The Accidental Bride by Janice Harayda
A Romantic Comedy

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With just one month to go before her fairy tale wedding to the third richest man in the second largest city in Ohio, Lily Blair is suddenly beset by doubts. Even though she appears to have it all - a budding career and a five-carat engagement ring from the man of her dreams - she can't decide whether to plunge headfirst into the security of married suburban life, or follow her career dreams solo to New York. And while the zany and loving cast of friends, family, and co-workers keep pushing her towards the aisle, Lily knows that, despite the passion she feels for her fiancé, she alone must come to terms with the biggest decision of her life.

As she locks horns with her mother on nearly every detail, issues like veal medallions vs. chicken wings become battles in an event being staged with all the grandeur and precision of a full-scale military operation. The situation grows funnier and more desperate at every turn as Lily must confront an absurd bridal fair, an unsympathetic psychiatrist, and the local gossip column. Before she loses her sanity, she looks to her heroine, Jane Austen, for inspiration. The result is hilarious, sweet, and smart. For Lily Blair is a real heroine for the 90s and beyond, and The Accidental Bride who will keep surprising you until the end.

About Janice Harayda

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Janice Harayda is an award-winning journalist who spent eleven years as the book editor of a major metropolitan daily newspaper. She has been a staff writer and editor for Glamour, editorial director of Boston magazine, and a contributor to many national magazines and newspapers. A vice-president of the National Book Critics Circle, she lives in New Jersey. The Accidental Bride is her first novel.
Published June 12, 1999 by St. Martin's Press. 304 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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