Before I Do by Sophie Cousens

What would you do if the one that got away turned up the night before your wedding?

Audrey is marrying Josh; steady, dependable Josh, the love of her life. They share a flat and a bank account, and it’s the only relationship that Audrey’s ever had that feels like something she can put her trust in. But romance should be 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 Miranda arrives at their rehearsal dinner with Fred – Audrey’s ‘What If?’ guy, the man she met six years ago and had one amazing day with but never saw again – Audrey can’t help but see it as a sign.

Surely Fred’s appearance the night before Audrey 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 wonder: could fate be trying to stop her from making a huge mistake?

The arrival of a new Sophie Cousens book is always a delight as I enjoy her thoroughly entertaining and stylish romantic comedies with an edge! Before I Do has a fabulous premise- what would you do if an old flame, one that you have never forgotten, turns up the night before your wedding? This is the problem facing Audrey when, on the eve of her marriage to fiancé Josh, she comes face to face with Fred-the ONE who broke her heart. She has never forgotten him-mainly due to how they met and then “parted” as they certainly didn’t get any closure and she has always wondered “what if?”…

I love a book with flashbacks as they always seem to reveal far more about the characters and why they react the way they do in the present moment. Audrey has been affected more than expected by her mothers love life and their experiences have obviously been taken onboard by Audrey more than she realises. We also have flashbacks to how Audrey meets both Fred and Josh plus some rather unexpected flash forwards! But the wider scale of this storyline meant that every character developed at different rates according to how important they were at that particular moment. I did love Audrey even if sometimes her actions weren’t those I would have expected but I understood why!

Before I Do is an engaging and fun read that grabbed me from the very first page. Full of interesting and relatable characters and some incredibly funny and awkward moments-it’s how all weddings should be! I loved it!

Sophie Cousens started her career in television, where she produced, among other things, The Graham Norton Show, Big Brother, Ant and Dec and Russell Howard’s Good News. Working in TV taught her three things;

1 – Wearing a lanyard makes you look as though you know what you are doing.

2 -The best phrase you can contribute in meetings is “let’s action that!”If you say it often enough, hopefully someone else will do your work for you.

3 – If in doubt, find someone wearing a lanyard – they’ll know what to do.

Sophie currently lives in Jersey where she now writes full time. She lives with her husband Tim and has two small children who keep her occupied with important questions such as ‘but did Cinderella have a toothbrush?’ and ‘do giraffe’s know they have really long necks?’ She yearns for a time when she will be able to add a miniature dachshund to the party.


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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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