I am a big fan of all reality tv programmes where dates and in some cases, weddings, are arranged before the couple have even laid eyes on each other. My favourites are First Dates and Married At First Sight. So I was eager to read this book by Beth Moran.
Here’s the blurb:
Meet Patrick Cooper – desperately down on his luck, and head-over-heels in unrequited love with his best friend Bridget.
Meet Bridget’s sister, Emma Donovan – eternally single maker-of-cakes for many a happy couple, whilst never making it down the aisle herself.
Emma has four younger sisters, all of whom are married or getting married, and an Italian mother who can’t understand what is ‘wrong’ with her eldest daughter, who seems to be stranded on the shelf. Despairing of her own ability to find a suitable husband, Emma agrees to be part of a compatibility project to get married at first sight.
Meanwhile Cooper is struggling to get over his crush on Bridget and seems destined to stay firmly on the shelf too. Perhaps it’s time his fate was taken out of his hands…
Is happily-ever-after just about daring to take a chance, or do you need some extra magic to make love last?
Join Beth Moran, Cooper and the Donovan sisters on this life-affirming and uplifting tale of love, family, friendship, and risking it all for happiness.
Here’s my review:
I liked Beth Moran’s humour in this book. This was the first time I have read one of her books and I think I will read more of her.
As Emma’s four sisters are all either married or approaching marriage she is keen to find herself a husband. So she signs up for the Compatibility Project and agrees to get married at first sight.
The story is narrated by both Emma and Patrick Cooper – the man she marries.
Things don’t run smoothly for Cooper as even though he has signed up for this project he is wrestling with a secret crush on his best friend, Emma’s sister, Bridget.
So Emma and Cooper decide to go for it and take a chance on their happiness even though emotionally things don’t feel right.
If you like books with large casts and mini subplots than this is for you. I think this book has created its own new genre – a romantic comedy saga. The story is focused on Emma’s tight knit Irish Italian family – The Donovan’s (includes 5 sisters, their partners and the Italian parents). You will never get a dull moment with the Donovans.
This is a funny book with lots of warmth and humour. For me the best parts were when Emma and Patrick were adjusting to being a married couple while coming to terms with what they had agreed to. I loved Beth Moran’s characterisation as they all seemed to step off the page. I also liked the friendship Emma and Cooper forged.
I won’t give away what happens but finding love is never straightforward. I will also say I loved the unpredictability of this story. It was more realistic and true to life.
Purchase Link – amzn.to/35peamI
Author Bio – Beth Moran is the author of four novels, including the bestselling Christmas Every Day. She regularly features on BBC Radio Nottingham and is a trustee of the national women’s network Free Range Chicks. She lives on the outskirts of Sherwood Forest.