Cancel the wedding written by Carolyn T. Dingman was a beautifully written book about Olivia who goes on an adventure to “discover the secrets of her mother’s hidden past—and to confront her own uncertain future” (Synopsis). Find out what I thought about this beautifully written book below.
Cancel the Wedding
Title: Cancel the Wedding
Author: Carolyn T. Dingman
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Format: Paperback, 416 pages
Source: Received from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
Link to book: Goodreads.
A heartfelt fiction debut that will appeal to fans of Emily Giffin’s Southern charm and Jennifer Weiner’s compelling, emotionally resonant novels about the frustrations of blood ties, Cancel the Wedding follows one woman’s journey to discover the secrets of her mother’s hidden past—and confront her own uncertain future.
On the surface, Olivia has it all: a high-powered career, a loving family, and a handsome fiancé. She even seems to be coming to terms with her mother Jane’s premature death from cancer. But when Jane’s final wish is revealed, Olivia and her elder sister Georgia are mystified. Their mother rarely spoke of her rural Southern hometown, and never went back to visit—so why does she want them to return to Huntley, Georgia, to scatter her ashes?
Jane’s request offers Olivia a temporary escape from the reality she’s long been denying: she hates her “dream” job, and she’s not really sure she wants to marry her groom-to-be. With her 14-year-old niece, Logan, riding shotgun, she heads South on a summer road trip looking for answers about her mother.
As Olivia gets to know the town’s inhabitants, she begins to peel back the secrets of her mother’s early life—truths that force her to finally question her own future. But when Olivia is confronted with a tragedy and finds an opportunity to right a terrible wrong, will it give her the courage to accept her mother’s past—and say yes to her own desire to start over?
About The Author
Carolyn Dingman grew up as a nomadic military brat often making up stories that the adults referred to as “lies.” She is now a grown-up and hardly ever lies anymore unless she’s writing fiction where it is considered socially acceptable. She studied Architecture at Clemson University which in no way prepared her for a career in writing. Her first novel is called, CANCEL THE WEDDING (HarperCollins, August 2014.)
Carolyn lives in Atlanta with her husband and two girls. She volunteers too much, eats too much chocolate, and prefers beer over wine.
I started this book and instantly fell in love with the entire story. The characters were fun and it was great getting to know them. Olivia was so much fun, but Logan, her 14 year old niece, was even better. The humour scattered throughout the book made it so enjoyable to read. I couldn’t put the book down (which was kind of bad because I really needed to get some work done). If you are looking for a really good read, you definitely need to pick this book up. Carolyn is such an amazing writer, her sense of humour is hilarious and her characters are beyond awesome. Don’t be afraid of the fact that it is 400 pages, because it is 400 pages of good humour and great characters.
I give this book:
5 out of 5 Hippos
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