The Wedding Writer by Susan Schneider
My daughter and I were lucky enough to meet Susan Schneider at BEA this year at the author speed dating event. She has worked as an editor and writer for all the big bridal magazines, so this, her first novel, is about the bridal magazine industry. We really enjoyed talking to her, especially since she knows Randy from Say Yes to the Dress, one of our favorite shows and even said she would hook us up when we are ready to shop for Steph's wedding gown (if she can ever get her boyfriend to propose that is!!) The book wasn't coming out until June 6th, so Susan promised she would send it out to us, so we frantically checked the mail every day until it came! I'm a faster reader, so I got to read it first (sorry about that baby girl!)
The Wedding Writer is about a bridal magazine "Your Wedding" and what happens when the editor-in-chief, Grace Ralston, is fired and replaced by the protege she took under her wing, Lucky Quinn. Unfortunately, things do not go smoothly for anyone involved, as Grace is now considered too old and not fresh enough anymore and Lucky is stuck with staff members, Felice and Sara, who are still fiercely loyal to Grace. It is told in alternating chapters about each of the four women, so you get a different perspective on the events that are happening.
I really loved this book and even though some of the characters are not entirely likeable, she still manages to make you feel sorry for them when things are not working out exactly as they would like them to. I also discovered that I would NEVER want to work in the magazine industry (except for the goodies closet where they keep all the freebies and gifts from the advertisers - would love to get into that!). I am now also convinced that my future daughter-in-law cannot get married in anything other than Christian Louboutin shoes, or at least a pair of knock-offs! Thanks for that, Susan!!!
So if you're looking for a fun read, this is it!!!