Being the best man is a lot to live up to …
When troubled army veteran and musician Josh Robertson returns home to Nashville to be the best man at his younger brother Chad’s wedding he’s just sure that he’s going to mess it all up somehow.
But when it becomes clear that the wedding might not be going to plan, it’s up to Josh and fellow guest Louise Giles to make sure that Chad and his wife-to-be Maggie get their perfect day.
Can Josh be the best man his brother needs? And is there somebody else who is beginning to realise that Josh could be her ‘best man’ too?
Sequel to The Wedding Reject Table.
Angela was born in St. Stephen, Cornwall, England. After completing her A-Levels she worked as a Naval Secretary. She met her husband, a US Naval Flight Officer while being based at a small NATO Headquarters on the Jutland Peninsula in Denmark. They lived together in Denmark, Sicily, California, southern Maryland and London before settling in Franklin, Tennessee.
Angela took a creative writing course in 2000 and loved it so much that she has barely put her pen down since. She has had short stories and novels published in the US. Her novel Sugar & Spice, won Choc Lit’s Search for an American Star competition and is her UK debut.
The storyline was very well thought out and written.
It is set in Nashville and involves best friends Maggie and Louise, along with the Robertson family.
Maggie is in the middle of preparations before her wedding to Chad. She also runs a catering business with her sister and has a habit of not saying no.
She finds herself with a few days to go and 2 x cake orders that she has promised as well as the task of making her own wedding cake.
Louise, Maggie’s best friend works for Maggie’s elderly aunt, Audrey. Audrey is absolutely brilliant – she might not be able to walk around now but she has not lost her wit and in many parts had me laughing out loud.
Chad’s brother arrives with a rough and gruff attitude. It made me second guess where the story was going and his manner was spot on. He has had a lifetime of running away and being in the army but that itself has left many scars.
He doesn’t get on with his Dad and feels he has let his brother down. He steps back into the family home after many years of hiding away and is dumbstruck by Louise’s beauty and kindness.
The story evolves with a fantastic storyline of war hero’s and war veteran musical programme idea and we see the love blossoming between Louise and Josh.
I liked that it involves a lot of people and how they were written and represented. Everyone had a story and that was really nice.
The ending was very sweet. And even better …… the storyline leaves it open for a sequel …. and I would definitely read that to find out what happens next!
When Josh returns to be his brother Chad’s best man, no one including Josh expects him to make a good job of the role. But when he meets Louise, he starts taking responsibility and between them they ensure his brother and bride have a wonderful time. Josh is a beautifully flawed character that you can’t help but fall in love with and will him to succeed. Louise isn’t without a past that has left her bruised and unable to open up either. She lacks confidence, but Josh gradually draws her out of her shell and she gently teaches him to look forward to a future. This is such a lovely book to read, I loved it from start to finish. Thank you Amanda for a great read and write more – soon!
Louise is a personal assistant with a past full of hurt. Josh is a veteran who is has a hard time opening up. They meet in the weeks leading up to a wedding in Nashville and tentatively try to learn to trust each other. With a little prodding from some family do-gooders, they find their shot at love.
I enjoyed this novel and getting to know Louise and Josh.
I was provided a free advance copy of this book in return for an honest review. I’ve read a previous book from the author and enjoyed it just as much.
Louise Giles, companion to elderly Audrey Trembarth, arrives in Nashville for her goddaughter Maggie’s wedding to Chad Robertson. Chad’s older brother, war veteran Josh arrives to take on the role of best man. Josh left home at eighteen and joined the army. At odds with his father Big J when he stepped in to break up his relationship with the love of his life, Josh walked away from his family and the responsibility of taking over the family business, Robertson’s Guitars.
This is a warm and entertaining story. Two people with chequered history brought together quite by chance. Louise is a calm, sensible individual, still smarting from an abusive relationship with her ex-boss. Josh has turned his back on the world. He’s saved lives under fire; he’s a hero but life on his own has meant his social skills leave a lot to be desired. In the life he’s created for himself he’s learned not to care – until he meets Louise. Gradually drawn into the flurry of last minute preparations for the wedding, both of them find themselves constantly in each other’s company and gradually something sparks between them. Concerned at returning home, Josh is surprised to discover the opportunity to engage in a project that’s dear to his heart.
Set against the backdrop of the Robertson’s beautiful southern mansion, I loved that this romance was different. It centred around two more mature people, not the usual twenty somethings. For me that gave the whole thing a far deeper feel. This is the sequel to The Wedding Reject Table, which I haven’t yet read but will now definitely be adding to my TBR pile.
Hunky Southern US veteran with some issues, family and otherwise, meets attractive English rose with issues of her own, at the wedding of his brother. What’s not to love? I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and the updates on characters from previous stories (though it can be read as a stand alone, no problem). The hero and heroine are both very likeable, and I very much liked the fact that their issues were believable but not frustratingly dragged out to force a story. A super read for anyone who loves a good romance without loads of explicit sex, and with a most satisfactory ending!
When reclusive army veteran Josh travels home to Tennessee to be the best man at his younger brother’s wedding, he finds the bride in an utter state of panic. The small, intimate wedding planned by Chad and Maggie, attended by family and a few friends had grown into epic proportions with the interference from their two mothers.
Josh and wedding guest Louise, decide to take over the arrangements and re-organise the wedding from chaos to calm. While Best Man Josh knows nothing about weddings, he certainly knows that Louise is the Best Woman for him and has one week to convince her.
A light hearted read with Southern Comfort.
This is a romp of a romance. It is a traditional boy meets girl, falls in love, overcomes the problems for a happy ending. Sounds easy but the story linking these events is very eventful and holds you enthralled to the end. The transatlantic scenario is well described by an author who is obviously at home on both continents. A wedding theme runs throughout the book and ties the whole thing together well. Her knowledge of how war affects the soldiers and their fight after adds another layer to this rich story. It is a great summer read, light but gripping.
This is the second book I read from this author, but it’s the first one of the Nashville Connections series. Maybe you think I am mad for not starting with the beginning but I can assure you this one can be easily read as a stand alone. You get the right amount of hints that make you able to follow and to make you curious enough to add the rest to your wish list.
Normally I don’t like books featuring the Southern Belles (or beaus in this case). To me it’s always a bit over the top, but here there was only a touch of it and that resulted in a match made in heaven.
It’s a typical story where you already knows how it will end, but there was more to it than just the love story. Love of friends and family (which is often synonym to interfering but in a kind way) play a big part as well and then there is Josh …
A fluently written story. Perfect for reading during the summer or during the winter or in brief, whenever you want to lose yourself in a book.