A Lowcountry Bride by Preslaysa Williams
Reviewed by GGGinny
What I drank: White wine! I know, it’s been a while. But I finally worked my way through enough of the hard seltzer I inherited from a party that I didn’t feel guilty opening a bottle. ALSO, this week has been crazy and goodness did I deserve a fun night.
A heartwarming Avon debut of love, forgiveness, and new beginnings set in the beautiful South Carolina Lowcountry.
Maya Jackson has worked for Laura Whitcomb, Inc, a renowned New York City bridal gown brand, for years and dreams of becoming Head Designer. She has the talent; she just needs a chance to showcase her unique style. Due to an illness, she’s always prioritized her career over her personal life until her father fractures his hip and Maya returns to Charleston, South Carolina. While home for only a few months, she’s thrilled to find an opportunity at the local bridal gown boutique, never expecting sparks to fly with its owner…
A military veteran and widowed father, Derek Sullivan hopes to save Always a Bride from bankruptcy in order to preserve the legacy of his mother. He also wants to reconnect with his estranged, twelve-year-old daughter, who is still recovering from the loss of her mother. The last thing he needs is a relationship with a beautiful, smart, complicated woman who will be leaving soon.
When Derek begins to fall for the lovely Maya, he knows there’s no future. But destiny has its own plans, and these two lonely people with big hearts discover that coming home to love is the best gift life can give.
Drunk Overview: Maya is a wedding dress designer in NY under a (very clearly racist) boss who ends up taking LWOP to take care of her dad and his borken hip. Derek owns his dead mother’s bridal shop and is dealing with the fallout of his wife’s death in a terrorist attack at the local black church. Maya ends up getting a part time job at his shop.
- It feels a little weird to start this list with this fact, but this book has nothing hot and steamy.
- Okay, on to the real stuff
- I think this book does a really good job of talking about how different people react to grief, but also how circumstances affect the way people react.
- Maya has a disease that’s going to shorten her lifespan and it affects the way she interacts with people
- And on the opposite side, you have Derek who has dealt with a sudden dealt which makes him hesitant to even look for something new (a 12 year old daughter doesn’t exactly help with that).
- A few minor things.
- Neither Maya nor Derek seemed to actually have friends in this town that they both grew up in… Even if you’re just visiting home, I would assume you would have some people you would at least think of when you returned home, much less if you’re a business owner in that town.
- Legit, it just seemed weird that Maya’s best friend was someone she met during the course of the book who bought a wedding dress from her.
- And this is just a small side-thing, but it feels really weird for a white-passing woman to center her entire wedding around a white-passing black great-grandmother…. I love the idea of highlighting it, but this woman centered here ENTIRE wedding around it. And honestly, I’m trying to imagine a real celebrity doing that and there’s no way that ends well for anyone.
- BuT, this book focuses so much on both community and family history.
- And it was kind of delightful to read a book about adults wanting to pass on those traditions, and learn more about them themselves.
- So, the 12 year old daughter. I have to admit, I really loved her character. I think Williams did a great job of really communicating how awkward that period of life can be, much less when you’ve lost your mother in a tragic accident.
- Jamilla had such a great level of vitriol towards some of the adults in her life, and the mood swings that make sense in those times.
- I will say, she had a few change of hearts that went a little too quickly. I mean, I remember being a teenager and having my entire personality turn on a dime, but with situations like the ones in this book, it feels odd that there were two of them and in such a short period of time.
- Oh, also, Maya’s boss was so clearly a dick.
- It could be one of those situations where you don’t realize how bad it is until you’ve left
- But I kind of wish that Maya had been more aware of the situation (or honest with herself about the situation) so that it felt more like she was making a career decision rather than just not realizing what was happening.
- Still, if it isn’t clear, this book is so sweet and so gentle. It feels cheesy to say, but the book felt like a bit of a hug.
- They were fully realized characters who were working through some really difficult emotions, but (almost) every single character in the book just wanted their friend/family member to grow and become more healthy.
- It’s kind of a relief to see people react in the way that the people I know in reality act.
What I’d Pair it With: This is a Riesling. A little bit tart and a lot of sweet.