Review: Marriage Matters by Cynthia Ellingsen

Marriage Matters by Cynthia Ellingsen
Release Date: April 2, 2013
Publisher:   Berkley Trade
Pages: 496
Source:   book provided by the publisher for review

She barely has time to attend a wedding, let alone plan one, but Chloe has just caught the bouquet. So has her married mother… and her widowed grandmother. With three generations set to walk down the aisle, each “I do” sounds more improbable than the last.

On top of grad school, clinical hours, and part-time work, Chloe is surprised to find a ring on her finger. Sharing the news about the engagement is easy, except with her best friend. Their relationship has always been platonic…so why is Chloe so afraid he is going to object?

Kristine is successful at running her travel bookstore, but her twenty-five year marriage is on the rocks. When her husband suggests a vow renewal ceremony, she agrees to say I Do…until a tempting employee makes her wonder whether or not she wants to be married at all.

June knows what’s best for her and everyone around her. Given a second chance at love, she’s delighted to plan the family wedding of her dreams. But when June gets a little carried away in her enthusiasm, she risks losing more than the love of her life… she risks losing her family.

In Cynthia Ellingsen’s heartwarming and hilarious novel of first loves, second chances, and unexpected twists, three generations of brides-to-be discover that love is always better as a family affair.


Review: The first thing about Marriage Matters by Cynthia Ellingsen that caught my eye was the cover. It’s a very striking cover. After I read more I just could not wait to read this book. I love books about weddings. There is just something about a wedding that makes you feel happy. I really liked the characters in this book and felt instantly bonded to them.

Chloe is a busy girl with a LOT going on in her life. She has a hectic schedule with school and working part time. She doesn’t really have a lot of time for love. She unexpectedly meets a very nice man with a young daughter. Chloe find herself trying to make time for her new love and his daughter. She becomes engaged much to the dismay of her best friend Ben. I loved Chloe she is one determined young woman that knows what she wants out of her professional life and she is going after it. She just isn’t quite sure what she wants in her love life. She has some though choices to make for what is right for her. I enjoyed Chloe’s story of discovering a love that has always been there, she just didn’t see it.

Kristine is a married women that isn’t exactly happy with her marriage. Things just aren’t going well for her. She is busy running her business and missing her husband whom is gone a LOT. I liked how this part of the story shows how marriage still needs work after even after being together many years. I really enjoyed Kristine and Kevin’s story, Watching them over come the problems they have in their marriage and build on their love. These two have loved each other for years and still love each other even more then when they were married. What a wonderful love story.

Then there is June. Oh how I loved June! She is one spunky Grandma that ever so gently (well sometimes not so gently) leads her family in the right direction. I found June to be so much fun! She finds the second love her life in a very unlikely man that she has had an on going battle of mischief with. I adored June and Charley’s story. These two are so adorable! I could not help myself from giggling during parts of their story.

I really, really enjoyed this book. There is humor, drama, and love. I would really enjoy reading more more by Cynthia Ellingsen. I enjoyed her style of writing and the flow she has of telling us a great story.

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