Sawyer introduces endearing characters in her literary debut. Her writing is fluid and immediately draws you into the story, which is about a subject many women can relate to: dreaming about and then planning your ideal wedding. This first-person narrative is a quick read that's hard to put down and leaves you hoping for a sequel.

"Always a bridesmaid, never a bride" is a phrase Molly Harrigan knows all too well. After being in countless weddings, she can't believe she's 30 and still single -- even her baby sister is married and pregnant. Molly decides that she shouldn't be denied the excitement and festivity of planning a wedding just because she hasn't found her soul mate.

That's where Justin -- an actor Molly hires to play her fiance -- comes in. They appear to be the perfect couple, and her family and friends adore him. Will Molly's plan help her fill the void in her life or prevent her from finding the man she's been searching for? (KENSINGTON, Jan., 320 pp., $12.95)

Reviewed by: 
Leslie L. McKee