Title: The Secret Bridesmaid
Author: Katy Birchall
Published: 4th May 2021
Genre: Romance, Humour, Fiction,
Number of Pages: 376
Start Date: 15th April 2022
Finish Date: 30th April 2022
Matrimony meets mayhem in a modern British romcom about a young woman charged with pulling off the biggest aristocratic wedding of the year and the misadventures that ensue.
Sophie Breeze is a brilliant bridesmaid. So brilliant, in fact, that she’s made it her full-time job.
As a professional bridesmaid, Sophie is hired by London brides to be their right-hand woman, posing as a friend but working behind the scenes to help plan the perfect wedding and ensure their big day goes off without a hitch.
When she’s hired by Lady Victoria Swann; a former model and “It Girl” of 1970’s London; now the Marchioness of Meade, for the society wedding of the year, it should be a chance for Sophie to prove just how talented she is.
Of course, it’s not ideal that the bride, Lady Victoria’s daughter, Cordelia, is an absolute diva and determined to make Sophie’s life a nightmare. It’s also a bit inconvenient that Sophie finds herself drawn to Cordelia’s posh older brother, who is absolutely off limits. But when a rival society wedding is announced for the very same day, things start to get…well, complicated.
Can Sophie pull off the biggest challenge of her career; execute a high-profile gala for four hundred and fifty guests in record time, win over a reluctant bride, and catch the eye of handsome Lord Swann; all while keeping her true identity a secret, and her dignity intact?
Katy Birchall has nailed this! Her writinf was so easy to follow, humourous and highly enjoyable..
Cordelia was my absolutely favourite character. I loved how upfront she was and I feel like her and me would be great friends, if we came from the same society (plus if she was, you know, NOT FICTIONAL). We have lots in common.
Sophie was great narrator and so devoted to her job, clients and people around her.
But most of all, she was funny and the one with good intentions, always. And Tom... Can I just say he was swoon worthy and be done with it?
A professional bridesmaid? You can’t convince me it’s not one of the coolest jobs that could be created, and it’s actually a thing!! (Think I found my new calling!) Man
This book was so fun, and I was really excited to jump in from the start. My attention span is not great so sometimes I zone out when I’m reading. It was interesting and had some parts that were so funny. This is one of those books I would love to watch as a movie. I could just see it as a cute British comedy available on Netflix or something.
Sophie is a gooooood human, and the job was perfect for her. She really put her heart and soul into every wedding, and my girl even did cultural weddings! What?! She was so good that some of the brides still kept in contact with her. She always made the bride feel really special, even when it seemed like they had a huge stick up their *beeeep* Seriously, what do you do when the bride you’re supposed to help hates you? Lady Cordelia was determined to put her through hell, going so far as telling people she’s an escort….I know, but Sophie was not going to back out that easily. If I had Sophie's determination, I think I’ll be okay for the rest of my life. I had to keep cheering for her and letting her know that she’s still going to get paid, at least that’s how I go through most labor in my life. Was Sophie’s determination enough to get her to the wedding?
There’s more to Lady Cordelia though and we learn so much more about her throughout the book. I mean someone is willing to marry her so she can’t be that bad. How does Sophie and Cordelia’s relationship develop throughout the story?
Sophie had also come out of a relationship. An 8-year relationship, and let me tell you, that guy did not deserve Sophie at all. She also has a wonderful family and really good friends. I loved seeing her dynamic with the different kinds of people in her life.
Another big thing in this book is how Sophie doesn’t “live.” I don’t know why this is always a big deal with people. There’s nothing really wrong with living a pretty chill and laid-back life. I personally thought that Sophie was definitely not living an average life, and I hated that some characters in the book still made her feel lame. How is Sophie going to deal with this?
There was barely any romance in the book, but the romance was still cute AF.