Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Wedding Vows and Cornish Ribbons by Laura Briggs - Book Blitz

Wedding Vows and Cornish Ribbons

Event planner Julianne Rose is on the verge of making her dreams of ‘rescuing’ weddings in need of help a reality. She and business partner Kitty have finally finished transforming the dilapidated barn into a chic event space, and they even have a new client eager to use it—a quirky, charming space organization guru named Deirdre who seems capable of organizing everything but her own special day. As if that wasn’t enough, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity soon presents itself through the who’s who of their sleepy little Cornish village: the chance to step into the event planning void for a posh bride in desperate need of an emergency salvage for her wedding plans. A wedding that could establish Julianne and Kitty as two of Cornwall’s best event planners if all goes well.

But an event that big doesn’t come without a catch. To persuade the posh clients to commit to them, Julianne and Kitty must first impress them with the ceremony for their current bride-to-be—a task that seemed easy, but proves complicated when stories emerge involving a history of broken engagements, cold feet, and commitment phobia on the part of Deirdre, who soon begins to exhibit possible symptoms of nervousness regarding her big day. Faced with a real case of runaway bride—and with their future reputation at stake— they must attempt to the impossible task of holding together a wedding fraying at its seams, and Julianne finds herself seemingly facing a choice between what’s best for Save the Date’s survival and what’s best for her client’s happiness, regardless of the cost.

Are Julianne’s worst fears about to be realized, with Deirdre gearing up for yet another run from the church altar? Can she persuade the posh but sympathetic bride Alexi to take a risk on Save the Date regardless of it? And will Julianne and the handsome-but-equally-busy Matt find time to smolder anything in their marriage besides leftover chicken pie? Readers will learn these answers and more in the funny and heartfelt sequel to the first full-length titular novel Return to Cornwall .

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The first book in my new series about event planner Julianne, it features plenty of romance, laughter, and surprises. In the scene below, Julianne realizes her cottage’s clutter is starting to get out of control as she prepares for a business meeting with a potential new client.

 "Where are mommy's shoes?" I dug through my closet, tossing out Matt's old holey cardigans and shirts, saved for cutting into rags, somehow taking up the space I thought belonged to my Jimmy Choos and Pradas.

"What did you say, darling?" Matt appeared in the doorway, toast and tea in hand, wearing newer, cleaner versions of the rag bag wardrobe, except for a newly-damp milk stain that one of our children gifted the knee of his trousers.

"My shoes. I could have sworn they were here last week. Did Sylvie borrow them to play dress up?" I pushed my hair back from my face. At least once before, my daughter had been in hot water for sneaking away treasured parts of my wardrobe to play fantasy princess. "Sylvia! Come here, please!"

My daughter came, a piece of toast inserted in her mouth like a puppy with a bone, her arms wrapped around one of her beloved 'big girl' books she wasn't quite big enough for at five years of age, in this case an abridged copy of Great Expectations.

"Sylvie, did you borrow mommy's shoes?" I asked. I was beginning to feel exasperated, with sore feet from being crouched down like this — plus, my business skirt pinched.

Sylvie removed the toast. "No," she said.

"You didn't borrow them to play with?" You didn't splash them with finger paint or crayon flowers on their toes, then hide the guilty proof, did you? That would be part two of the questioning, the parent-to-child kind of query that matches the persistence and denials of any good television police procedural.


"Have you seen them anywhere?" Matt asked, sensing this was monosyllabic perverseness brought on by being interrupted during morning cartoons.

"They're under your bed," she said. "In the big suitcase. Mummy put them in it after your dirty jacket dribbled mud on them."

A little flash of guilt in Matt's eyes, and my memory replayed this bit of footage, kicking in with irritating clarity a little too late. "Thank you," I said to her, swiveling around to hike up the bedskirt around our bed's old metal frame, which disguised stuff crammed out of sight, in what Matt sometimes called 'the dust bunny lair.'

Sylvia clamped the toast between her teeth and took off in a thunderous run back to the parlor, where Heath was turning up the television too loudly during an Acme Dynamite explosion, making me regret giving him permission to watch his DVD this morning. Matt set his breakfast on my bedside table and bent down to help me pull out the old-fashioned hard shell suitcase, which, when popped open, contained my treasured and once daily-worn collection of designer shoes.

"Thanks," I said to him, digging through the pairs in search of the red ones I intended to wear to my important meeting. I noticed scuffs on the glossy stilettos of my 'lipstick heels' and felt a tiny wince of pain trying to escape from my throat. Shabby was taking over all of my life now.


Author Bio –

Laura Briggs is the author of several feel-good romance reads, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller 'A Wedding in Cornwall'. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she's not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to church, caring for her pets, gardening, and seeing the occasional movie or play.


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