This book, Once Upon A Wedding, is an emotion-packed ride from beginning to end. A.N. Hopps makes you laugh, cry and lust after her characters in her first novel. But, the most burdensome emotion is the constant frustration of not being able to strangle Norma Jean.
The author’s voice is natural and plain-speaking, the way real people talk. I like the way she doesn’t over-detail the descriptions of her characters, leaving us to use our own imaginations to envision them. You can feel the pauses, embarrassments, tension, and need to murder. I certainly used my imagination.
Everyone has known someone like Norma Jean, the “friend” who tries to control you and constantly puts you down. Edith, the “side-kick” who bowed to the “queen’s” wishes most of her school years. Although Edith eventually became her own woman, she was still haunted by Norma Jean’s influence over her.
I hated to put the book down between readings to carry on my daily commitments. A.N. Hopps has written a true romance in every sense of the word. And, the author has done it in such a way that anyone could put themselves into the story, whether as one of the male or female characters. I plan on reading it again.
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation. © A.N. Hopps 2009.
Review written by Rosa L. Griffin