The Bride Wore Size 12
Author: Meg Cabot
Published: September 2013
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Genre: General fiction, Chick lit
Source: A complimentary copy was provided by the publisher and TLC Book Tours which in no way influenced this blogger's opinion nor this review.
Heather Wells is used to having her cake and eating it too, but this time her cake just might be cooked. Her wedding cake, that is.
With her upcoming nuptials to PI Cooper Cartwright only weeks away, Heather’s already stressed. And when a pretty junior turns up dead, Heather’s sure things can’t get worse—until every student in the dorm where she works is a possible suspect, and Heather’s long-lost mother shows up.
Heather has no time for a tearful mother and bride reunion. She has a wedding to pull off and a murder to solve. Instead of wedding bells, she might be hearing wedding bullets, but she’s determined to bring the bad guys to justice if it’s the last thing she does . . . and this time, it just might be.
It's a mystery. No, it's chick lit. Perhaps it's general fiction? The Bride Wore Size 12 could fall into any of these categories but the best thing is all three categories make up this new novel by Meg Cabot. This was my introduction to Meg Cabot as a writer and I have to say I will be coming back for more. Cabot's writing is fluid and beckoning with a good dose of humour and before I knew it I was 2/3 of the way through this 400+ page paperback.
It's my first time meeting Heather Wells and her handsome PI fiancé Cooper Cartwright but Heather's character is so well developed that I felt I really knew her before I had finished the novel. She is what I call a "dynamo." She's been through a lot, including betrayal by her agent and her mother, but she has spunk and she's not afraid to follow her instincts, nor to tell someone like it is. In some ways Heather reminds me of a friend of mine; intelligent, fun, feisty and loyal. Excellent attributes not only in a friend but in her line of work as a residence assistance manager at a local college they are necessary. After the previous school term, Heather is determined that no student will die on her watch but she seems to find trouble regardless, as does her fiancé Cooper but in a very different way. They are quite the matched pair and the sparks fly away from home as well as in.
The Bride Wore Size 12 contains a mystery that turns out to be more of a secret but in revealing it, Heather also discovers a murderer among them, one whose selfish motives killed a fellow student, seriously injured another and became a potential threat to the student body as well as administration. Heather finds it's not always popular to do the right thing but the underlying messages are good solid advice for anyone and The Bride Wore Size 12 proves that a YA author can write in other genres and do it well. I'm impressed!
Meet the author:
Meg Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to her adult contemporary fiction she is the author of the bestselling young adult fiction series, The Princess Diaries. She lives in Key West, FL with her husband.
Find out more about Meg at her website, follow her blog, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.