When Noah Benjamin slips an engagement ring on Eloise Manfred's finger, she envisions a traditional wedding, complete with flowing white gown, church and tropical honeymoon. Then she agrees to become Today's Modern Bride for Wow Weddings magazine in exchange for a $100,000 wedding and Eloise descends into wedding hell.

Her traditional wedding plans evaporate as she's forced to choose purple rubber dresses for the bridesmaids, a wedding gown reminiscent of Big Bird and matching wedding bands crafted from a mystery metal, while she watches her friend Philippa, Today's Classic Bride, select the gowns she wants herself. Eloise needs the support of friends Jane and Amanda, especially when she's not sure if she wants to marry Noah.

Senate creates multidimensional characters, an interesting plot and some curious twists in this fast-paced spin-off of her international bestseller See Jane Date. The story excels when Eloise must decide what really is important in her life. (Dec. '04, 256 pp., $12.95)
Reviewed by: 
Donna M. Brown