Title: Without a Hitch
Author: Mary Hollis Huddleston and Asher Fogle Paul
Publisher: Harper Muse
Publication Date: December 7, 2021
Page Count: 377
My rating: 3 stars
About the book:
Sweet Home Alabama meets Emily in Paris in this hilarious romp through the world of extravagant southern weddings.
When floundering and unlucky-in-love twentysomething Lottie Jones lands a new career as a wedding planner at a top-tier boutique event firm, she begins navigating a cutthroat workplace specializing in over-the-top details, unlimited budgets, and a broad spectrum of taste. Whether planning for parachute landings or wrangling intoxicated groomsmen, she has her hands full at every million-dollar wedding she helps organize.
After her boss announces he’s opening a new office, Lottie sees her chance to finally carve out her place—and earn an income that justifies her dating app subscription fees. The weddings get bigger, the clients get wilder, the mishaps get funnier, and the stakes get higher. And Lottie’s forced to discover what she’ll risk for love and how far she’ll go to find herself.
Set against the glamorous, ruthless world of high-end Southern weddings and inspired by real events in the authors’ lives, Without a Hitch is a hilarious romp about taking ownership, facing fears, planning your ex-boyfriend’s wedding, and choosing a happy ending that wasn’t what you once expected.
Without a Hitch by Mary Hollis Huddleston and Asher Fogle Paul is a standalone contemporary romantic comedy novel. In this novel the main character is a wedding planner working on planning he ex’s wedding.
Lottie Jones had spent her time at college dreaming of her future instead of actually studying for her future. Lottie had dreams of marrying her boyfriend, Brody, then she would be a lawyer and he play professional football after they had the wedding of Lottie’s dreams already planned to the last detail.
Well, that future didn’t quite happen for Lottie when instead of engaging Brody broke things off which spiraled into Lottie failing her exams. After a couple of years Lottie has lucked into a job that seems perfect for what she actually did study in college, wedding planning. However, Lottie’s biggest test as a wedding planner will be making it through Brody’s wedding with someone else.
Without a Hitch by Mary Hollis Huddleston and Asher Fogle Paul was the type of novel that when finished I came away thinking it either needed more or less or perhaps a bit of both. First, while I appreciate that Lottie’s life is now all weddings it seemed to get a bit repetitive. Then as far as the romance it seemed lacking and I wondered why it was there at all really and not just be about the character’s own growth but since it was romance I’d have felt better to have more of it. Overall though this one just became an OK read from me when done.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the authors:
Asher Fogle Paul‘s debut novel, Without A Hitch, will be published by HarperCollins in December. A former human interest and entertainment journalist, she most recently served as digital features editor at Good Housekeeping. Asher has also held posts at Us Weekly, People and Readers’ Digest, and her work has been published in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, House Beautiful, Elle and W, among others. Asher has an MS in magazine journalism from Columbia University, a BA in English from Texas Christian University, and a deep-seated addiction to iced coffee. She lives in New York City with her husband and three young children.
Mary Huddleston is the cofounder and creative director of Please Be Seated, the premier event rental company in Nashville, Tennessee. Mary and her husband started the business in 2014 and now have more than 30 employees servicing events nationwide. Mary started her career as an event coordinator in Dallas, Texas, initially at Diamond Affairs Weddings and Special Events, and later at the nationally recognized Todd Events, where she helped launch their wedding division. In 2018 Mary established Mrs. Southern Social, a lifestyle platform focused on modern entertaining at home. She has 50K Instagram followers and has been featured in Southern Living, Southern Lady, StyleBlueprint, and NFocus Magazine.
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