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  • Writer's pictureJulie Mackin

As Comforting as Nonna's Lasagna

Sister of the Bride by Lauren Morrill

Star: 4 out of 5

Spice: 4; there are a few descriptive scenes

Sexy Times: 4; the first kiss was so good

NetGalley ARC

Will you like this book? You might if you like:

  • Best friends to Lovers

  • Father of the Bride

  • Quarter Life Crisis

  • The Red Sox

  • Dad Jokes

I devoured this romance in about one sitting. It was a perfect read over the Memorial Weekend. Pippin Marino runs her family’s Italian restaurant in Boston’s Beacon Hill. Her twin sister, Polly, has returned from studying in London, engaged to a woman she met six months ago and Polly wants Pippin to help plan the wedding. At the same time, Pippin’s mother and grandmother want to sell the restaurant which has been in the family for generations and is Pippin’s connection to her late father. And if that wasn’t enough, her best friend, Toby, has returned from California, single and Pippin is starting to see him in a whole new light. There is a lot going on for poor Pippin!

There are times when I feel like authors just pile on the FMC and just throw one thing after another at them and I get a bit frustrated, like do women have to suffer before they can have love? Morrill certainly gives Pippin her fair share of things to deal with but it all felt very real and age- appropriate. It feels very authentic for a 26 year old struggling to figure out what she wants to do with her life at the same time dealing with the weddings of the people around here when she is single. It all comes together for her, as we expect from a romance, but the ending didn’t feel forced or too cliche.

There were a lot of cute elements to this book, each chapter began with a bad dad joke from Toby. The secondary characters were fun but didn’t take over the story which I appreciate. But I really loved the setting. There is nothing more wonderful than Boston in the summer and I enjoyed all the references to the city. And I appreciated even more that they were accurate!

Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC and I really mean it, I needed this lovely slice of romance (I can do bad puns too). And after a few lackluster books, it was much needed, like the beginning of summer in New England, it was like Pippin says:

“I’ve always loved Boston in the summertime. It’s as beautiful as the winter is bleak, our reward for enduring months of cold and damp and snow…”

The book comes out in September, so put it on your TBR.


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