This contemporary romance is Groundhog Day meets My Best Friend’s Wedding. Readers who like women’s fiction by Meg Cabot, Emily Giffin and Allison Winn Scotch will enjoy this romantic comedy.
Kate is alarmed to find out that her best friend Amy is getting married after dating for only six months. Her alarm turns to shock when she learns that the groom-to-be is Kate's old college ex. As the big day approaches, Kate's inability to hide her feelings is threatening to ruin her friendship with Amy.
Kate’s last minute, vodka-fueled wedding toast has her wishing she could turn back the clock and make things right. Imagine her surprise when she wakes up the next day and finds out she can.
Forced to relive one of the most painful weeks of her life, Kate slowly works to repair the damage she has done. In the process, she learns a lot about herself and the cynically charming best man, Ben.
A promising premise and a cast of entertaining, albeit somewhat underdeveloped, characters make for a light, happy contemporary romance with a chick-lit feel. When bridesmaid Kate Crenshaw botches the toast to the happy couple, she wishes she could get a do-over of the whole thing. Luckily for her, she gets to rewrite the whole week la Groundhog Day not just once, but six more times before everything goes just right. Though Kate's reactions can be a bit overwhelming and melodramatic, she's a vulnerable, likable protagonist. She endearingly fumbles her way through admitting her attraction to best man Ben while dealing with her grief over the recent death of her mother. There are more than a few clich d descriptions and redundancies, and stilted, superficial dialogue interrupts a lively flow. Though Escobar tends to hammer her points home, she also creates several extremely effective lump-in-your-throat moments, such as Kate eating dessert for breakfast as a tribute to her mother, that bring depth to the characters and add sweet sentimentality to the story. (BookLife)
Gracefully unfolding insights
This was such a pleasure to read. A creative premise; deceptively subtle in its intrigue and insight. It says a lot about the determination to be who we want to be and how anything else just holds us back.