REVIEW – NEVER THE BRIDE (Dilbury Village #1) by Charlotte Fallowfield



From Charlotte Fallowfield, bestselling rom-com author, comes Never The Bride – A laugh out loud romantic comedy novel full of heart-warming friendships, romance, and quintessential British humour – Coming 28th February 2017.

Available to pre-order from Amazon now!

Abbie Carter felt doomed as she clutched her bouquet and started walking up the aisle. Again. She felt like she was stuck in some kind of Groundhog Day wedding nightmare. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. Eight dresses, most of them hideous, were already stuffed in her attic space. She had more bridesmaid dresses than relationships. Was she really that unlucky in love? She despaired of ever finding her soul mate and was convinced that if she packed away dress thirteen in her attic, she’d never get to wear the coveted white one and have her happy ever after.

That was until she locked eyes with one of the handsome ushers, whose wink turned her elegant and well-practiced glide up the aisle into a flailing Bambi-on-ice spectacle. Miller Davis was the first man in forever to make her heart skip a beat, as well as her legs turn to jelly. And, for once, her interest in a man didn’t seem to be one-sided. It was just a shame that the Atlantic Ocean separated them. Abbie couldn’t even make a relationship with her elderly fat pooch, Sumo, work, so what chance did she have with a permanent New Yorker? Her best friend, Georgie, told her to ignore the miles that separated her from Miller and to go for it, saying that true love knew no bounds.

Was Abbie fated to always be the bridesmaid, or would her wish for the perfect day with the man of her dreams ever come true?

While Never The Bride will be a standalone story, it’s the first in the Dilbury Village series of romantic comedy novels. All of them will be set in the quaint fictitious English hamlet in the Shropshire countryside, but feature a different village couples’ story.


*****Patty’s Review*****

*****4.5 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

”I can’t explain it, Abbie. The moment I saw you, it was like I was looking at a missing part of myself. Like I’ve been alone all of my life, and suddenly I wasn’t anymore.”



I’m ready to pack my bags and my dog, and relocate to Dilbury Village!! I want to live in this quaint little town with all of its lovable and quirky citizens, but minus all the POO!! I don’t think I’ve ever read a story with so many references to farts and poo, as NEVER THE BRIDE, and believe me when I say that I definitely have a good laugh over bathroom humor, but there was just a teensy bit too much of it here, HOWEVER, I still LOVED and enjoyed this story so much! Get ready to fall in love with a new set of endearing characters who we will all get to spend time with as there are more installments to come!!

Abbie Carter is a silly but sweet young woman who has a tendency to land herself in the most embarrassing circumstances which always end up happening in front of an audience! She is a walking train wreck, but she has such a huge heart and is adored by her close friends. Abbie has been the bridesmaid in quite a few weddings, but her prospects in the romance department have been depressingly non-existent. That is until she lays eyes on a stunningly handsome gentleman at the current wedding she is a bridesmaid for and ends up landing in his arms due to her inability to walk since her vision is blurred by hearts and flowers. The best man is Miller Davis, an American from New York City. He’s also been struck by cupid’s arrow as well. There is this magnetic force that is pulling these two together and oh how my heart got swept away by their cross-continental romance!!




Sadly, they spend a lot of time apart, since Miller owns a huge software gaming company and needs to be back in NYC to run his business, and Abbie’s life is deeply anchored with her adorable but gassy bulldog, Sumo, and her delightful and cherished friends in Dilbury. She lives in the cottage her father left to her when he passed away. It is her last connection to him and there’s no way she could ever imagine leaving it or the people she has come to love so dearly. This becomes an annoying road block for the couple. Neither is willing to make a compromise. Abbie believes Miller doesn’t love her enough because he refuses to move to Dilbury. Seeing as he was an orphan and has no family, she doesn’t understand why he can’t pick up and move. Miller, having grown up in foster care his entire life, has huge abandonment issues and sees Abbie’s unwillingness to move to NYC as proof that she’s not as into the relationship as he is. So the two continue throughout the story to act like complete jackasses. I wanted to shake the both of them.




But throughout the story, there are so many hilarious moments to be had due to Abbie’s unfortunate mishaps! I loved all the scenes with her bulldog, Sumo and all of the hi-jinx that occurred with her bestie Georgie and all of the unfortunate incidents that occurred at the many weddings that take place within the pages of this book! There was never a dull moment to be had. I laughed throughout and ok, I even cringed from embarrassment for poor Abbie! But along with the laughs, there were times my heart broke and tears were shed several times as well.

I am so in love with Charlotte Fallowfield’s writing style and am extremely excited about this fabulous series. Knowing that there is so much more to come, makes me so happy but the wait for book two is going to be excruciating!!

NEVER THE BRIDE is currently available. If you enjoy RomComs with swoony Heroes and a plethora of belly aching inducing laugh out loud moments, this is a story you should not pass up!!





*****Dee’s Review*****

3.5 Very Funny Stars****

Once you start reading Never The Bride you will enter a world of pure laughter that will be very hard to leave behind. You will want to stay in the quaint Dilbury Village, and follow along with the lives of its charming residents.


Abbie Carter; twenty-eight, accountant, mother of a grumpy furry baby Sumo, and a forever bridesmaid.

Abbie has been unlucky in love, she has been down the aisle about eight times but always wearing a bridesmaid dress. She is a romantic at heart and wants to find her own Prince charming, and her very own happily ever after, like her parents had. In one of the weddings she attended amidst another disaster caused by her clumsiness, she’s caught the eye of the best man; a gorgeous American man that is able to turn her into a mess with just one look.

Miller Davis has been alone all his life. After being abandoned by his family he grew up with a goal in mind, to make something big of himself. He’s succeeded, now as an adult, he is a mogul in the video game industry and one of the most desirable bachelors in New York. From the moment he sets eyes on Abbie wearing her monstrous bridesmaid dress, he is completely turned on by her, and the more he talks to her, the more he wants to stay by her side forever. The problem is Abbie and Miller live on two different continents and it seems like the timing is never on their side.

Will Abbie and Miller be able to figure out a plan to let love into their lives?

I was laughing out loud with Abbie Carter. What a terrific character. Colorful, humble and totally relatable. This is a rom-com story that I’m sure everybody will enjoy.

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