Sep 7, 2015

Bride Without A Groom

I went to a wedding fair this weekend. Honestly. I've been to two this year. Yes, yes, I can practically hear the shocked laughter from those who know me in real life. Me at a wedding fair with my track record! Let's just say I've heard more proposals than the panel at Dragon's Den. I joked with my sister-in-law that I was getting a head start on things for my next ex-finance.

I was actually there for the cake. My sis-in-law runs a small but successful home bakery, Vanilla Valley Cakes, catering everything from treats and desert tables to birthday and wedding cakes.

She was checking out the fair to see if it might be something she could attend as a vendor in the future. 

The Wedding and Honeymoon Show had everything you'd expect, with fashion shows, hotels, entertainers, and lots and lots of cakes. What I didn't expect to meet was an author with a stand featuring her debut novel. A spot of genius to promote a book about the ultimate bridezilla at a wedding fair. So, of course I had to stop and say hello. I had a lovely chat with Amy Lynch. Bride Without Groom is now on my To Read List.

Contemporary Romance 


Rebecca has chosen the most luscious, five tiered, wedding cake – as featured in Hello! Magazine. The engagement ring that she has selected is celebrity inspired. The wedding singer is on speed dial. He doesn’t usually do Michael Bolton, but as it’s for a first dance he’ll make an exception. Father Maguire is checking dates for the parish church as we speak. The deposit on the white sand honeymoon is paid for in full on Barry’s card. Sure, the resort was good enough for Pierce Brosnan when he tied the knot. She has fallen for an ivory lace couture gown that is to die for. The down payment may require her to sell a left kidney, but it will be worth it. Isn’t that why you have two?

There’s one teeny problem. It’s nothing, really. No need to panic! It’s just that Barry has yet to propose. Says he’s not ready! He can be a bit of a kill joy that way. It’s time to face the harsh reality – she is a bride without a groom.

Truth be told, Barry’s had enough. There’s only so much wedding talk that one man can take. Discovering the credit card statement is the final straw. Now he’s leaving for a conference in Bangkok and frankly, he’s looking forward to the peace and quiet. He says he needs time to think about their relationship. As the Tiger beer flows and the tie loosens, his colleague Shelley is providing more than a shoulder for him to cry on. Maybe Shelley is right. Maybe Rebecca only wants the big day.

Back in Dublin, Rebecca worries. Maybe she has pushed Barry too far this time. Best mates Pam and Emer are on hand for counseling and cocktails. With the help of family, friends and a well stocked drinks cabinet, Rebecca puts her cunning plan together. Operation ‘Win Back Barry’ is in full swing. She needs to convince Barry that she’s not crazy – just crazy about him. But wait… who is the mysterious woman that is so keen to talk to her, and what is it that Barry needs to get off his chest?

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  1. Authors are everywhere! That suitcase is a CAKE? Wow. Just how many proposals have you gotten? :-)

    1. Better than just a cake. It was a chocolate fudge cake. :) And yes, entirely edible!