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Wedding Belles (Red Hat Club #3)

3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  935 Ratings  ·  140 Reviews
The New York Times bestselling author of The Red Hat Club fearlessly takes on mothers and daughters, wedding madness, and midlife passion in this frank, funny, and fabulous new novel.

Georgia, Linda, Diane, Teeny, and Pru have been best friends since high school, and never have they needed one another more. Georgia’s precious twenty-eight-year-old daughter, Callie, has gone
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published September 2nd 2008)
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This is book three in the Red Hat Club series, but you don’t have to have read the previous volumes before reading this one (I certainly haven’t). Georgia’s only daughter, Callie, has just announced her engagement – to a totally unsuitable man! Or so Georgia thinks.

The novel covers several months of Georgia commiserating with her pals in the Red Hat Club as she worries about the great mistake her daughter is about to make, and does her best to put a smile on her face and get through the rounds
Apr 30, 2013 Jencey/ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Wedding Belles by Haywood Smith is the third novel in the Red Hat series. Are you ready to take a walk down the aisle?
You are invited to Wedding of Callie Baker and Wade Bowman. Callie has just announced to her parents that she plans to marry Wade Bowman who happens to be her father’s best friend. He is also known to Georgia her mother and the red hat club for his shenanigans in the past. These revelations have caused grave concerns for Georgia. Will she be happy for her daughter? Or wi
Oct 06, 2008 Kasey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Kasey by: library shelf
I picked this up on a fluke. From the jacket cover I envisioned something similar to the Ya-ya Sisterhood or Steel Magnolias. Alas....
It was an okay read, but not good enough that I would read another of her works. One of those that in the last twenty pages or so finally got interesting. Up to that point it was much to predictable and not engaging enough. Life is too short to muddle through a so-so book.
Jul 19, 2009 Robin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good ole Southern read. Haywood is the author of the Red Hat books, and this is a continuation in the series of those Atlanta friends. If you are looking for esteemed literary merit, this is not the book. If you are looking for a fun, no-brainer, a.k.a. beach read, this is for you.
Laura Mooneyhan
This book was a must read... you laugh with this book and sigh with this book. As you read about one mothers take on a wedding she dreads to see happen.
I was a bit surprised that Smith took these characters into this territory, for some reason. I felt out of my element reading this book, since I have no daughters and my relationship with my own mother was so "strained"! However, the basic premise was rather frightening to me as a mother! Better if Callie had chosen someone completely unknown to them, right?!? I mean, it would be a shock! And it would be very difficult NOT to assume a person is the same... But, as this book proves, it is possibl ...more
Sharon Stockham
Oct 13, 2009 Sharon Stockham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book months ago and didn't pick it up until this past weekend. By then I had forgotten the preceding books that are part of a series. As I began to read I was caught back up in the southern charm of five women who have been friends since high school. It is hilarious, witty and thought provoking as Smith explores the relationships between friends, mothers and daughters. In this book, Georgia confronts serious issues she has with her daughter's choice of a husband. While not presente ...more
Sep 30, 2009 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this audiobook because I knew the author wrote the Red Hat Club book. And, hey, I'm a sucker for an audiobook read by someone with an accent. I got my fill of southern talk with this one! The four friends still meet for lunch regularly with their red hats and purple clothes, but things aren't going well for Georgia. Her only daughter is getting married to her husband's best friend and Georgia can't stand the embarrassment. I must admit I was a little bored with it all. She just cou ...more
Jan 06, 2009 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although over 50, I have an aversion to "red hats" although I enjoyed the poem that began it all. So I didn't read her "red hats" book. That said, this book was hysterical and if you happen to pick it up, don't discard for any reason until after you get through Chapter 14 when they throw a "reluctant mother of the bride" shower. I've always thought bridal showers should be redone for your 25th wedding anniversary when everything you got the first time has worn out or died (or ruined beyond belie ...more
Jul 13, 2013 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading some of the other reviews I was seeing that many found this book shocking. Being a teenager and not knowing anything about the whole marriage complex and the strained relationship it can creat between a mother and daughter almost escaped me. Not to say that I was naive in reading this, it makes perfect sense I just wasn't shocked by it. It is a story of southern belles, dear best friends and the expectations of parents and children and what it takes to test them and to repair any strains ...more
Dec 05, 2012 allisong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being a native Atlantan I absolutely loved this book. Haywood's descriptions of the of the Atlanta version of the "laddies that lunch" brought me back to my own mothers friends and lunchons with the Atlanta Garden Club and the Lake Spivey Garden Club. Those laddies have a large sense of community, and a compassion for helping each other. I would describe this book as it makes you "feel good". Haywood describes the Atlanta venues exactly, and is spot on in her descriptions of Atlanta women born i ...more
Mar 23, 2010 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Emily, Mom
Shelves: chick-lit
I suppose technically this is "hen-lit" since the women are in their 50's. I'm enjoying it so far. A light read, but sometimes that's just what I need. :)

After finishing: I enjoyed this book even more than I thought I would. "Hen-lit" seems to have a bit more maturity than chick-lit. Not that I don't like chick-lit on occasion. Wedding Belles had all the girl power and great friends one could wish for and had some real life issues that were dealt with meaningingfully. Haywood Smith writes very w
Michele Minor
Dec 27, 2009 Michele Minor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book shows a humorous look at one mother of the bride getting ready for her daughter's wedding. Instead of being happy for her daughter who is the last one in her group of friends to get married in a culture where it is important to marry young she is not pleased with the groom whom both she and her group of friends went to school with. The ending is a suprise though it would keep it out of the Christian bookshelves in spite of the Christian references in the book.
Mary Z : )
May 03, 2012 Mary Z : ) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: southern-lit

This was a good light read - or listen, since I did the audiobook version. I'm nearly at the red hat age, so I could appreciate that aspect of the storyline. No objections from me about the Christian references. The only thing that was a tad overdone was the parade of pre-wedding showers. I don't know anyone who has had that many events to attend. The storyline got a bit slow after the 2nd or 3rd party. All in all, it was a good story.
Dec 28, 2008 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay - I loved this book. I know if one of my high school girlfriend's daughters decided to marry a hell-raising man that we had gone to school with that we would react the same way. We would try to be supportive, yet realistic. I think the characters reactions were realistic - and the humor made the book fun. But the moral - people change - is uplifting. It is a light read - but not silly - it just makes you happy you read it.
Mar 23, 2012 Rae rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another book I don't know if I would have picked off the shelf, but I picked up this audiobook at the library and laughed and cried everytime I turned my car on. What a wonderful story, but the best part was hearing that slow southern drawl saying phrases that, if you never lived in the south, you would never even believe they say. Great book. I really enjoyed it.
Erin Olsen
Sep 24, 2011 Erin Olsen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy read, great characters & loved that it was set in Atlanta :) These women really know what true friendship is & treat each other with the utmost respect. I would definitely rec this book if you live in the South too, or are the type that likes to read about Southern Belles.

We are fascinating creatures after all aren't we?

Samantha Garlock
OK I am finished! I really enjoy Ms. Smith's writing and I love this group of ladies, but this one made me cry more than once...I have always considered Ms. Smith's novels as summertime guilty pleasure and these gals as the sugar in my sweet tea, I pray that she continues with their tales.
May 27, 2010 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story about women supporting each other through thick and thin!
This times it's Georgia's turn - her daughter is marrying one of her husbands oldest and best friends - Yikes!! It's full of humor and pathos and more humor. Good story and no need for bad language!!!!!!!!
Oct 23, 2009 Ginger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another one about the Buckhead Red Hats. I love Atlanta books because I know the landmarks mentioned in them. There is a wedding in this one. The problem is the groom is a fellow the Hats grew up with and he's marrying one of the Hats' daughters....
Feb 12, 2016 Kim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 13, 2012 Kim rated it it was ok
I thought the book was ok, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. I almost never stop reading a book, I usually plow through if I can. This is one of the few books that I had to put down and walk away from for weeks at a time. I just couldn't get into it. (Even rarer is the book I start and don't even bother to finish.)

I think the main issue is that the book was about a group of post-menopausal friends. Not exactly a group I can relate to or identify with.

Besides that, I felt like the author wa
Sharon Tumlin
Jun 30, 2015 Sharon Tumlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is for any mother who has a daughter who is fixing to get married. Especially if that daughter is marring someone we are not particularly fond of for reason of our own. But just as our mothers may not have approved of the persons we chose in our life,this I know from experience,
you have to let them make their own choices. This book shows how Georgia comes to grips with that. Not an easy thing to do. Loved it...
Nov 16, 2014 Rita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book. It is part of a series of books about a group of women who formed their own Red Hat group. They have been friends since childhood, and they have really had some adventures in some of the earlier books. In this one, the daughter of one member of the group has become engaged--to a man old enough to be her father--and is, in fact, best friends with her father. He also has a "wild" history, so the Red Hat ladies go on a quest to figure out how to stop this wedding, with hilarious ...more
Rosemary Cantrell
Jan 26, 2016 Rosemary Cantrell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the books by Haywood Smith and this one didn't disappoint. The Red-hat girls are at it again - this time a wedding of a daughter to someone they all disapprove of. All of their escapades are hilarious and the messages about relationships and about life's journey are so on point. I would recommend. I listened to this on CD and love the reader. She brought each character to life.
Gail Keefe
Jul 17, 2016 Gail Keefe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a very amusing read! I would have finished it right away, but I got it from the library when I was ready to leave for a week-long mission trip. This story of lifelong friends dealing with the impending marriage of one of their daughters, is wonderful! There is plenty of humor, with a bit of tragedy, as well. I recommend it!
By the author of The Red Hat Club. I was curious about writing real women, but I hated her characters instantly. They seemed like the cliquish girls from high school I didn't want to know and their problems outweighted their rudeness and their self-absorption. When they claimed the restroom at a restaurant for a confab and anothe customer had to apologise for using it- I was done, done, done... I can't stand women like this in real life. I certainly didn't want to read 358 pages about them. Let ...more
Barbara Makin
May 21, 2016 Barbara Makin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-on-tape
Book on tape. Very enjoyable. Easy to listen to while driving. All about 5 friends who have their own red hat club and one whose daughter is getting married. Issues center around that wedding but also on the other ladies and their lives
Jun 14, 2014 Catherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book and didn't want it to end. In this third book in the series Georgia's daughter Callie gets married to someone her senior. I hope there is more to come in this series. I think this author is very funny and plan to read more of her other books.
Aug 19, 2014 Leticia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I laughed and teared up with this book. It was a heartfelt book that had the moral of not judging people from all of their past mistakes and sometimes you have to trust gods greater plan.
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