The Wedding Planner's Daughter by Coleen Murtagh Paratore
Twelve-year-old Willa Havisham is a classics reader, a cherry-cordial eater, and quite possible the world's worst wisher. But when she and her glamorous single mother, Stella, move to Bramble, Cape Cod, Willa's wishes are beginning to come true: She makes her first-ever best friend, Tina. She bonds with her hip, candy-making Nana. And best of all, steely Stella is falling for Willa's English teacher, Sam — he's perfect dad material! But before Willa can marry off her mother, or dance with her adorable crush, Joseph, disaster strikes....Can Willa undo the damage before Stella misses her chance to say "I do"? Find out as Coleen Murtagh Paratore unveils humor, hope, and lots of love in one hopelessly romantic modern fairy tale!
This book is book #1 of a 6-part series, but can be read as a stand-alone book, as well as most of the other books. I've read book one, two, and four.
Age: 8 years and up (the age minimum goes up from 8-10 years old as the series continues)
Review: 4 stars
I read this book when I was 13, and some of the books of the rest of the series when I was 14 and 16, when I discovered it was part of a series. What I like about this book is that it can be read as a stand-alone book, as it doesn't end as a cliffhanger. I've read books where in order to entice the reader to read the rest of the series, the author will leave the book with a serious cliffhanger. I must say, sometimes this works, but if the book isn't four to five-star worthy, I won't buy the others. This book, on the other hand, does not end as a cliffhanger, but you end up wanting to follow Willa's life as she grows up. In this book, we get to read as Willa makes friends, crushes, mistakes, and happily-ever-afters. If you like teen romance, this book is the way to go—as well as the rest of Paratore's series.