Book Review: Always the Bridesmaid by Lindsey Kelk

Title: Always the Bridesmaid
Author: Lindsey Kelk
Published: May 7th 2015 by Harper Collins
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Blurb: Maddie Fraser has never been anything other than the girl in the background: golden boy Dan’s little sister, crazy Shona’s minion, workaholic Sebastian’s ex and now she’s also the girl in the middle of her warring best friends.

Lauren has announced she’s getting married – just as Sarah’s husband asks her for a divorce. Nothing in Maddie’s career in event organising has prepared her for this particular combo of planning and real pain. The news that her ex is also tying the knot is the final straw. While the magazines say she should be leaning in, all she wants to do is sleep in. But whether she likes it or not, everything is about to change for Maddie. For better or worse, this grown-up bridesmaid is taking centre stage…

Review: I think by now you already know that I love Lindsey Kelk. She hasn't written a single page I haven't loved. So when she announced that she was releasing a stand-alone novel this year, I was over the moon. I was also very curious to discover a brand new heroine by this fantastic author. Would I love her as much as I love Angela from the I Heart Series or Tess from the A Girl Series? The answer is a resounding yes!

Lindsey Kelk is the master of the first person narrative. She always manages to make me love a character within the first two pages. In Always the Bridesmaid, Maddie Fraser is writing a Bridesmaid journal as she has been asked to be one for her best friend's wedding. As she is an events organiser, she is also helping (doing everything) with the planning of the wedding. But this is not the only task at her hands, she is opting for a promotion at work and has to prove herself working extra hard and her other best friend is getting divorced so she needs a shoulder to cry on. Multitasking or what? Oh, and there might be a new love interest in Maddie's life!

The Bridesmaid journal entries are just hilarious. Maddie unloads all her worries and stress in its pages with a hint of irony that had me giggling non-stop through its pages. It's incredible how this girl manages to find herself in the most absurd situations. And her crazy clients at work do not help to the cause. You don't want to miss the lengths she goes to to make them happy.

Maddie's life is a case of if it can go wrong, it'll go wrong. But soon you realise that she is a strong enough woman to handle it all with grace (well... let's leave it at handle it all with more or less grace). But this only makes you love her more and root for her. She really is one of those characters you would like to meet in real life and hug.

Lindsey Kelk at her best, Always the Bridesmaid will not disappoint old fans and I am sure that if you are new to this fantastic author, you'll fall in love with her hilarious and witty style. I hope that this is not the last we hear from Maddie as I am sure she still has more adventures to share with us! 



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