Cancel the Wedding is the debut novel of Carolyn T. Dingman and it is utterly fantastic. For me it was one of those books that I just loved from the very beginning. It is an emotional tale about love, loss, family, and deeply buried secrets. With it’s lovely characters and wonderful storyline it’s sure to touch every reader’s heart as it did mine.
Olivia and her sister Georgia lost their mother to cancer almost a year ago. Both are shocked by their mother’s final request to have her ashes scattered in her hometown of Huntley, Georgia. Their mother really never spoke of her hometown and never about her life back then so why would she now want to be buried there. Well Olivia is more than curious and being anxious to escape her seemingly perfect life and fiancé she jumps right in and tells everyone that she is going to take a trip to Huntley to see if she can learn more about her mother’s past before she and her sister spread their mother’s ashes.
What should have been a fairly short trip begins to drag out more and more as Olivia and her niece Logan become attached to the charming townspeople – well except for a few choice people and neither is in any hurry to leave. Logan has met a nice boy and Olivia is more than attracted to Elliott despite being engaged. Olivia hasn’t been happy in her relationship with her fiancé for a long time and in getting to know Elliott she begins to realize what real love looks like. As she, Logan, and Elliott dig deeper and deeper into her mother’s past many long buried secrets come to light and leave Olivia stunned. As the story weaves from past to present it leaves Olivia rethinking her whole life and learning just what it is that she really wants for herself and her future.
I listened to the audiobook of Cancel the Wedding which is narrated by Tavia Gilbert who I adore. She is a wonderful narrator and a true pleasure to listen to. I’ve listened to a few books by her now and when I see her listed as the narrator I know I’m in for a treat. She has a real talent with changing her voice to suit the characters and in bringing a story to life. Just a delight to listen to!
I really loved Cancel the Wedding. I listened to the book any chance I had and I can attest to never having seen eleven hours fly by so quickly before. Highly recommended for fans of women’s fiction!