Do you hear wedding bells? ‘Tis the season, after all. Summer is a popular time for love-struck couples to tie the knot, and the perfect time for readers to dive into a sweet romance that ends at the altar. That’s probably why readers have been so excited to pick up Susan Mallery’s latest, Daughters of the Bride. Mallery tells the story of three daughters coming together for their mom’s second wedding. It’s a novel about family, sisterhood, and (of course) true love. To celebrate the book’s publication, Mallery has put together a list of her favorite books that have wedding dresses on their covers and sparkling romances on their pages.
“Don’t judge a book by its cover,” the old adage goes, but we all do it. I squealed when I first saw the cover of my latest book, Daughters of the Bride. I love everything about it: the hat boxes stacked to resemble a wedding cake, the gorgeous shoes, the colors of the bridesmaid dresses, and especially, that stunning, sparkly wedding dress. I’m very honored that readers have told me the story fulfills the promise made by this amazing cover.
Go ahead and judge these books by their wedding dress covers, too. These are wonderful, romantic and dramatic stories that will carry you away.
A bride spends most of the ceremony facing away from the crowd, so she must find a dress that looks beautiful from behind. The deep V back of the dress on Mary Alice Monroe‘s A Lowcountry Wedding is a great example.
Set in picturesque Charleston, South Carolina, the book takes readers along on the journey of planning not just one but two grand Southern weddings. And against that backdrop, turbulent family secrets are revealed that will rock the Muir family to its core.
The cover of Vision in White, book one in Nora Roberts‘ Bride Quartet, pulled me in the instant I saw it. The skirt of this dress is pure confection, as diaphanous and sweet as spun sugar. I could practically see the bride floating down the aisle toward the man she loves.
In Vision in White, Roberts reveals her funny side with the kind of snarky humor I love. After watching her mother change husbands as easily as some women change shoes, wedding photographer Mac Elliot has no interest in walking down the aisle herself. But her resolve will soon be tested by a guy who tempts her to go for more than a hook-up.
The beading on the bodice of this dress is magical, the perfect emblem of this sweeping time-travel romance. I have adored following Jude Deveraux‘s Montgomery-Taggert clan through history. For All Time, book two in the sweeping Nantucket Brides trilogy, pairs Graydon, the crown prince of Lanconia with “just a bridesmaid” Toby.
When the haunted house they’re in transports them into Regency-era Nantucket, the two must work together to change the past so that they can spend the future together. Classic Deveraux!
With this dress, it’s all about that scrumptious skirt, with billows of ruffles that look so much like a bouquet of white gardenias that I can almost smell the flowery scent.
It’s a dress fit for a princess, which is exactly what heroine America is competing to become—the next princess of Illea—in The One, a dystopian re-imagining of the TV reality show, The Bachelor. Some of the best writing today is being done in the young adult genre, and for readers who like a little darkness mixed with adventure and intrigue, this is a winner.
The Victorian bride on the cover of Marrying Winterborne is wearing a lovely, lace-accented veil and an ultra-feminine dress with a train made for sweeping up a grand staircase.
Colors meant something to the Victorians, but this woman in pure white proves to be far less delicate than she appears. Lisa Kleypas is a master at creating strong-willed heroines who are more than a match for the unapologetically masculine men who win their hearts. You’ll fall in love with Marrying Winterborne.
New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery has entertained millions of readers with her witty and emotional stories about women. Publishers Weekly calls Susan’s prose “luscious and provocative,” and Booklist says “Novels don’t get much better than Mallery’s expert blend of emotional nuance, humor and superb storytelling.” Susan lives in Seattle with her husband and her tiny but intrepid toy poodle.