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3.61  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,665 Ratings  ·  185 Reviews

Everyone says the first year of marriage is the hardest . . . but what would you do if you found out that you were never really married in the first place?
In this irresistible romantic comedy from award-winning author Beth Kendrick, three wildly different women form an unlikely friendship as they try to decide whether they'd do it all again.

They've had the white dresses an

Paperback, 338 pages
Published November 7th 2006 by Gallery Books
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Apr 12, 2010 Colleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I needed this type of book. It was cute, total fluff and needed no brain power whatsoever to understand. I think you have to be in a certain mood to read books like this and it definitely hit the spot for me.

Story is about three women who get married over Labor Day weekend. A few months into their marriages, all three women are experiencing problems in their relationships when they receive a letter from the clerk of court stating their marriages aren't valid because the pastor that married them
Jun 29, 2007 Brandi rated it really liked it
This book was cute. It didn't make me think too hard and I'm a firm beleiver in reading these types of books every so often to lighten the mood up!

Since it was such a silly book it wasn't written as well as it could have been. I tended to lose track of who was who occassionally. I don't know if that's because the author could have done a better job or if the book actually bored me?

Each chapter follows the storyline of a different character: Stella, Erin, and Casey. Toward the end I kept thinking
Feb 08, 2008 Corey rated it really liked it
This novel has three should-be brides; Stella, Casey and Erin whom were all "married" on Labor Day weekend. A few weeks after their nupitals, just when the "what did I do?" questions start flying a letter arrives telling each of them that they are in fact, not married. Now all three have a loophole and they don't have to be married after all if they don't want to be and get to skip the messy divorce. Stella has to decide if she wants to remain married to a man whom got her blotto to the point of ...more
Jun 27, 2011 Kimberly rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009-read
A great quick read! I started off reading the book thinking that I knew which couples were going to stay together and which weren't I enjoyed the story of how they got there. I was glad to see that the story wasn't predictable at all and although the ending wasn't what I thought it would be. Overall it was a great story that was an entertaining read.
The premise of the book is that three women are married the same weekend by the same minister. He drops dead before signing and filing the women's marriage licenses, and when they are informed of such, they are facing some betrayals as new wives that make them unsure of whether not they want to re-tie the knot.

This was a fun and quick read. All three women face very different issues which lead them to be unsure in their marriages, and the struggles they faced made me immediately jump to the conc
Aug 16, 2008 Debi rated it really liked it
This was a cute story about 3 couples that discover several months into their marriage that they are not legally married. Important documents were never signed and they must now go to the courthouse to get officially married. At this point, they are all struggling in their marriages and start debating whether they really want to make it official. They become friends and start commiserating together as they seek out answers for their troubled marriages.
One of the couples has a meddling mother and
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May 21, 2013 ♥ Marlene♥ rated it really liked it
on Wednesday, May 14, 2008 I wrote about this book:

This was a wish list book . I read about it on amazon and thought I might like it.
This is the first book I've read from this author.
At first I liked the beginning but then I started to get annoyed how the women were treated and worried that this would go on for many more pages, but I am glad to say... no.
The women wised up and I enjoyed this read.
Very quick summer read.

ETA: Update May 25 2013. I noticed I did not rate this book so I checked Boo
Jul 31, 2009 Hanny rated it it was ok
The book was about three women who find out that their recent marriages aren't valid because the pastor who married them didn't signed their marriage licenses and then he died. I didn't enjoy this book as much as the other Beth Kendrick book I read, "Exes and Ohs". The chapters kept fluctuating in the voices of the three main characters, and for some reason I had a hard time remembering who was who. This was very light reading and I thought it was rather silly story, as "chit lit" can be. If thi ...more
Oct 27, 2015 Jenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, e-book
This book was EXACTLY what I needed to read. Beth Kendrick is officially my hero!

Stella, Erin and Casey all get married on Labor Day weekend by the same reverend who later dies before signing or filing their marriage certificates so after all the fuss of a big wedding in front of family and friends they find they aren't really married. Which isn't actually a bad thing because their dream marriages aren't exactly what they'd thought they'd be.

Stella "married" a man twice her age who refers to he
Jan 04, 2015 Leonel rated it liked it
I wanted something light to read and Beth Kendrick's "Nearlyweds" just fit the bill instantly. I mean, it even has a cute dog on the cover so this has got to be as cute a read, right? I wasn't wrong. It actually has a unique premise. Three couples get married on the same weekend, and the pastor who married them dies before signing their marriage certificates. So technically, they are all not legally wed. A curse or a blessing in disguise? The answer lies differently for each of these couples. St ...more
May 08, 2012 Charlotte rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-book

Bottom line, Nearlyweds is a cute novel about every newlywed woman's worst nightmare. LOL. It was actually quite humorous and I found myself laughing quite a bit. The characters are fun and their situations are not all that unique, but the way that they handle the situation they are put in is somewhat unique. It was a fun book and well worth the read.
Jan 20, 2010 Rossy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chic-lit fans/married women
I really enjoyed this book a lot more than i thought i would. The characters made me think of some of my friends and their marriages, particularly some of their complaints. As a single woman it was nice to be able to sympathize with the main characters just through what i would like and not when it comes to a partner and marriage. I even enjoyed the typically chic-lit ending, can't wait to try another book by this author.
Oct 18, 2015 Musiquedevie rated it it was amazing
This book was EXACTLY what I've been looking for! A light, fun, goodhearted chick lit romp that's easy to read, fun to follow and enjoy. This is my second Beth Kendrick book and I can't wait to read more!

The story takes place in Alden, MA and follows the three storylines of Stella, Casey & Erin. The characters are great, easy to root for and get to know. Renee is the ultimate queen bee diva enemy and Cash is a great surprise hero. ;) I wouldn't mind a sequel of this book in a "Where Are They
Ashley Deniz
Jan 23, 2015 Ashley Deniz rated it it was amazing
This book all started with me watching the Hallmark channel movie based on this book. I thought it was a cute movie and finally, just now got around to reading the book.

It's a SUPER easy read. Which is exactly what I needed. I wanted something I could laugh through, feel sad with the characters (but never to sad) and then leave with a nice happy ending. This book delivered that. There were emotional ups and downs with the characters but nothing ever earth shattering and I like that. I am sure so
Feb 18, 2013 Kim rated it really liked it
This was a fun, easy read. I liked the perspective of being a newlywed since it coincides so nicely with this time in my life. Marriage isn't easy, but when both people are willing to make compromises and are committed to a sucessful marriage, it can work... and be fun. But, what do I know. I've only been married nine months. :)
Jan 28, 2009 Dawn rated it really liked it
Shelves: chic-lit
This was a quick fun read! About what happens after 3 newlywed women who are each having problems in their young marriages discover that due to a minor detail they are technically not married and each women has to decided if they will "re-marry" their spouse. Funny! Read in a day!
Apr 25, 2015 Amanda rated it it was ok
Shelves: here-be-dogs
Three couple in the small town of Alden, MA get married one weekend. The same weekend that their officiant dies, without having filed the marriage licenses. So...a few months into the marriage, they find out that none of the marriages are actually final/legal.

Now three brides and grooms have to decide if they want to re-tie the knot...or not.

One couple is a May-December romance where the wife is desperate for the baby her husband doesn't want and can't give her.

One couple loves each other a lot,
Oct 19, 2015 Casey rated it it was ok
Beth got part of this right. I didn't understand the title of this book, but she made it so beleivable during the beginning of the story. Throughout, it was a rather choppy book, wih each chapter focusing on a different woman. I never did get all of their names connected with the right people. I was unable to beleive that a couple would get married without having thorough discussion on their ideas about having children. Perhaps if it was a "love at first sight" rush to Vegas kind of marriage it ...more
Catherine Cooke
Pretty easy, light-hearted read. Very funny, and had some laugh out loud moments. Wont change your life though, but good if you need a breather from heavier reading material.
Jena Johnson
Jul 16, 2014 Jena Johnson rated it it was amazing
i loved every part of this book! it reminds me so much of my husband and mine's life and i highly recommend it to the engaged women out there it will open up your eyes to see what married life can really be about. i realated to all the girls in this story. stella with the only being in her mid twenties and can't stop thinking about having kids, casey with the husband that has his own way of doing things but in the end will make you feel like that prom queen you wished were, and erin with the hus ...more
Jan 08, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it
When I saw this book in the library, I was very eager to read it because I had seen the Hallmark movie. The story was cute and very well-done, with a great cast and funny dialogue. That's not to say the book didn't have these things, but I was still a little disappointed. It seems almost typical that they never follow the book when making the movie, and I almost always prefer the book over the production, but this time I actually happened to like the movie much better. Beth Kendrick is a good wr ...more
Dec 21, 2013 Erina rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star-read
It was a really light reading book for me despite the issues have been point out in the story but at least the issues are written well enough to not overwhelmed and made it so complicated and raise dizziness.

Only problem from the writing wise with the chapter divided into the main three bride individually made me feel like jumping from one person mind to another in a sec and it does made me have to switch gear every now and then which for me messy but still readable (maybe because i'm not famil
Dec 18, 2015 Elusive rated it liked it
Shelves: review
‘Nearlyweds’ is about three women who have recently gotten married only to find out that due to the pastor failing to sign some important documents before his death, their marriages aren’t legal. With the problems they face with their respective significant other, the question is whether they want to stay together or leave.

For some reason, I kept mixing up Stella’s husband, Mark with Erin’s husband, David. Stella is unhappy when she finds out that Mark had a vasectomy because she really wants to
Dec 11, 2011 Leah rated it liked it
Shelves: books-read-2011
For a while now, I’ve wanted to try one of Beth Kendrick’s novels. Her books keep appearing on Amazon, so when I got myself an Amazon voucher, I bought myself a few second-hand American novels, to whet my new-found love of American chick-lit. I choose Nearlyweds of Beth Kendrick’s five or six novels as it appealed to me the most, and I wanted to see how Kendrick would handle three newlyweds finding out their marriage is a sham. It’s taken me a few weeks to get around to it, but I wanted a fairly ...more
Katherine Marple
Mar 11, 2010 Katherine Marple rated it really liked it
I loved "Nearlyweds" much more than I expected I would. I had just gotten through some really heavy, dark books and was ready for a break when I came upon "Nearlyweds" by Beth Kendrick. The story is light-hearted and a bit predictable, but who cares? It's a "feel good" novel with chick-lit written all over it. You like gossipy girls who want to take charge of their lives? "Nearlyweds" is for you.

Girl 1- Wears the "pants" in the relationship of her long-term relationship with the high school joc
Valley Brown
Feb 28, 2013 Valley Brown rated it really liked it
A fellow romance addict passed a copy of this book to me recently. I wasn't sure what to expect, not having read anything by this author before. What a refreshing surprise it turned out to be.

"Nearlyweds" by Beth Kendrick:

A trio of women from different sides of the tracks, and beyond, find their lives converging when the minister who performed their respective marriage ceremonies leaves critical paperwork unfinished before his sudden death. What should be a no-brainer solution of simply saying
Mar 17, 2016 Vicky rated it really liked it
This is a cute, quick read. It follows 3 couples, all married the same weekend by the same pastor. Within the first few weeks of their marriages, all 3 couples discover that things are much harder than anticipated. Stella, the "trophy wife" who married a much older man, learns that her new husband had a vasectomy years before they met. Why did he wait until the wedding night to tell her? Why, he thought she remembered him mentioning it the night that she got so drunk she passed out. Erin, a doct ...more
Aug 29, 2015 DeB rated it liked it
Periodically, I have bouts when I struggle with a chronic illness and concentration becomes a challenge as fatigue takes over. Chick lit is usually my "go to" during these times. The genre is not demanding, something pleasant usually develops and many authors have original and enjoyably imaginative concepts. Beth Kendrick's "Newlywed's" is such a book. The summary is the invitation. The story has an interesting hook. Good chick lit.
Feb 21, 2016 TJ rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I think it was especially topical for me because I was engaged when I was reading this. It is a tale of 3 women from different circles who get married on the same day and then end up becoming unlikely friends. They each have to take a good look at their own relationship to see if they want to really be married or not.

Jul 19, 2008 Heather rated it liked it
Nearlyweds was a cute story about three women who all got married on the same weekend. A few weeks after their weddings, they all found out that their minister never filed the licenses and died before doing so. This aptly gives them the opportunity to re-evaluate their situations and marriages which is a good thing because they all seem to be facing serious hurdles.

I thought Nearlyweds was a cute book that was a light and quick read. It provided some entertainment, but not a lot of literary meri
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