Mistakes We Never Made

Forever: Grand Central. May 2024. 336p. ISBN 9781538756775. $29. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
DEBUT Ever the dutiful maid of honor, Emma Townsend plans a pre-wedding kick-off in Malibu for bride-to-be-Sybil and the rest of their “core four” friend group. Emma knows that their high school friend Finn Hughes will be in attendance, but seeing him again after nearly a decade brings back all the emotions she has bottled up since he stood her up on prom night. When Emma discovers that Sybil has gone AWOL a few days before the scheduled nuptials, she is determined to bring her friend back to prevent her from making a mistake she’ll regret. Since Finn’s heart-to-heart with Sybil could have been the catalyst for her skipping town, Emma brings him along on her search. What’s meant to be a short road trip to track down a runaway bride turns into a multi-day pursuit across state lines, where Emma learns about the man who Finn has become in their years apart and that things were not always what they seemed during high school—or now.
VERDICT Brown (God Bless This Mess), of TV’s Bachelorette fame, has crafted (with Emily Larrabee) a romance full of tension and heat. It is a gratifying genre debut.
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