The Wedding Charm

Susan Hatler
The Wedding Charm
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Hatco Publishing
Release Date
April 2017
Book 4 of Magnolias and Moonshine
Contemporary Romance

A new spin-off from the USA Today Bestselling Better Date than Never series!!

Maid of honor Sarah Carlton hasn't failed at anything since her high school science project was sabotaged by a relentless competitor. So, she'll do whatever it takes to make her best friend Jill's wedding absolutely perfect. That includes taking the next flight out of Sacramento to retrieve the panicked bride's cherished family wedding charm from her late grandmother's attic in Atlanta Georgia.

Unfortunately, someone else has offered to come to the bride's rescue--best man Ben Atkins, the same man who destroyed Sarah's high school science project all those years ago. Now he wants to one-up her by retrieving the charm first? Sarah refuses to let that happen. The race is on.

When Sarah and Ben arrive in Atlanta, instead of finding the wedding charm there's a letter from the bride's grandmother directing the bride and groom to complete a series of tasks in order to prove their commitment to each other. With the wedding only two days away, Sarah and Ben must join forces by pretending to be the bride and groom in order to earn the wedding charm. Should be a cinch. After all, how hard can it be to fake true love for forty-eight hours?

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Apr 26, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
46 people found the following review helpful
I love fake fiance stories, so I snatched this one up without even thinking about it. This is a sweet, heartwarming romance that romance lovers would surely devour in one sitting.

This story could have been predictable, but Sarah's hijinks and the tasks they needed to perform to be worthy of the wedding brooch saved it from being so. I loved how well characterized both Ben and Sarah are, and the readers are shown these and can see for themselves through their actions just what kind of people they are. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the story, especially the slightly wacky, comedic air of the events in the story.

I just have two complaints. First is the spelling of the word "brooch", more specifically, the wedding brooch that is the central focus of the story. One would've thought that as it's the focal point of the story--that is, Sarah and Ben needed to retrieve it in time for their friend's wedding thus giving rise to their fake fiance ruse--attention would've been given to make sure it's spelled properly (it's "broach" in my review copy). I hope this error is caught in the final copy. Second is I find one of Ben's particular actions toward the end unnecessary. Sure, it looked more romantic but not necessary for me to believe in their HEA. Plus, i think it came a little too soon.

Overall, I really enjoyed this and wouldn't hesitate to recommend this.
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