ONCE UPON A WEDDING by Kathleen Eagle


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From Eagle (The Last Good Man, 2001, etc.): Lonely mother of a bride-to-be wonders about her ex.

Seems love is in the air, now that Camille DeLonga has an unexpected wedding to plan, her beautiful daughter Jordan being engaged to handsome James Mayfield. Camille can’t find anything to disapprove of: James is charming, responsible, hard-working, and thirty. Too old for seven-years-younger Jordan? Maybe. Camille muses ruefully over her own failed marriage to Creed Burke, Jordan’s part-Indian father, not so sure now that divorcing him was absolutely necessary. They did love each other, but living together just didn’t work, and each has done well since they parted ways: Camille is a successful sculptor, Creed a popular guitarist whose country-western band, Only The Lonely, will play at the wedding. That’s one less detail to worry about as plans become more complicated by the minute. Camille’s best friend Bridget, a paragon of well-off suburban womanhood, is better at this sort of thing, but Camille can do without Bridget’s bossiness. And Camille’s mother Rosemary is suffering quietly through her cancer treatments; the plucky old lady isn’t going to let them stop her from enjoying her granddaughter’s wedding. Minor decisions seem major as time ticks away: Should they go for lattice panels with fairy lights as decorations? How about curly willow in floor pots? And about that cake . . . Camille balks when she finds that a tiered wedding cake costs upward of a thousand. Dissuaded by more experienced friends from baking it herself, Camille forges on, suddenly ready to spend more than a little money on a classy, sexy suit. No dowdy mother-of-the-bride chiffon get-ups for her . . . after all, she’ll be dancing with Creed. But she almost misses the ceremony, until the cake man gets her to the church on time—in a bakery truck.

Never mind the newlyweds: this slight though poignant romance keeps the emotional reunion of the older lovers at its heart.

Pub Date: July 1st, 2002
ISBN: 0-06-621472-6
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2002


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