“Up to I Do” By Samantha March

Up to I DoCalling all Chick Lit Lovers!! This is the perfect book for you!! Bridezilla at its finest! Pretty names and prettier people! Fashion, Fun, Fights…this book has it all. A true women’s story!

It is hard not to enjoy this romp through a year of planning the most elaborate wedding that this small New Hampshire town has ever seen. The Van Guilder/Sinclair/Worthington wedding has to be big, and it has to be picture perfect. One good enough to be on television!

Samantha March hits the nail on the head with the story of Emerson planning her big day, and all the things that can go wrong….or, right. This is a year of self-discovery for the Bride-to-be, and it is a very endearing read. No stone goes unturned regarding all of Emerson’s relationships. Emerson’s relationship with her Grandmother was so touching, that you felt their love so strongly throughout the book. That really touched a place in my heart. It was just beautiful.

In trying to create this perfect wedding, Emerson seems to be losing a bit of her true self….and begs the question…Is it really worth all of this fuss?

I highly recommend that you check this book out, and find out if Emerson comes out of her wedding preparations a happily married Mrs. Logan Worthington?

4 Stars.

#GIVEAWAY~Everyone is a Winner!! Help me celebrate Samantha’s New Release!

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My friend and author, Samantha March has a newly released book, and to celebrate, she is offering an eBook copy of her last book, “A Questionable Friendship”.  AND, as a bonus, anyone that enters will receive the first chapter in her newly released book, “Up to I Do”, which I am reading now!!  Won’t you join me!  Go get your copy at amazon.com.

DON’T FORGET TO ENTER YOUR NAME IN THE COMMENTS SECTION TO WIN!

Here is my review of “A Questionable Friendship”! 

WOW!! Bravo! What an amazing story!! What an ending!! I finished the book two days ago, but could not imagine writing a review that would give Samantha March’s story proper justice. I have been savoring the memory of the story from beginning to end, as this is a story that will be left with you. You will carry it in your heart! This I promise you! You will find yourself questioning at least one of your friendships, and wonder if you are doing as these two friends did….you will look at your marriage, your life…everything will look very different. I learned quite a few lessons while reading this story. KUDOS to Samantha March! She sends a powerful message in this story….One we all need to hear.

Let me say that the book is superbly written….it flowed perfectly from the first word to the last. Samantha March is very talented story-teller and I just purchased her other books and look forward to reading them (there are two others available right now) and to all of her future stories. I hope she has one on the horizon…sooner, rather than later.

We are introduced to two Best Friends, Brynne and Portland. They live in Maine. Both are married, Brynne has a four-year-old daughter; to whom Portland is the Godmother. Brynne owns a book store called “EJ Reads”, named after her daughter, Emmy Jo. Portland works at the bookstore just to get out of the house, as her husband Trent is successful enough that she does not have to work. They share vacations, holidays and dinner once a week after which Brynne and Portland catch up on a “Real Housewives” episode, and their husbands, Aaron and Trent play pool or just hang out. They feel they are more like family than just friends.

They met when they were put together as roommates in college, and they are now 25 years old. They trust that they are the best of friends, and believe they know everything about one another. The question is: Are they truly being honest with one another? What makes a best friend?

I loved a quote from the book, “We never learned how to be grownups with each other”!! Makes you think doesn’t it!! I bet you have one (or more) friends that you walk this fine line with…..You will certainly think of at least one. You will wonder why you prefer to walk around acting like your life is so perfect, when there may be flaws…and you may need help with something. What makes us want our friends to look at us through rose-colored glasses?

They each try to not “bother” the other with their true issues: The issues that a best friend should be available to help with or at least listen. They each feel the other has a perfect life. Yet, neither of them does. This story still has me reeling with thoughts. Would things have been better for each of them if they were more open with one another…

5 Stars.

Interview with Samantha March, author of 4 novels, including the newly released “Up to I Do”

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Q:  When did you realize you were a novelist?

When I was about 9. Seriously. I have it written down in my childhood memory books that when I grow up, I want to be an author J 

Q:  As you gear up for a Book Release, what is the most exciting part(s) for you?

The most exciting part is probably seeing the reviews and feedback. It’s also the most nerve-racking part! But it’s so fun to see how readers connect with the characters.  

Q:  I love all of your covers.  Are they hard to choose, design?

Kind of! It’s hard because you want it to be perfect and reflect the book and the story the best you can. My latest novel features a personal wedding photo of mine, which was an idea I had when the book was first being plotted. I love how it turned out! 

Q:  Will you always write about strong female bonds?  Is that your favorite topic to explore?

It really is my favorite topic to explore. It’s utterly fascinating to me, and I really think it will be a big focal point in my future novels. That and love…because who doesn’t love love J 

Q:  You have just released your 4th novel, have you started your next big story?

I have! Book 5 has been plotted since early this year and I have a few scenes written so far! 

Q:  Is there an author that you feel resonates with you and your writing style?  

I really think Emily Giffin, and she is the author that really pushed me into finally start writing after I read Something Borrowed. I love the topics she explores in her books, in particular Something Borrowed and Something Blue. 

Q: When do you typically write?  Where do you write? Set the scene for us….

I have an office in my house with a nice big desk…and a chair that I share each morning with my Vizsla puppy! Typically I write in the morning, before I let the stress of my to-do list really start to bother me! I have a word count goal each day that I achieve that helps keep me on track! 

Q:  May I ask who your favorite authors are?  Books?

Emily Giffin, Sarah Pekkanen, Jen Lancaster and Sophie Kinsella!  

Lastly, Book or eBook?

eBooks solely because of my job as a book reviewer – it makes my schedule much easier!

#SPOTLIGHT: “Up to I Do” by Samantha March (LOOK AT THIS COVER!!!)

Up to I Do

Emerson Sinclair, twenty-seven year old hotel heiress, has said yes. With just over a year to plan her extravagant, over the top nuptials to Logan Worthington, it’s all hands on deck with the wedding plans. A Sinclair marrying into the Worthington family is the talk of their small New Hampshire town, and ideas include filming the wedding for a TV segment. But as the items get checked off the list, plans start to go … not as planned. From not getting a designer dress to a selfish bridesmaid and unaccountable best man, Emerson is afraid her wedding will be more a joke than anything.
When both her mother and sister seemingly begin to lose interest in her wedding plans in favor of their own personal lives, Emerson fears her big day will turn into the forgotten wedding. With the pressure to pull off a beautiful and elegant event that everyone expects from their respectable families, Emerson starts to forget the reason why she is saying I Do in the first place.
But her spirited Grams is there to make sure neither happens. With her help and guidance, Emerson not only has her wedding plans back on track, but she remembers the reason why they are going through the stress of wedding planning – because at the end of it all she gets to marry her true love, and marriage is defined by more than a wedding.