Fancy Meeting You Here

Avon. Nov. 2023. 304p. ISBN 9780063245198. pap. $18.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Wedding season never ends for florist Elise Ngo, but the next few months are particularly special, with her three best friends getting married, although it leaves her as the perpetual bridesmaid and sole single lady of their group. At least she’s too busy to worry about her love life and can focus on saving her struggling small business and gaining exposure for her floral studio as she designs her friends’ weddings. When she meets Ben Yu, her best friend’s brother and her appointed groomsman partner, Elise discovers that beyond Ben’s sullen ways is a budding attraction between them both. Elise is a relatable main character, and her friend group’s tendencies are fun and touching through wild bachelorette parties and maid-of-honor speeches. Ben and Elise’s growing fondness for each other is heartwarming, emphasized by impactful writing and an endearing voice.
VERDICT Tieu’s (Circling Back to You) rom-com captures the most wistful and beautiful parts of weddings amid the chaos of planning and prep as it celebrates lifelong friendships and flourishing love.
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