For the Love of Friends – ARC Book Review

For the Love of Friends: A Novel by [Sara Goodman Confino]

A sharp and hilariously relatable novel about the business of weddings, the toll they can take, and the lengths one exasperated bridesmaid will go to for the love of friends.

Lily Weiss is her mother’s worst nightmare: thirty-two and single—the horror! She’s also a talented writer but hides behind a boring job at a science foundation. To her friends, she’s reliable and selfless, which is how she winds up a bridesmaid in five weddings in six weeks. Anything for her three best friends and two (younger) siblings, right? Even if her own love life is…well, she’d rather not talk about it. To keep her sanity, Lily needs a safe place to vent.

And so her anonymous blog, Bridesmania, is born. The posts start pouring out of her: all the feels about mom-zillas, her vanishing bank balance, the wicked bridesmaids of the west, high-strung brides-to-be, body-shaming dress clerks, bachelorette parties, and Spanx for days, not to mention being deemed guardian of eighty-eight-year-old Granny (who enjoys morning mimosas in the nude) for her brother’s destination wedding.

So far the blog has stayed anonymous. But as everyone knows, few things online remain secret forever…

When all is said and done, can Lily help all five couples make it to happily ever after? And will her own happy ending be close behind?

No. of pages:- 361 pages

Date published:- will be published on 1st August 2021

Publisher:- Lake Union Publishing

Genre:- Romance/Comedy

Rating:- 5/5

I liked the book cover and I was skeptical about this book…but I actually had fun reading this book!

Meet Lily Weiss, who is thirty two years, single, her mother’s worst nightmare and is working in a boring job at a science foundation. Lily is talented in writing. So when Lily is invited to be the bridesmaid of four weddings, including the wedding of her sister’s, Lily starts a blog up writing her experiences about the wedding preparations and the nightmare of choosing the dresses. The blog goes quiet well and secretly…

I really like the plot of the story–it was actually a unique plot and Lily’s character actually reminds a little bit of myself as I am also in my thirties and am still single. The story was quiet funny as well that there were some parts in the story where I burst out laughing, particularly Lily’s exchange with her grandmother. The story is mainly told from Lily’s perspectives so we do know what Lily is actually going through with nearly most of her friends getting married. Also, the writing was engaging and intriguing that the author did a good job drawing the reader to the story! I actually simply couldn’t put this book down while I was reading the book, though I know the ending would be a predictable. Lily’s character to me is a likable character and I enjoyed this book very much!

Overall, a cheesy romantic comedy that will make you laugh out loud and you wouldn’t want to put this book down! Worth five stars!

Many thanks to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

Sara Goodman Confino

Sara Goodman Confino teaches high school English and journalism in Montgomery County, Maryland, where she lives with her husband, two sons, and two miniature schnauzers, Rosie and Sandy. When she’s not writing or working out, she can be found on the beach or at a Bruce Springsteen show, sometimes even dancing onstage. For more information visit

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