29 November 2013

{Book Review + Giveaway} A Beautiful Wedding by Jamie McGuire

By: Me My Shelf And I | 29 November 2013 at 2:02 PM | | | | | | | |

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A Beautiful Wedding: A Novella
Beautiful 2.5
Author: Jamie McGuire
Pages: 160
Release Date: December 10th, 2013
Publisher: Atria Books
Rating: 5+ Birds

You know that Abby Abernathy unexpectedly became Mrs. Maddox. But what do you really know?
Why did Abby pop the question?
What secrets were shared before the ceremony?
Where did they spend their wedding night?
Who else knew about it . . . and didn’t tell?
Everything about Abby and Travis’s elopement was top-secret . . . until now. Fans of Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster will get all of their questions answered in this whirlwind tale of the wedding day (and night!)—and as with all good stories, this one will definitely have been worth the wait.

When my good friends at Atria sent me this book, I was given only one rule: If I was to review it before the release date: NO SPOILERS.

Now, you know me, I’m not the spoilery kind of gal. Hell, sometimes I don’t even read the full synopsis to avoid “spoilers” (don’t judge me!). But seriously, I want to scream from the rooftops about this book. This little slice of time in the Beautiful series none of us knew about, only speculated about.

I whipped through the 160 pages in about an hour, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. Although some pages I read reaaallly slowly. A few times in a row. Like for instance: The wedding night. Oh yea. *bom chikka bow wow*

The Cover:

It is beautiful and full of shimmer. Very suitable for the Vegas theme. The inside covers of the actual book are printed with a beautiful blue water color look and of course, the butterfly! That butterfly, it’s on the actual cover too – you just have to look for it. Also, teaser – it comes into play in the actual book as well….

The Story:

The trouble with novellas is, they are novellas and are by definition short stories. I will never get enough of Travis and Abby and Travis. Did I say I Travis twice? Not sorry.

Told in duel points of view, between Abby and Travis, I love that this tale doesn’t start in Vegas, but on the day before. The insights to things like the fire that happened at the fight, and thoughts and reasons behind the marriage come out and it’s unbelievable. Literally, not what I would have thought, but makes total sense and really helps you better understand Abby, Travis and their dynamic even more. Anyone who’s read BEAUTIFUL DISASTER and had trouble understanding and accepting their crazy, whirlwind, not typical relationship would do well to read A BEAUTIFUL WEDDING. It just might clear some things up for them.

I adore that Abby and Travis are young, but not young, all at the same time.  They know what they are about to do is nuts, it’s crazy at their age. Are there doubts? Sure, at 19 who wouldn't have them? Who has them? Not telling you – but you might be surprised when you find out for yourself. They both know this isn’t a simple thing, marriage rarely is. They know right away, that the future is not going to be easy, in fact they are ready for a knock down fight, scraping and clawing to make ends meet from day one. They don’t have their heads in the clouds about some magical life they will have where everything will come easy. This isn’t after all, a fairy tale. Best part – they have known this all along as is evident by the first 2 books in the series.

Most loved, is this novella doesn’t end in Vegas. This short story is so very much more than just the wedding, it’s extends past it yet centers around it. It’s an part of this series that you would be a fool not to read the first chance you get!

All in all, A BEAUTIFUL WEDDING is in fact, a beautiful wedding. The roller coaster of emotions you will experience are not to different from attending a real one. There's nerves, tears of joy and happiness. You will laugh and cheer, but also be scared and worry. A pure adrenalin rush. Jamie McGuire has a phenomenal way of bringing the emotions of her characters to life so extraordinarily you can’t help but experience them as if they were happening to you!

A BEAUTIFUL addition to my Jamie McGuire collection and the Beautiful series. A must have for any fan of Travis & Abby. And Travis. (still not sorry.)

Things To Watch For:

  • The vows! OMG!
  • The song Abby walks down the aisle to. *SWOON*
  • Who knew about the wedding?
  • The hilarious autocorrect mishap!
  • The words: “Ten pounds of body glitter” because seriously, LMFAO!
  • What Travis gives Abby on their wedding day that’s not totally from him. (Tip: have tissue ready)
  • Find the butterfly in the story!

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29 comments:

  1. I love Jamie McGuire's books. I'm not a fan of zombies and I absolutely loved Red Hill, almost (but not quite) as much as I loved Beautiful Disaster. Travis is my all time number one book boyfriend!

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  2. This was on my wishlist since I'm listening to Beautiful Disaster right now actually.I love the narrator and I'm not even half way through but I've already laughed and cried . It's been a blast . Travis and Pigeon aka Abby are hilarious and I can't wait for their wedding... I want to win sooo bad :)

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  3. Your review was so funny! The novella sounds great! Yay for Jamie (and for Atria for sending you the book)!

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  4. Thanks for the chance to win one of Jamie's books so I can continue the series!

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  5. Thanks for your oh-so-funny review! Really enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading this! ;)

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  6. Hi Jamie. I really love your books! ♥
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :D

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  7. I love this woman's books far more than I should. And Travis? Jesus Christ let me meet him in college. Thank you so much for writing my favorite love story since 2011!

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  8. I love Jamie ´s books, they are perfect reading for these dark november evenings :) Thank you for this giveaway!
    Jenna

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  9. I am in <3 with Travis Maddox. He is my #1 guy in my polygamist family.

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  10. Thanks for the giveaway! You are an awesome writer!

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  11. Omg I am so excited!!!! After reading beautiful disaster and walking disaster it's hard to find a book to even come close to it! This just made my day!! :)

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  12. I haven't read this series but I really love that cover!

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  13. Hola Jamie!
    I absolutely DEVOURED Beautiful Disaster and the exact same with walking disaster! You have a gift for writing! Thank you so much for the giveaway!

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  14. Ahhhh I love Jamie McGuire. Cannnnt wait to read this!!!!

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  15. Gah!!! Super excited for this one!!! All the love to Jamie for giving us Travis Maddox. ;)
    Thanks for a giveaway! :)

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  16. Omg!! I can't wait to get my hands on this book!! Thanks for hosting this amazing giveaway! :)

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  17. Please please oh let me have this book!!! It is so rare to find books of Jamie McGuire here in the Philippines and it would be an honor if I ever won something from her! :) Love the giveaway by the way and THANK YOU! :)

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  18. Love Jamie think I've recommended them to everyone I know x

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  19. Love Jamie's Writing, thanks for the chance to win this book. Cannot wait to read it

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  20. i love jamie books i made all my friend read it travis haha because i love him <333

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  21. I cannot wait for Tuesday to arrive so I can go to A Beautiful Wedding!!!

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  22. OMGGGGGGGGGG! I want to read Beautiful Wedding like NOW!! Loveee Jamie's book :D
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  23. I absolutely cannot wait until I can read A Beautiful Wedding! So excited. Love Abby and Travis!!!

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  24. I fell in love with Travis and thus Jamie. She is my celebrity and I am her fangirl!!!

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  25. k beautiful disaster is one of my fav books, jamie is the best and loves to answer people on twitter showing how down to earth she is :)

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  26. I can't wait to read this. Travis n Abby's story are my favorite, ever. Since I read Beautiful Disaster, I always want more Travis n Abby's story. I was so sad when I finished Walking Disaster because I don't want to end that story, but when I heard there's a novella about them, I'm sooooo happy! I really really can't for for this novella. Jamie is one of my favorite author. Love her so much. Thank you to Jamie for giving us more Travis n Abby's story. Oh, and thank you for this review n giveaway. :)

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