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Destination Wedding ~ A Novel

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  423 ratings  ·  58 reviews
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Life is full of surprises…

Claire Martin's life is perfect, or at least she tells herself it is. She owns a successful clothing boutique, has a steady, dependable boyfriend, and a beautiful grown daughter who is about to be married. Sure, Claire's husband of twenty years left her for a younger woman four years ago, but that is all in the past. Now, Claire is loo
Kindle Edition, 215 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Deanna Lynn Sletten
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Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
I didn’t like the ex husband/ then back to husband. He just smiled at everything. I’m sorry -smile. Forgive me. Smile. Marry me. smile. WTH. Stop smiling you fool. He left the wife for a much younger girl without any real explanation for four years then wants her back when the younger wife files for divorce. But never mind all that because I just couldn’t take him smiling throughout the whole book. The readers understood the wife’s pain of abandonment but I don’t think the husband did. If the au ...more
Sakura (✪㉨✪)
Finally, a book in which the man showed regret. I wish he had suffered more, but it's OK. ...more
Effie Kammenou
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Destination Wedding by Deanna Lynn Sletten was an enjoyable book. It’s the type of story that’s predicable in a feel good sort of way. You know what you expect to happen and are joyfully anticipating it. I love the humor interjected between the parents of the bride.
Although the destination wedding was for their daughter, the story was really about Claire and James, the parents of the bride. Divorced for years, each has current relationship problems and when thrown together all week, tensions fr
Talor Pickering
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely adored Destination Wedding. Why you ask? Well because its all about second chances, forgiveness and learning that no matter how young or old you are, everyone makes mistakes.

Leading lady Claire is jetting off to the Bahamas for her daughters wedding, one week of absolute paradise ending with her daughter saying I do. Theres one problem though Jim her ex husband and the father of their child will be there and he left her one day after 20 years of marriage for a younger woman. She sho
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cheating
I should not have liked this book. Jim treated his ex-wife badly, basically walking away with someone who made him feel younger, only to discover quickly he’d made a huge mistake. But, still stayed with the new wife for 4 years. He made a mess of their lives, and Claire deserves better. And yet, there’s something likable about him. Edited... the more I think about him, the less I like him...
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*3.5* This needed a longer epilogue.
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
I really don't get the 4 and 5 star reviews. ...more
Angela  Wilson
Aug 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Destination Wedding is yet another wonderfully written story by Deanna Lynn Sletten. I knew that I was going to have a hard time putting it down once I started reading.
Claire was looking forward to her daughter Mandy’s wedding that was going to take place on a small island. She was looking forward to spending a week on a warm beach and not in cold & snowy Minnesota. What she was not looking forward to was seeing her ex husband again, who had left her for a younger woman four years earlier. Cla
Tia Bach
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Claire Martin is looking forward to her beloved daughter's destination wedding, except for seeing her former husband who left her for a younger woman. She's determined not to let it faze her. After all, Claire's made the most of her life since; she's a successful business woman and has a dependable man in her life.

What she doesn't know is that James, the love of her life and father of her child, is miserable and regrets his rash decision to leave. When fate throws Claire and James together in an
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Claire Martin is owner of the Belle Boutique in Ann Arbor, divorced four years from ex-husband Jim, currently dating Steven for two years who recently asked Claire for her hand in marriage, now must prepare to travel for her daughter Mandy to wed on the upcoming weekend in the Bahamas. Claire did not give an immediate response of yes to Steven but informed him she would use the time while in the Bahamas for Mandy’s wedding to consider his marriage proposal.

Claire is unnerved with her ex-husband
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Life is full of surprises ... especially when you get a second chance at love ...

In Destination Wedding, author Deanna Lynn Sletten weaves a wonderful story of romance, forgiveness, love, and second chances.

Set in the tropical paradise of the Bahamas, divorced couple Claire and James Martin try to set aside their differences and come together for a week long vacation at their daughter Mandy's beach wedding destination. With plenty of family and relationship drama, miscommunications, humor, and a
Susan (The Book Bag)
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am always so excited when Deanna has a new book out. I know I am going to be taken away on a wondrous, emotional journey. In Destination Wedding we get to travel to the Bahamas and experience the sun, sand, and surf.

'No setting could have been more perfect for a wedding celebration.'

But then, on the flip side, we also get to experience all the drama that goes with a wedding; glitches in the plans, divorced parents trying to be civil to each other, and getting to know the new in-laws. You know
Aug 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was not too bad, I enjoyed it for the most part, watching two people who'd been divorced for 4 years be forced to spend time together in celebration of their daughter's upcoming wedding. Poor Claire dreaded being stuck with her ex-husband Jim and his younger wife, but when the wife doesn't come, we get to see Jim trying to work his way back into the wife of his heart's heart, all the while Claire tries to avoid Jim like the plague but to little avail. You could still see the sparks bet ...more
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing

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This book was so funny from the very first page. I needed a box of kleenex because of how much I Was laughing.

Clair has the perfect life or so she says. Great boyfriend that purposes and seems to really "care" about her. Love... well who needs love when you have a great future??? WRONG!

James is Clairs ex husband but has made a horrible horrible mistake leaving Clair for a much younger woman. He is so ashamed to tell anyone and so he makes up this elaborate story as to
Ann Swann
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book.
Claire and Jim are divorced. He left her for a younger woman. Now he's sorry but she's moved on. But they still share a daughter, and she's about to be married in one of those "destination weddings." That means they will all be together on a beautiful island for several days. Claire doesn't think she will be able to stand being that close to Jim and his young wife, especially since her own love interest, Steven, has decided not to attend the wedding. Then she learns that Jim's
Kelly Mccurdy
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
~~I received this in exchange for an honest review~~

This is a different style of book than I normally read. It was a nice change of pace. I personally related to this book since my parents recently got divorced. I could relate to the mom and her feelings towards the new wife. It was a little hard to read at times because Claire would just not let things go, but in other parts, I completely agreed with Claire.

This is the first book that I read by Deanna Lynn Sletten, it isn't going to be the la
Nash Norden
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, romance
Destination Wedding is definitely an enjoyable read with awesome characters, settings, and story line. I love how Claire and Jim relationship was slowly built up. At first, Claire just couldn’t stand Jim, but she slowly tolerated him after a few dramas and humorous moment. I guess Destination Wedding was meant for readers in more mature age, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying this book. I definitely recommend Destination Wedding for those who loves light romance with humor.

I received a copy o
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
"Destination Wedding" was a heartwarming novel. I wanted to try reading some second-chance romance tropes and this was the perfect fit.

Second Chance Romance Trope

Their story was beautiful. Heartbreaking from Claire's side. & I was glad James (Jim) realized his mistakes. I found their story realistic, it can be very hard giving second chances to those who weren't able to truly understand or appreciate what they had. To truly open up to them again, especially after 20 years of marriage. The en
Jul 13, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: second-chance
Jim never seemed contrite enough towards Claire once the lightbulb went off. Still, I wasn’t a fan of him overall and he was a slow to catch on. Like he suddenly had an epiphany about how much he missed Claire when he was so thoughtless before and now that they’re in the same space, he’s realized what he wants. Too little too late, honestly. I could’ve done without his constant winks and careless flirtations, using humor and jibes to aggravate Claire. The daughter, Mandy, was annoying and somewh ...more
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I didn't fully believe in the reconciliation. I thought he was a selfish man that didn't deserve a second chance. There was not enough discussion on the break and why he left. You don't know how long the affair went for. I didn't feel his longing for her and I felt his remorse was self centred. He also didn't fight for her.

Not enough grovelling either. He fucked her over then he realised his mistake and he got her back. The end.

It was also written in a way that didn't make me fee
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Blissful Plans
Really excited to read books themed on destination weddings honestly!

The main reason to do that is because our company works on organising luxury destination weddings and I can already relate in so many ways. In case you're curious check out our site:
Kim Cano
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It was a clean romance, and I could really relate to Claire. I had to laugh whenever Jim put his foot in his mouth. It totally reminded me of my spouse.
If you're looking for a great story about family and reconnecting after love is lost, listen to Destination Wedding. Even better if you can listen to it poolside while on a tropical vacation!
Katie L.
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved this one. Predictable, I thought, until it wasn’t. I would’ve been OK had this been either a story of second chances, or simply a closure/forgiveness story. I was happy with the ending though.
This would be a good Book 2 in a trilogy, just to develop the story more. Book 1 on the affair/divorce and Book 3 checking in on the couple. I still definitely recommend.
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Lots and lots

Of eye rolling ! I realise if a heroine isn't strong then the book doesn't appeal much, add a zero who grins throughout, no real passion or remorse for his past behaviour then it's a definite no go for me.
Jennifer Schweitzer
Very good book on how a tropical island and a wedding can bring two people back together.....
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Deanna Lynn Sletten is the author of THE ONES WE LEAVE BEHIND, MISS ETTA, THE WOMEN OF GREAT HERON LAKE, MAGGIE'S TURN, THE LAKE HARRIET SERIES, and several other titles. She writes heartwarming women's fiction and romance novels with unforgettable characters. She has also written one middle-grade novel that takes you on the adventure of a lifetime.

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