Fic­tion

Bad Luck Bridesmaid

Ali­son Rose Greenberg

  • Review
By – January 10, 2022

Mar­riage? For­ev­er love? Com­mit­ment? These notions haunt Zoey Marks as she endures serv­ing as a bad luck brides­maid” at three failed wed­dings. She is cur­rent­ly brac­ing her­self for anoth­er go-around at her best friend’s upcom­ing nuptials.

Bad Luck Brides­maid is an enter­tain­ing, read­able, and wit­ty nov­el cel­e­brat­ing many aspects of love, but it is not your pre­dictable, hap­pi­ly-ever-after rom­com story.

Zoey is a new kind of com­plex mod­ern hero­ine. The thir­ty-one-year-old adver­tis­ing CEO was brought up by lov­ing sub­ur­ban par­ents but dis­played her own rebel­lious, non­con­formist style from an ear­ly age. She has always felt the wan­der­lust to explore, dis­cov­er, exper­i­ment, and find her own life’s path; her goal has nev­er been a husband.

Zoey’s con­tin­u­al inter­nal dia­logue with her­self and about her­self is the essence of the nov­el. She’s a suc­cess­ful, smart, cre­ative, capa­ble, and inde­pen­dent woman. She rel­ish­es her free­dom and love of the unex­pect­ed and doesn’t want to suc­cumb to a set-in-stone future.

Bad Luck Brides­maid is a humor­ous, often irrev­er­ent, and heart­felt read with many laugh-out-loud moments. It deft­ly describes Zoey’s NYC social and busi­ness world and art­ful­ly trans­ports the sto­ry to the beau­ti­ful envi­rons of Ireland’s Ash­ford Cas­tle. Greenberg’s debut nov­el is com­plete with sur­prise twists and turns, escapades, hilar­i­ous antics, graph­ic sex scenes. It unfolds like a movie script, show­cas­ing the author’s screen­writ­ing background.

Green­berg presents a host of flawed, engag­ing, and famil­iar char­ac­ters. Lovers, best friends, rivals, par­ents, and extend­ed gen­er­a­tional fam­i­lies all come alive as Zoey inter­acts with them through­out the sto­ry line. This is a refresh­ing, mod­ern take on love and marriage.

Reni­ta Last is a mem­ber of the Nas­sau Region of Hadassah’s Exec­u­tive Board. She has coor­di­nat­ed the Film Forum Series for the Region and served as Pro­gram­ming and Health Coor­di­na­tors and as a mem­ber of the Advo­ca­cy Committee.

She has vol­un­teered as a docent at the Holo­caust Memo­r­i­al and Tol­er­ance Cen­ter of Nas­sau Coun­ty teach­ing the all- impor­tant lessons of the Holo­caust and tol­er­ance. A retired teacher of the Gift­ed and Tal­ent­ed, she loves par­tic­i­pat­ing in book clubs and writ­ing projects.

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