Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand, believe it or not, takes place completely within a long wedding weekend. Jenna's mother, Beth, when she realized she was going to die of ovarian cancer before seeing her youngest daughter married, wrote out a notebook full of explicit instructions for every detail. Everything from the color of the dresses, type of flowers, where to hold the rehearsal dinner and what to serve, where to hold the reception and what to serve, the music, who to invite, even “if your father has remarried by then;” seemingly no detail was overlooked. Of course, as can happen when extended families get together, glitches can and do happen. What began as a storybook wedding on Nantucket was complicated by secret lovers, old friends, exes, jealous spouses, and even the growth of an old tree. How Margo resolves most of the problems as matron of honor, and what she can't resolve, will keep you guessing until the end.
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Best part of story, including ending:
The situations were so crazy at times they could only be true. Hildebrand may have lived them, but in any case she is an extremely creative writer. Some of the scenes made you squirm as you knew something the characters may not have known yet.
Best scene in story:
Watching the interaction between the spouses and the exes at the rehearsal dinner. It was one of those situations where you could just imagine it happening to you, but were very glad it didn't.