Monday, August 27, 2018

Review: The Wedding Obsession by Madeline Ash

Emmie Morgan woke up from heart transplant surgery, saw her best friend Brandon Tan sitting by her bedside, and promptly asked him to marry her. If there was a faster way to ruin a friendship, she didn’t know it.

One year on, Bran has returned home to open a restaurant and Emmie adds trying to make amends to her already chaotic life. She’s also running her own music venue, battling survivor’s guilt—oh, and secretly tending a wedding obsession sprung from her near-death experience.

Bran needs answers. But all Emmie has are problems. Hating that he couldn’t help her last time, he resolves to ease the trouble in her eyes. He sets aside their attraction and awkward past and tries to focus on being friends again.

If she would just stop trying on wedding dresses…


My Review:

When a heart knows what it wants, it will do anything to get it. 

Emmie Morgan grew up with a heart condition and when she finally received a transplant and woke up, she asked her best friend, Bran Tan, to marry her.  Bran, being the good friend he was, couldn’t say no.  But things got weird after that and they didn’t talk for a year until Emmie’s mother invited Bran to Emmie’s rebirthday party, a celebration of the day she got her new heart.   

After the party, Emmie and Bran work on getting their friendship back on track and soon decide to give romance a try.  But, Emmie is so obsessed with getting married (even though she doesn’t believe in the concept of a marriage), and Bran just couldn’t take it anymore.  It was time for a break while Emmie gets her head straight and Bran moves on with his life.  Finding the way back to each other might be a little difficult, but with determination, they can do it.

This story was different than most I have read.  The heart transplant recipient made for a unique story line.  I liked Bran, but he almost seemed like a pushover in some scenes, and Emmie got on my nerves a little bit with her flakiness.  But when I found out the reasons Emmie was obsessed with weddings, it all made sense.  It was also obvious Bran really loved Emmie and would do anything for her health and happiness.  And, the end of this book is a real tear jerker.  It was obvious the author put a lot of work into this story, either with a lot of research or first hand knowledge, to make it seem so real. 

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