but decides to give up on searching for a man of her own. Enter James Cox, a former kingpin CEO in the software arena- and
Katie W
Dec 30, 2014 Katie W rated it liked it
I did enjoy this story, but I had a couple of problems with it. I'll get those out of the way first. There were several parts that were repetitious. As a reader, I already knew certain details, having read them, and I didn't feel that I needed to read the same details several times to understand what was going on. My other problem was I wanted more romance. I can't understand how declarations of love can be given when there's little interaction, aside from accusations and brief encounters. I ...more
Dec 30, 2014 Melanie rated it really liked it
(3.5 stars) Jenny Grant is frustrated. She's 39 and still single. Her last single friend is getting married and has asked her to be her Maid of Honor. Jenny has given up on marriage, is worried about her mother and is trying to get a raise and a promotion. She hears about the new temp at work, James Cox, from her co-worker, Tiara, who wants to set them up. She's not interested and when they do meet, they don't leave a good impression on each other.

We also learn about her friend, Stephie, who got
Jenny Grant is 39 and has given up on men. She’s been asked to be the Maid of Honor for her best friend’s wedding—leaving Jenny the last single in her group—her mother’s forgetfulness has progressed to a level that might prove dangerous, and the raise and promotion Jenny longs for may not be within her reach. When a man who looks like James steals her wallet her distrust of men rests on his shoulders.

James Cox has no idea why he has given up his position as a California CEO to move to Salt Lake
Jan 22, 2015 Diana rated it it was amazing
Temporary Bridesmaid by LuAnn Brobst Staheli was a good fast story.

The story is about Jenny Grant, all her friends are married and the last one is getting married. She has a great job, well not always but she can take care of herself, but what is missing is a man, and since that isn't happening she decided to settle on not worrying about being married, but of course it is in the back of her head.
She is helping her friend with her wedding and so she seems a little envious that her friends can fi
Dec 04, 2014 Desiree rated it did not like it
I hate to give a negative review but I received a copy of this book for an honest review.

There are two stories taking place within this book and the only tie is that the girls are friends. I'm not even sure they talk throughout the whole story, though.

The first story is between Jenny and James. The second is of Stephie and her husband Phil. Jenny and Stephie were of the same group of friends before Stephie moved across the country with her new husband. I think the romance between Jenny and James
Nov 10, 2014 Marybeth rated it it was ok
What can I say about the Temporary Bridesmaid by Lu Ann Brobst Staheli? I found this book very difficult to get through. I was given the book in exchange for an honest review and that was truly the only reason why I kept on reading to finish it. At about 50% through the book I was thinking, “Okay get on with it are the main characters still seriously saying the same thing they said 2% into the book?” It was very wordy and repetitive. Several times I wanted to hit my head against the table ...more
Nov 09, 2014 Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, christian
Jenny is 39 and has all but given up on love. When the last of her group of friends gets engaged, she struggles to be excited for her. Trying to be happy for her friend, she agrees to being the maid of honor without realizing to what she was saying yes to! Her mom is showing signs of Alzheimer's, her wallet gets stolen, & the girls at work are messing with her love life--or lack thereof!
James sells his highly profitable company in CA to move to Utah. Not sure why he is there or what he shoul
Nov 04, 2014 Abbey rated it liked it
Temporary Bridesmaid follows two stories: one of an older single couple eventually finding each other, and the other of a newlywed woman who discovers her marriage isn’t what she expected. The thing I liked about the book was the juxtaposition of two views: the eagerness to get married without opportunity and the regret for being too hasty in getting married. I think there are some lessons to be learned from both experiences. Here are the reasons I gave it 3 stars: I felt there was a lot of ...more
Nov 14, 2014 Cat rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooksforrev
*I received an ebook copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

I've read this book in one go, last weekend.
At first, it was a bit hard for me to get into it, knowing this was based on the real life of the author. If I'm honest, it felt a bit like intruding on the privacy of someone's love life but as I read on, I grew to love Jenny and James and I began rooting for them.
The story was well built and I really liked how it focused on a 39 year old woman, instead of those 25 year olds who h
Sharon Absher
Mar 08, 2015 Sharon Absher rated it it was amazing
I was given this book for free to give a honest review.

This book will have you laughing throughout it as you get to know Jenni Grant. She has sworn off men until James Grant comes to work at her company. She has so much on her plate that with the stress of never getting married, her mom's failing memory, being the Maid of honor for the last of her friends weddings, and so forth that when she has her wallet stolen from a man that looks like James well Jenni accuses him of being the thief. She go
Dec 10, 2014 Rhonda rated it liked it
3 stars

This is full of drama, lots of characters. It felt like real situations. Real frustrations of being single or even married. I did not like a lot of the characters. We saw only the bad side of a few characters.

Jenny Grant is frustrated that she is still single. Her last single friend is getting married. I want to like her but did not see much to like. Jenny has been asked to be a bridesmaid again.

James Cox I did like. He sold his company and moved to Salt Lake City, UT. He takes a temp job
Jan 16, 2015 Chaitali rated it it was ok
The book for me seems to start rather abruptly like it was part of a series ( I don't know if it is, since this was the first book I read by this author). The premise was little different then the types I generally read. The heroine is nearly 40 while the hero is younger than her. But I liked her because she seemed very real. The character at times seemed to be modeled on Kathreen Heigl's character from the movie 27 Dresses but she is not super nice like her. In fact she snaps quite a many time ...more
Tamera Westhoff
Jan 20, 2015 Tamera Westhoff rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This was a sweet romance, but had a little too much going on. I felt like Jenny was trying to hard to be okay with being single, but wasn't. James was a sweetheart and I loved him throughout the book, but Jenny I had a hard time liking. She had a lot going on between her mom having problems (what happened there, was her mom magically okay?), her work, being single, her friend getting married... Then to throw in Stephie with her terrible relationship and her meeting a guy while still married felt ...more
Dec 17, 2014 Jenny rated it liked it
I appreciated the cleanliness of this book and I liked a lot of the plot potential, so I give it a 3. I was disappointed by the disjointed feeling of the transitions, the lack of development of the characters, the lack of content and meaning behind the conversations, the lack of depth in the story development, and the speed of the resolution. I was excited to read this, and wanted it to be so much more, but I felt like things were happening in a random pattern, and that didn't add a whole lot to ...more
Amanda Clark
Dec 19, 2014 Amanda Clark rated it liked it
This was one of those that I had a bit of a love/hate relationship with. I really, really wanted to see how it ended, but I hated getting there. I felt that it drug on and on. I ended up skimming over some parts that were mainly just filler, or I suppose used to illustrate how their lives were. For example, I don't care that she puts on a fluffy robe or that he ate at McDonald's it isn't relevant to the story. At. All.

I think the book was at around 80 something percent finished before they even
Dec 30, 2014 Becca rated it liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest reveiw. There are spoilers in this reveiw.

When I started reading this book, I though "oh, this is going to be a cute romance." it didn't really turn out that way. It wasn't a bad story, but it wasn't awesome. There were loose ends, like what happened about her mom? And do u really think going on a date while literally in process or leaving you husband is such a good idea? Although this could've have been great, it just didn't click that well with me
Carrie Zalit
Nov 07, 2014 Carrie Zalit rated it really liked it
This book reminded me of a favorite author, Jack Weyland, of my younger years. Lu Ann Brobst Staheli's book "Accidental Bridesmaid" is a heartfelt story about regular people just trying to figure things out. It's especially relatable to those who are still single or have taken longer in their lives to find "the one". Still coming to terms with being 39 and the last of her group of friends still unmarried, Jenny Grant struggles further when a friend asks her to be her Maid of Honor--in addition ...more
Aug 22, 2014 LuAnn rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
On December 17, 1994, I married my best friend, Mike Staheli. Mike and I met in May of 1992 when he came to work at Payson Jr. High School as a substitute teacher—a temp. On the day I met him, I knew we would marry. It took him a little while longer to figure it out, but I am so glad and so blessed that he did. I was 40 and he was 35 the day of our wedding. He has stood by me in all my endeavors, through thick and thin, in sickness and in health. Together we have had twenty exciting and ...more
Dec 12, 2014 Joy rated it liked it
The story Temporary Bridesmaid is about a circle of friends and centered on the unmarried Jenny. It is written such that others think this is a sad thing but I didn't pity Jenny, I had immediate hope for her happiness.

Then when introduced to her would be suitor, James, it took a little bit to understand how James reached this point in his life. He is very unique and written with little or no faults.

The remaining friends, their lives and marriages add interest to the book. They didn't intertwine
Heather Green
Nov 27, 2014 Heather Green rated it it was ok
I really liked the title of the story and the cover.This one had a lot of potential but sadly it didn't measure up. I didn't like the main character, Jenny, at all. I understand being discouraged about not being married and all the other stresses she had, but she was a bit over the top. I didn't really understand why stephies story was mixed in with this one. The two stories didn't relate except that they were friends. The story was really cliche and almost trite. I understand about love at ...more
Lisa Linnell
Jan 10, 2015 Lisa Linnell rated it it was ok
I read this book after receiving a free copy in exchange for an honest review. I have to say it was not my type of book. The story is about a thirty something professional who was going to be a bridesmaid for the last of her single friends. Why the word temporary? I was annoyed by the whining of the character as she laments her single state. This was repeated over and over again. I felt the story was going to be good but I never quite got into it. it was disjointed and veered off course with a ...more
Nov 02, 2014 Anna rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading about Jenny and James and how two imperfect people can be so perfect for each other!

The pros: Its easy to read this story that trails several characters in different stages of marriage, singlehood, divorce and separation. It is so refreshing to have a happily ever after story also share the insecurities, hardships and realities of any relationship status both happy and sad. The characters became a lot more relatable and real. The story has real imperfect people, real tra
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Lu Ann Brobst Staheli got her start as a celebrity paparazzi-stalker-chick, which led to her award-winning career as a ghostwriter for celebrity memoirs. A masochist at heart, she taught junior high school English for 33 years, and once spent two weeks of summer vacation backpacking through Europe with 15 of her students. She has won three Utah Best of State Medals—two for writing and one for ...more
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