Title: The Bride Will Keep Her Name: A Novel
Author: Jan Goldstein
Release Date: June 16, 2009
Publisher: Shaye Areheart Books
Genre: Mystery, Chick Lit
Rating: 4 out of 5
Madison Mandelbaum thinks she’s the luckiest girl in the world – after all, she’s about to marry Colin Darcy, the man of her dreams. One week before the wedding, however, she receives an email that makes her question whether she really knows the man she’s marrying. She begins to investigate, only to realize that Colin may be connected to a murder.
The Bride Will Keep Her Name was a fun mix of chick lit and mystery. The entire thing takes place in the week before Madison and Colin’s wedding, so it moves at a brisk pace and is never slow or plodding. The mystery is interesting and keeps the reader hooked to the novel. As more questions are raised about Colin, the reader becomes more invested in uncovering the truth behind what happened.
Madison is a heroine you can really root for. She’s smart, fun, and resourceful, and along with her two friends Kat and Abby, she does a pretty good job as an amateur detective! She’s definitely quirky, and setting the novel before her wedding only adds to her neurotic (and amusing) behavior. Her issues with her mother give her character some depth, which can sometimes be lacking in breezy novels such as this.
Admittedly, The Bride Will Keep Her Name does take some unbelievable twists and turns, but if you can suspend your sense of disbelief, then you’ll be able to appreciate this novel for what it is. It’s a fun, diverting summer read that would be perfect on a beach or by the pool!