Ever since she was a little girl, all Amelia Lockwood has ever wanted is to get married. The Tiffany ring, the Vera Wang dress ... the whole shebang. The car, the gorgeous flat and three fabulous friends only go so far in consoling her now that she's in her thirties and still not married.
So when Amelia hears about a course that promises she'll be saying 'I do' before the year is out, she jumps at the chance to enrol.
What Amelia doesn't realize is that a fundamental principle of the course is that you need to revisit all your past relationships to work out where you went wrong. In single-minded pursuit of her ultimate goal Amelia gets in touch with every ex-boyfriend she's ever had - right back to age sixteen - with some surprising results!
Irish actress-turned-novelist Carroll (He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not) draws on her experience as a soap opera star to trace the checkered romantic history of a successful Dublin television producer. Amelia Lockwood, 37 and unmarried, is haunted by a recurring vision of herself in a Vera Wang dress accompanied by a headless groom. To find love, she resorts to a seminar that requires her to revisit old boyfriends and do a kind of "exit interview" to find out what she's been doing wrong. Her stable of college friends ("the Lovely Girls") mock her, but Amelia settles in for a jaunty ride through a rogue's galley of exes. Carroll works the work vs. love trade-off with outrageous comic detours and gives Amelia a sincere but sharp-witted voice.