Book Review: Wedding of the Season by Lauren Edmondson

Posted February 20, 2023 by WendyW in Book Review, bookblogger / 40 Comments

Wedding of the Season
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by Lauren Edmondson
Publication Date February 21, 2023
Published by Harlequin
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Genres: Fiction / Family Life / Marriage & Divorce, Fiction / Family Life / Siblings, Fiction / Satire, Fiction / Women
Pages: 333
Format: ARC

***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***

“Elin Hilderbrand meets Edith Wharton in this delightfully juicy tale. I loved every minute.” —Meg Mitchell Moore, bestselling author of Vacationland

It's the wedding of the season and all of Newport is abuzz in this funny, joyous, whip-smart novel about two modern-day society families and the summer wedding that has the whole town talking...

Despite its beauty, Newport is a place Cass Coventry would prefer to forget. But after an extended absence, she’s back in her hometown to celebrate her sister’s engagement—even if she’s marrying into the family that famously stole the Gilded Age Coventry mansion out from under them a decade ago.

The moment Cass pulls up to the estate, she’s in for one surprise after another. The bride-to-be is hiding a big secret. Her mother has royal-wedding aspirations. And, when the date is set for only three months away, a local gossip blog makes the two families its new favorite subject.

It's not long before Cass's weekend in town becomes a full summer of frenzied wedding planning and society drama—but also idyllic sails, starry nights, and a former love. As the grand affair arrives, along with new truths about her family, Cass must finally face her own thorny past in Newport and decide how to honor the Coventry legacy in all its chaotic glory.

“A witty, unflinching look at ‘polite society.’ Edmondson is a master of character and setting.” —Jamie Brenner, bestselling author of The Forever Summer

Wedding of the Season by Lauren Edmondson is a look at dysfunctional families preparing for a wedding in the exclusive city of Newport, Rhode Island.  

Story Recap:

Cass Coventry left Newport as fast as she could, and her plan was to never return.  But, when her sister is getting married, she returns for the engagement party and ends up staying for the entire season until her sisters’s wedding.  

Life back in Newport is anything but ordinary.  Cass finds her parent’s home has not been kept up and is deteriorating fast.  Her mother has unrealistic ideals for the wedding and Cass is having to keep her mother’s lofty ideals in check.  Her parent’s landlady is threatening to evict her parents from the only home they have ever known.  And Cass’s sister, the bride, has secrets of her own.  

My Thoughts: 

I love a book with family drama, and Wedding of the Season is full of drama.  I thought it might have a bridezilla theme, but it doesn’t.  It’s more about the families and how they will adjust to the wedding and the wedding preparations.  

Cass has a complex relationship with her hometown of Newport as well as with her family and their legacy in Newport.  Cass doesn’t realize her value to herself or her family.   

I was surprised at the complexity of the story and the relationships between the characters.  The author did a great job of making these characters sympathetic.  Especially as the story is set in one of the wealthiest places in the United States.


I highly recommend Wedding of the Season to anyone who enjoys women’s fiction.  I received a complimentary copy of this book.  The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

About Lauren Edmondson

Lauren Edmondson has a BA from Williams College and an MFA in fiction from Sarah Lawrence College. She lives outside Washington, D.C. with her husband two young children. She is the author of Ladies of the House: A Modern Retelling of Sense and Sensibility, which Publisher's Weekly called "a witty success." Wedding of the Season will be published in February 2023 by Graydon House/Harper Collins.

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40 responses to “Book Review: Wedding of the Season by Lauren Edmondson

  1. Rachel @Waves of Fiction

    Newport, RI is gorgeous! I can’t imagine there being anywhere affordable to rent. Interesting that the author went that route. This does sound like a good one!

  2. beautyinthebinding

    Sometimes I like family drama and sometimes I prefer for them all to get along well! LOL! Good review, Wendy!

  3. Joanna @ TheGeekishBrunette

    Family drama caused by a dysfunctional family is always nice to read about. Glad you enjoyed this one!