Jun 30, 2014

Don't Tell the Groom by Anna Bell

Will Penny be able to keep her secret long enough to say 'I do'?

Penny has big dreams for her wedding day. She wants an unforgettable celebration, perfect down to the last detail, and has been saving for ages to make her dream a reality. When Mark finally pops the question, it's the best moment of her life.

Until Penny checks her wedding fund and is horrified to discover that something has gone terribly wrong. There's far less money there than she'd thought... and it's all her fault. She can't tell Mark the truth about what she's done, he knows nothing about how much time she spends gambling online. Her only choice is to seek help for her addiction and get married on a drastically smaller budget.

Working under the pretense of surprising Mark with her plans on their big day, operation 'Don't Tell the Groom' rolls into action, with surprising, hilarious and moving results.

Penny has dreamed about her perfect wedding for many years. She has mood boards and has made so many plans for her perfect day already that she can't wait until her boyfriend, Mark, will finally ask her. When he pops the question she's thrilled. She hasn't been completely honest with him though. She wanted to add some money to their savings by playing online bingo and doesn't want Mark to find out about it. That's why Penny offers to organize the entire wedding as a surprise for him. Mark likes the idea and agrees. When she finally checks her bank statements Penny's surprised to find out that there's only a small wedding budget left. She's gambled away most of their savings. Penny's Don't Tell the Groom idea is now more important than ever. She has to organize a perfect wedding on a very small budget without Mark finding out. Will she succeed?
I loved Penny. She's a sweet and cheerful person. She might have been a bit naive when she started playing online bingo, but she dealt with her problems the best way she could. She handled things without feeling sorry for herself the entire time. Penny had to be smart and creative and she came up with many great things. It was so much fun to read about dresses, locations, invitations and weddings in general. A lot of couples have to get married on a limited budget and Anna Bell describes that process quite accurately. Penny made me smile and all the things she did to make sure her wedding would be perfect were fantastic. I wanted Penny to succeed very badly and I couldn't put the book down until I found out what would happen with the wedding. I liked the suspense. The honesty about the gambling, which seemed innocent, but actually wasn't, was refreshing. The confusion and the interfering grandma made the story complete. I enjoyed Don't Tell the Groom very much. It's a great story from beginning to end.


  1. Sounds like a cute book. Perfect for reading on the beach.


  2. Definitely, it's a great summer read!

  3. It's nice that an otherwise light book dealt with a tough topic like gambling addiction. And that cover! Great review :)


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