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The Week Before the Wedding

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  1,683 ratings  ·  222 reviews
Beth Kendrick sweeps you off your feet with a captivating tale of how even the best-laid plans can falter at the altar.

After enduring a chaotic childhood, Emily McKellips yearns for a drama-free life, complete with a white picket fence. Her dreams are about to come true: She has a stellar career, a gorgeous house, and a fiancé any woman would die for. But as friends and
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by NAL
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Teresa Snyder
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The best way to describe this book, Sweet Home Alabama (the movie).

This is the first book I've read by this author. I picked it up because of the cover. Really wasn't sure what to expect. The reviews were all over the place.

You've got a heroine, Emily, trying to be something she not. A Lady. You've got two heroes- a workaholic surgeon, Grant, and a bad boy, ex-husband, film producer, Ryan, who shows up at her wedding ten years after they divorced. They both claim to be in love with her.

Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
This has been one of the most romantic books I've read in a while. And I hate love triangles and borderline emotional cheating. Absolutely hate them. But the author did not make anyone into a caricature. Both men were legitimately nice fellows.

The first marriage's break down was no ones fault. No character acted overly sexualized with anyone else, so that you almost felt like everything was taking place on a higher plane, so there wasn't even that "eww" factor of a woman sleeping with one man
J.J. Lair
May 27, 2013 rated it liked it
There is a cliché about romantic comedies. A woman gets engaged and just before she gets married, she meets Mr. Perfect. The fiancée that the woman knows for years suddenly become a jerk and she runs off with the new guy.
I got the fear that would happen here.
Beth Kendrick is a very funny author. Her books are enjoyable and amusing. Its easy to want the characters to be real and someone you could meet. In this book, she has that. The families are funny, Summer couldve been annoying, but she had
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was ok

If a reader thinks that having her fifty-something year-old mother instigating a conga line dance with shirtless beefcakes through her formal bridal tea is behavior that should elicit a reaction of only mild indulgence, then they will probably enjoy this book. If the maid of honor hocking a loogie and sabotaging the pre-wedding diet is your idea of outrageous humor, then this is indeed a book that is deserving of your money. But I am glad I did not have to
Cocktails and Books
3.5 Stars

In THE WEEK BEFORE THE WEDDING our heroine, Emily, is grappling with what she needs to make her happy. Prior to coming to Valentine, Vermont for her destination wedding, she thought that was her fiance Grant. But when her ex-husband Ryan appears at the resort and she gets a birds eye view on the previously thought perfect family she was going to marry into, Emily has to finally admit that maybe everything she thought she wanted isn't exactly the best fit.

I liked Emily. She changed
Samantha March
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of The Week Before the Wedding by Beth Kendrick in exchange for an honest review.

There were many details that made me fall in love with The Week Before the Wedding. I highly enjoyed that Emily had a bit of a wild-child past, how crazy her mom was, and of course that I was reading a wedding book! (Mine is now LESS than four months away!) What I liked the most is that throughout the book, I had no idea how Emily was going to end up or who she would end up with. On one hand, I
Linda Smatzny
Sep 23, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the story of Emily McKellips who is getting married in seven days. As the days countdown she is having panic attacks. The man she is marrying is calm not even upset when her ex husband shows up or her mother does something outlandish. His mother is so proper and Emily is trying so hard to be good and proper but is that really her. The book was a quick easy read.
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
This was so sweet and precious and I love the ending so much!! Definitely need to check out more by this author!
Chelsey Wolford
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
From the perspective of someone who is getting married within the coming year, this book was outrageously funny, sweet, and completely unputdownable! I have always reading stories about weddings, and especially by authors who can write them so well. Weddings are a beautiful time in a couples life and are nothing short of chaotic, fast-paced, and very stressful. But when it is all said and done I think every mostly every bride felt special and loved on her big day. Emily McKellips is about to ...more
Sharon Redfern
May 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
The Week before the Wedding is a wonderful version of the classic romance theme of reuniting with a long ago love. Emily is planning her second wedding to Dr. Grant- the Ken doll of Doctors. He is perfect in so many ways; hes nice, handsome, caring and most important to Emily, hes the picture of stability. This is important because her first husband Ryan was the picture of irresponsibility. He was a horror film buff and slob and their marriage only lasted five months before Emily left him. ...more
CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
Emily is finally living the picture-perfect life she has always wanted. She is a successful financial planner with a stock portfolio and financial security. Her doting fiancé is a transplant surgeon with a family straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting. And the two of them are tying the knot at a romantic Lodge in Vermont before jetting off to Bora Bora on their honeymoon. Just when Emily is sure things are about to get better, her past whirls onto the scene like a tornado. Her irresponsible, ...more
Apr 15, 2013 added it
Shelves: ebooks, for-review, arc
I finished reading this more than a month ago and every time I sit down to write a review of it, I get stymied by the old saying, If you dont have anything nice to say, dont say anything at all. Its not that theres anything overtly bad about The Week Before the Wedding, its just that theres nothing particularly good about it. I found the characters to be cliched and boring; the plot was predictable; and although its billed as being a comedy, it wasnt really that funny.

For me, The Week Before
Oct 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Emily and Ryan had a whirlwind romance when they met at a wild college party and they married right after graduation. They were both impulsive risk-takers, fun-loving, and passionately in love...until 5 months after the marriage and Emily had had it. Tired of waiting for Ryan to make it in the world of films, tired of being the main bread-winner, tired of living in a dingy apartment of cheap second-hand furniture, tired of Ryan's lack of house-keeping skills; Emily walked out for good.

Now ten
Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it

A light beach type read, a love triangle, I enjoyed the book, it was a pretty quick read for me and I will read others by Beth Kendrick.

Beth Kendrick sweeps you off your feet with a captivating tale of how even the best-laid plans can falter at the altar.

After enduring a chaotic childhood, Emily McKellips yearns for a drama-free life, complete with a white picket fence. Her dreams are about to come true: She has a stellar career, a gorgeous house, and a fiancé any woman would die for. But as
Susan J.
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I always find it a treat when a new Beth Kendrick novel comes out. The Week Before the Wedding lived up to my expectations of a hilarious yet sweet novel. As the title says, the book takes place during the week before Emily McKellips wedding to her dreamy surgeon fiancé Grant at a resort in Vermont. Unbeknownst to her, Emilys best friend and ex-step sister, Summer, has tipped off Emilys first husband, Ryan, to the upcoming nuptials. Emily had walked out on Ryan after a tumultuous five months of ...more
Aug 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I enjoyed the book, but I gave it only three stars, as it was a bit predictable, in some respects. It is a typical Chick Lit book. But, there is a lesson. We can't always remake ourselves into an idea of what is the perfect life or lifestyle. Perhaps what we, think we want, is not really what we need or want. And, sometimes, what we need and want is right in front of us. Also, given time, things age well, like fine wine.

Emily's youth had been a bit crazy and chaotic. She believes she has found
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
this is a random grab from the audiobook section because all the ones on my list were checked out. WE'LL SEE. (she said ominously)

post-read: meh. this book had everything i hate about romance novels (silly one-dimensional characters included for comic relief, cheesy humor, cliche after cliche after cliche) without any of the actual steam or chemistry. on the bright side, i have something to recommend if someone asks for a "clean" adult romance.

also this reminded me a lot of 'sweet home
Anita Johnson
Aug 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is chick lit at its best. Emily is in her 30's and has matured into a responsible and focused adult, working in a high-powered job in finance and engaged to a surgeon. She has convinced herself that she is nothing like the carefree girl in her early 20's who fell madly in love with and married the handsome bad boy she met in college. A colorful cast of characters make this laugh-out loud funny and thoroughly enjoyable.
Aug 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, romance
I enjoyed listening to this book. The narrator, Nicole Poole did a great job. I liked Emily but she could get on my nerves at times. She changed herself for the life she thought she should lead instead of being true to herself. The supporting cast was great. They added a lot to the story. I liked both Grant and Ryan. They were both great guys in different ways. I was happy with the way it ended.
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: womens-fiction
Brilliant! The pages of this book just turned themselves and I was lost in the story. I adored all of the characters and the setting seemed so vibrant and real. Based on this book, Beth Kendrick is now an automatic buy for me. Highly recommended if you enjoy either romance or women's fiction as this is the ultimate and seamless blend of both genres.
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I listened to Beth speak at The Poisoned Pen and got this book there. When I started it, it captivated me. I spent as many minutes as I could read in a day and raced through this in two. The characters are intriguing and leave you wanting to learn more about them. This book will take you away to Valentine, Vermont and you'll feel as if you went on vacation too.
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Not really my style, don't know why I bothered. On that note: predictable, boring and unrealistic. No humor or drama, beautiful girl, two rich, handsome love interests. Oh my, what is a girl to do?! Yawn.
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
A comfortable read, but completely predictable. Nervous bride, perfect fiancé, embarrassing mother, gorgeous ex. Gee, guess what happens next?
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Cute second chance romance - review to follow
Dec 11, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible-escape
I started this with high hopes after reading other reviews. It sounded adorable, silly and just perfect for a long hike with my dog. I started listening and soon realized I had made a big mistake. Each and every person in this book is the exact reason I prefer animals to most humans. They are at the very least loyal, loving and honest. There is not a decent human being amongst the entire cast of characters. They are terrible, awful, immature heinous manipulative selfish people. Just because your ...more
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Emily was married before it was a short starter marriage which was done on a whim. So after a short try Emily left and divorced Ryan. Now Emily is in Valentine, Vermont a week before her and her fiancé Grant's wedding they are finishing last minute things for their wedding at the end of the week. When one night Emily things she see her ex Ryan, it turns out he is now a film producer scouting a location for his next project. When Ryan sees Emily he lets her know he never forgot her nor will he ...more
Jul 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: chicklit
Okay so I finished this book in like, 3 hours? So that should tell you enough about what kind of book this is. Nevertheless, I quite enjoyed it. It reads easily, you can empathise with the main character quite well and the mom and mother-in-law thing is hilarious.

That being said, there's not a lot of depth, even for a book like this. The characters are one-dimensional and even the ex-husband seems devoid of any characteristics besides being hot and still being in love with Emily. They're fun,
Tatyana Vogt
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Im a sucker for romance so I guess its no surprise that I fell for the book in the end. Half way through I almost decided not to finish it because the dilemma is a moral one that I strongly oppose but I liked Beths approach at dealing with writing that dilemma.

I will admit that the intro had a great transition between chapters that left you with questions, got you involved and made you want more. Or at least that was my experience. Cheesy moments and your typical romance tropes aside I really
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Cute, sappy very Hallmark movie-ish, seemed like I had seen it, but still entertaining with the crazy in- laws, the too perfect mother-in-law to be and the brooding ex husband lingering around every corner pining for the girl.
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