by Bonnie Trachtenberg
Published 2011 by iUniverse
272 pages. Paperback.
Rating: 4/5

On what should be the happiest day of her life, Rebecca Ross is panic stricken. Rebecca has just wed Craig Jacobs, but she realizes she put more thought into choosing her florist than she did in choosing the man she’s just pledged to love for the rest of her life.

Before Craig, Rebecca, a talented Long Island girl, dreamed of following in her grandmother’s footsteps with an acting career. Unfortunately, she was cut down to size by years of disappointment, and by her first love-a Hollywood director. She returned to Long Island a lost and broken woman, and ended up in the last place she ever wanted: her old bedroom at her parents’ house.

But Rebecca’s mother, an overzealous convert to Judaism, has a long held dream too: marry off her three daughters to Jewish men. So no one is more thrilled than her when Rebecca meets and marries bon vivant Craig Jacobs, the man who has won over the whole family. Too bad they’re all about to discover that underneath his charismatic shell, this Prince Charming is anything but!

Wedlocked fuses humor and romance together perfectly. It’s funny from beginning to end. The romance is understated, but left me with an adorable, giddy feeling. I do think the plot progression was a little unique. It begins at Rebecca’s wedding. Then, it jumps back to explain her childhood, her search for her big break, and her previous botched relationship. Finally, it returns to the wedding and moves on to the honeymoon from hell. At first, I found the look back at Rebecca’s childhood and her life in LA a little weird. It takes up at least a third of the book, and I wasn’t sure how necessary it was. By the time I finished, I didn’t mind so much. It’s a fun, quick read.

I adored Rebecca. She’s a little bit of a control freak, but it suits her personality well. It also gets her into trouble sometimes. Still, she witty and good natured and it’s hard not to love her. Craig seemed like a nice guy at first, but quickly reveals his true nature. Michael was a darling. He was so sincere and a really nice guy. He’s also fun and charming, one of those guys you love to love. Rebecca’s mother was also a pretty prominent character. She was a little hard to like, at first, because she was so controlling and, well, pretty selfish. Rebecca has a hard time staying on good terms with her, but the way the two reconcile was really nice. It made me like both of them a little more.

I definitely recommend this book. It’s a good choice for a relaxing weekend since it’s a fast read and stays engaging throughout. It’s definitely funny chick-lit, but it’s not campy. It was easy to get invested in the characters and sympathize with what they go through. I think the combination of hard times and humor was just perfect. There was never too much of one or the other. Great debut!

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  1. Oh yay! You read this book too! That's great. Yes, I really enjoyed reading this. =)


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