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Hahtoolah | 421 comments By Invitation Only, by Dorothea Benton Frank (2018)

A quick beach read. Frederick was born and raised on a farm in South Carolina. His family ekes out a living, but doesn't have a lot of money. Shelby is his rich fiancée, who grew up in Chicago. She had everything growing up.

When the families meet, Shelby's mother, Susan, looks down on Frederick's family. She is intrigued by Frederick's uncle Floyd, however. Her husband is too busy on conference calls to pay much attention to her.

It is Susan's dream to have the wedding of the century for her daughter. She plans to pull out all stops and spare no expense ~ including $40K worth of butterflies to be released at the climax of the wedding. She even wants Frederick's family to host a rehearsal dinner for over 200 guests. This is something that Frederick's family can clearly not afford.

Shelby and Frederick, however, decide to plan the wedding their way, which upsets the superficial Susan. They plan a country rehearsal dinner, complete with a live chicken. Why does Shelby's father bring cases and cases of wine to the party - some of which are worth thousands of dollars per bottle? Will the families be able to reconcile their differences and will happy couple have their wedding?

This book was by the same author who wrote The Hurricane Sisters, which I read four years ago. I wasn't crazy about that book, either. This book was chosen by one of my book groups, otherwise, I probably wouldn't have read it.


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Amy | 8509 comments I tend to love this author, although I recognize that not all of her books are as strong as the others. I probably will pick this one up anyway, even if it isn’t my favorite of hers. I think it’s already on my list.


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