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3.27 of 5 stars 3.27  ·  rating details  ·  503 ratings  ·  123 reviews
It is a spine-electrifying supernatural tale where a huge Southern States mansion contains one of the most terrifying, violent and indeed psychopathic ghosts to haunt any town. It is also a murder mystery - why did Robina Willets apparently kill all five of her young children, and her husband, before stabbing herself to death? And, if you are in the camp of believing that ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 12th 2010 by Createspace
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Nikki  Peterson
Before anyone gets bent this is just how I perceived the book and I give an honest review. I'm just gonna come out and say it. I want to strangle and then kick the main character in her selfish, over pretentious ass! And she's dumber then a box of rocks! Or as her friend says a box of hair. She is the small town Corn Princess and cheerleader. Everyone dotes on her and she is well aware of it and uses it to her advantage. So you could add conniving to her personality traits too. The character is ...more
Greta is Erikasbuddy
*This book was sent to me by the publisher for an honest review. And since this is me you know that I won't hold back. Again.... they want honesty not sugarcoating.

Synopsis from Goodreads:
17 year old Leeann Worthier is the perfect girl in town - or so she says.

George Willets is the heir to a booming petroleum business.

When they announce their engagement, George's controlling mother is unimpressed and Leeann absolutely refuses to live with her mother-in-law. So George gives his new wife a house
Laurie Garrison
This book is a DNF, I read to page 120 and couldn't take it anymore ugh. This is a story told by Leeann the narrator, so you only get her side. I was somewhat fine reading this even though I was tired of hearing how Leeann thinks she is the prettiest girl in Dalton. I cant even tell you how many times she has said that before hitting page 30 grrr. Anyway she is very shallow ends up getting married to an older man named George only because his family is the riches in town and can get things for h ...more
Oct 01, 2010 Charlie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Charlie by: Submitted for review
Absolutely outstanding read. Perfect for October. Specific review and thoughts to follow.

A downright spine chilling murderous mystery with perfect dark comedic relief that will have the reader laughing out loud at times, and scared at others. I fell in love with the heroines and will miss their bumbles and bravery. This is one story that I hope never gets in the hands of an editor with little creative imagination because the voice and tone is so real and consistent that any changes would destroy
I am almost at a loss about what to say. This book sounded like it was going to be a perfect book for me- a haunted huge mansion in the south. Unfortunately, it did not read like this at all, and feel it was misrepresented. In fact, if it had been advertised as it actually is, then maybe I would have liked it better, rather than reading something that was not what I expected.

The book takes place in Dalton, Oklahoma, which in my mind is a western/midwest state, not southern. I could be wrong, bu
So I came across Kathleen McKenna's "The Wedding Gift" when perusing my backlog of NetGalley galleys I hadn't reviewed and when I thought it had expired and I had no other copies of it lingering around - I ended up finding it among my many PDF copies that actually *didn't* expire. At first I was elated and thought I could dive into a decent murder/mystery/suspense (bonus points because I love ghost stories), but then I read the book.

It was a waste of an hour of my time and some change. Enticing,
The Deal: Leann Worthier is 18 and about to marry into the richest family in her small, Oklahoma town: The Willets, even though her future mother in law isn't thrilled at the idea. But Leann is pregnant and George Junior seems to be ready to come up to scratch.

Since Leann refuses to live with her mother in law, George gives her the Old Willet's house, which has sat unoccupied since George's uncle and his cousins were brutally murdered by their own wife/mother. This is the house that also claimed
When I first saw the cover and read the synopsis for The Wedding Gift, I was immediately intrigued. I love a suspenseful tale with haunted houses and ghosts. The beginning started off rocky for me but by the end I was glad I had read this shocking, humorous mystery.

The tale is told in first person by protagonist Leeann Worthier. Leann is seventeen and the current Corn Princess. I struggled with my feeling regarding Leeann. I couldn’t decide if she was a money grubbing snob or as her best friend
Don't let the title fool you. This is not a wedding gift you would ever wish for. I would have NEVER in a million years would have guessed this plot. It was unique and dived in to such serious topics that left me shocked. Kathleen can sure tell a story. Even thought the main character is a teen herself, I do not recommend this for teens. The morals of the main character definitely lack. Some times it made me cringe especially the drinking and drugs while pregnant. There are a few smaller things ...more
Teresa Crumpton
The Wedding Gift by Kathleen McKenna

I found The Wedding Gift a few weeks ago while looking for book needed to read for PBD. The description sounded great.

Leann wasn't good enough for her uppercrust in-laws, so they gave her the mansion none of them wanted. Years ago, something or someone in the house killed Leann's brother. Will its violent secrets kill her, next?

" . . . a spine-electrifying supernatural tale where a huge Southern States mansion contains one of the most terrifying, violent and i
Cathy/The Crazy Bookworm
The Wedding Gift is told by Leeann, the prettiest girl in Dalton. You can't help but love Leeann, as conceited and big headed she is, she will crack you up! She is hilarious and her best friend Jesse is even more so. The characters were fantastic, I had a love/hate thing going on with them but they all entertained me, even Miz Bethany. I would love to spend a holiday with the Worthiers and Jesse, what a great time that would be! The plot gave me the creepy, spine tingling feelings. I hesitated p ...more
The Wedding Gift is told from 17 years old,Leann Worthier's perspective. She marries a very rich man, George Willet whom she doesn't love , infact almost dislikes. As a wedding gift , George and Leann receive the Willet mansion which is supposedly haunted. Several years ago, George's uncle and his children were murdered by Robina Willet, his uncle's wife. Leann has a bad feeling about the house from the start, but George is adamant to have the house. She knows that horrible things are going to h ...more
Naj (Unputdownable Books)
Most readers would say they hated this book because of how it's being narrated by a "redneck hillbilly Sookie Stackhouse" and for them to say such a thing about a book and its character is ridiculous. I'm open-minded enough to present to you The Wedding Gift. It was narrated by a 17-year-old Corn Princess Leanne Worthier from Dalton, Oklahoma who may be a little "loose" and got herself pregnant and married into a rich family at a young age. She was given a house as a wedding gift from her in-law ...more
There are two elements which characterize The Wedding Gift; mystery and "ghost story". The novel is narrated by Leeann, a 17 year old youngster considered the town's prettiest girl. Even though she's in love with her brother's childhood friend, Donny, after drawing the town's wealthiest man attention and being impregnated by him, the only solution is marriage. As a wedding gift they get a mansion which apparently has a macabre story where there have occurred several deaths without any logic expl ...more
The Wedding Gift by Kathleen McKenna is oddly addictive. Narrated by annoyingly self-absorbed Corn Princess Leeann Corrine Worthier, the story begins as she prepares for her wedding to local mogul George (otherwise known as Junior). Leeann is the sister of the boy who was killed one Halloween when falling from a tree outside George’s long-deserted, ever-haunted ancestral home. And the home, of course, was a gift to George’s great-uncle on his wedding day.

There’s the mystery of how George ends up
Shellie Brewer
I have to start out saying that I was terrified to pick up this book because I read before I fall asleep and don't want bad dreams but after reading the first few pages I knew everything was going to be alright. This book is more of a comic relief then a horror story. The story is set in the south and I am from Alabama and I related to this book. It brought back my days of growing up in the south because nobody speaks like the southerns. There was even the mention of the Piggy Wiggly which was o ...more
Okay, the story on its own wasn't terrible, but I can't stand to take one more look at the drivel that this narrator spewed out. From the beginning, she was everything I hated about anyone. Horrifically vain, contemptuous of education, prissy, self-absorbed, and apparently the apple of the town's eye. According to the narration, her drama club director completely remade "West Side Story" just so she could be Maria. As a high school drama club member, let me just say that if anyone actually tried ...more
I can't believe it took me so long to get around to reading this book! Its Bloody brilliant!

I was completely hooked by the turn of phrase, the characters became my best friends, I laughed, I cried, I was scared, I was heartwarmed. I feel quite bereft to have finished it. I adored the simplicity of the characters view on life from their smalltown existence.

I can't wait for her to write another book so I can devour that one as well! and truly believe this would make an amazing film and would be fi
I really liked the premise of this book. I read the synopsis and I was intrigued but in the end... Is it bad to hate the heroine of the story?! Well, not hate hate but to strongly dislike her?!

I found Leeann Worthier pretty annoying right from the start. She kept rambling on about how pretty she is, how everyone think how pretty she is, etc. And she was flimsy! [continue reading @ blog]
Cassie Brooker
I read the entire book. I was half way through part 2 when I decided to look at reviews.

I agree with most people about the way it was written. It's southern talk but in Oklahoma? I didn't like it because I have been down south and heard people call me "honey child", I miss that.

Anyways it was a great read just the writing ruins it! I like the mansion, ghost of Robina and that someone married into a wealthy family.

It sounded great and would be if the way it was written was better.

I read about the
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Raquel Vega-Grieder
I so LOVED Kathleen's writing style. They way this story is told is through Leann starting a journal and telling us first hand about her life and all the things that have happened to her through her association with George Willets Junior and his family.

When the story starts Leann is a high school senior. She doesn't have a lick of sense but she is a local beauty. She comes from a poor family but they have made a decent life for themselves. Leann also has a best friend Jessie, who like Leann, is
Paranormal Haven
The Wedding Gift by Kathleen McKenna

Leeann Worthier was the “prettiest girl in Dalton” and the corn queen. (By the way they said probably a hundred times in the book.) She lived in Dalton Oklahoma, where they had their very own ghost story and hunted house. Leeann was always in love with Donny Readle the best friend of her brother that passed when she was young. She had decided to wait till she was old enough to express these feelings to him. But before she had a chance she found out he had fou
Wicked Lil Pixie (Natasha)
The Wedding Gift is a mix between the paranormal and mystery, all told by small town Oklahoma girl Leeann Worthier. Leeann is the local pagent Queen, the self proclaimed “prettiest girl in town” who ends up with George Willets who is the heir to the richest family in town.

The very same family who had tragedy strike them, in turn Leeann’s family as well. George’s aunt Robina went off the deep end, killed her husband, her five children, and finally herself. For years the local teens have been afra
Alex at Raiding Bookshelves
The Wedding Gift is a thrilling murder mystery turned ghost story by Kathleen McKenna. Southern belle Leanne Worthier is the girl everyone in Dalton, Oklahoma wants to be. George Willets Jr. is the heir to the Willet petroleum business. So when the two hook up and Leanne gets knocked up, no one is surprised to be invited to the wedding of the year.
Unfortunately, Mummy Willets doesn't approve of the pretty new Mrs Willets and the newly wed couple are sent to live in the Willet ancestral home, whe
I have to start off by saying WOW! I am totally blown away by Kathleen McKenna's writing in 'The Wedding Gift.' It's such an awesome feeling to find a book that you can relate to, that you love, that you are fully invested in and I've found that in this book. I was in the middle of midterms when I started reading this so it took me a little while to read but I will admit, it did pull me away from studying at times.

This book is about a girl named Leann who is completely conceited and thinks that
Even though Leeann is a very unlikable character I still enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down. Leeann is the epitome of the dumb blonde and very self centered but she made me laugh and believe me it wasn’t with her!

This books starts out with the story of Leeann on her wedding day to the richest man in town, George Willets, plus the story of his uncle and entire family being murdered in the old Willets house, also where a prank gone wrong took the life of Leeann’s brother when sh
Latoya Thomas
First I have to say, I wish I received a mansion for my wedding gift for FREE :-).
However, nothing in life is ‘free’ is it?

The Wedding Gift is a story of a young girl who marries into a wealthy family, receives a mansion as her wedding gift from her groom’s father, but, well, some gifts are not made to be cherished. Throughout the story, I asked myself many times if 17 year old Leeann Worthier who marries 26 year old, filthy rich George Willet, is truly a gold digger, a gold digger by circumstan
This was such a fun book to read. It has a little bit of everything, murder, ghosts, romance, friendships, parents, funerals and so much more.

Our main character is Leeann who is full of funny phrases and descriptions. She loves one man but marries another, George Willets who is old time rich. Let's just say his parents aren't thrilled with his choice of wife and his wife is even less thrilled with them. To appease everyone he decides to move himself and his new wife into the old mansion where it
This is far closer to 5 stars than 4, but GR won't let me give halves :(

The Wedding Gift starts with a prologue of newspaper reports on the murders committed in Willets House which sets the scene of the murder mystery perfectly, and then jumps straight into the head of Leeann, the beautiful, ‘‘dumb as a box of hair’’ girl who has recently become engaged to the only son of the Willets Petroleum dynasty.

For me, Leeann was by far the best part of this book – she had me laughing out loud several tim
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Kathleen McKenna is a former adolescent social worker who holds a degree in Sociology. She is a transplanted Alaskan who spent twelve years on her first paragraph and now lives and writes prolifically in the opposite kind of desert in New Mexico.

She has written eight novels to date and recently nearly lost all eight when her laptop and her back-up drive failed simultaneously.

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