Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

The wedding planner's daughter

The wedding planner's daughter

Coleen Murtagh Paratore
Fiction  Series
For ages 12 and up
Simon and Schuster, 2005   ISBN: 141691854X

Willafred Havisham’s mother, Stella, is a wedding planner. And no, Stella does not let Willa help with the weddings. In fact she is a very strict mother who works very hard to be strong, unemotional, and detached. Willa’s father died the day after he and Stella got married, and Stella has not allowed herself to love anyone since. Though Willa would love to have a father, Stella has no interest in letting anyone into her heart.

After living in many cities, Willa and Stella now have a home in Bramble, on Cape Cod. Bramble is the town where Stella grew up and Willa is delighted to be living in the pretty little town. Willa’s wonderful grandmother is there, and Willa actually has a real best friend in school - her first ever. There is even a boy in school that Willa thinks is rather cute. When a charming man moves in next door Willa has high hopes that he might be the one. Perhaps he, with his charm, his good looks, and his kind ways will be able to thaw out Willa’s icy mother.

In this funny, charming, and quite delightful book, Coleen Murtagh Paratore gives her readers a touching glimpse into the heart of a thirteen year old girl who wants her mother to be happy and who dreams of having a father in her life. Readers who are used to thinking that adults are unfeeling creatures, will discover that mothers and fathers are prone to having broken hearts just like everyone else.

This is the first book in what promises to be a delightful series.