Sophie Cousens has just a way with plotlines. Before I Do holds up to what Cousens is known for such as brilliant writing, missed chances, character growth and the rollercoaster ride of relationships. While I’m not a love triangle fan, the way this trope played out in the story didn’t get annoying or confusing as most other love triangle romances. I also love the dual timelines that lead up to the moment of Audrey’s wedding day. It helped explain her conflicted emotions and how much of her mother’s inconsistent love life affected her and her feelings of security within her relationship with her fiance, Josh. The book’s characters are messy, complex and realistic, which it all combines into a beautiful love story narrated wonderfully by Emma Sidi.
Thank you Putnam for the gifted copy and Penguin Random House Audio for the complimentary audiobook. Thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.
Head-in-the-stars Audrey is about to marry down-to-earth Josh. Though they are polar opposites, they have a healthy, stable relationship; Josh is just what Audrey needs. But romance should be unpredictable and full of fireworks, and as the big day approaches, Audrey's found herself wondering if Josh really is The One.
So, when Josh's sister shows up to the rehearsal dinner with Fred, Audrey's What If? guy--the man she met six years ago and had one amazing day with--Audrey finds herself torn. Surely Fred's appearance the night before she is due to get married can't be a coincidence. And when everything that could go wrong with the wedding starts to go wrong, Audrey has to ask herself: Is fate trying to stop her from making a huge mistake? Or does destiny just have a really twisty sense of humour?