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The Marrying Type

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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  314 ratings  ·  66 reviews
Always the wedding planner, never a bride, Elliot Lynch is famous for orchestrating the splashiest weddings in Charleston, South Carolina. When her father’s sloppy management practices leave them on the brink of bankruptcy, Elliot will do whatever it takes to save the family business. When asked to appear on “The Marrying Type,” a reality TV show about the people behind th ...more
Kindle Edition, 325 pages
Published September 29th 2016 (first published February 20th 2015)
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Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jaff, i-own-it, 2017-jaff
This is a well done modernization/variation of Persuasion. There's a definite parallel to the original, and the changes make the storyline fit more neatly into a contemporary setting. The character names are altered just enough that those familiar with Jane Austen's work will know exactly who they represent. (My favorite is Captain Benwick, who becomes Ben Wick. *tee-hee*) Their personalities are not identical to their Austen counterparts, although there are definite similarities.

The story is s
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017

Dear Reader,

I absolutely adored this wonderful variation of Austen's beloved Persuasion.

Sprinkled with gentle humour,we eavesdrop on Elliott's preparations for the Charlestown wedding of the year,that of Sadie and Adam, and gauge her reaction to meeting a ghost from her not too distant past.

Will she and Eric be able to walk down memory lane and perhaps discover paths that promise future felicity or will Ben Wick, Heloise and Will give them pause for thought and persuade them that the past i
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
4.5 stars! Jane Austen + Wedding-Themed Reality TV…Could This Be Anymore Awesome?!?

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Modern-day Adaptation of Persuasion

SETTING: Charleston, South Carolina wedding season (April through September)

MAIN CHARACTERS: Elliot Lynch (wedding planner/soon-to-be reality TV star), Eric Warner (bachelor billionaire and creator of an über-successful web app), Sadie Warner (Eric’s sister and bride-to-be), Marissa (cousin to Elliot and producer of The Marrying Type reality TV show), H
Bethany Clark
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing read from beginning to attend. It had my attention everyday and it took only a few to read it. (Even while I was at work)

It takes place is the amazing southern city of Charleston, South Carolina.

Elliot has been working with the family business for quite some time and has no realized they are in quite some trouble financially. Her father has poorly run the company for years and if she wants to save her families home as well as their business she needs to act quickly.

She was approa
Apr 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I was totally caught off guard with this book, in a good way. Chapman surprised me with a clever narrative and lovable characters.

Reality TV show involving wedding planners, estranged old flames reunite, along with family issues conjoin creating a nifty plot. Chapman balances the ingredients with ease. The plot carries a certain depth exploring multiple themes and an array of topics. The pace is perfect filled with numerous surprises and multiple layers. The awkwardness and tension between Ellio
Dec 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Wedding Planner + Reality TV Show + Modern Adaptation of Austen's 'Persuasion'
Mrs Mommy Booknerd

There are books that really capture the trials and tribulations of life and THE MARRYING TYPE is one of those great reads that captures of the ups and downs we can all relate to. There is an interesting and fun cast of characters that accompany Elliot on her journey. Having her whole experience captured, on a reality show that she has decided to be featured on because the money was to great to turn down, she experiences some crazy situations. The whole time I was reading I was thinking "what if
Celia Kennedy
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Life for Elliot Lynch is like riding on a roller coaster - gradual ups, with steep rushes into despair, and then the gentle skip along the track of life where one catches their breath, knowing that a steep climb is about to begin again.

Elliot runs the family wedding planning business, Engagements. Once her mothers vision - it is now Elliot's legacy, and one she aims to make work. Putting in the blood, sweat, and tears, Elliot gives the business her all, but it seems that may not be enough.

With d
Meredith Schorr
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I absolutely adored this charming novel. Laura Chapman knows how to write angst and a slow-burning, keep you waiting on the edge of your couch, romance. It was so romantic, so sweet, and very witty too. Elliot was a doll and Eric...well, can someone please find me Eric's unattached clone, please? Each time I questioned something and thought perhaps the author could have developed something better, the answer was on the next page. She was a step ahead of me and I truly devoured this book unt ...more
May 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
This modern retelling of Persuasion will appeal to Austen lovers and chick lit lovers alike. A fun rom com about Elliot, who works in her family owned wedding planner business and takes part in a reality TV show.

I really liked Elliot. She is the kind of girl I could imagine being best friends with. I've always thought you shouldn't get back together with an ex, so when her ex came back on the scene I was immediately against him. I changed my opinion about whether they should get back together o
Kate  Maxwell
What a fun retelling of Jane Austen's "Persuasion"! Elliot was strong, Eric was fine and the dad was clueless. It was neat to see how someone could modernize my favorite JA book - and Laura Chapman did a great job! I would have liked to have seen more in the ending, but it was still good.
Elin Eriksen
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-jaff, persuasion
Excellent modern variation of Persuasion

Well written and highly engaging story. I had a hard time putting at down. Loved the emotions, the fun and the development of their relationship.
Brilliantly adapted into the modern era with the framework intact.

Elliot Lynch (Anne) was a wedding planner but the family business was in dire straits when she was approached by a reality tv show. Reluctantly, she signs the contract to save the busines when the sister of her long lost love, asks her to plan her
Feb 29, 2020 rated it liked it
I do enjoy a good Persuasion retelling. Review to come
Leslie Williams
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from the author and Paranormal Romance & Authors That Rock for an honest review.

Elliot Lynch is one of the best wedding planners in Charleston, South Carolina. For almost thirty years, her family’s wedding business have been servicing some of Charleston’s most remarkable and royal families. But due to Elliot’s father’s poor management skills over the years, they are facing financial problems that can cost them everything. Willing to do whatever it takes to recover her famil
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally reviewed at Books Etc.

There was a moment after finishing my event management post-grad program that I considered getting into wedding planning. It was a brief moment. I realized I just wasn't cut out for dealing with the brides nor did I want to give up every summer weekend. But that doesn't mean I'm not still interested in the whole wedding thing. So, when Laura Chapman asked if I would review her latest novel, The Marrying Type, I jumped at the chance to see what one of my favourite
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review first posted on my blog: http://spoonfulofhappyendings.blogspo...

Elliot Lynch loves her job working for the family wedding planning business Engagements, which her mother set up before her death when Elliot was just a teenager. Elliot wants nothing more than to continue with her mother's legacy, but she discovers the business is having some serious financial problems and something needs to be done as soon as possible. When Elliot is approached by her cousin to take part in a new reality T
Mar 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
review for Chick Lit Central (

Having read and reviewed Laura Chapman’s Hard Hats and Doormats, I was honored and very excited to be given the opportunity to read her latest novel, The Marrying Type.

Always the wedding planner, never a bride, Elliot Lynch is famous for orchestrating the splashiest weddings in Charleston, South Carolina. When her father’s sloppy management practices leave them on the brink of bankruptcy, Elliot will do whatever it takes to save the family bu
Arielle Jagow
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review originally posted on my blog

We’ve got a fun-filled wedding novel on our hands here people! The Marrying Type is a hilarious romantic comedy and I highly suggest you go get yourself a copy. This is the first novel I’ve read by Laura Chapman and I have to say that upon finishing the novel, I immediately added her to my list of go-to authors.

Elliot Lynch specializes in organization and excellence in all aspects of her life. She works for her family’s [wedding] event
Annabel Krantz
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My test of whether an e-book I read is truly good or not is whether or not I pop over to Book Depository and put it on my (rather long) wishlist, so that I can add a hard copy to my library. Guess what? I just added The Marrying Type by Laura Chapman to my wishlist.

Straight off the bat, I loved Elliot, the main character. She sees a problem and sets her mind to fixing it, showing a strength of character that I really appreciated. My heart ached for her losses and the crap her family pulls on her
Susan (The Book Bag)
I love reading Laura's books because she has such a great, off-the-wall sense of humor that I get and enjoy so much. I love reading stories with great storylines and wonderful characters but will also make me laugh. Sometimes we just need to laugh.

And so, I am reading along, enjoying the story and the chararcters and then Laura throws in this line.

'But this would be the first time in her recollection that a bridesmaid couldn't zip up her dress becasue she's had a last-minute boob job. At first t
Michelle 🌹🕊
The first thing I would like to say is that this book was fabulous. The characters were great, the main character was likable and real, and the main love interest was perfect. If you love Chick-Lit, why aren't you already reading this?

Elliot has taken over her family's wedding planning business with hopes of bringing it back to the top of the industry. Her Mom passed away several years ago and she is the only one left with interest in the company. However, she finds herself scrambling to make en
Bff Book Blog
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-rated-reviews
The Marrying Type delivers just what you expect from the synopsis. It is a straight-forward, sweet, storyline that delivers a fun read and a satisfying conclusion. I listened to the book on audio and enjoyed it very much. (The narrator can get a bit nasally, but it didn't interfere with my overall enjoyment of the story.)

Elliot Lynch is in a predicament. She needs a quick solution to save her family's business and keep her life on track. When she ends up planning the wedding of her ex's sister,
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Marrying Type is an entertaining romantic comedy that follows the trials and tribulations of wedding planner Elliot Lynch.

Author Laura Chapman weaves a sassy tale full of humor and drama that easily draws the reader into Elliot's life as she tries to save her family's wedding business by signing up to appear on The Marrying Type, a wedding reality show. Set in Charleston, SC, Elliot's life is anything but normal: always the wedding planner, never a bride, Elliot's life plays out in front of
Why oh why do all Persuasion updates just make me want to read Persuasion again? How many times have I read it, now? Like a million or so?

Anyway, this one was actually really good. I liked the names-- it's so fun to see how authors update them. Admiral Croft turns into Adam Crawford, Captain Benwick turns into Ben Wick -- love it. And I liked how Elliot's family kind of found redemption at the end-- I think modern sensibilities like for our families to come together eventually. (Austen, of cours
Liberty Kontranowski
4.5 out of 5 stars

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The Marrying Type was a quick, fun read that had heart - the perfect blend for Chick Lit. Elliot was easy to root for, and I liked her as both a "friend" and "professional" right off the bat.

Eric, of course, was sexy and sweet, and the two were good together. I do wish we could have felt their sizzle from the second they reconnected, though. There was a lot of understandable awkwardness and dancing around
Apr 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Marrying Type is a "will they or won't they" romance novel.

Quick recap from the blurb:
Elliot works for her family's wedding planning company. When she discovers they are massively in debt, she has to do something she never dreamed of - agree to appear on a a reality TV show following wedding planners around the country. To add more stress to her life, the 'IT' wedding of the season, that she's agreed to plan, happens to be for the sister of the one who got away. The love of her life, Eric.

Blodeuedd Finland
Nov 30, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a modern adaptation of Persuasion, sure things are changed, but that young lovers who meet again theme is there.

Elliot is a wedding planner. Her father spends money. Her sister likes being lazy. Oh yes that same family dynamic from the book. I am glad we do not see much of them. But then they are not as bad as in the book, except for this one thing.... But this is Elliot books, and she is nice (too nice), hardworking (loves her job) and has no time for men.

In comes a reality shows about
Sultry Steamy Reading
I received an ARC of this book from CLP Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review and as part of the book's blog tour promotions.

There was a time when I was a fan of the chick lit genre. I still am a fan until now, but my books these days tend to lean more toward the darker, more erotic stories. The Marrying Type is like a breath of fresh air for me. It was easy, uncomplicated, enjoyable.

We have a hero and a heroine who had history, one that was serious enough to lead to an engagement. Unfortu
Glynis Astie
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was completely engrossed from the beginning of this book. Ms. Chapman's writing is humorous and highly engaging - and the plot will keep you turning those pages! Elliot has spent her life learning how to plan the perfect wedding, but has had trouble finding her own happily ever after. With her family's wedding planning business crumbling before her very eyes, she throws herself into her work with a determination so fierce, it will make your head spin! When all else fails, Elliot agrees to allo ...more
Nash Norden
This is a great read. The story flows beautifully and I just couldn't put it down. The characters are great. I love Elliot and Eric. They're adorable. I enjoy the progress of Elliot and Eric's relationship. It was very well developed. The other supporting characters make the book a lot more interesting. There may be lots of supporting characters, but every one of them is a great companion. They make the story enjoyable, even crazy Heloise. My favorite part is reading about the behind-the-scene o ...more
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Laura Chapman is the author of sweet and sexy romantic comedies, including Playing House, The Marrying Type, the Queen of the League series, and other stories. A native Nebraskan, she loves football, Netflix marathons, and her cats, Jane and Bingley.

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