Monday, December 2, 2013

[Early Review] Beautiful Wedding (Beautiful 2.5) by Jamie McGuire

You know that Abby Abernathy unexpectedly became Mrs. Maddox. But what do you really know?  Why did Abby pop the question?  What secrets were shared before the ceremony?  Where did they spend their wedding night?Who else knew about it . . . and didn’t tell? Everything about Abby and Travis’s elopement was top-secret . . . until now. Fans of Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster will get all of their questions answered in this whirlwind tale of the wedding day (and night!)—and as with all good stories, this one will definitely have been worth the wait.

Travis Maddox and Abby Abernathy are the perfect match.  But we already knew that.  A Beautiful Wedding just proves the point even further, and gives us a front row seat to the Maddox nuptials.  The main questions surrounding this book is why.  Why did Abby propose?  Why did she do it so early in her life?  Couldn't they have waited until they finished college?  These questions and more are all answered in this novella.  I am doing my best to not include any spoilers so please excuse some of my vagueness.  

"The only thing I'm afraid of is a life without you, Pigeon."

There is a definite reason why Abby proposed to Travis and wanted to marry him immediately.  We learn how this wedding came about and why it occurred in Las Vegas.  We also see the story behind the "Mrs. Maddox" tattoo. 

"And when a Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever."

The "butterfly" appeared again in this novella, on both the cover and in one of Abby's decisions.  For me, the butterfly symbolizes Abby's and Travis' journeys.  Throughout the course of the "Beautiful" story, Abby and Travis change quite a bit.  Abby began as a damaged girl running from her past and matured into a young lady running towards her future.  Travis' love and devotion changed her on a basic level.  But that goes both ways.  Travis made a more obvious change - from a frat boy, womanizing, selfish fighter to a man worthy of Abby's love.  Both characters had issues with their parents (or lack thereof) while growing up and learned how to overcome life's obstacles together.  The metamorphosis of the butterfly symbolizes Abby's and Travis' journeys perfectly.

"Loving her wasn't enough.  I needed to grow the fuck up, get a real job, quit drinking, fighting and control my goddamn anger." 

Abby might have had an ulterior motive in marrying Travis so quickly, but I never once doubted her love for him.  Abby shows just how unselfish she is, even though she's dealing with her own anxieties.  There were some very realistic scenes surrounding Abby's thought processes and her feelings concerning her wedding.  She understood that she was nervous, that she had questions about her marriage.  She knew that they were being a bit reckless and a tad impetuous, but she was able to work through her problems logically and make the right decision in the end.

"I never wanted him to hurt and I needed him as if he were a part of me.  Of those two things I was sure."

There were some very emotional scenes included in this book.  Tears filled my eyes when Abby read a letter from the past.  A scene with America's parents also tugged at my heartstrings.  A very moving scene occurs when Travis reflects on his dad and brothers, and verbalizes what they mean to him.  It was fantastic.

"I smiled and nodded at the men standing with me.  They were still the impenetrable fortress I remembered from my childhood." 

If you are a Travis and Abby fan, this novella CAN NOT be missed.  If you are a fan of the new adult genre, this is one of the best in print.  I think I'll forever hold all new adult books up to the standard of the Beautiful series.  If you haven't read Beautiful Disaster or Walking Disaster, then go download these books now or run to the nearest library to borrow them.  Then come back and read A Beautiful Wedding.  I adore Jamie McGuire's books and her writing style.  She brings a freshness to this genre and has created some very nuanced characters that will stick with me for a very long time.  I can't wait to see what she'll bring us next.


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