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I Always Cry at Weddings

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  102 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Ava Larson is going to bring all the other brides to tears.

Engaged to a wealthy NYC socialite's son, Ava is ready to set the city abuzz with her glamorous wedding. At least until she realizes her relationship isn't what it should be. Then, in a move as daring as a red satin dress, she does the unthinkable - she calls it all off and makes a promise to God that from now on,
Paperback, 354 pages
Published September 15th 2015 by Whitefire Publishing
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Sara Goff I'm really sorry that I'm just seeing your question now. (We moved this summer, and boy did that eat up my days...weeks!) I recommend I Always Cry at …moreI'm really sorry that I'm just seeing your question now. (We moved this summer, and boy did that eat up my days...weeks!) I recommend I Always Cry at Wedding for women as young as 17 years of age, but of course that also depends on their maturity. The story is about understanding unconditional love and finding your way after college. I've had women in their seventies read and write positive reviews, so I don't feel that it appeals only to women starting out in life. (less)
Sara Goff I immediately think of Ava Larson, who is a flawed protagonist. She is an ambitious, hard-working young woman, and yet she confirms her faith in God a…moreI immediately think of Ava Larson, who is a flawed protagonist. She is an ambitious, hard-working young woman, and yet she confirms her faith in God and opens her heart to unconditional love after learning from her mistakes. Her journey is spiritual and thought-provoking, and yet it is set in and influenced by modern-day New York City.

When Christian readers refer to I Always Cry at Weddings they use the words "clean" and "true to life." Many thanks for asking the question!(less)
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Dale Harcombe
Sep 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is an amusing read that carries an underlying important message or two wrapped into the story. One of the issues that it raised was the amount of emphasis put on the wedding day and getting all the details right and yet so little thought to what marriage is really all about. My mind almost went into shock at the amount of money being tossed around for the planned wedding day of Ava and Josh. It took Ava six chapters to come to the conclusion I could have told her she needed to make before t ...more
Christine Lindsay
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommended
What a breath of fresh air! This is a wonderful romantic comedy for those of us who are tired of Christian romances that always seem to be set in pioneer days, dude ranches, or Amish communities. I’ve watched many a romantic movie set there. So, reading I Always Cry at Weddings felt like that---being inside a contemporary romantic comedy taking place in the Big Apple.

Ava Larson is a young woman like most of us, or like our grown up daughters or granddaughters---she makes mistakes. Big mistakes t
Dina Sleiman
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is really one of my favorite books that I've read in years!!! It's witty and urbane but still presents a strong spiritual message. Imagine (if you possibly can stretch your mind that far) the Christian version of Sex in the City with a missional theme, and you'll begin to get a feel for this wonderful book. It's truly an original, but you'll love this thought-provoking romantic comedy and won't want the ride to stop.

(Yes, I was an editor on this project, but I was so excited about finding t
Tracy Krauss
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I Always Cry At Weddings by Sara Goff was not what I expected and I mean that in a very positive way. Based on the title, I was expecting a cliché romance. What I got was a sassy, smart, somewhat ‘Sophie Kinsella’ esque story with three dimensional quirky characters, unlikely heroes, and an unexpected storyline that doesn’t fit into any boxes. Add to that the fact that I could literally picture the locations in NYC and I was convinced. Sara Goff is the real deal. She unapologetically tackles the ...more
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Heartwarming, captivating and inspiring, I Always Cry At Weddings explores not only the desire for love but also the meaning of true entitlement to life passion. I had a great time escaping into the world of Ava Larson. An easy-to-like character, Ava is generous, caring and kind-hearted. I particularly admired her tenacity to keep going even when things didn’t turn out as expected. The ending wasn’t exactly something I foresaw but I enjoyed the sweet, uplifting note where it concluded. Definitel ...more
Janet Sketchley
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
What if your dream wedding was fast approaching – and you suddenly realized it was a huge mistake?

Ava breaks her engagement and gets stuck with an enormous bill. The stress affects her performance at work, and her only supporter, her mother, is fighting cancer. Ava was with Josh for five years. How will she even begin to look for true love?

Desperation prompts some risky choices, and Ava has some narrow escapes. She's drifted a long way from God, although she's trying to find her way back to fait
Wendy Macdonald
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. I can honestly say this book was hard to put down. Although I prefer more sweet and innocent type romances, the edginess in the main character's behavior made her more believable. I found myself caught up in Ava's life and wanted her to make better choices and have a happy ever after ending. This novel has twists and turns I didn't see coming, and it had the ending I hoped for. Well done, Sara. ...more
Wendy Chorot
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I must first say that I edited this book, then I want to say what a delightful read! The characters are the "real" kind that makes a story so much more enjoyable. The pace is excellent, setting too. There's just nothing I don't like about this story. And you'll love it too! ...more
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and can't wait for the next book by Sara Goff. ...more
Katherine Jones
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I don’t usually go in for romance novels, but I Always Cry at Weddings is not your usual romance. For starters, there’s the twist of the chastity vow. I was intrigued to see how it would work within this genre. As it turns out, I liked how it worked–how it prompted between the characters some honest and real conversation about faith and fidelity.

I did have to stick with Ava long enough for her to dump her fiancé {no spoilers here, it’s at the top of the back cover copy}, and it did make me quest
Suzie Waltner
Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Ava seems to have it all. A dream job at an upscale department store, a New York apartment to herself (even if it’s not in the most desirable location and Ava sleeps on a futon), and an upcoming society wedding. But what her heart desires is to feel loved—something that is blatantly lacking from her fiancé—so she calls off her wedding.
From there, Ava’s life hits every obstacle on her path. Just when something seems like it might take a turn toward success, something else throws her off course.
Sandra Orchard
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I Always Cry at Weddings could easily be a movie. Sara’s novel is set in NYC and begins with the heroine canceling her upcoming wedding. Since I visited NYC for the first time this past summer, I had lots of fun re-visiting it through the story. This is not your typical romance. In fact, for a good part of the book, I wondered if it was a romance. Not to say it wasn’t interesting reading. It was! Sara’s done a great job of showing Ava making tough choices. Ava is a woman who abandoned the values ...more
Karen Rees
Oct 24, 2015 rated it really liked it

This is an engaging Christian romance complete with humor, a variety of fallible characters and a spiritual lesson or two. The main character, Ava, throws away a secure future when she breaks her engagement to her emotionally-distant fiance shortly before the wedding.

As she begins building a new life, she is determined that, this time, it will have meaning and any future love relationship will be authentic.

Ava's new life is quickly filled with difficulties and new romance possibilities. When h
V. Palmer
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ava grew up learning about God, but like so many of us, she's started doing her own thing. But the lessons she learned stick with her. In a seemingly crazy move, Ava changes her life and tries to seek God's will - whatever that is. This leads Ava all over the place in this Christian mainstream novel.

For awhile Ava looks for love in all the wrong places. (Cue the Out of Eden song here.) There is a romance in the story, but it is not the focus. The focus is on the journey Ava takes. Yeah, there a
Louise Foerster
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ava Larson is about to marry as expected when she takes a different road and ends up with the life of her dreams, an "If Only" life that she once thought impossible. Her adventures, triumphs, and disasters are believable, honest, and completely engaging. I couldn't put the book down, eager to see what she would do next. The supporting characters are strong, vividly drawn, and real. I don't think I have ever read a better depiction of New York City, a powerful and compelling character in its own ...more
Jonas Nilsson
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sara's story about Ava Larson and her journey of finding love in New York City is a romantic comedy about what matters - and what really doesn't - in life (and especially in the Big Apple). It's contemporary, real and full of honesty and, on top of all that, also very well written. Sara's first book is a great fun read that I would imagine doesn't speak to any one genre but will find a home with anyone looking to lose themselves in a great book, be inspired, and fall in love with life once again ...more
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I cry at weddings too!

I'm not a city girl but I really liked Ava and Phoebe,especially since they kept being friends after the wedding was called off. Marrying the wrong man,just to keep his mom as a friend isn't good but Ava found her courage and managed to not do the wrong thing and still be friends with Phoebe and fall in love for real with Chris. I've visited New York City once and would love to again but reading this book was like a quick trip there. Will definitely be looking for more to r
Dec 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful debut novel! The book is a combination of romance, humor and faith that resulted in a story that I thoroughly enjoyed. It was a delight following Ava, the main character, on her sometimes rocky journey to discovering God's plan for her life, and the setting in New York City also added much to the story. I definitely recommend this book to the reader who enjoys good Christian fiction and I certainly look forward to reading more by this author. ...more
Catherine Leggitt
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Well written romance. Sara Goff has penned a believable every-woman's journey to discover not only love, but what's important in life. I laughed and cried for this poor girl. She made a LOT of really stupid decisions and I chided her for them--aloud. The characters are fresh and so real. Inspires me to follow my dreams. It's never too late. Sara Goff, thank you for that. ...more
Carrie Rye
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A quick, light read that is perfect for the beach. Cute young character figuring out her relationships in life.
May 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: just-ok
Blah, just boring. Maybe this genre just isn't doing it for me. Sorry it just blah ...more
Becky Smith
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an interesting, easy read where the main character Ava is a strong, but yet vulnerable woman. I couldn’t help but be relieved when she realized that she was wrong to live with her fiancé before marriage. And I was really cheering her on, as she realized that marriage wouldn’t be able to change a person, so she needed to step back and discover what love really was. But it was also a great story showing that one can’t always judge by appearances or by assumptions. Things aren’t always what ...more
Kirsten Staller
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Some spoilers, though vague.

Wow. I knew this book would be good because Sara Goff spent so long perfecting her task, but I never realized that I would be so engrossed, becoming one with Ava. I can see every turn in the book where Goff went through her own life struggles, from having a Christian agent, to working at a soup kitchen, to meeting the person who would change her life at the kitchen. The fact that this turned out to be a romance enhanced the book. Normally, I'm not one for a romance, b
Amanda  H
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book wound up being totally different from what I was expecting, and I mean that in the best way possible! I enjoyed getting to know Ava, as she went through a lot over the course of the story. I didn't always agree with her choices, especially with Julian, since things could of ended badly, but I thought she was a very real character as she tried to change her life around after setting on a new course. This is an excellent story by a talented writer. I look forward to reading more of Sara' ...more
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Wanted to like this one so badly, but just couldn't connect with the story, the characters, or any of it. I'm not necessarily saying it was a terrible book - just definitely not for me.

*I received this book for free and was under no obligation to review either positively or negatively.
Paula Vince
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ava is trying to please herself by pleasing others in New York City, but everything seems to fall apart. Her mother is dying, her job as buyer for a handbag company leaves her cold, and with just a few weeks until her marriage, it dawns on her that she and her cynical fiance, Josh, are a bad fit for a life together. Their attitudes about showing love are poles apart. But making the right move in the nick of time leaves her saddled with a $70 000 debt for a massive wedding which never was. There ...more
Aug 27, 2015 rated it liked it
When you read the synopsis you know that Ava calls off her wedding. So I thought that would be the down part of the book and you would see Ava work her way out of a bad relationship into a good place. Well, it did happen, but it took almost the whole book before the good stuff happened.

I didn't think Ava could have anymore trouble or make any more bad decisions, yet another came along. I was starting to think no one person could have this many bad things in their life.

Slowly and I do mean slowl
Ane Mulligan
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book!! It's well-written and the story draws you in and holds you tight! ...more
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