Wiggs’ and Woods’ contributions to the anthology have been previously reviewed by RT. Mallery’s story, “Sister of the Bride,” is an engaging tale about family dysfunction, flawed expectations and becoming adults. The author’s strength is in her characters and the humor and wit they display in the face of ridiculous situations. The protagonist, Katie, is a woman who knows who she is and what she wants, even if that is less than what others expect of her. This is an engaging, light-hearted read that succeeds despite a rather predictable denouement.

Katie is standing up with her sister at her dream wedding — even though her sister is marrying Katie’s own ex-boyfriend. It is just what family does, supporting each other in spite of difficulties or conflicts. When Katie’s mom convinces her to bring a blind date to the wedding in order to stave off the pitying glances of the extended family, Katie reluctantly agrees. Little does she know that Alex, the geeky son of her mom’s best friend, has changed quite a bit over the years. And so, it turns out, has Katie! (MIRA, Aug., 313 pp., $7.99)
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Victoria Frerichs