Lovable and quirky Claire Everett finally snagged a man, but how will she pay for the wedding when her writing career hits a snag of its own?
She was busy enough as a novelist and mother of four, but after Claire Everett finds the wedding dress of her dreams complete with a nightmarish price tag, she kicks it into overdrive to find a way to afford the heavenly gown. She soon discovers that walking dogs and doing odd jobs are a piece of cake compared to fending off her client's drop-dead gorgeous son and dealing with her kids' antics. When her magical honeymoon plans crumble into dust, she has to wonder what disaster lies in store for the Big Day.
In this follow-up to Leave It to Claire and Claire Knows Best, Bateman rings wedding bells for the fallible protagonist--maybe. Claire Everett, a divorced mother of three, is set to marry her good-hearted boyfriend, Greg Lewis. But Greg's decision to become a pastor is giving her cold feet, and his devotion to his calling may cost them their two-week honeymoon in Hawaii. A handsome executive is pushing Claire to reconsider tying the knot, which further muddies the waters. Things aren't so good for Claire's career as a writer, either; her agent has dropped her and she's trying to switch genres. Even worse, the wedding dress of her dreams has a hefty price tag. Although Claire's no dog lover, she finds herself in the dog-walking business to raise cash to cover the dress, providing some light humor throughout the story. Other complications include her teenage daughter's increasingly serious romance, her skateboarding teen son's flirtation with the wild side and a younger son's couch potato tendencies. Claire's ex-husband and his new family are on such good terms with her that some readers may find it difficult to believe it's all as rosy as it seems. Nonetheless, Bateman's chick lit for middle-aged moms is enjoyable, smooth and sweet without being cloying. (Jan. 2)
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January 01, 2007
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