on September 1st 2017
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New York Times
bestselling author of the Fool's Gold romances invites you to visit Happily Inc., a wedding destination founded on a fairy tale
Sculptor Nick Mitchell grew up in a family of artists and learned from his volatile father that passion only leads to pain. As he waits on a new commission, he takes a day job as a humble carpenter at a theme wedding venue. The job has its perks—mainly the venue's captivating owner, Pallas Saunders. Although he won't let love consume him, for ecstasy with an expiration date, he's all in.
Pallas adores Weddings in a Box. But if she can't turn the floundering business around, she'll have no choice but cave to her domineering mother and trade taffeta for trust funds working at the family's bank. Then when a desperate bride begs Pallas for something completely out of the box, her irresistible new hire inspires her. Nick knows she doesn't belong behind a desk, and she knows in her heart that he's right—where she really belongs is in his arms.
~~Reviewed by Evelyn~~
It’s always exciting to begin a new series, and You Say It First is a great start to the Happily Inc. series by Susan Mallery. With a few details to also tie it to the Fool’s Gold series, Susan Mallery’s loyal readers should feel right at home.
Pallas Saunders (a name I admit I had a hard time warming up to) inherited a wedding business, Weddings in a Box, from her former boss. She had always planned to go into the family banking business, but she found she loved planning weddings instead, a decision that put her at constant odds with her super-critical mother, Libby. Pallas grew up feeling that she had to please her mother in order to earn her love, and this attitude that love must be earned carried over into her relationships with men, also.
Nick Mitchell, a famous sculptor, grew up in a family full of famous artists. His self-centered father had an affair that left many family members in ruins. His mother, however, was totally devoted to his father in spite of the affair, which lead Nick to the conclusion that passion was a negative thing. He had no plans to ever feel that strongly about anyone. When he met Pallas, he felt it was safe to become involved with her because he was planning to move to Dubai in a few months for a job and he didn’t have to worry about anything permanent. Neither Nick or Pallas counted on falling in love.
Both Pallas and Nick were complex, well-written characters. Pallas’ realistic struggles with her mother were painful to read since I had a similar relationship with my father. Both Pallas and Nick were very likeable characters, however, and they complemented each other naturally.
My favorite part of the book is the work that Pallas, Nick and many of their friends did with Weddings in a Box. The ideas presented were so creative, I found myself getting excited about the various weddings also. Without giving away too much, I especially liked the small details: painted lace, a traveling bar, the zebras (yes, zebras!), etc. Very clever.
The storyline was fast-paced and it had enough twists and turns to keep you turning pages right through to the satisfying conclusion. It also left me anxious for the next book to see if there is any follow-up on Pallas and Nick. I’m wondering which of their family and friends will be starring in the next episode.
I think it’s safe to say that You Say It First and the entire Happily Inc series will be a hit! Congratulations Ms. Mallery!
I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book.