Ah! There’s nothing like having a good book to read in the summertime. It’s a time to relax and just enjoy yourself in the nice weather. That is just what I did when I read The Bridesmaids: True Tales of Love, Envy, Loyalty and Terrible Dresses by Eimear Lynch.
This book opens with a very honest introduction from the author that explains why she wrote the book and what to expect. I must say that I enjoyed every word of this book. It’s a collection of stories from all types of people in all types of situations. The one thing they share is that they know what its like to be a bridesmaid. I don’t want to ruin any of the stories for you but I truly believe that you will enjoy each one of them as much as I did. I learned so much from this book and I really feel like I could empathize with each bridesmaid, even though I might have never experienced anything like they had before. You will find yourself going through a full circle of emotions with this book so enjoy the ride!
I, myself, have been a bridesmaid only twice but I remember many a story from each occasion. I was my sister’s maid of honor and I was one of seven (one ended up dropping out) at a close college friend’s wedding. Each experience was completely different but magical in its own way. I wouldn’t change either one for the world!
Recently, I had the privilege of participating in a twitter party involving the author. She is extremely down to earth and so informative! I asked her how she collected the stories and she replied that she “thought of all the stories (she) wanted and hunted for ‘maids—sometimes via wedding officiants, photogs etc.” I found it fascinating that nothing was left to chance. She had an idea of what stories she wanted to tell before she even knew who would tell it! Lynch also said that she “loved hearing wildly different takes about the role—and female friendship!” I think we can all agree to the bonds that form, not only with the bride but also with the other maids.
Lynch thinks the most important thing to do is to “Step back and think about why you’re there. Focus on friends & celebration rather than silly small stuff.” Well said.
I think everyone should add this book to their ‘to-be-read’ pile! Better yet, use it as part of a bridesmaid gift or wedding gift for a friend! It’s a quick read but a great read. I can’t wait to see what Eimear Lynch has in store for her next book!
Were you ever a bridesmaid? Have any unusual or fun stories to share?
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review. I am part of the Birch Blogger program and book club. I received no other compensation. Thoughts and opinions are my own.