I love TLC Book Tours, they’ve introduced me to so many good books – and today’s Cancel the Wedding is another little gem…
About Carolyn Dingman:
Carolyn T. Dingman lives in her adopted hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and two daughters. Cancel the Wedding is her first novel.
About Cancel the Wedding:
On the surface, Olivia has it all: a high-powered career, a loving family, and a handsome fiancé. She even seems to be coming to terms with her mother Jane’s premature death from cancer. But when Jane’s final wish is revealed, Olivia and her elder sister, Georgia, are mystified. Their mother rarely spoke of her rural Southern hometown, and never went back to visit—so why does she want them to return to Huntley, Georgia, to scatter her ashes?
Jane’s request offers Olivia a temporary escape from the reality she’s long been denying: she hates her “dream” job, and she’s not really sure she wants to marry her groom-to-be. With her fourteen-year-old niece, Logan, riding shotgun, she heads south on a summer road trip looking for answers about her mother.
As Olivia gets to know the town’s inhabitants, she begins to peel back the secrets of her mother’s early life—truths that force her to question her own future. But when Olivia is confronted with a tragedy and finds an opportunity to right a terrible wrong, will it give her the courage to accept her mother’s past—and say yes to her own desire to start over?
What would you do if you found out your mother had a whole other life before? Before she married your father, before she had your sister and you? Not many of us ever get to – or have to – find out, but Olivia Hughes does just that when she drives to Georgia to scatter her mother Jane’s ashes. She’s also running from a fiancé she’s not sure she wants to marry, and a job she’s not sure she wants to keep. But let’s not let that get in the way of a good investigation!
Carolyn Dingman’s debut is a beautiful story about life and love that will have you turning the pages to find out what happened to Janie and what Olivia decides to do with her life. And as you do, you’ll slowly fall in love with the lovely characters – Olivia’s idiosyncracies, Logan’s teenage flighty moodiness, Elliott’s smart-ass sense of humor…
Cancel the Wedding is a fabulous addition to the genre – which ones specifically, I can’t quite decide on. There’s a mystery at the heart of this story, with themes of self-discovery and true love wrapped around a lovely heroine who’s so not perfect (but is just right). Add it to your end of summer reading, save it for early fall, or do both!
drey’s rating: Excellent!
Have you read Cancel the Wedding? What did you think? And if you haven’t, read on to win your own copy!
Thanks to the publisher and TLC Book Tours, I have one copy of Cancel the Wedding for you. This one’s open to US & Canada residents only; no PO Boxes please. To enter, fill out the form below before August 28th. Good luck!