Book Reviews

Always the Bridesmaid by Lindsey Kelk

IMG_2160Always the Bridesmaid by Lindsey Kelk

5 stars

Lindsey Kelk never fails to produce a relatable, funny, amazing book!

Goodreads: 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…

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As a huge fan of Lindsey Kelk’s writing I wasn’t surprised when she didn’t disappoint with this new book.

The characters, as always, were very relatable, yet they all had very clear personalities and habits. The main protagonist Maddie was sweet and shy but at the same time she had a fire waiting to burst out, and at many times she surprised you.

Kelk has a way of writing best friends that makes them come to life. We all have that controlling, over reacting best friends, or one that comes to the rescue whenever you need some ice cream or vodka. Although there were romantic elements within the story this novel is essentially about friendship, not love and lust or finding yourself.

The plot itself was done in a creative way with each chapter representing a chapter of a bridesmaid diary, bringing a more comical element to the story, as well as keeping us on track with what the story was essentially about – Maddie and Sarah helping to plan Lauren’s wedding, whilst they deal with everything going wrong in their lives.

The plot twists were so unexpected you didn’t see them until they had slapped you right across the face and yelled ‘yes that really did just happen’.

One thing I always admire with Lindsey Kelk is she writes about sex and relationships without beating around the bush. We see the romance in this novel for what it really is, and the men (despite being fictional) in this novel are realistic (to a point).

When I read this novel I saw parts of myself an my best friends in it. I would recommend this book to anybody needing a good pick me up and a laugh.


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