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A Wedding in Provence
July 7, 2014 - Amy Phelps
A wedding provides the backdrop for a lot of family drama in "A Wedding in Provence" by Ellen Sussman.
Olivia and Brody are preparing for their intimate family wedding at a friend's inn and are ready for their happily ever after, after her failed first marriage and his first wife's death. But as their family and friends gather together, drama unfolds.
First, Olivia's best friend and owner of the inn, Emily, finds out that her husband has been having an affair. Then, Olivia's oldest daughter, Nell, who is still reeling from her boyfriend's suicide, shows up with a seductive stranger that she just met on the plane ride over. Her youngest daughter, Carly, is stinging over her boyfriend not coming with her and possibly the end of the relationship and soon seems adrift. Brody's mother shows up without his father, because he abruptly left her after more than 50 years of marriage, and he isn't planning on attending the wedding. Then Brody's best friend, Jake, shows up and makes it known about his thoughts on marriage and even about Olivia! By the time the wedding arrives, relationships will be tested, and some may not survive!
This is a stirring story about relationships, love and family. It will get the reader thinking as they watch a family who must confront the truth about each relationship around them.
"A Wedding in Provence" is published by Ballantine Books. It is $25 and is 266 pages long.